A video for a brief explanation of this project.
See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Below the flyer for more information
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How long will this take?
Answer: 10-15 minutes
Question: Is their financial compensation for participation?
Answer: Unfortunately no, that would require a research grant, because this is coming out of my personal pocket and my financial income is limited to the work I do at the community hospital I am unable to provide financial compensation for participation.
Question: Is a trauma experience necessary to complete the survey?
Yes , However, it doesn't need to be a severe trauma that led to PTSD. The trauma can be Physical or Spiritual/Emotional (This can include spiritual trauma such broken vows, traumatic divorce, or sudden death of a loved one like close friend, partner, parent, sibling, or child) The event must have occurred more than two years ago.
Question: Who is David Anderson and what are his qualifications?
Answer: - David's Additional Bio information - I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and completed Brian Weiss's Past Life Regression Training at Omega. I worked as a yoga instructor and certified life coach for 3 years before choosing to pursue a Doctorate in Psychology. I currently spend my weekends working overnight doing crisis evaluations at the local community hospital ER. As I am also a full-time student I do not see clients one to one or perform regressions at this time.
Question: Why are you doing this study?
Answer: - Intentions and clarifications- My goal was to bridge positive psychology with cognitive psychology and add further data to the literature about Trauma and Past life Memory.
Question: What data will be collected?
Answer: I am using two simple Post Traumatic Growth Questionnaires:
- A demographic questionaire
- The PostTraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI)
- and the Stress-Related Growth Scale (SRGS)
This survey is also being distributed globally and we are asking demographic questions to help better understand the data following the statistical analysis. Your support in the control or PLM group will add greater data and help further generalize the results.
Question: Who authorized this study?
Answer: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB/Ethics) of my University (Sofia University, Formally the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. As this is an academic study I will be publishing this dissertation in ProQuest upon complete so that other researchers can build upon the data.
Question: PRIVACY & Are my individual response going to be published?
Your personal responses are not published and will be generalized into statistical models. This study is one of the first studies conducted by a regionally accredited university using quantitative measures to gather data on Past Lifes and Trauma. Identification data is required to ensure unique responses and provide a mechanism to remove your contribution if you choose to withdraw from the study, which you have the right to do at any time for any reason.
Question: What are the primary requirements to participate?
Answer: The primary requirement to participate is that a person has experienced a trauma (This can include spiritual trauma such broken vows, traumatic divorce, or sudden death of a loved one), the event must have occurred more than two years ago.
Question: Why Two Years?
Post Traumatic Growth/Stress-Related Growth can occur in 6 months but because memories change with time and healing such journeys can take years. The two-year minimum ensures more reliable data.
Question: Why are you asking about suicidal thoughts and self harm behaviors at the very start of the survey?
Answer: At the start of the survey is a safety questionnaire to avoid triggers of significant/unprocessed trauma. We want to ensure that people who have trauma are stable and safe enough to participate. That said, the study was designed to minimize any risk of this and the first question is an extra safety mechanism.
Question: What if I had a recent trauma but I also have had trauma over two years ago?
Answer: You should answer questions with regard to the traumas that occurred in the past two years or longer. People with current or recent additional trauma's may be included as long as the trauma is not severe AND the person feels stable (not suicidal or at greater risk of becoming unstable by answering questions about trauma). Again, the questions apply to a trauma more than two years ago.
Question: How are responses sorted into groups?
- Control Group: Participant reports Trauma (2 years ago or more) & has not had ever experienced past life memory.
- Experimental Group:Participant reports Trauma (2 years ago or more) & reports they have had experienced a past life memory.
Question: I was told I have had trauma over two years ago and I was told that I have past lives by a psychic, which group would I be in?
Answer: You would be in the control group because you have not personally experienced the past life memory.
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