Conference Talks|July 30, 2015 5:28 pm

Toward a Science of Consciousness, Helsinki 2015

Becoming more conscious: using the Consciousness Quotient Inventory (CQ-i) as a psychological tool for increasing conscious awareness and facilitating inner growth process

by Ovidiu Brazdau, Jennifer Luna Tuazon

The Consciousness Quotient (CQ) is a composite psychological construct based on a list of traits, skills and abilities that describe conscious experience. The CQ Inventory (CQ-i) evaluates the frequency of various behaviours and the usage of specific skills and abilities, providing a detailed description of conscious awareness experiences.

An important element of conscious experience is intentionality, being the mind-set that allows a person to deliberately choose what behaviour to enact and what attitude to select. ‘More conscious’ (a higher CQ) means a higher degree of witnessing awareness and being less automatic in thinking-feeling-sensing, together with a higher degree of choice when initiating a behaviour. The witnessing perspective, which leads to the ability to observe the inside and outside worlds without engaging with them, is one of the key factors of the CQ construct. ‘Witnessing awareness’ is usually described as the ‘I am experience’, ‘the observer experience’, ‘just being’ (as opposed to ‘doing’), ‘awareness of awareness itself’ and ‘no-mind’.

The CQ-i is composed of seven dimensions, which comprise the Consciousness Quotient: physical, emotional, cognitive, social-relational, self, inner growth and spiritual. These seven dimensions are the main seven factors of the Consciousness Quotient Inventory.

This exploratory study specifically aimed to find out the consciousness quotient and intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship skills of participants prior to and after exposure to transformative consciousness exercises (as developed by Stephen Wolinsky, for the experimental group) and the self-awareness sessions (for the comparison group). This randomized pretest and posttest control group design utilized the CQ-i and a validated researcher made Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Relationship Skills Scale. These research instruments were administered to 23 individuals in the experimental group and 21 participants in the comparison group before and after the Transformative Consciousness sessions. The study determined significant differences between scores of the pre and post intervention in both conditions.

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