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A fairly recent answer here offering havening as a therapy has only upvotes. But a quick internet search found a rather brief and contested Wikipedia page alleging havening is pseudo-scientific.

So what's the status of this technique/therapy in psychology? E.g are there meta-analyses showing that it's effective? And how is the quality of primary research assessed in this area? E.g. is the sub-field reasonably free of publication bias (which nowadays is also assessed in the better-off meta-analyses)?

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  • $\begingroup$ I am not familiar with this technique, but reading about it now for first time, I am struck that this is almost exactly what Scientologists call ‘auditing’, where the e-meter device is supposedly used to measure responses. $\endgroup$ – M_B Sep 21 '18 at 17:56
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First off, I am not familiar with this therapy. There seems to be 251 hits on Scholar (excluding citations and patents) at the time of this writing with a search for "Havening Technique'. Of these 251, there seems to be one single journal article from Gursimran et al. (2015). The publisher of this 'journal', i.e. the Health Science Journal (Insight Medical Publishing) is listed on Baell's list and hence a suspected predatory publisher.

In all, this Havening technique can safely be considered as a technique that has not been described in the scientific literature.

I am deliberately leaving out the reference to the paper, as I regard it a source, not a reference

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