Energy Psychology: New Paradigm or Old Razzle




Energy psychology, as most commonly practiced, combines a variety of cognitive strategies with the stimulation of specific acupuncture points, usually by tapping them. This paper, based on an earlier article that appeared in the January 2005 Psychotherapy Networker. introduces health professionals to this emerging field. It provides an overview of energy psychology, covering basic concepts and procedures. Evidence bearing upon clinical efficacy is presented, and plausible neurological mechanisms are discussed. The article gives a brief history of the field, mentions various energy psychology protocols, discusses the conditions for which the approach is most effective, and demonstrates a standard clinical protocol through the presentation of three case studies and an outline of the method. It closes with a list of resources and references.

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