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Emotional Freedom Technique : An Alternative Therapy in Destressing

Citation:  Banerjee, P., Puri, A., Luqman, N., Emotional Freedom Technique : An Alternative Therapy in Destressing, International Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management (IJAIEM). Vol. 4, Issue 9, Sept. 2015, ISSN 2319 – 4847. 19-26.

Link to Full Paper: http://www.ijaiem.org/Volume4Issue9/IJAIEM-2015-06-18-31.pdf

Abstract: In the present day competitive world, life is full of stress especially for students who are on the threshold of the beginning of their career. It also has been accepted that emotional disharmony is one of the important factors in physical symptoms and disease. Emotional Freedom Technique is being widely used as an alternate healing method for freedom from stress/disease and with astounding results too on chronic illness. Such techniques are being accepted and used in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines. In this paper, an attempt was made to study the effects of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on stress level of various subjects. It was hypothesized that there will be a significant drop in the stress level of the subjects after using the technique. A sample of university students was selected and the results were noted .Pre and post test design was used. It was concluded that the Emotional Freedom Technique had a positive effect on the stress level of subjects as they felt more relaxed, comfortable and calm after going through EFT. The long term benefits of this technique are discussed.

Craig’s Notes: This study was performed at Amity University, in  Gurgaon, India. The aim of the study was to measure the effects of EFT perceived stress level of various subjects studying in a university setting. It was hypothesized that there will be a significant change in stress level of subjects. A sample of 30 students were divided so 15 subjects were
placed in control group and another 15 in experimental group. The groups were not randomized. A pre-test stress measure of 3 or higher on a 0-5 self perceived stress scale resulted in participants being placed in the experimental group with those scoring 2 or lower in the control group. The authors noted “mprovement and lowering
down of stress levels of university students using this technique.”

The limitations of this study were significant including small sample size, limited self-reporting pre and post test measurements, no randomization of the subjects and no statistical analysis.