If you wish to go into the draw for one of the six book vouchers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org AT ANY POINT WITHIN TWO WEEKS from the day of your participating in this study, providing an email address. At that point, a number will be allocated to that address so that you can enter the draw but this number won’t be linked to your set of responses; these will remain anonymous. Your email address will remain strictly confidential and will be used to communicate only the results of the draw and the research, and for no other purpose.
If you wish to learn of the group results or receive notice of publication of the research (note that this may not occur for 12-24 months), email
Thank you and some further information on personal growth
Thank you so much for your participation in this research. In this study, we are exploring the concept of personal growth as we ask questions such as, is it related to professed spirituality, religious involvement, health, and past traumatic events, and is it reported by women more than men. Of especial interest is the association between personal growth and eudaimonic well-being, assessed in the study in terms of ‘enlightenment’. This is a Zen-related concept that concerns knowing one’s true nature, said to be potentially wholly positive despite the fact that negative events happen to the human race. It can take a lot of time and effort to become ‘who we really are’; but who knows the limits of people's capacity for wisdom, inner peace, and compassion, and for feeling of the world rather than in it!
Mason Durie (2001) discusses Māori health using similar terms and phrases, such as not being a servant to time, having generosity, humility, and respect, and feeling interconnected.
If these topics resonate with you, and you would like to read more about them, you could try one or two of the following, although we would not prescribe any particular work:
Boyd-Wilson, B. M., & Walkey, F. H. (2015). The Enlightenment Scale: A measure of being at peace and open-hearted. Pastoral Psychology, 64, 311-325. doi: 10.1007/s11089-013-0586-9
Campbell, W. K., Brunell, A. B., & Foster, J. D. (2004). Sitting here in limbo: Ego shock and posttraumatic growth. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 22-26.
Durie, M. (2001). Mauri ora: The dynamics of Māori health. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Frankl, V. E. (1964). Man’s search for meaning: An introduction to logotherapy. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness: Fifteenth anniversary edition. New York: Delta Trade Paperback/Bantam Dell.
Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (2004). Posttraumatic growth: Conceptual foundations and empirical evidence. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 1-18.
Tedeschi, R. G., Calhoun, L. G., & Cann, A. (2007). Evaluating resource gain: Understanding and misunderstanding posttraumatic growth. Applied Psychology: An international Review, 56, 396-406.
Wheeler, J. (2006). Right here, right now: Seeing your true nature as present awareness. Salisbury, UK: Non-Duality Press.
Thank you so much! :)