Stig Sølvhøj has completed a PhD research in collaboration with Rushmore University, with 3,111 respondents.
Research has examined whether there is a specific thought process present at unwarranted stress, as well as whether stress can be reduced by working with these thought processes.
Key findings in this research have shown that 86% of respondents who experience stress have a common thought process: they have negative thoughts about the future that do not include solutions. This is the definition of concerns and worries. This is because there are underlying beliefs that it is either useful to worry and / or that one cannot help but worry.
Research has also shown that more men than women find it important to worry, but that women worry more than men.
By working with these beliefs, the study shows that 98% of 322 respondents are at a normal stress level within an average of 3.78 hours; 4 sessions of 1 hour, regardless of the starting level on the stress scale they were at.
The MINDstrain method works precisely with thought processes, and is further developed on the basis of this research.