Feeling of Connection: Techniques

Goals

To determine some psychological techniques for eliciting the feeling of connection(like feeling connected to each other, to nature or to something bigger than ourselves). This information will be used to design experiences that elicit the feeling of connection.

Early Findings

As we dove into the background research of this topic, we reviewed several credible sources, including Science Direct, Google Scholar, and others. As per our initial search, it seems that there is very little information available on psychological techniques in scientific/academic journals and much of the information available in the public domain is related to ways to create an emotional connection in couples or similar. However, we were able to gather one such psychological technique which is meant to elicit an emotional connection. A summary of our findings is provided below:

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • EFT recognizes the importance of emotion and then places it front and center in the therapy sessions.
  • According to Dr. Greenberg, EFT works on three principles which include:
  • In the different processes of EFT, the therapist will be using several techniques to engage with the client. Some of these techniques include empathetic listening, genuine interaction, reframing an individual's experience, tracking and reflecting the problem cycle, and providing support and encouragement to the client.
  • EFT technique is suitable to elicit a feeling of connection in couples, families, as well as in individuals.
  • EFT focus on both the negative and positive emotions and the regulation and transformation of such emotions make it perfect to fit in positive psychology milieu.
  • EFT has been considered an effective and evidence-backed method for eliciting emotional connection, awareness, and improving a person's interactions with others.

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