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Date Posted: 12:45:25 06/01/02 Sat
Author: David
Subject: EFT very damaging to me

I found EFT to be exceedingly destructive. First, because it claims (or TFT claims, at any rate) to be the "cure for all psychological problems," I didn't seek out proper help (which exists: CBT) for my social anxiety disorder. Second, it reinforced the belief in what was actually my real problem, so-called False Memory Syndrome. That is, years before encountering EFT, I had swallowed the now-discredited conception that sex-abuse memories can be dug up via journal-writing etc., even where the memories were not previously present.

Because EFT tacitly endorses (does not refute) such a model, I actually *developed* Dissociative Disorder due to my use of EFT in the context of my False Memories.

Why, oh why, do energy therapists feel it is okay to set themselves up as clinical psychologists and disseminate their ideas in the public domain, when a lot of the concepts you use are bogus: the subconscious, the ego, the soul, the spirit, etc.

You owe it to your consumers to let them know that these concepts are in dispute among real psychologists. Be careful, a lot of therapists have been sued in the past few years, and it is about time. Malpractice *should* have its consequences.

Finally, if you do not post unedited this message, ask yourself why not. I used EFT virtually every single day for three years, so I am not taking pot-shots at something I have no experience of. Sometimes it helped, but as a complete system of psychotherapy it entwines a dangerous hodge-podge of ideas. Please print this; the public has the right to debate these issues for themselves.

Thank you.

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