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Date Posted: 20:59:05 06/06/02 Thu
Author: alan
Subject: Re: EFT very damaging to me
In reply to: David 's message, "EFT very damaging to me" on 12:45:25 06/01/02 Sat

>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

I'm having a hard time following you, as far as what role EFT played in the creation or propagation of your problems, but you seem to have put a lot of blind faith in things as opposed to looking for feedback. You mentioned the 'now-discredited' concept of journal writing as if your decisions were based purely on what the latest trend in psychotherapy. I have only limited experience with EFT so I can't comment on your statement about the emphasis of false memories or working with repressed abuse, so I believe you if you say it's in the the more advanced courses, but it's certainly not a key point of EFT (as it doesn't appear anywhere in the basic guide found on emofree.com).

>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.

I don't know, why should someone who had a bad experience feel the need to discredit something that continues to help many people due to the fact that he had bad experiences with it? This is not meant as an attack, but if you were unsure of what you were doing you should have consulted an psychologist right from the start. As for the creation of the ego, soul, etc.. why do people continue to refer to bogus concepts like hands and feet? Certainly our bodies are not a collection of discrete parts, it is a continuous being. So certainy hands and feet are just as ficitious .. so why do the terms exist? Because they allow us to convey information conveniently within certain models. None of these things are either existant or non-existant.

>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.

As you indicated that you were doing EFT unsupervised it is also quite possible that your technique was imperfect. This alone could be the reason for the lackluster results.


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  • Re: EFT very damaging to me -- Elevated Therapy International, 15:52:34 06/29/02 Sat
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