This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Effect of behaviour, hypno and spiritual therapies on management of anxiety neurosis

Saroja Dokkupalle — St. Joseph’s College of Education for Women, Guntur.

All over the globe anxiety figures as a central problem of the present era. Cases of anxiety are increasing day by day, affecting not only the psychological well-being but also efficiency of an individual. Unless the therapies are modified from time to time to suit individual needs and problems one cannot think of managing anxiety effectively. In the present study, a tried out package of behaviour, hypno and spiritual exercises and activities, is used to reduce anxiety. These include Jacobson’s progressive relaxation, hypnotic suggestions, tension and anger relaxation, thought stopping, worry chair, breathing and physical exercises, yogasanas – savasana, meditation and Transcendental meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in different combinations to different cases. Along with the above exercises, mild doses of tranquilizers were used for severe cases in the initial sessions. Most of the cases were given three to four 1-hour sessions to reduce their anxiety to a noticeable degree. They were advised to continue Transcendental Mediation, savasana, any physical exercise and self-hypnotic suggestions. Follow up sessions were given once in a month, later after 2-3 months, and then after six months. Soon after the termination of the last session 95% of the cases reported that their anxiety levels were reduced to a remarkable extent; 90% of them expressed that their self-confidence and efficiency in work increased.

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