Definitely GQ, not GD. But I know how these things tend to drift… :rolleyes:
I’ve just been doing some reading on Scientology. Along the way, I find out about something called an “e-meter,” which critics say are basically “crude lie detectors.”
Apparently, the process goes like this. An auditor asks you questions about what’s bothering you while you are holding on to the e-meter. Supposedly, some of the things you are thinking while talking to the auditor cause the readout to spike, and the auditor adjusts his questions accordingly. (This comes from Wikipedia and some link I followed from there to “free zone scientology.”)
I didn’t find anything on what “accordingly” means in this context. But no matter, for the moment.
I’m wondering some stuff. Recent issues of SciAm and Discover have indicated that many psychiatrists are starting to rethink the validity of the notion of repression: Whereas, before now, most of them thought it was bunk scientifically speaking, now, many are starting to argue they are finding physiological correspondences to actual repression phenomena.
Okay, if they are right, then it seems to me very possible that something like a “lie detector” could well be used for therapeautic purposes!
If this is true, then it seems quite possible that, perhaps, even if only by accident, the scientologists may be partly on to something.
So my GQ is: Have there been any studies done on the use of e-meters in therapeautic contexts?