The Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) Meter is a type of biofeedback monitor specially designed to assist in one-to-one (two hand-held electrodes) and solo (single hand double-electrode) psycho-therapeutic and personal development procedures. There are many situations in which it is extremely helpful to be able to detect the presence of emotionally charged, suppressed mental content just below or at the borders of subconsciousness. This is a tremendous aid in assessing which of many specific topics is most relevant to be treated and at the same time, such material is also accessible and readily viewable by the subject. This can save many hours of wasted searching and discussion and when you have used a GSR Meter for a short time you will wonder how it is possible to be effective in developmental therapies without one!
The following Biofeedback Monitoring Course presents the basic information you need to understand the principles of GSR metering and to include the use of a GSR Meter in both your one-to-one psychotherapeutic and self-administered personal development sessions. The meter described in the course uses a conventional voltmeter needle movement display. The meter we currently recommend for The Insight Project uses an LED display and has significant advantages, as described below. The information in the course, however, is easily applied to any form of GSR device.
IMPORTANT! To do The Insight Project course of advanced spiritual development, you will need a GSR Meter, in particular the model we recommend is the InnerTrac™ Emotional Response Indicator
The Emotional Response Indicator is a type of biofeedback device specially designed to assist in psycho-therapeutic and personal development procedures. There are many situations in which it is extremely helpful to be able to detect the presence of emotionally charged, suppressed mental content just below or at the borders of subconsciousness. This is a tremendous aid in assessing which of many specific topics is most relevant to be treated and at the same time, such material is also accessible and readily viewable by the subject. This can save many hours of wasted searching and discussion and when you have used an Emotional Response Indicator for a short time you will wonder how it is possible to be effective in developmental therapies without one!
The recommended InnerTrac™ Emotional Response Indicator is presented below. It costs US$ 497 plus shipping. If you order, kindly inform the proprietor, Hank Levin (email), that you learned of the device at Trans4mind.com...
The revolutionary InnerTrac™ is a small, hand held device that measures subtle changes in the electrical resistance of the body that occur in the presence of stress and emotional arousal, including changes that are below the awareness of the client, i.e. subconscious stimulations. Therefore it is a form of Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) monitor. It is carefully designed to serve as a valuable guide in a remarkable number of healing modalities--from EFT, TFT and EMDR to traumatic incident reduction-- and is ideal for use on The Insight Project. It allows one to detect and pinpoint the presence of emotional "charge," and verify the progress of its resolution - a tremendous advantage for the practitioner. Note: on The Insight Project you are both the practitioner and the client at the same time, i.e. it is a self-delivered method of personal development.
The InnerTrac™ will detect the presence of, and measure the progressive release of, negative emotions. This makes it invaluable for guiding the practitioner through the successive steps of any effective therapy or application of positive psychology. Furthermore, with skill - and ful training is provided as part of the Insight Project - the Emotional Response Indicator can be used to assess a number of likely or possible issues, and ascertain the one with the most "charge" at the moment that is most accessible to be effectively handled. It will also show when you - the client - is upset; and it will indicate when you are "released" from the issue being handled.
You may download a PDF document of the meter course, which can be read and printed from Acrobat Reader: Biofeedback Monitoring Course.
The techniques of biofeedback monitoring with the GSR Meter in this course are described in the context of Transformational Psychology. Further information about this approach to personal and spiritual development is to be found in the book, Transforming the Mind, at the Emotional Intelligence Web site and in the New Life Course. The advanced and in-depth application is in the practice of the Insight Project. Alternative applications by third parties are to be found on the Clearing Techniques pages. Considerable assistance was also given by Mike Wray in producing the GSR Meter materials. Of course, several eminent transpersonal and psychoanalytical psychologists are underlying sources of these ideas and practical applications.
Whilst studying these materials be very sure that you do not pass by any word or concept that you do not fully understand, and that you are happy with your competence in each practical technique, before continuing further.
If at any time you are having difficulty, go back to where you were last doing well and spot the word, concept or technique that was not fully grasped. When that misunderstanding or inability to apply is sorted out, continue on from that point. If there is a problem, please do not hesitate to contact Peter Shepherd for assistance.
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The Bilateral Psycho-Galvanometer
The simple psycho-galvanometer was one of the earliest tools of psychological research. A psycho-galvanometer measures the resistance of the skin to the passage of a very small electric current. It has been known for decades that the magnitude of this electrical resistance is affected, not only by the subject’s general mood, but also by immediate emotional reactions. Several researchers have noticed that one side of the body gives different responses to the other. The point of using a Bilateral Psycho-Galvanometer, as invented by Gregory Mitchell and utilized throughout the research of Mind Development, is to monitor the differential arousal of the two hemispheres of the cortex.
If one takes into account that the left hemisphere of the cortex usually controls speech, logical action and symbolic functions, while the right hemisphere is responsible for spatial and holistic processes, there is value in having a simple device to facilitate cognitive growth through the technique of real-time, instantaneous biofeedback monitoring with the Bilateral Psycho-Galvanometer. A full instruction manual for application of the Bilateral Psycho-Galvanometer is available for download here. Unfortunately there is no current manufacturer of the Bilateral Psycho-Galvanometer, but I hope and expect that situation to change; in the meantime there is a great deal of understanding to be gained by learning about this technique.