EFT, for when killing everyone in the whole world is not an option Evolution of EFT. (part 1)

Seeking counsel to help us through strife and trying times is not a new idea.

Where we seek that counsel has perhaps changed over the ages.

Friends, lovers, family, learned colleagues those close to us are all obvious people we turn to. Sometimes this does not work simply because some of our difficulties involve these people in particular.

Powerful and wealthy people throughout history have paid advisors that they can turn to for input when they are out of ideas and perhaps can use them as scapegoats if things don’t go well.

Religious or spiritual types provide another avenue filled with people to seek advice and guidance from. It could be argued that not all of our problems are of a spiritual nature, but this would not stop clerics from giving it the good ole bible college try when called upon to answer non-religious issues. (One great example is when Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky on an episode of the Simpsons, is asked by one of his congregation “Should I buy a Chrysler?” the Rabbi asks “Could you rephrase that as an ethical question? “, the prospective motorist changes their question to: “Is it right to buy a Chrysler?”)    


Specialist advice has been around for a while in such forms as accountants for finances and meteorologists for false hope for instance. But sometimes people had problems of the heart or mind and needed to look elsewhere. Like Lord Blackadder the 2nd seeking advice on his love life from the doctor/leech peddler and then the local wise woman, whose closing piece of advice was to kill everyone in the whole world!


Whilst psychiatry had been around for some time as part of medicine. There were various versions of this throughout history. Many horrifying by the standards of today. The old fashioned insane asylums are profoundly linked to the image of some poor wretched soul struggling in a straight-jacket (despite efforts of Harry Houdini and his ilk to link straight-jackets to escape artists). It took a long time before this evolved into talking therapy and this is where psychotherapy sprang from.

Wilhelm Wundt and William James are often thought of as founding the first schools in psychology circa 1875. Since then things have evolved and grown so now there are a multitude of schools and methods in psychotherapy. The pinnacle of this evolutionary progress is Emotion Focused Therapy where more recent pioneers such as Robert Elliot, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman and Leslie Greenberg have synthesised emotion back into psychotherapy. 

To read more on this check out our next update. If you would like to learn more in greater depth about Emotion Focused Therapy you can, as part of the stand-alone Foundations course or as part of the post graduate qualifications.


Andrew R. McKinley