The use of EMDR with professional actors


EMDR has been used and known to be effective in performance psychology area. Although there have been studies for performance enhancement with EMDR, specific studies regarding performance enhancement of actors are limited. In this presentation, a new study with EMDR for performance enhancement with professional actors will be proposed. 45 professional actors who were acting on stage and in front of the camera with a minimum 3 years of experience were the subjects of the current study. A survey was designed and used in order to evaluate the subjective performance level (SPL) before and after the end of the sessions. Due to the performance evaluation of the actor, two different protocols was used. The protocol for performance enhancement with EMDR was applied to 23 actors and the protocol for cracking performance blocks with EMDR was applied to 22 actors. The results of the survey suggest that both the protocols have affected the subjective performance level of the actors, and EMDR may be effective means of providing performance enhancement of professional actors. The case samples will be presented and the theoretical issues concerning the current study will be discussed.






Filiz Kaya

Original Work Citation

Kaya, F. (2010, June). The use of EMDR with professional actors. In Experimental use of EMDR. Symposium conducted at the 11th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Hamburg, Germany



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