Fitch, J., DiGirolamo, J. A., & Schmuldt, L. M. (2011). The efficacy of primordial energy activation and transcendence (PEAT) for public speaking anxiety. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4(1). doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2011.3.2.JF
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Primordial Energy Activation and Transcendence (PEAT) is one of the newer energy psychology protocols. The purpose of this study was to test the
effectiveness of a PEAT protocol on individuals experiencing communication anxiety and compare results with existing protocols such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).
The current study (n = 82) examined the efficacy of the PEAT protocol in reducing communication anxiety by measuring anxiety using the Communication Anxiety Inventory Form State (CAI State) before and after a 20-minute PEAT treatment for an experimental group and comparing the results with a control group that received no treatment. University students enrolled in a public speaking class volunteered for participation in the study.
The PEAT process produced a statistically significant downward shift in CAI State scores, relative to the control group, with a medium effect size. A qualitative content analysis of participant interviews also identified themes of effectiveness of the Basic PEAT protocol in reducing public speaking anxiety.
The strength of the results indicates a beneficial effect due to the PEAT treatment and that further investigation is warranted.