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Mr. Wales,
We appreciate the response. But it seems Wikipedia's policies aren't living up to the standard you yourself have set. This research has been repeatedly published in respectable scientific journals. Attempts to update the Wikipedia page to reflect these findings have been continuously deleted. The editors responsible have offered an arcane and ever-changing list of excuses why peer-reviewed research published in American Psychological Association and other professional journals simply isn't good enough for Wikipedia.

The prestigious, peer-reviewed journal of the American Psychological Association, Review of General Psychology, published a review of the research related to energy psychology in 2012 which included the following summary: "A literature search identified 51 peer-reviewed papers that report or investigate clinical outcomes following the tapping of acupuncture points to address psychological issues. The 18 randomized controlled trials in this sample were critically evaluated for design quality, leading to the conclusion that they consistently demonstrated strong effect sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions. Criteria for evidence-based treatments proposed by Division 12 of the American Psychological Association were also applied and found to be met for a number of conditions, including PTSD and depression."

Additional research has appeared in the following professional journals: the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Primary Care and Community Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, the Review of General Psychology, and Traumatology. But every edit to the energy psychology Wikipedia page that attempts to reference findings from these well-respected, scientific journals is summarily deleted. (Details on all of this research can be found at www.energypsych.org/research)

The American Psychological Association does not think we are "lunatic charlatans." Neither does the Association of Social Work Boards, the National Board of Certified Counselors, or the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, all of which grant continuing education to their professional members for the study of energy psychology.

The Wikipedia page is out of step with existing peer-reviewed research on this topic, and opinionated, self-described "skeptic" editors are resisting any change. We're asking you to abide by your own principles on this topic.

Wikipedia should reflect, not reject. the research findings published in relevant scientific journals... even if volunteer editors don't particularly like those findings.
Thank you for your consideration,
Debby Vajda, LCSW, DCEP
President
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Debby Vajda, Corvallis, OR, United States
5 years ago
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