The Efficacy of Primordial Energy Activation and Transcendence (PEAT) for Public Speaking Anxiety

doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2011.3.2.JF

By John Fitch, Eastern Kentucky University, Joel A. DiGirolamo, Turbocharged Leadership & Laura M. Schmuldt, Lindsey Wilson College


Background: Primordial Energy Activation and Transcendence (PEAT) is one of the newer energy psychology protocols. The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a PEAT protocol on individuals experiencing communication anxiety and compare results with existing protocols such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

Method: The current study (N = 82) examined the efficacy of the PEAT protocol in reducing communication anxiety by measuring anxiety using the Communication Anxiety Inventory Form State (CAI State) before and after a 20-min PEAT treatment for an experimental group and comparing the results with a control group that received no treatment.

Participants: University students enrolled in a public speaking class volunteered for participation in the study.

Results: The PEAT process produced a statistically significant downward shift in CAI State scores, relative to the control group, with a medium effect size. A qualitative content analysis of participant interviews also identified themes of effectiveness of the Basic PEAT protocol in reducing public speaking anxiety.

Conclusion: The strength of the results indicates a beneficial effect due to the PEAT treatment and that further investigation is warranted.

Keywords: communication disorders, anxiety disorders, public speaking, acupressure, guided imagery, PEAT (Primordial Energy Activation and Transcendence)

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