Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Perceived Impact of Holotropic Breathwork: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
by Landaeta, Felipe, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2018, 230; 10844998
Abstract (Summary)

Holotropic Breathwork (HB) is a method of self-exploration developed by Stanislav and Christina Grof in the mid-1970s. Research has only just begun to investigate the effects of HB, while the possible influence of the context and other features of HB within the experience and its impact have not been studied in depth. This qualitative study investigated the perceived impact of HB on 6 women and 6 men (ages 25–67) in Chile, using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), an emergent method developed specifically to work with these types of subjective issues. Results revealed 10 major themes involving both intrapsychic and relational features: (a) healing purpose; (b) interest in self-exploration; (c) the psyche as an inner source of knowledge; (d) increased self-awareness; (e) resolution/closure; (f) perceived changes within the self; (g) increased awareness of self and others; (h) integration as a process; (i) influence of the HB setting; and (j) the facilitator’s role. Results provide support for some elements of the existing theory and practice of HB, but, given the influence of preparation, the reasons for seeking HB, and the integration of experiences on the perceived impact of HB, revision of some HB procedures may provide better support for workshop attendees.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wade, Jenny
Commitee: Bustos, Susana, Garcia-Romeu, Albert
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Altered states, Grof, Stanislav, Holotropic breathwork, Hyperventilation, Interpretive phenomenological analysis, Transpersonal psychology
Publication Number: 10844998
ISBN: 978-0-438-35237-7
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