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Research

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO AND FOUNDER

“The results of The Pillar Code research project has been highly anticipated. Results are what matters and now we can finally show the world what we have known for many years. Our clients present with Life, Mind and Body stresses ranging from mild to extreme and life threatening. After going through The Pillar Code 12 Step (12 week) Program – our research shows dramatic improvement in all areas of Life, Mind and Body! With the research showing 73% moderately to fully clear Life stresses; 82% moderately to fully clear Mind health issues and 74% moderately to fully clear Body disorders. The best is yet to come.”

PJ Ashley, Founder & CEO, The Pillar Practice Pty Ltd

WHY RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT

At The Pillar Code, we believe in being accountable. Throughout the clients journey, Pillar Practitioners report back on and continually assess the area’s the client are choosing to work on. We can also now use this data to be accountable as a whole for the efficacy of The Pillar Code to the world. Rather than just speaking about results, we would like to show the results as this leads to transparency, which is what the world is choosing right now.

All the results are subjective, as this is the first step in developing research into The Pillar Code. By connecting into how the client feels their journey is going, we gain a good indication of the efficacy of the modality. However, we would like to expand the research component into pilot programs and independently verified and objective research. This will be our next step in taking The Pillar Code to the world.

HOW THE RESEARCH WAS COMPILED

Process

Clients who go through ‘The Pillar Code’ are taken through a PREP (Progress, Repair & Energy Pillar) appointment at the start, middle (6 weeks) and end (12 weeks) of their program. At the PREP, the practitioner reviews the clients ‘Fix It List’, writing down all ailments affecting their mind, body and lifestyle. At the middle and end PREP’s, the practitioner asks the client to rate their perception of the change to ailments they have come to The Pillar Code for. The client is given the scale below to rate how things have changed from when they first started the program:

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  • Worse: the ailment has worsened (either slightly, moderately or significantly)

  • No Improvement: there has been no improvement at all

  • Slight Improvement: has awareness on only slight changes to the ailment

  • Moderate Improvement: has noticed an improvement but is still impacting their life

  • Significant Improvement: has noticed significant changes and the ailment only has a minor impact in their life

  • Cleared: the ailment has completely gone or it is no longer affecting the clients life

The scale is completely subjective but still gives a great indication of how the client perceives their progress to be.

De-identification process

All clients within the research have signed a consent form to consent their information being used in a de-identified process. We de-identify all client records through a coded document where the Business Manager codes both the client and practitioner information, before passing on the de-identified PREP information to a data analyst who collates the data through excel.

Quality Assurance

The de-identified data is checked by two staff members, one who double checks the ratings are put in correctly as per the ‘Fix it list’, the other double checks the categorisation of the ailments. The ailments come from the World Health Organisations (WHO) list of ailments. As individual ailments can be subjective in their understanding, we align them as best as possible to the WHO standard. Where the ailments don’t align to the WHO standards, we have added ailment categories. 

Overall Results

Overview
Clients have many varying ailments when they present to Pillar Practitioners. We have broken them down into 3 overall sections:
  • Lifestyle: issues that the client has in terms of their life. (i.e. work, relationship, exercising issues, etc.)

  • Mind: ailments that directly affect the mental state of the person (i.e. anxiety, depression, negative thought patterns, etc.)

  • Body: ailments that directly affect the physical state of the person (i.e. headaches, backpain, joint pain, etc.)
By breaking the ailments down into these sections, we can see where The Pillar Code is most effective.
Lifestyle

Count: 576 (50 clients)

Results: There were significant levels of slight change by the half way mark of the program with 45% of clients reporting above moderate improvements. By the end of the program only 8% of ailments had not changed/worsened and 73% of ailments had moderate and above improvements.

Reasons: Manifestation works is a large part of the program where clients are required to set goals of what they choose and are guided with clarity around blocks to them. This coupled with a calming of the mind through mindfulness practices assists to create changes in their life. Reframing work also massive shifts as they can see their challenges as avenues for growth.

Overall Lifestyle

Mind

Count: 552 ailments (48 Clients)

Results: Although the body did not see as great results as we were hoping, we could still see some significant changes as reported by the clients. Like the mind, over half of the clients had no or slight improvement half way through the program. By the end clients had above moderate improvements reported by 74% of ailments, with 27% showing physical ailments had significant improvements and 19% reported their physical ailments had completely cleared.

Reasons: When the mind is calm, the body can clear. We do a lot of work on calming the mind so you can connect to the messages your body is trying to tell you. Once you have awareness on what your body is telling you, you simply see pain as a message. Once you can decipher the message easier, you no longer require to hold onto the pain.

Overall Mind

Body

Count: 137 ailments (39 clients)

Results: Although the body did not see as great results as we were hoping, we could still see some significant changes as reported by the clients. Like the mind, over half of the clients had no or slight improvement half way through the program. By the end clients had above moderate improvements reported by 74% of ailments, with 27% showing physical ailments had significant improvements and 19% reported their physical ailments had completely cleared.


Reasons: When the mind is calm, the body can clear. We do a lot of work on calming the mind so you can connect to the messages your body is trying to tell you. Once you have awareness of what your body is telling you, you simply see pain as a message. Once you can decipher the message easier, you no longer require holding onto the pain.

Improvement of life and business
Energy/Stress/Happiness Levels

At each PREP, the Pillar Practitioners ask the clients to subjectively rate their overall energy, stress and happiness levels out of 10. The scores are explained as follows:

  • Energy Levels: How is your overall energy in your life?

    • 10 = Great energy levels where you are awake when required with lots of energy throughout the day

    • 1 = No energy, can’t get out of bed

  • Stress: How stressed do you feel in your life in general?

    • 10 = High stress, getting panic attacks and going into shutdown and overwhelm

    • 1 = Your on a nice relaxing holiday and you don’t have a care in the world

  • Happiness: How happy do you feel in general with your life?

    • 10 = High happiness, euphoria, on cloud 9.

    • 1 = Severely depressed, suicidal ideation, don’t want to be here anymore.

Below is the average scores we have gathered on the clients as they go through ‘The Pillar Code. The scores have been modified to represent a percentage to maintain consistency with the graphs throughout the website.

Count: 37 Clients

Stress Happiness Energy Graph

As you can see, energy and happiness have a positive trend upwards, whilst stress had a downward trend by the end of the program. These results indicate that The Pillar Code has a positive effects on all levels of energy, stress and happiness for anyone choosing to create those changes in their life.

TOP 11 Ailments

Top 10 based on clients

How many clients reported the following ailments out of 50 in total.

Above is the list of the top 11 ailments that clients report as major issues they would like to address through The Pillar Code. We can see that the majority of ailments in the top 11 are either mental or lifestyle ailments:

Below are the results that clients have reported to us from the above ailments.

1. Negative Thought Patterns

Count: 36 Clients (108 Ailments)

Definition: Negative thoughts are cognitions about the self, others, or the world in general that are characterized by negative perceptions, expectations, and attributions and are associated with unpleasant emotions and adverse behavioral, physiological, and health outcomes. Negative thoughts are cognitive components of negative psychosocial variables such as depressive symptoms, anxiety, loneliness, and hostility (1).

Negative thought patterns

2. Work & Career Issues

Count: 32 Clients (94 Ailments)

Definition: Refers to the problems emerged related with working conditions such as compensation and benefits, retirement, working performance, transfers and promotions, policies and procedures, interpersonal relations, career counseling, discrimination (2).

Work and Career Issues

3. Family Issues

Count: 32 Clients (68 Ailments)

Description: Family problems means a kind of troubled relationship between family members which in turn leads to tensions, whether these problems result from the misconduct of a family member or the two main parties, and the frequent quarrels and differences between parents, or between children or between children and parents Make the family in turmoil, and lose the children’s prestige, respect and belonging to the family. Family problems are defined by several definitions, including: (situations and critical and puzzling issues facing the individual require a solution, and reduce the vitality and effectiveness and production and the degree of adaptation to himself and with the community in which he lives) (3).

Family Issues

4. Relationship Issues

Count: 32 Clients (52 Ailments)

Definition: Relationship problems can arise in any relationship. Most commonly we think about relationship problems developing in intimate relationships with a partner, but there may also be problems with family members; children; and friends and work colleagues too. Relationships have a big impact on our wellbeing and happiness so when things become strained you may feel low and feel like ending the relationship.

Relationship Issues

5. Financial Issues

Count: 31 Clients (48 Ailments)

Definition: Financial stress can occur in many situations and under various circumstances – what causes one person financial stress may not impact another. Some situations that might cause financial stress include losing your job or being retrenched, long term unemployment, being unable to get full time work, inability to pay your bills or not being able to deal with the increasing costs of living (9).

Financial Issues

6. Low Self Esteem

Count: 30 Clients (62 Ailments)

Definition: Self-esteem refers to a person’s overall sense of his or her value or worth. It can be considered a sort of measure of how much a person “values, approves of, appreciates, prizes, or likes him or herself” (Adler & Stewart, 2004). According to self-esteem expert Morris Rosenberg, self-esteem is quite simply one’s attitude toward oneself (1965). He described it as a “favourable or unfavourable attitude toward the self”(4).

Self Esteem

7. Anxiety

Count: 28 Clients (49 Ailments)

Definition: Anxiety may be defined as an “apprehensive anticipation of future danger or misfortune accompanied by a feeling of dysphoria or somatic symptoms of tension,” (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p. 820) (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). The origin of the word anxiety is “to vex or trouble,” and is often associated with feelings of fear, worry, discomfort, and dread (Antony & Barlow, 1996) (7).

Anxiety

8. Diet/Eating Issues

Count: 26 Clients (44 Ailments)

Definition: Poor eating habits include under- or over-eating, not having enough of the healthy foods we need each day, or consuming too many types of food and drink, which are low in fibre or high in fat, salt and/or sugar.

Diet and Eating issues

9. Unorganised

Count: 25 Clients (57 Ailments)

Definition: Disorganization is the state or condition of lacking order or organization in one’s life, work, or environment. Characteristics of disorganization include messy surroundings in the home or workplace, a lack of planning in how one’s life is lived, or disorder in how the home/work environment is organized. This trait can lead to wasted time and effort along with a general inefficiency in life and work. Some individuals are naturally disorganized and there is nothing abnormal or wrong about that. But if disorganization is extreme or is very disruptive to someone’s life (or those around them) it could be a result of an underlying psychological issue (5).

Unorganised

10. Emotional Intelligence

Count: 24 Clients (48 Ailments)

Definition: Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same (8).

Emotional Intelligence

11. Stress/Overwhelm

Count: 23 Clients (40 Ailments)

Definition: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems (11).

Stress and Overwhelm

Reference

  1. https://link.springer.com/ referenceworkentry/ 10.1007%2F978-1-4419-1005-9_1563#:~:text=Negative% 20thoughts%20are%20 cognitions%20about, %2C%20physiological% 2C%20and%20health% 20outcomes.

  2. https://www.igi-global.com/dictionary/ determining-the-needs-for-employee-assistance-programs-eaps/57429#:~:text=1., relations%2C%20career% 20counseling%2C%20 discrimination.

  3. https://steemit.com/life/ @bestlife/family-problems-and-how-to-solve-them-definition-and-classification

  4. https://www.firstpsychology. co.uk/relationship-problems

  5. https://www.lifeline.org.au/ get-help/information-and-support/financial-stress/

  6. https://positivepsychology.com/ self-esteem/

  7. https://link.springer.com/ referenceworkentry/ 10.1007%2F978-1-4419-1005-9_1090

  8. https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content /sa+health+internet/ healthy+living/is+ your+health+at+risk/ the+risks+of+poor+nutrition# :~:text=Poor%20eating% 20habits%20include%20under, %2C%20salt%20and %2For%20sugar.

  9. https://www.alleydog.com/ glossary/ definition.php?term=Disorganization

  10. https://www.psychologytoday. com/intl/basics/emotional-intelligence

  11. https://www.medicinenet. com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20104

*Footnote: Due to rounding, percentages presented throughout may not always precisely add up to 100%. The information is not changed to keep the data accurate and authentic.