Critical Thinking in the Energy Therapies: Comments on Gaudiano et al. (2012)


Mary Sise, Eric Leskowitz, Phyllis K. Stein, Anthony Tranguch

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 pseudoscience.

They conclude that EMT therapists may be characterized as relying on intuition in decision-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 ef?cacy of EMTs, that theories underlying EMTs have an empirical basis, and that an af?nity toward EMTs is not incompatible with critical thinking abilities.

Keywords: energy psychology, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques

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