What is Energy Psychology?
The Association for Comprehensive EP (ACEP) tells us that energy psychology is "an assortment of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning".
Energy flows through all living beings. A belief in the connectivity of the universe preaches that energy is everywhere and in everything, people and plants, forests and mountains, the ocean, the stars and everything in our universe.
The Difference between Energy Psychology and Psychology
You are probably familiar with the word psychology.
This is the "scientific study of the mind and behavior. Psychology is a varied discipline and includes several subfields of study like human development, sports, health, clinical, social behavior and cognitive processes", from the simply psychology web site.
Psychology is a relatively new scientific idea when compared with the history of humanity.
Even so, early adopters of psychological influences include Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, going back as far as the 6th century BC.
In a way, energy psychology is a subfield of psychology, with similarities and differences in study and practice.
Energy Psychology focuses on the connection between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors, and well-known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and also the biofield).
The idea is that there are psychological energy systems at work in each person, and in the universe.
This means you have your individualized, self-contained energy systems which influence your psychology and behavior.
There are also systems and factors which work between people and other living beings, and also influences from your environment and cultural or social ideologies that affect your energy system.
The Mind/Body Energy Connection
For thousands of years in Eastern cultures, it has been widely believed that your mind, body, and emotions are interconnected.
Energy psychology agrees with this. This modern look at how energy influences your psychology and behavior strives to improve human performance and wellness by recognizing that your physical and mental bodies are not individual entities, but rather connected halves of a whole.
Energy Psychology applications are used to treat emotional and psychological problems, as well as physical health issues.
EP is a rapidly emerging field that can be used as a complementary or alternative approach to a number of mental and physical complications.
The exploration and manipulation of energy meridians, chakras, electromagnetism and biofeedback in Energy Psychology help influence the nervous system, the heart, the brain, and other physical processes as a holistic way to treating the entire person, rather than just a single condition.