Invitation to Participate in Research Project
- Hello Sharon and All...
I am forwarding a request for former member's participation in a
short 20 - 30 minute survey that a colleague of mine, George
Silberschatz, PhD, is conducting with the San Francisco Psychotherapy
Research Group (SFPRG). I recently completed a year-long study about
the Control-Mastery Theory with the SFPRG and the Control-Mastery
Theory. I was introduced to this psychodynamic, cognitive,
relational theory over 10 years ago. The name of the theory stems
from two basic premises: (1)"people exercise considerable control
over their conscious and unconscious mental life (thoughts, feelings,
defenses, wishes) and their control is regulated by unconscious
appraisals of safety and danger, and (2) people are highly motivated
to master psychological conflicts and psychic trauma. This theory is
quite comprehensive, does not include "techniques", and focuses on a
strong therapeutic, collaborative relationship between therapist and
client, based on each client's individual needs and goals. It has
been developed over the past 45+ years and is empirically validated.
It helped me make sense of my own experience prior to, during, and
after Eckankar and has also enhanced my work as a psychotherapist
with other former members.
This is what George writes regarding the survey:
"I want to say at the outset that at this point in our research we
are simply trying to validate a new measure -- the PBS. (Pathogenic
Beliefs Scale...those inaccurate, self-limiting, and self-sabotaging
beliefs internalized through throught reform and also formed in
childhood). Many, if not most, measures in psychology are usually
validated on samples of undergraduate psychology students. My goal
for validating the PBS was to generate a wide and diverse sample of
respondents: janitors and judges, drug addicts and doctors, students
and stock brokers, etc. Toward this end, I felt it would be very
helpful to have former cult members in this validation sample.
"Once the scale has been validated, we can begin to assess whether
there are different patterns of beliefs in different groups of
"Former cult members responses to the questionnaire would
substantially enrich and strengthen the research. Here is the link
for the survey:
George's contact information is:
George Silberschatz, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
UCSF School of Medicine
I thank those of you who will take the survey.