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The State of Energy Psychology Research
Updated on July 29, 2014
Energy psychology (EP) modalities have been researched by more than 100 investigators in at least 7 countries. As of 2014, over 60 research studies have been published on EP modalities; out of these only one has not shown efficacy.
The results of these studies have been published in more than 15 different peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease and the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology. While many important questions remain to be answered, a great deal of groundwork is in place.
The next frontier of EP research involves exploring the mechanisms of action of these modalities and investigating concurrent physiological changes using such tools as DNA microarrays (gene chips), MEGs (magnetoencephalograms), fMRI and PET scans and neurotransmitter and hormone assays.
"The discussion of mechanisms of treatment is interesting, especially since we don't really know how any psychotherapy works. Theoretically, each method has its formulation, but underlying physical mechanisms are harder to discern. And when an explanation of mechanism of functioning is discovered, it just gives rise to questions about the next lower level of analysis. Therefore it is remarkable that physiological mechanisms are already being discovered for energy psychology, even though it is younger and stranger than more established methods….” (An anonymous APA reviewer, in his review of David Feinstein’s article, "Acupoint Stimulation in Treating Psychological Disorders: Evidence of Efficacy,” published in the Review of General Psychology, 2012.)
Review of the research
David Feinstein has written the most recent and comprehensive review of research in energy psychology available. It was published in November, 2012 in The Review of General Psychology, a peer-reviewed APA journal. Read the article
How the research section is organizedWe’ve done our best to organize our research section to meet diverse needs. Many articles are listed in several sections. We hope you find it helpful. If you know of a study that you don’t see listed, please email John Freedom.
Energy psychology – selected references
Just want to look at the major research articles in this field? This is the place for you. View selected references
Energy medicine – selected referencesEnergy medicine is closely related to energy psychology. View selected references
Conduct your own energy psychology studyWe need more research studies on the effectiveness of energy psychology, and you can help. Learn more
Conduct a literature searchWant to conduct a more extensive literature search on energy psychology and energy medicine? Learn more
Support more energy psychology researchMany EP studies have been performed by teams of dedicated (and often unpaid) volunteers. A great need exists for money and expertise to perform the next level of research, including replication of published studies, and to pay for lab tests, gene chips, and data analysis. Donate now
Questions or suggestions about our research section?Please contact John Freedom
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