The Trilogos method is a method for personality- and consciousness development, with a strong focus on character formation. It was the pedagogue Linda Vera Roethlisberger who developed it.
In 2016, the method was successfully evaluated by means of empirical studies (i.e. with the WHOQOL 100 test). These studies have been conducted at the Faculty of Psychology/University of Vienna and significant improvements in various areas of life have been verified, for example (click on the references to see the respective research thesis in full-text):
- significant improvement of subjective life quality (see Palatinus, 2016)
- experience of stress is reduced and competences of stress management are improved (see Höck, 2016)
- the self-concept of one’s own abilities is improved (see Dreger, 2016)
From an academic point of view, the Trilogos method is based on approaches of humanistic pedagogy (in the sense of a liberal education), transpersonal psychology (in the sense of exercises with spiritual elements, which also can have therapeutic and/or healing effects) as well as philosophical practice (in the sense of existential self-reflection and practice-oriented ethics). However, the Trilogos method does not appear to be limited only to these three disciplines – over the years Linda Vera Roethlisberger cooperated with experts from various other fields, like theology, medicine, physics, biology and there seems to be further interdisciplinary potential in this method.
As the name Trilogos already indicates, by means of this method one can harness and combine one’s cognitive (IQ), emotional (EQ) and spiritual (SQ) resources in order to unfold one’s human potential (PsyQ). Therefore the slogan IQ + EQ + SQ = PsyQ® (click on the slogan and read an academic paper on the topic in English!).
The educational goal of unfolding one’s human potential (PsyQ) in order to become humane, that is, to acquire human competence (PsyK, as it is called with the Trilogos method), is not necessarily new. One can find it in other fields of pedagogy too, i.e. with the so-called Human Potential Movement and in fact it can even be traced back to Aristotle’s virtue ethics. However, what is new and different with the Trilogos method is that the respective formation process is facilitated by means of intuition- and sensitivity-training – mainly in the form of so-called guided imagery exercises. The guided imageries used in the Trilogos method also incorporate autogenic training and dream interpretation and they vary greatly in length, content and complexity. Introductory exercises for beginners can be found below as PDF files – so you can get a first “taste” of the Trilogos method by yourself.