The Hoffman Process is the Most Effective Treatment in the Recovery from Anxiety
Over the past 10 years there has been a marked increase in the number of anxiety and depression sufferers and people are increasingly attending the Hoffman Process to address the causes, not just the symptoms.
The Hoffman Process helps participants to understand and heal underlying emotional issues which have been acquired within the family of origin during the formative years. Participants learn to become grounded in their own spiritual centre from where they can find resolution within their own ‘existential dilemmas’. This builds higher levels of personal resilience to deal with the normal ups and downs of life. Check the Upcoming Hoffman Process Retreat Dates
Every human being and family is challenged for survival during their lives from the normal demands of work, family, habitat and relationships. Facing our own survival causes existential anxiety. If we do not learn how to develop resilience before the demands of our life or find the source of our repeated sense of inadequacy within our conditioning, then anxiety can take control of us instead of us taking control of our lives.
Inter-generational trauma, panic attacks, phobias, addictions and compulsions is a legacy which can be acquired by children, gaining in intensity over many generations unless it is addressed, e.g. Holocaust survivors, refugees, war and natural disasters.
During the Hoffman Process, participants journey back through the generations and are able to find understanding of the source of their anxieties. Resolution is found through being able to grieve for the source of all the suffering and liberation is found through compassion and forgiveness.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a state of apprehension, tension or uneasiness from the anticipation of danger and failure. It is differentiated from fear in that fear is seen as an emotional response to a consciously recognized and usually external threat or danger, whereas the symptoms of anxiety are primarily of an intra-psychic origin. Anxiety is something we anticipate in response to an unknown or unrecognized threat and generally involves disturbing feelings of tension, distress and nervousness. Anxiety, just like depression ranges from the mild to the acute but is debilitating along the whole spectrum.
Often, symptoms of anxiety can occur even when there isn’t a clear sense of imminent threat because anxiety often stems from a fear of fear itself or of some past trauma or experience that overwhelmed or had serious consequences for us at the time. Dr. Claudio Naranjo likens anxiety to a “frozen fear or a frozen alarm before danger that has ceased to threaten (though it continues to be imagined)”.
Social anxiety can be activated by any social situation (agoraphobia) because people fear that they will be judged or criticized or otherwise threatened by other people. There is often doubt in the anxiety sufferer as to whether they have the competency to deal with certain situations.
“They perceive that ‘the control of life and things’ is located outside themselves.” (B. Chestnut)
Specific anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress or acute stress disorder, obsessive compulsive and substance induced disorder, as well as generalized anxiety disorder, have some physical symptoms in common such as a pounding heart, sweating, trembling, shaking and having difficulty breathing. However, the sources of anxiety, just as with depression, have their roots in our ‘family of origin’ and this is where anxiety sufferers need to inquire and seek understanding in order to find relief and resolution.
Hoffman Process Director discusses social anxiety in this webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZn0YbpUNXo
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Independent Scientific Research shows that The Hoffman Process is the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression
The HP not only produces significant lasting reductions in negative affect i.e. depression, anxiety, hostility, interpersonal over-sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive symptoms but also engenders significant, lasting, increases in positive affect i.e. emotional intelligence, spirituality, mindfulness, forgiveness and empathy, along with increases in physical energy and vitality.
These changes were demonstrated in a University of California’s Study (Levenson et al., 2006). This rigorous study, with a one-year follow-up, showed that most of the gains that participants made during the Process were sustained over the next year, in comparison with the control group. Depression practically disappeared a week after the HP and remained low after a year, with only a 17% relapse rate, while, for example, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) has shown a relapse rate of 30.8% and antidepressant medication alone 76.2% after one year (Hollon et al., 2005). These outstanding effects on depression were mediated by increases in forgiveness and spirituality. Learn more about the Science underpinning the Hoffman Process.
To understand your intellect, your emotional capacity and your physical self – a whole person is connected with their Spiritual Center, which they access through the work of the Process. From that place – the Spiritual Center – there’s not much room for depression.
Lee Lipsenthal, M.D., ABHM1
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Hoffman Process in the Media – articles from around the web
- Katy Perry talks to Vogue Magazine about her Hoffman Process experience and her relationship with Orlando Bloom
- Advocate for men’s mental health, GQ Editor Dylan Jones raises awareness on men’s plight with mental health issues in his candid account of his personal experience of the Hoffman Process
- Tara Parker-Pope writes for the NY Times Magazine about her experience of the Hoffman Process in her article ‘The Midlife Tuneup’
- Stephanie Hollman’s (cast member on “Real Housewives of Dallas”) blog piece after attending the Hoffman Process
To learn more about Bob’s work, the theoretical underpinnings of the Hoffman Process, please read The Negative Love Syndrome and the Quadrinity Model© A Path to Personal Freedom and Love, by Bob Hoffman. Free download available here