EMDR and mesmerism: A comparative historical analysis
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is among the fastest growing interventions in the annals of psychotherapy. Although many psychologists have commented on its presumably unusual origins and dissemination, history reveals its many parallels with Mesmerism, a previous therapy that spread rapidly throughout 18th century Europe and America. The purpose of this article is to document the many striking similarities between the history of Mesmerism and the history of EMDR.
Original Work Citation
McNally, R. J. (1999, January-April). EMDR and mesmerism:A comparative historical analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 13(1-2), 225-236. doi:10.1016/S0887-6185(98)00049-8
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