Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Empathy and Centering Prayer
by Hughes, Brooke, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 140; 10980308
Abstract (Summary)

Practices that cultivate healthy relationships with self and others are always needed and valuable, especially during this modern time of ever-increasing fragmentation through technology. Cultivating empathy individually and communally promotes increased levels of connection among individuals and can create greater harmony among communities. Centering prayer offers an intervention that respects Christian practices of contemplation and can address care needs. This study investigated the impact of centering prayer on levels of empathy. This study was conducted through a single group pilot study using a mixed methods design. Given that centering prayer is primarily a Christian practice of contemplation, the population for this study was a Christian church community. Both qualitative and quantitative data were gathered to create a greater understanding of possible applications for centering prayer. The initial findings from this study support centering prayer as a positive intervention to help build psychological and emotional tools of empathy that can be added to church community offerings or Christian organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Rae
Commitee: Harbert, Laura, Kilpatrick, Alan
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Social psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Centering prayer, Christian contemplative practices, Embodied empathy, Empathy, God's love, Relational health
Publication Number: 10980308
ISBN: 978-0-438-67538-4
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