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Research Philosophy

We are driven by two principles when undertaking research. 

  1. That the study of stress needs fundamental reassessment – because assumptions made in the past have, for too long, gone without earnest re-examination.

    What does this mean?

    After two decades of enormous progress in our academic and scientific understanding of how cognitive functions works, there is still deep misunderstanding about just what stress is, in the real world.

    Even within major health facilities and universities where, perhaps, one might expect a high level of expertise on the subject, executive members and heads of department find it almost impossible to communicate with one another. Often, they can’t even agree on whether or not all stress is bad.

    We’re about reassessment, clarification and new thinking, leading to co-operative problem-solving.

  2. That the process of research should itself involve, inform and inspire as many people likely to be affected by it as possible. 

    What does this mean?

    An increase in the active participation in research by people who will use it.  We’re investigating the idea that employers, employees, health and organisational professionals should be more involved in what research is done and how it is put together and, possibly, governments and their centralized research funders should be less involved. 

    This isn’t a standpoint, it’s an investigation – but we do see many organisations: major employers, insurance groups, legal partnerships and major governmental departments who are involved, daily, with people who are enormously affected by stress – like the police, armed forces and the civil services – who are not as engaged with its study as they could be.  Largely, some say, because they are not involved in its research.