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A grounded theory investigation of awakening /realization in direct /top -down approach: Implications for a psychology of awakening
by Paul, Arvin, Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2008, 312; 3336704
Abstract (Summary)

The intention of this study was to explore the process of awakening or realization in individuals that occurred by direct means, especially as it appears in the current day. Using a grounded theory methodology, the study analyzed 20 archival interviews. Next, 9 in-person interviews were conducted and analyzed for greater scope and depth. Finally, primarily to perform the function of constant comparison, the elemental codes that constituted the tentative grounded theory were put in the form of 535 questionnaire items and administered to 40 participants. The end result of data gathering and analysis is a provisional grounded theory of awakening/realization by direct means providing a view on perspective, process, and fruition. At the heart of the grounded theory were discovered core principles, perspectives, and attitudes, contained in a subcategory called Orientation, and subsumed under the headings of (a) Truth and Authenticity, (b) Guidance and True Conscience, (c) Noninterference, (d) Openness, (e) True Peace and Fulfillment, and (e) Direct Approach and the View. Results are provided, as well as implications for the field of psychology, nondual wisdom, and further research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Paul, Arvin
Commitee: Blackstone, Judith, Hastings, Arthur
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Residential Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Awakening, Embodiment, Integration, Nonduality, Psychology of awakening, Realization
Publication Number: 3336704
ISBN: 978-0-549-90430-4
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