The Book Review Spotlight: Can research not only inform, but transform you? Rosemarie Anderson has just the book to answer that.

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The Book Review Spotlight

raRosemarie Anderson is Professor Emerita at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. and a research consultant. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1973 and a M. Div. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA in 1983. In 1998, she authored Celtic Oracles (Random House) and co-authored, with William Braud, Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences (SAGE Pubs), the book that established the field of transpersonal research methods.

In 2011, she co-authored Transforming Self and Others Through Research (SUNY Press) with William Braud and co-authored Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Research: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry (Guilford, 2011) with Frederick Wertz, Kathy Charmaz, Linda McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson, and Emalina McSpadden. As a research supervisor and consultant, she oversees research using Intuitive Inquiry, Narrative Research, Art- and Body-based Approaches, Case Study, and Mixed Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative). She lives in Oregon and is a student of Denma Locho Rinpoche and Paul Goodberg.

We have posted reviews of her books “Transforming Self and Others Through Research” and “Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences” here.

Transforming Self and Others through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology)” by Rosemarie Anderson Ph.D. and William Braud Ph.D.

How can research not only inform, but transform you?What are transformational research methods and how can they help researchers in multiple fields of study to develop themselves through research?

Amazon Book Review: “Healthy and Enlightening”.
This is a keeper, who knew that research methods could be so enlightening. I have read many research methods books but never has one held my interest such as this book. It is an excellent book if you are looking to expand your current approach to research. The authors have a very healthy and advanced understanding of the current and future needs within the field of research.

From a Kindle Edition Book Excerpt: “It is possible to deliberately increase the likelihood of transformative changes in all research personnel by choosing inquiry approaches and emphasizing research skills that involve the researcher to a much greater degree than usually is the case and that allow the researcher to actualize aspects of herself or himself that typically are ignored and remain untapped during the course of a research project. The purpose of this book is to describe some of these transformation-fostering approaches and skills and to suggest ways of using them in research and scholarly endeavors throughout the human sciences and humanities.”

Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience (Progress in Neural Processing; 7)” by William Braud Ph.D. and Rosemarie Anderson Ph.D.

Can research be a transformational experience for the researcher? How can the addition of different spiritual practices during the process of research help us to have a positive change in who we are as people?

Amazon Review: “Best One Out There.”
Anderson and Braud are no armchair researchers or theorists in the transpersonal field. They bring a much needed dimension to the field in terms of research. The vast majority of transpersonal leaders are either theorists who ground their theories on top of other theories or those with very weak research designs. Anderson and Braud take no sides but present ways for every human science researcher to improve their methods of inquiry. Not only is the book the best in the field, it provides many outside resources to phenomenological, heuristic, action, case study, ethnographic, meta-study, statistical, and integral inquiry. A super book.

From a Kindle Edition Book Excerpt: “One of the unique properties of applying transpersonal approaches to research is the potential transformation of the researcher. Because these methods ask the researcher to use intuition and apply alternative states of consciousness such as direct knowing, dream and imagery work, and meditation to the research process, pursuing these transpersonal methods potentially becomes a self-realizing act. In following these techniques and procedures, the encounter with the transcendent dimension of the topic of inquiry not only can inform but also can change the researcher, sometimes radically.”

ITP-logo_smallAbout The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University

Since 1975, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University has continued to be an international leader and pioneer, moving humanity forward in the areas of transpersonal research and transpersonal education. training clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings.  The Sofia educational model offers students not only a solid intellectual foundation, but an extraordinary opportunity for deep transformational growth and personal experience of the subject matter. How does Sofia University accomplish this? The university builds upon its strong, whole-person psychological foundation to give students a greater understanding of the human condition.


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