Dawson Church, PhD

Dawson Church, PhD, is a health writer and researcher in the fields of health, psychology, and spirituality.

He is the author of the best-selling book “The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention“, and founder of EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.

He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal “Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment”, general manager of Energy Psychology Press, and a blogger¬†for the Huffington Post.

In 2007 he founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH), a nonprofit institution dedicated to the study and implementation of evidence-based psychological and medical techniques.

Now, I’m a skeptic when it comes to¬†energy psychology, and much of what alternative medicine claims to offer, particularly when it comes to mental health.

However, rather than dismiss these concepts¬†outright, I think it’s better to give them a fair hearing, and let you guys make up your own minds.

For those of you unfamiliar with EFT, or tapping as it’s commonly known, it‚Äôs basically a form of alternative medicine which claims that tapping on certain acupuncture points can help relieve various psychological problems.

In today’s episode we discuss the origins and theory behind EFT, it’s professed application to the likes of anxiety and PTSD, whether “blocked energy” is at the¬†cause or effect of psychological distress, and whether or not the positive effects of EFT can be explained away by the placebo effect.


Recommended Links РDownload a free copy of the EFT Mini-Manual

EFT Universe –¬†¬†The largest EFT site on the web.

EFT Tapping ‘How to’ Video with Dawson Church – YouTube


Some Opposing Viewpoints:

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – The Skeptic’s Dictionary

Can We Really Tap Our Problems Away? – Skeptical Enquirer

Time to turn off the Tap: Why Emotional Freedom Technique is dangerous nonsense –¬†The Psychiatry SHO

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