Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2016 is about to begin on 19th June. SMRT is a free online course that lasts four weeks and focuses on training in practical skills derived from ancient Stoic philosophy, applying them to daily life in the modern world. It’s a longer version of the Stoic Week course we run each Autumn, as part of the multi-disciplinary Stoicism Today project.
So far, around 1,760 people have registered in advance to take part. Although participants are still completing the Preliminary Week and the initial Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale (SABS) Questionnaire, we can derive some initial statistics from their responses.
24% of participants are female. This is a lower percentage than in some of our previous courses, where the division of male and female was closer to 50/50.
At present 41% of participants are from the USA, which is normally the largest country represented although the Stoicism Today group was founded in the UK and I am based in Canada. However, other participants come from a variety of different countries. Some of the most common include:
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- And many more…
In response to the questionnaire item “I know quite a lot about Stoicism”, rated on a 1-7 likert scale, the mean response is currently 3.9, which indicates overall a slight familiarity with Stoic philosophy.
We gather detailed statistics from participants who volunteer their data, and publish the anonymous results (averages, etc.) in reports following Stoic Week. So we may possibly also publish more detailed information following the current iteration of SMRT.
The SABS score totals at present range from 49 – 129 and the mean figure is currently 91.4, which you can compare to your own results if you decide to take part and complete the SABS form as your results will be sent to you via email.