Defining Energy Psychology

Energy psychology is part of known energy systems work which includes work with meridians, chakras and biofields or auras. It combines cognitive interventions (imaging memory, or visualization of goal) with these interventions.

It is believed that tapping these energy points reduces limbic arousal (which includes the amygdala and the hippocampus in the brain) in anxiety disorders and may alter the neural pathways that maintain maladaptive conditioned responses. The cognitive intervention involves pairing the issue with a calmer or more neutral emotional state.

There is published research that demonstrates an increase in endorphins which decrease pain and heart rate, and increase in serotonin (a neurotransmitter) which helps to regulate mood, a regulation of cortisol (flight or fight response) and an increase in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), another neurotransmitter, to reduce anxiety and help inhibit fear. This in turn decreases the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight) and increases the parasympathetic nervous system (calming for nervous system).

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