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Neurophysiologic, phenomenological, cultural, social and spiritual correlates of empathy experiences : integral psychological and person centered perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Edwards, Steve
dc.contributor.author Cramer, Duncan
dc.contributor.author Kelaiditis, Dimitri
dc.contributor.author Edwards, David
dc.contributor.author Naidoo, Nira
dc.contributor.author Davidson, Dale
dc.contributor.author Thwala, Jabu
dc.contributor.author Mbhele, Buyi
dc.contributor.author Siyaya, Vusi
dc.contributor.author Singh, Ashmin
dc.contributor.author Tshabalala, Pumelela
dc.contributor.author Nzima, Dumisani
dc.contributor.author Govender, Sumeshni
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-22T07:44:34Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-22T07:44:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Edwards, S., Cramer, D., Kelaiditis, D., Edwards, D., Naidoo, N., Davidson, D., Thwala, J., Mbele, B., Siyaya, V., Singh, A. and Tshabalala, P., 2011. Neurophysiologic, phenomenological, cultural, social and spiritual correlates of empathy experiences: integral psychological and person centered perspectives. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(2), pp.91-100. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1942
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 3, Issue 2, Jan 2011, p. 91 - 100 en_US
dc.description.abstract The main objective of this research was to explore neurophysiologic, phenomenological, cultural and social correlates of recipients’ experiences of empathy within the context of Wilber’s Integral approach and Person Centered theory and practice. Thirteen psychologists participated as co-researchers in a triangulated, within subjects’ post-test experimental design in which empathy data were compared with data from control conditions of factual information processing and rest. A consistent pattern emerged from data gathered. Empathy experiences were associated with an unexpected, statistically significant increase in alpha activity, with some associated increasing trends in theta and beta activity. Expected findings were significant decreases in delta activity accompanied by decreasing trends in gamma wave activity, muscle tension, heart and respiration rate. Individual experiences generally reflected an affective, interpersonal, cultural, social and spiritual state of normal waking consciousness. Participant consensus was that the neurophysiologic and other correlates corresponded truthfully with typical empathic moments, insights and/or peak experiences, which are associated with effective therapeutic change in traditional and contemporary healing contexts. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Neurophysiologic en_US
dc.subject phenomenological en_US
dc.subject integral psychology en_US
dc.subject person centered psychotherapy en_US
dc.title Neurophysiologic, phenomenological, cultural, social and spiritual correlates of empathy experiences : integral psychological and person centered perspectives en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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