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From Regulation to Revelation:
Participant Survey from an experiment that ran from 5/21 - 7/21 2023. Sent to 1289 persons, out of which 72 responded

Below are experimental insights derived from this survey

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  • Many participants (55%) found it helpful to be reminded to check in with their sense perceptions to make sure that their body is safe. A greater amount felt more relaxed and at peace after the experiment (72%).

  • Most respondents (82%) discovered that the guiding method through the principles allowed them to better understand how to implement curiosity through their body and connect with the outside environment and others. This suggests that they discovered that the experiment helps them to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world around them.

  • Most respondents (91%) mention that they found it difficult to be curious without extraneous thoughts. This suggests that they are learning how to focus their attention and to let go of unhelpful thoughts (apperceptions).

  • Many participants (63%) admitted that they need to practice the experiment in connection to others and with direction, in a safe context. This suggests that they are finding that the experiment is most effective when they are able to receive support from others.

  • Overall, most respondents (76%) appear to understand that behavior is highly connected with how well we are aware of what is happening inside ourselves. This suggests that interoception is an important factor in understanding our behavior.

  • Most participants (58%) felt less separation between their "inner" and "outer" experiences. This suggests that they became more aware of the interconnectedness of their body, mind, and environment.

  • The great majority of participants (86%) discovered the benefit of slowing down and practicing the experiment. This suggests that they are finding that taking time to connect with their body and senses can help them to regulate their emotions and feel more at peace.

  • Just less than half of respondents (49%) noted that they are understanding the connection point from curiosity to awareness. This suggests that they are learning how to use their curiosity to open themselves up to new experiences and to become more aware of their inner terrain.

  • Just over half of participants (54%) that they feel less separation between their "inner" and "outer" experiences. This suggests that they are becoming more aware of the interconnectedness of their body, mind, and environment.

  • Over a third of you (36%) experienced frustration and a sense of loneliness, longing to experience the peace you know is here but feeling caught in a sense of despair that seems to surface from a bodily place but presents itself as thoughts, feelings or emotions.

Survey Question Statistics

  • What part of watching this video was most enjoyable for you? 

  1. The options for enjoyment were: Understanding the importance of biology in everyday life, learning about exteroception, interoception, apperception, behavior, and more.

  2. The majority of respondents (46%) found being able to regulate their nervous system and experience a positive change most enjoyable.

  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your level of activation or discomfort (such as anxiety, fear, or worry) with yourself BEFORE watching the video?

  1. The scale ranged from 1 (minimal to unnoticeable) to 10 (very high to almost unbearable).​

  2. 18.2% rated their level of activation as 1 (minimal to unnoticeable), and 19.7% rated it as 2 (very low). 53% rated it as 6 (very moderate). 8% rated as 8-10 (very high to almost unbearable)

  • Did you find that your level of activation or bodily intensity increased during or right after trying this experiment?

  1. 47.4% answered "No," 36.8% said "Yes," and 15.8% were unsure.

  • Can you consider the possibility that our human experience can be FULLY described by the 4 dimensions of Exteroception, Interoception, Behavior, and Apperception?​

  1. The majority (94.7%) answered "Yes."​

  • Do you now have a sense of how the experiences of bodily intensity might actually be an attempt by your nervous system to update itself and reach the face to organize a facial expression, amounting to the successful completion of the deactivation cycle of a threat response?

  1. ​57.9% answered "Yes," while 15.8% were unsure.

  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your level of activation or discomfort (such as anxiety, fear, worry) with yourself AFTER watching the video?

  1. 22.7% rated their level of activation as 3 (low), and 27.3% rated it as 4 (low to very moderate). The rest were unsure, and 5% responded that it was higher.

  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your level of activation or discomfort (such as anxiety, fear, worry, blame, or guilt) with yourself in your day-to-day life?

  1. 19.1% rated their level of activation as 3 (low), and 18.2% rated it as 4 (low to very moderate). 45.9% rated it as 7 (high to very high) and 15.4% rated it as 9 or 10 (almost unbearable to overwhelming).

  • ​​Which parts of the experiment were the most challenging for you?​​

  1. The challenges included determining body aliveness, being aware of the body, paying attention to experiences, allowing curiosity, and more.

  • What new understanding do you have now after trying this experiment that you did not have before trying it?

  1. The new understandings included the importance of feeling safe, making experiential connections, less separation between inner and outer experiences, and more.

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