Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience

Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience

Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience

There is no shortage of research methods that are easily applied to the study of everyday human experience. How, though, does one attempt to study extraordinary human experiences – ultimate values and meanings, peak experiences, transcendence and heightened awareness, among others.

William Braud and Rosemarie Anderson introduce a series of transpersonal research methods that are intended to help researchers develop new ways of knowing and methods of inquiry. While these methods will be of particular interest to researchers in transpersonal psychology, humanistic psychology, or transpersonal studies applied to traditional fields, the authors argue that these approaches – with their emphasis on developing intuition, empathy and self-awareness – can benefit anyone involved in the research enterprise across many disciplines.

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  1. Daryl Paulson said,

    Wrote on June 9, 2012 @ 8:25 am

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    Best One Out There, December 16, 2003
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    Daryl Paulson (Bozeman, Montana) –
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    This review is from: Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience (Paperback)

    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.

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  2. Julio F. D. Rezende "Matrix and Business" said,

    Wrote on June 9, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    A fundamental book for transpersonal research, December 28, 2005
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    During many times I red this amazing book. I think that this book is a landmark in development of methods to examine and experience the consciousness states. One of the most interesting aspects is to try apply this kind of knowledges to social dimension. Activity very well done. I recommend this book for psychologist, students and counsciousness researchers.

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  3. Margot Borden said,

    Wrote on June 9, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent guidance for transpersonal research, January 16, 2007
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    Margot Borden
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    This review is from: Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience (Paperback)

    This book is an excellent resource for conducting transpersonal research. It’s contents are clear, well-structured and comprehensive. This book has been much easier to understand and use than other books I have read on qualitative research methodologies.

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