The Hoffman Process

Entertaining the idea of default activity during my lunch break at work, I immersed myself in my routine of listening to my go-to podcast: The Tim Ferris Show. During his interview with Blake Mycoskie, who enticed the listeners with the concept of the Hoffman Process. A triggering point and more, importantly, an indication for my curiosity to cascade down into a rabbit hole of research. Here’s, what I’ve found.

What is the Hoffman Process?

In 1967, Bob Hoffman created the Hoffman Process. The basic idea of this process is to realise the transition point to what life was and what life could be like after the Hoffman Process. 

The theory behind the Hoffman Process

Our upbringing is impacted by our parents and caregivers from the day we are born. Bob Hoffman recognised children unconsciously emulate the negative behaviours, attitudes, moods, and insecurities of their parents or caregivers to be loved or do the exact opposite to grab their attention. This gave rise to Negative love syndrome.

The foundation of the Hoffman Process is described by four pillars of self also referred to as ‘Quadrinity’. This includes:

1. The intellect 

2. The Emotions 

3. The Body

4. The Spirit. 

And, true healing begins when all four pillars are engaged in one harmony, which gives rise to the structure of awareness, expression, forgiveness, and New behaviour.

What is Negative love syndrome?

It’s considered as an inter-generational pain that is passed down from generation to generation. It is part of our childhood programming that entails negative moods, attitudes, and behaviours that we practice over and over again. And ultimately, the practice of such emotions, behaviours, and attitude impact our social surroundings on an everyday basis.

Here’s a short snippet video to help you understand the Negative love syndrome: CLICK ME.

The science behind the Hoffman Process

In this study, it was indicated after one week of the Hoffman Process, the participants experienced a decline in the negatively affected symptoms like depression and an increase in positive outcomes like empathy, emotional intelligence, forgiveness, and well-being.

Furthermore, a long term study carried as part of a dissertation on the effectiveness of the Hoffman Quadrinity process by Christiane Windhausen in 1997.

She found that:

The ratings on the Frankfurt Self-Concept Scale showed that the Quadrinity graduates, in all cases, had not only made a rapid improvement but had also remained stable throughout subsequent tests and studies. The study produced highly significant data regarding the corresponding improvements on handling general problems-management scale (FSAP), confidence in behaviour when facing decision-making (FSVE), and in general self-worth ratings (FSSW). The data also proved that the Quadrinity Process produced significantly greater changes in its graduates than a controlled group undergoing a comparable three-month group therapy at the Fliednerkrankenhaus Hospital.

Her study also highlighted effective long term improvements in ‘social resonance’ – meaning people that underwent the Quadrinity process were more open towards other people. They expressed themselves greatly and had intense experiences.

Additional resources

As a point of resource to consider while reading about the Hoffman Process, I recommend checking out the ‘No One is to Blame‘ written by Bob Hoffman in 1988. Alternatively, the tools and strategies provided in ‘You can change your life‘ by Tim Laurence also provides an outlook on the Hoffman process. It’s currently part of my reading list.

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