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The Promise of Energy Psychology: Revolutionary Tools for Dramatic Personal Change Paperback – November 3, 2005
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The authors readily admit their bold claims—"Your emotional health, your success in the world, and your level of joy can all be dramatically enhanced by shifting the energies that regulate them"—are not backed by empirical research. Nonetheless, Feinstein, a clinical psychologist and national director of the Energy Medicine Institute; his wife, Eden, a renowned energy healer (and Feinstein's coauthor on Energy Medicine); along with Craig, founder of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), assert that phobias and anxieties often fade in minutes, trauma might be alleviated in a few sessions, anger can be decreased, depression may be managed without medication, and young children can be given an achievement boost by following their techniques. The theory is that "stimulating energy points on the skin, paired with specified mental activities, can instantly shift your brain's electrochemistry." Despite the wide use of acupuncture in alternative Western medicine, not much is known about the body's energies and how that energy can be used in healing. The authors say this book can be approached with a "show-me" attitude. Indeed, Feinstein, Eden and Craig will have to "show" empirical evidence before their method can be supported by the mental health field. (Nov.)
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"Authoritative, engaging, and refreshingly friendly. You will find it an illuminating companion as youincorporate these wonderfully empowering methods into your life."
--Candance Pert, Ph.D., author of "Molecules of Emotion"
"Energy psychology is a new discipline that has been receiving attention due to its effectiveness with difficult cases."
"An intelligent, balanced, scientific, and responsible approach to an exciting and rapidly developing realm."
"Takes the field to a new level."
--Institute of Noetic Science
"A paradigm-stretching blend of Western and Eastern healing systems."
--Journal of the Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy
"A Fantastic resource and training tool for newcomers to the field of energy psychology and for experienced practicioners of these methods."
--The International Journal of Healing and Caring
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Top Customer Reviews
What I like so much are the pictures included with every technique, that will help graps the "how to" much better than a mere textual description. Invaluable. Technically, the only thing that I miss is the index at the end of the book - it was in the EM book and it has proven to be very valuable there.
The basic differences from the EM book by same authors, as I could grasp quickly: EFT (emotional freedom techniques) from Gary Craig included, pictures for each exercise (there were many pictures in EM book too, but sometimes I was confused as for the details of certain exercises, these are now thankfully included in this book), research evidence, joy circuits covered in detail (you owe them to yourself and your body!). EM book was more about energies while this one is more about personal change applications, though there is a wide intersection for sure.
Scientific validations included will definitely be important for some people. I personally don't care for it too much - my validation as with everything is whether it WORKED FOR ME after I have used it - in that respect saying I'm SATISFIED is an understatement.
There are books by authors that are good at writing. Others are experts in their field. Some others are just inventors but lack when it comes to spreading their message. Donna Eden, David Feinstein and Gary Craig are rare authors in respect of a unique trinity of skills: being gifted as teachers (authors and spreaders of the message), inventors and experts (and doers) all together.
This book is definitely a gift for those wanting to learn effective techniques for personal growth and healing. It is also of great use for professionals who are eager to expand their skills in helping clients. It is rare to find a description of such a new therapy, reviewed in such an intelligent, grounded, compassionate, and useful way.
I had been hearing about different forms of Energy Psychology such as EFT, and TFT, where people tap on different parts of their body, as they say certain phrases. It seemed that people were getting cured from phobias, as well as relief from the disturbing imagery and emotions that often follow a traumatic event (what is referred to as Post Traumatic Shock Disorder or PTSD.) However, it was hard to believe how such an unusual technique could work. I am therefore very grateful to David Feinstein, and his co-authors Donna Eden & Gary Craig, for elucidating this new technique, in a way that is easy to understand and apply.
The authors explain the techniques clearly, step by step. They then gives many engaging examples of how this simple technique has been used by top clinicians around the world, with quite challenging cases. Thus we begin to learn the "artistry" of the process, as well. The book goes on to explain how these techniques can be applied in a variety of ways to develop optimal performance and health.
I am finding exciting results, in applying this work to my own life, as well as in helping others. I know that I will refer back to this book again and again, and I hope many others will be able to enjoy the healing benefits that this book offers.
David writes in a very easy, understandable style about his own skeptcism and his growing interest as he observed the healings taking place. He points to case histories, other literature and research to lend credibility to these processes.
Using these techniques in my mental health practice have allowed my clients to move through their emotional issues much quicker and create lasting postitive change in their lives. If you want to change your life, then read this book and learn the techniques. They have been embraced around the world and are being supported by and international association of practitioners (ACEP [...])
The chinese have known this information for thousands of years and we westerners are now starting to wake up and heed what they have been telling us. It's all about energy! Now, you can "tap" into your own healing from the comfort of your own home with the help of David, Donna and Gary.