The influence of Biodanza and School of Empathy verbal – respectful communication on the ability to express emotions and needs: a pilot study among adults in Indonesia
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DPFA Academy of Work and Health, Leipzig, Germany
International Research Academy – BIONET, Leipzig, Germany
Family Empowerment Center, Faculty of Psychology, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia
Center of Child and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Submission date: 2019-07-21
Final revision date: 2019-09-22
Acceptance date: 2019-09-23
Online publication date: 2019-10-30
Publication date: 2019-10-16
Health Psychology Report 2019;7(4):334–340
Cultural aspects play a dominant role in a certain country related to emotional expressions, particularly in Indo-nesia. Biodanza and School of Empathy have been developing and are recognized as an alternative psycho-logical intervention in fostering the ability to express feelings, generate positive emotions and alleviate negative one. The aim of this study is to explore the implementation of Biodanza (nonverbal part) and School of Empa-thy (SoE) verbal part in expressing emotions and needs among adults in Indonesia.

Participants and procedure:
This study in Indonesia consisted of 2 groups. Group 1 was conducted through Biodanza with 17 participants and group 2 was the SoE verbal part with 17 participants (N = 34). All participants in both studies were collected randomly through online advertisements. We administered both closed and open-ended questionnaires to as-certain the current feeling as well as the ability to express emotions and needs before and after the interven-tions in groups 1 and 2.

We found different themes between group 1 and group 2. Participants who received the Biodanza showed a significantly increasing score of ability to express emotions, while the ability to express needs is not increased significantly. Furthermore, SoE indicated no significant difference in their ability to express their emotions and needs between the pre-test and post-test score.

For the samples of the Indonesian population in implementing Biodanza and SoE verbal part, the cultural as-pect plays a very significant role in discussing these findings. Overall, the findings of this study suggest that Biodanza has the potential to be a practical approach to assisting individuals in deriving positive benefits for their emotional well-being. The evaluation of SoE verbal part should be made related to the material, due to cultural barrier findings. Future research is expected to fuse various measurements that were not included in this study.

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