A recent meta-analysis (May 2015) by Johnsen, T. J., & Friborg, O. has raised quite a stir. Their research paper analyzed 70 studies conducted between 1977 and 2014, and concluded that CBT is roughly half as effective in treating depression as it used to be. Articles by Vaughan Bell in the blog, MindHacks, and by Olver Burkeman of The Guardian, recently offered some intriguing perspectives on the results of this large-scale analysis.
A UK biology/psychology degree graduate of Liverpool John Moores U. wrote this research paper as his undergraduate dissertation for his undergraduate degree. He apparently wanted to explore which aspects of an EFT session were and were not actively involved in the results and create a study to help explore and or eliminate whether it was merely a placebo effect. Some say that perhaps the positive effects of a tapping session when performed with a practitioner are as a result of the connected, therapeutic time spent together.
A study found that women that believed that they had a greater chance of having heart disease actually had a 3 times greater incidence of heart disease, after all other risk factors were ruled out. Another study found that close to 100% of those people that went for surgery with a “death wish” or wanting to reconnect with a loved one who had passed, would die in surgery or immediately afterwards. More evidence of nocebo validation was found