Integrating positive psychology applications into the EMDR peak performance protocol
Introduction: This article describes an innovative Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) protocol which applies the standard EMDR protocol, with modifications, to the reduction of performance anxiety and enhancement of skillful performance in higher functioning clients. Objective: The intention was to compare a modified version of the standard EMDR protocol for the reduction of performance anxiety and the enhancement of performance. Method: The method was applying the special EMDR protocol for peak performance with higher functioning clients. A further enhancement applied three empirically valid techniques drawn from the subfield of positive psychology. Results: Published case studies suggest that this special EMDR protocol aided an experienced commercial pilot in overcoming his avoidance and returning to the flight simulator following a failed proficiency check, and assisted an executive in managing his sense of failure following a significant business setback. Athletes preparing for competition have also found the protocol assists them in managing precompetition anxiety. A further enhancement is the application of three techniques drawn from positive psychology which the empirical research in this subfield of psychology suggests can further enhance the benefits of this protocol. Conclusion: Limitations are discussed and recommendations for future research are outlined.
Original Work Citation
Foster, S. (2012). Integrating positive psychology applications into the EMDR peak performance protocol. Revue Europenne De Psychologie Applique/European Review of Applied Psychology, 62(4), 213-217. doi:10.1016/j.erap.2012.04.005
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