Scientific Inquiry: A Report on Independent Studies of the Lifespring
Americans are showing increased interest
in personal development--mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
Famed psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that when the "survival"
needs for food, clothing, and shelter are assured, new questions
begin to emerge: "Who am I?" "Why am I here?"
"Does my life have a purpose?" "Do I make a difference?"
Even as more and more people have had
the time, energy, and resources to concern themselves with complex
personal issues, a new vehicle for self-exploration has appeared
on the American scene: experiential adult education.
Lifespring, Inc. is in the forefront
of this new mode of learning and offers numerous courses and trainings
which present the knowledge and technology of experiential education
in an effective and accessible format.
The educational format of the courses
is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore many
of their own life questions in a supportive environment. Short lectures
focus on a particular question such as the nature of responsibility
or what makes relationships work. This is followed by an opportunity
to experience, in an immediate and real sense, the way different
individuals relate to the topic being discussed. An important part
of the course is the discussion which follows these exercises, as
participants exchange their thoughts and feelings on the subject
and relate their experience.
The Lifespring Basic Training is the
prerequisite course to all the other courses which Lifespring offers.
It is an approximately 45-hour program that takes place over five
consecutive days. Subsequent to the Basic is an Advanced Course,
the Leadership Program, and numerous weekend workshops which expand
on such subjects as Communication, Relationships, Family, etcetera.
When people consider investing time,
money, and energy in their personal growth and development, they
naturally want to know about the quality and value of the programs
Typically, they ask such questions
1) Who takes the Lifespring trainings?
Are they people like me, or will I feel alone and among strangers?
2) Is Lifespring a type of group therapy? What are some of the
issues focused on in the training?
3) Am I likely to get value from this program? Will it be worth
the investment of my time, energy, and money?
4) Will my experience of the training be enjoyable or difficult
5) What are the chances that I will be harmed in some way?
Lifespring has taken these questions
seriously and commissioned studies by three independent research
scientists widely respected for their work in human change and development.
These eminent doctors are Lee Ross, Ph.D. of Stanford University,
Morton Lieberman, Ph.D. of the University of California School of
Medicine, and Irving Yalom, M.D. of Stanford Medical School. Six
different studies were conducted, and the initial findings provide
some answers to these five questions.
Taken as a whole, this research on
Lifespring represents the greatest body of scientific inquiry in
this field. The resultant findings indicate that satisfaction with
the courses and the successes reported by graduates of the Lifespring
trainings are the norm rather than the exception.
We invite you to consider the possibility
that the best way to determine your own reaction to the course is
to experience it by participating in the course.