Dynamic Meditation as a Mirror: A Study in Self-Esteem
Psychologist Jutta Blume from the University of Bamberg, Germany, recently presented results of a study about the effects of Dynamic meditation on people's self-esteem.
Forty test persons did Dynamic every day for three weeks. Before and after, they were shown videos stimulating strong feelings of embarrassment, guilt and regret. Each time, the degree of emotional identification was recorded on video and registered on a questionnaire.
Blume found interesting differences between feelings of regret on the one side, and feelings of embarrassment and guilt on the other. Whereas people's capacity for regret increased after meditating, their readiness to feel embarrassed or guilty decreased. Blume interprets this as a sign that, as far as outer behavior rules are concerned, people become significantly more relaxed and easy through the meditations. After some time they develop a sharpened sense of personal dignity and sincerity – hence a greater readiness to regret undignified or insincere acts.
All participants showed more or less the same results. However, Blume points out that "people who tended to have a low level of self-esteem in the beginning, had a clearly more positive self-image after the meditations. And those who seemed to have a very solid self-esteem before became more modest afterwards. Dynamic Meditation obviously brings you to a more realistic view of yourself," she concludes. "It either knocks you down from any over-inflated stance or it shows you that you aren't such a gray mouse after all."
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