August 02, 2017
Abraham Maslow Heritage Award Given to Professor Emerita Rosemarie Anderson
Where: American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Washington DC
When: Friday, August 4, 2017.
Professor Emerita Rosemarie Anderson will formally receive the Abraham Maslow Heritage Award and deliver an acceptance speech at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Washington DC on Friday, August 4, 2017. This award is given to individuals who have made “an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of human spirit.” Her speech is entitled Toward a Sacred Science—Reflecting Forward.
An excerpt from Professor Anderson’s acceptance speech:
“In founding the field of transpersonal research methods, the late William Braud and I well knew we were breaking the rules of what was then mainstream science. Did we feel vulnerable? No. Our doctoral students at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, now Sofia University, demanded we find a new way to conduct research beyond positivistic perspectives. Surrounded by love, we rallied to the challenge and had a rock-and-rolling good time. In our first book Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Science: Honoring Human Experience in 1998 we put the challenge of conducting transpersonal research like so:
In transpersonal psychology—which concerns itself with issue of consciousness, alternative states of consciousness, exceptional experiences, transegoic development, and humanity’s highest potentials and possible transformation—this tension between subject matter and research is strongly felt. Both students and practitioners ask whether it is possible to research the transpersonal without violating, distorting, or trivializing what we are studying. Is it possible to live, appreciate, and honor our transpersonal aspects and our most purposeful human qualities while, at the same time, conducting systematic research into these most significant facets of our being?
We maintain that it is possible to conduct significant and satisfying research on all facets of human experience—even the most sensitive, exceptional, and sacred experiences—but only if we modify our assumptions about research and extend our research methods so that they become as creative and expansive as the subject matter we wish to investigate.”