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Will This Surprising Depression Treatment Prove to Be Real?

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could left depression with a simple five minute wave of a magic wand? The new technique in the video in this article may come close! Read More

Hawthorne effect

It's the Hawthorne Effect in action.

Test it against "sham" treatment with the same wand applied to different parts of the body. Prediction: As with the acupuncture studies, you'll get the same positive outcomme.


We actually have experimented some about the "magic wand" of the magnet.

We know that the magnet itself going down someone's spine is not a magic wand. We can use a hand down the same meridian and generally will get the same effect. That is, reinforcing the energy flow of the meridian seems to intensify the power of intention, because people's scores (see below) change immediately after this action.

If we ask someone just to think about shifting the energy from the right to the left prefrontal lobe, some people may accomplish the same outcome. If you close your eyes and think about your arm relaxing, getting warm, and even tingling, you will be putting your blood flow under manual control and will succeed.

At the same time, adding the action of running the meridian with the magnet consistently does get the energy transfer accomplished, and within seconds. It seems to us to be more reliable and rapid, but this is something it could be interesting to test.

In fact, it would be interesting to compare how effectively a person can transfer the energy in three ways: by a) closing his eyes and thinking about it, b) by using temporal tapping and c) using intention plus the magnet down the meridian.

Maybe readers will try the first two options to test them out. You have to do it for real, expecting results, though. The Hawthorn Effect that Anonymous writes of is real. The Hawthorne effect is a version of the power of intention, that is, if people decide they want to make a change the change is more likely to happen. If you do the experiment to prove that these techniques don't work, they will not work. Intention matters.

For outcome measures we routinely test using three measures:
a) SUDS scores where the person him/herself rates how much depression they feel,

b) getting scores on depression (o to 10) before and after the intervention

c) assessing which prefrontal lobe has more energy and how much more (27x more energy in the left than the right prefrontal lobe is average for happy people).

What happens if...

1. the person is not depressed at all but tries the technique anyway?
2. the person is depressed, but the depression has some clear physiological cause such as PMS (if the person normally gets depressed at that time but then always recovers) or having just finished working extremely long hours (that is, when rest would likely have allowed the person to recover within the next few days)?

Interesting questions....

1. If a person is not depressed, that shows up in their answers to the muscle testing: the left side will have more energy, or at worst the sides will be equally balanced (which is relatively unusual but does occasionally happen).

2. My hunch is that the cause of a depression doesn't matter, i.e., biological from pms for instance or from life circumstances that involved a loss/disappointment/frustration/hopelessness.

3. The interaction of fatigue and depression is known clinically. Your question suggests that it would be interesting to use these techniques to see if fatigue in itself shifts energy to the right prefrontal lobe, which could maybe account for the higher incidence of depression when people are over-tired.

4. In general right versus left energies seem to shift with moods rather than be stable over long periods of times. If I am generally happy but had something that was a downer that happened to me this morning, I'll have more energy in my right prefrontal lobe. On the other hand, people seem to develop a default position that is primarily on one side or the other, i.e., right or left lobe, which they keep returning to. I am hoping that that default position is what we are resetting with this technique as well as the temporary mood. More testing hopefully can learn more about this.

Great questions Monica. Thank you!

The reason I asked

After a stretch of mental activity that leaves one depressed, or if depressed due to PMS, the method should better work immediately and very obviously. If it only works in a day or two or the immediate improvement is slight, fleeting or questionable, time itself would have caused an improvement (provided, of course, that the person gets enough rest).

Does the default position depend on the person's occupation or usual activities? Can it change in the same individual just by doing the opposite type of activity, such as during a mathematician's artistic activities or during an artist's mathematical activities?


Yes, moods generally are labile, that is, change relatively easily, as for instance by a change of context or activity. Even depression, which tends to be a more steady-state negative feeling, can lift temporarily at least with a change of activity such as artistic or athletic activities.

Where we see big changes, and lasting changes, is with significant depression. The first fellow we did this technique with had been depressed since childhood. Within minutes he felt a major lightening up of his mood, as if the sun had come out after a very long dark period of heavy clouds. It lasted several days at first. We repeated the procedure. Gradually the time between repeats lengthened, until the time was months and the good feeling was self-sustaining. By the way, this was before Dale had figured out that temporal tapping would sustain the good feelings over a longer period of time.


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Susan Heitler, Ph.D., is the author of many books, including From Conflict to Resolution and The Power of Two. She is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University.


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