What is the Hoffman Process 2019-06-21T08:09:43+00:00
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What is the Hoffman Process and How Does it Make Permanent Positive Change in People’s Lives?

Founded in 1967 by Bob Hoffman, the Hoffman Process is an intensive week-long residential personal growth retreat that helps participants identify negative behaviours, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood.

Utilising a time-tested experiential and non-invasive methodology alongside cognitive behavioural rationality, the Process creates positive change in brain structure via the limbic brain system where the patterns and emotional memories are stored in the form of images and feelings.

By utilising the cognitive and limbic brain together, the Process helps participants to become conscious of and disconnected from negative patterns of thought and behaviours on an emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual level to make significant positive changes in their lives.

The Process dramatically reduces the driving force of self-defeating behaviours, allowing access to previously untapped resources of inner strength, self awareness, personal empowerment, compassion, spirituality and love for self and others.

Participants learn to remove habitual ways of thinking and behaving, align with their authentic self and respond to situations in life from a place of conscious choice. They report that the positive effects of the Process increase over time, making it a truly life-changing experience.

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The Foundation of the Work

“Negative Love is intergenerational pain that is passed down from one generation to the
next. Everyone is guilty and no one is to blame.”
Bob Hoffman (1921-1997)

The Process is based on the concept of Bob Hoffman’s Negative Love Syndrome

All children want love and attention from their parents. Children believe implicitly that mother and father know what they are doing at all times. For a child, imitating a parent’s behaviours, moods and attitudes — literally becoming like them often seems the only way to earn a parent’s love and attention. When a child takes on his or her parents’ negativities in an attempt to be loveable by the parents, he or she becomes a victim of the Negative Love Syndrome.

None of us were immune to the Negative Love Syndrome. Its only product is inauthentic, compulsive, self-sabotaging behavior. The Negative Love Syndrome puts us at war with ourselves and others. It also disconnects us from our own true source of power, our inner spiritual selves, which may appear only in rare moments or short flashes of insight. Learn more about how the Hoffman Process transforms the Negative Love Syndrome.

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

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Who Does the Process?

Since 1967, more than 100,000 people worldwide have used the Hoffman Process to achieve personal strength and inner peace. Process participants come from all income groups, professions, cultures and spiritual beliefs. They range in age from 21 to well into their 80s. Despite varied backgrounds, those who come to the Process have in common a sense of dissatisfaction and a deep desire to change. The benefits they have reported fall into three broad categories:

Emotional healing and freedom

Freedom from life-long negative moods, feelings, and behavioural patterns; including deep and lasting help in the healing of depression, anxiety, interpersonal sensitivity and inappropriate anger issues; as well as freedom to be more open, loving, joyful, centered, creative, and spontaneous. For an in-depth understanding on what depression actually is and how the Hoffman Process can fast track the recovery from depression, read this article

I shared my process with doctors, housewives, business owners and corporate professionals. We learned how to notice our pain and the destructive patterns we go into when we feel threatened, guilty or fearful. There was a deep sense of camaraderie at being in the same boat with these people and we developed level of trust that I might never again in my lifetime experience.
Alex, 2014


The capacity to be present and loving in the face of suffering, of yourself and others, such that healing is induced, helping you to become a compassionate leader in your life.

The past week has been undoubtedly the most profound week of my life. Prior to doing the process I would have considered myself to be a confident and perceptive human who has planned a successful career but who had some issues with anger and criticism. Hmm.

After the past week I would have to reconsider and considerably revise my awareness to something more like – I was a scared and lonely human who’s pattern have consistently stopped me from being myself. I am leaving the process feeling authentic, free and now armed with the tools required to live a full and loving life. What more could one ask for?
Mark, 2016

Spiritual Awakening

The ability to consistently connect with one’s inner wisdom and loving spiritual aspect; knowing from within that one is on a path of healing and contribution.

The process has helped me to dig into the past, release deep pain and forgive those who have wronged me. It’s been an incredible journey into my own unknown I’ve resurfaced, feeling refreshed with a much greater love and appreciation for others and myself. I am now free!
Rebekah, 2016

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Scientific Research

Several different scientific research studies have been conducted about the Process, both about the methodology and about its aftereffects. One of the most significant studies was done by Professors Michael R. Levenson and Carolyn M. Aldwin, of the University of California, Davis.

Their three-year, grant-funded research study 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.

Further information on this study can be found here on our website, and in the Nov/ Dec 2006 issue of the scientific peer review journal, EXPLORE, The Journal of Science and Healing.

A worldwide search of the research literature shows no other treatments or interventions that produce lasting, significant reductions in negative effects while simultaneously producing such increases in positive affects.

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What’s Next?

There a few things you can do to find out if the Process is for you:
• Take our “Is the Process for me?” self-assessment test to learn if the Process if right for you
• Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information
• Read what our Graduates have to say about their experience before and after doing the Process
• Take advantage of this great offer and book a free 1 hour consultation with one of our professional therapists

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