There is currently a growing body of research being undertaken examining the effects of
(IBSR: Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction)
“Current depression treatments have limited efficacy and come with many side effects. Our ongoing research suggests that The Work of Byron Katie is much more powerful. Depression affects over 300 million individuals worldwide.“
More Research on The Work of Byron Katie (IBSR):
“The Work” is a meditative technique that enables the identification and investigation of thoughts that cause an individual stress and suffering. Its core is comprised of four questions and turnarounds that enable the participant to experience a different interpretation of reality. We assessed the effect of “The Work” meditation on quality of life and psychological symptoms in a non-clinical sample.
The promising results of this pilot study warrant randomized clinical trials to validate “The Work” meditation technique as an effective intervention for improvement in psychological state and quality of life in the general population.
The effects of Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) on mental health and well-being among a non-clinical sample.
Mental problems are highly common among the general population. Mind-body interventions were found to be highly effective in treating them. The current study assessed the effect of Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) meditation on psychological parameters in a general population sample.
“The Work” is a meditative technique developed by Byron Katie in 1986 and is practiced by hundreds of thousands of people in more than 30 countries. The technique trains individuals to identify the thoughts that cause stress and suffering in a systematic and comprehensive way and to meditatively “investigate” these thoughts, thus enabling them to experience a different interpretation of reality.
The current pilot study shows the potentially beneficial effects of “The Work” technique as a method of intervention for improving results on psychological scales and promoting mental health among the general population. Future randomized controlled studies should examine the effectiveness of “The Work” intervention in this population.
While Byron Katie has introduced this therapeutic process to hundreds of thousands around the world in the past 20 years, it has made few inroads into the field of psychotherapy even though many mental health practitioners have experienced the value of this process and have incorporated it into their practices. It is our hope that this paper will more broadly introduce “The Work”, and stimulate interest in researching this simple, effective process.
Utilising mindfulness-based approaches and techniques within counselling has become increasingly popular with mental health professionals. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness can have positive implications for both clients and therapists. Relatively new to the field of counselling is a meditational, mindfulness based approach known as Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR). This qualitative study explored therapists’ experience of using IBSR both personally and in their clinical practice.