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We believe that scientific study is an important responsibility in accounting for the benefits offered to the public by the Hoffman Process. Research findings also have assisted us in strengthening and extending the value of our approach to helping people change recurrent unwanted patterns in their lifestyles.


Science and the Hoffman Process: Reviewing Existing Research

The Hoffman Process is a unique, intensive, psycho-emotional education program in which 90,000 people have participated worldwide since 1967. It is currently offered in 10 countries. A review of existing research from 1985 to 2013 shows that participating in the week-long program has a positive and lasting effect on overall psychological adjustment, in particular reducing negative effect while improving positive effect, health and well-being. The relationship with one’s self and with family members has also been found to benefit from the Process, along with professional performance and emotional competence in the work environment. The Process is in line with recent and mainstream scientific disciplines, and its techniques concur with various evidence-based methods in a structured and practice-oriented manner. Several renowned scientists have provided testimonials on their own experience and appraisals of the Hoffman Process.

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University of California Grant Research Study

Professors Michael R. Levenson and Carolyn M. Aldwin of the University of California at Davis presented the findings of their three-year, grant* research study on the Hoffman Process in the Nov/ Dec 2006 issue of the scientific peer review journal, “EXPLORE, The Journal of Science and Healing.” This university peer review research shows that Hoffman Process participants experienced lasting significant reductions in depression, anxiety and obsessive/compulsive tendencies, coupled with lasting significant increases in emotional intelligence, life satisfaction, compassion, vitality and forgiveness. A world-wide search of the research literature shows that no other treatments or interventions produce lasting, significant reductions in negative effects, while simultaneously producing such increases in positive effects. *“Grant” research means that the University owns the data and researchers are expected to publish their findings, whatever the outcome. According to Ron Meister, Ph.D., and an administrative research director, “These research findings indicate that the overall changes available to a Hoffman Process participant are, by any standard, quite remarkable.”

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The Caldwell Report

A comprehensive scientific research study was conducted by Alex B. Caldwell, Ph.D., and Curtis S. Hileman, Ph.D., on 58 participants of the Process from 1983 to 1985. It should be noted that at the time of this study, the format of the Process was rather different from what it is today (two 3-hour sessions per week for 13 weeks versus the present week-long residential intensive). The content, however, was essentially the same as what is offered today. (Of course, there have been numerous refinements and improvements in the past 20 years.)

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The Candate Study

A study involving 31 individuals was conducted by Alison Candate, MFCC. Rather than measuring personal change, Candate’s research study was directed at clients’ self-reported perceptions of change and value. The Candate Study statistically reflects the responses and reactions that people have to participating in the Hoffman Process.

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Windhausen Comparative Study

From 1995–1997, the German psychologist Christiane Windhausen engaged in a comparative study of the results of group therapy in a hospital setting with the week-long Hoffman Process. Using a number of psychological tests, it was demonstrated that significant, lasting positive changes of the Process participants were much stronger than the changes in the participants in the 3-month group hospital program.

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Katy Perry on her career, meeting the Pope and protecting her relationship with Orlando Bloom

“Superstar Katy Perry took time out of her world tour to chat with her good friend Derek Blasberg about love, life on the road and learning to better deal with fame. Here, read the full cover story from Vogue Australia's August 2018 issue.”

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The Hoffman Process: Seven days to change a lifetime

"For much of modernity, a code of omertà stopped us talking about mental health. We were men raised to suffer in silence. Thankfully, times are changing, and in this candid account, GQ's Editor opens up to the groundbreaking Hoffman Process and reveals the life-altering release and healing that comes from speaking out."

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The Challenge of Finding Love without a Father

"With the launch of summer's must-see blockbuster, Wonder Woman, one writer finds her inner superhero to face the turmoil of growing up without a dad."

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A moment that changed me: group therapy stopped me falling for versions of my dad

“Why was I attracted to charming, older and unavailable men? The Hoffman process showed me I had placed my unreliable, dangerous father on a pedestal.”

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What I Learned at an Intense Psycho-Spiritual Retreat About Forgiveness

"I found love and lost it dramatically...again. So I went to Napa Valley to confront my demons."

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Redesign your mind

"As we begin a new year, perhaps the first thing we should consider refreshing is ourselves, says our editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin: and she doesn’t mean with spa treatments."

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Reclaiming Health is About Changing Our Lives

“Joan Borysenko, medical scientist, psychologist and educator, possesses an unforgettable warmth. She openly strives to “meet people where they are” and in doing so, instantly establishes rapport.”

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Tough Love

"Tears, torment and trauma – the Hoffman Process might not be easy but it will transform your life, says Susan Montpelier"

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GOOP Article January 2016

Breaking Up With Harmful Childhood Patterns

"For years now, we’ve heard accounts of friends having transformational life experiences at the Hoffman Institute, a stay-based center in Northern California’s wine country, that’s dedicated to resolving unresolved traumas from childhood."

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AN INNER JOURNEY: ALISON ROSE LEVY SPEAKS ON REDISCOVERING YOUR SHINING SELF

November/December 2005 | Healing Lifestyles & Spas

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MILD DEPRESSION: MEDICAL ILLNESS OR INVITATION FOR SELF-GROWTH?

Spring 2007 | Holistic Primary Care

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ACCEPTANCE: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE STUCK. ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE AND MOVE ON

May 2008 | Psychologies Magazine. Experts' advice on how to release resistance so that you can move on.

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HOW MY SISTER’S KILLER HELPED ME GRIEVE | BY HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR

January 2010 | Marie Claire Magazine

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STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD

July 2008 | ManageSmarter.com

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TOUGH LOVE | HOW TO BE A HERO, BY SUSAN MONTPELIER

June 2009 l Natural Health Magazine Tired of relationships with what she describes as ‘emotionally abusive cads disguised as charmers’, Sarah decided to put Hoffman to the test. Did it work?

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JULY 2010 | SUPERCONSCIOUSNESS MAGAZINE

Read this compelling interview in the Summer 2010 issue of SuperConsciousness magazine with Dr. Joan Borysenko, the Harvard educated medical scientist, psychologist and educator, author of 14 books and Chair of the Hoffman Institute’s Advisory Council

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JULY, 2010 | HYDE SCHOOLS AND HOFFMAN, CREATING COMMUNITY

During his tenure as a math teacher and school administrator, Joey Gauld conceived of the idea that each student has unique potential and should be encouraged to explore and use their gifts to the best of their ability.

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MARCH 2010 | THERAPY TODAY MAGAZINE

Author Jayne Allen relates her life-changing experience of the Hoffman Process.

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TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND IN 8 DAYS

November 2010 | Women’s Weekly Magazine Crystal Lim Leahy shares her experience of The Hoffman Process and how it has helped redefined her views on life, relationships and motherhood.

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HEALTHY MASCULINITY

Visit the Huffington Post to read Craig K. Comstock’s exploration of “healthy masculinity,” as presented to him by the ManKind Project, and in concert with his experience with the Hoffman Process.

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REDESIGN YOUR MIND

"'As we begin a new year, perhaps the first thing we should consider refreshing is ourselves,’ says our editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin: and she doesn’t mean with spa treatments.” Hoffman Graduate, Michelle Ogundehin, editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration UK, describes the benefits of the Hoffman Process.

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BRITISH FILM STAR NAOMIE HARRIS TALKS ABOUT HOFFMAN IN NET-A-PORTER MAGAZINE

“MANY of us come from dysfunctional parents, and we get TRAPPED in NEGATIVE patterns that stem from that.”

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