Passive Meditation: Subjective, Clinical, and Electrographic Comparison with Biofeedback

  • Charles F. Stroebel
  • Bernard C. Glueck


Early in this decade, a number of investigators began to study a variety of meditation-relaxation techniques that offered promise as alternatives to the increasingly widespread use, and abuse, of minor tranquilizers for alleviation of the discomfort and disability caused by stress-related disorders. At about this same time the concept of holistic medicine formally emerged, with an emphasis on individual self-responsibility in preventing and recovering from illness. Physicians, too, were developing an awareness of the limitations of scientific-technical medicine, which surgically or pharmacologically alters the body while ignoring the person, his personality, his memory, and important interpersonal issues. Animal studies confirmed this new awareness, correlating environmental stress with increases in mammary cancer, in hypertension, and even in the lymphocytic immune response to antigens. Further, consensus among anecdotal reports suggested that 50–70% of all complaints in general medical practice were stress-related, so that the symptom would not have occurred, or would have been less severe, in the absence of stress.


Galvanic Skin Resistance Relaxation Response Alpha Rhythm Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Biofeedback Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles F. Stroebel
    • 1
  • Bernard C. Glueck
    • 1
  1. 1.Research DepartmentInstitute of LivingHartfordUSA

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