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An Alternative Therapy: Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing

an alternative therapy: eye movement desensitizing and reprocessing

Back in the late 1980s, when psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro first developed the theory that simple, guided eye movements could help the victims of traumatic experience process lingering thoughts that could cause flashbacks, terrifying nightmares and prolonged anxiety, it’s fair to say that her idea was not universally embraced.

It wasn’t until 2013, after dozens of successful studies, that the...