A Bigger Swamp Is Still a Swamp: Comments on Feinstein
Liverpool John Moores University
Abstract:?Gaudiano, Brown, and Miller (2012) report that of 149 licensed psychotherapists who respond- ed to an Internet-based survey, 42.3% said that they frequently use or are inclined to use Energy Meridian Techniques (EMTs). Gaudiano et al. portray EMTs as lacking an empirical basis and displaying multiple characteristics of pseudosci- ence. They conclude that EMT therapists may be characterized as relying on intuition in deci- sion-making, holding erroneous health beliefs, and showing lower scores on a test of critical
thinking. This reply by clinicians who use EMTs demonstrates that, contrary to the claims of Gaudiano et al., there is a substantial body of research supporting the efficacy of EMTs, that theories underlying EMTs have an empirical basis, and that an affinity toward EMTs is not incompatible with critical thinking abilities.
Keywords: energy psychology, critical think- ing, evidence-based practice, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques
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