[Martin Taylor 981112 16:58]
[from Jeff Vancouver 981112.1200 EST]
[Martin Taylor 981112 10:15]
I'm sending the papers for the PCT Special Issue of the International
Journal of Human-Computer Studies to the general editor as soon as I get
one author's changed address (tomorrow, I hope).
Can you send that editorial over the web again (or me a copy). I have
I've attached a Microsoft Word 6 version to this message (hope it works).
Chris Cherpas (981112.0930 PT)
BTW, Martin, there's a PCT Special Issue of IJHCS coming out?
If so, could you describe what's going to be included?
Near the end of the editorial is a very brief description of the papers. The
editorial itself is something of a tutorial on PCT for the uninitiated.
There are eight papers. Bourbon and Powers "Models and their Worlds,"
Powers Little Man (Arm Demo), Marken on a PCT approach to task allocation,
Farrell et al (et al includes me) on Layered Protocol Theory, which is
PCT applied to dialogue or user-machine interaction, Martin Taylor et al
(et al includes Farrell) on the PCT innards of a dialogue, Haakma on
using Layered Protocols to improve the interface in consumer electronics,
Tucker et al on the Crowds demo, and Robertson et al on studying self-image.
I hope the issue has some influence, but it probably won't.
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From: David Goldstein <davidmg@SNIP.NET>
Subject: Re: Thought Field Therapy and PCT
To: Multiple recipients of list CSGNET
From: David Goldstein
Subject: Re: Thought Field Therapy and PCT [Marc Abrams (981111.2245)]
Good questions Marc.
Let me see if I can clarify my post.
MOL is great and I intend to continue using it in my clinical work, and
working on how to do it more effectively.
In this three day workshop which I attended on Thought Field Therapy, I was
struck by how quickly people could work on and gain some relief from a
problem which had a long history. I was surprised by the fact that a person
did not have to discuss the problem but just to think about it during the
treatment process. There was no going up a level. And yet there was a
reduction in the perceived upsetness experienced as the process unfolded.
For example, there was a man who gained relief from his long term fear of
heights within about 15 to 20 minutes.
So, this workshop experience made me wonder about some things. One thought
is that higher level understandings are not always necessary to obtain
relief from some psychological problems. In this sense, I think that Thought
Field Therapy represents a challenge to MOL, or just about every talk
therapy which I know about.
I was simply excited by learning something new and wanted to share it. I was
also puzzled when thinking about how could it possibly work given the PCT
framework. It is as if Thought Field Therapy allowed one to work on the
physiological activity which the error signal produced. And, as a result of
doing this, the error signal reduced or disappeared. It does not make PCT
For the sake of not diverting CSGnet attention from PCT work, I don't intend
to say much more on the topic of Thought Field Therapy.