WHDL - 00017674
WHDL - 00017674
In Mezirow’s transformative learning theory (1978), the role of emotions has not received proper recognition. This study was aimed at exploring the connection between emotions and perspective transformation through the construct of self-compassion, an emotion-focused coping strategy. Self-compassion may be helpful when facing unpleasant experiences because it leads to positive emotional responses. Since its introduction by Neff in 2003, self-compassion has gained wide attention and has been applied in many settings. Studies have shown that the self-soothing mechanism of extending compassion to oneself enables individuals to overcome hurdles, recover from painful setbacks, and gain a positive outlook in life. Specifically, this study sought to address whether self-compassion has any reflection on perspective transformation of adult learners. Using a Constructivist Grounded Theory approach, data was analyzed through constant comparison and the resulting outcome was the Theoretical Model of Recovering the Valued Self grounded in the lived experiences of select Filipino Bible college students from the National Capital and Calabarzon Regions in the Philippines. The findings showed that emotionally charged trigger events contributed to transforming perspectives especially in increasing awareness and understanding of the self or the Filipino concept of loob thereby expanding Mezirow’s theory.
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