Long Term Effects of the Lifespring Trainings
The ancients taught "Know Thy Self,"
and the quest for self-knowledge has been a continual pursuit
of mankind throughout the ages.
Only in recent years has there been an opportunity
for the general public to attend organized, educational courses
that explore core subjects of responsibility, acceptance, accountability,
commitment, and mastery. Lifespring provides a powerful opportunity
for self-examination and growth.
Lifespring has chosen to be on the leading
edge in sponsoring research aimed at increasing the effectiveness
of our courses as an integral component of our commitment to supporting
people in having their lives and the world work.
Among the first of these studies was the
1978 report by Dr. Everett Shostrum, which considered the long-term
effects of the Lifespring courses as measured by the Personal Orientation
Inventory (POI). Shostrum's study showed statistically significant
gains for participants on all POI scales that measured levels of
Spontaneity, self-regard, self-acceptance,
inner directedness, and the capacity for intimate contact all increased
among graduates, while no gains were cited for the control group.
Even after six months, the gains arising from participation in the
Lifespring courses were still evident.
The procedures and exercises used in the
Lifespring courses are continually volunteered to medical and psychological
experts for review. This action has been applauded as evidence that
Lifespring has continued to act responsibly and in the highest interest
of our students.
Accordingly, presented here are the recent
findings of three prominent individuals in the psychological community.
Lee Ross, professor of psychology at Stanford University, conducted
research aimed at measuring consumer satisfaction of the Basic and
Advanced Courses. Dr. Ross collected data over a 12-month period,
analyzed its implications, and released that information here for
In addition, Doctors Morton Lieberman and
Irvin Yalom, acclaimed group psychology experts, examined the Lifespring
Basic Training in order to make recommendations for possible improvement
and to determine any psychological implications associated with
participating in the course.
Providing an objective bank of information to document the results
of our courses is vital to the ongoing development of Lifespring.
We are pleased to present the findings of these eminent researchers.