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EFT and fear of dentists

Identifier

006216

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Temple, G., & Mollon, P.  (2011).  Reducing Anxiety in Dental Patients using EFT: A Pilot Study.  Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2).

Adult patients awaiting dental treatment were screened for self-reported anxiety using an 11-point Likert scale.

Those in the higher half of the range (n = 30) received a 10-min intervention consisting of a 4-min Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) explanation and 6-min treatment.

All patients reported a decrease in subjective anxiety, with a mean pretreatment score of 8.03 and a posttreatment score of 3.03.

Paired  t tests revealed a statistically significant decrease (p < .001).

These results are consistent with other published reports of EFTs efficacy for anxiety. They suggest that even a very brief EFT intervention can reduce anxiety and that an additional controlled trial with both observer- and participant-rated measures should be undertaken.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Anxiety
Overwhelming fear and terror

Suppressions

Healing yourself

References