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I’m a skeptic when it comes to energy psychology, and much of what alternative medicine claims to offer, particularly when it comes to mental health.
However, rather than dismiss these concepts outright, I think it’s better to give them a fair hearing, and let you guys make up your own minds.
For those of you unfamiliar with EFT, or tapping as it’s commonly known, it’s basically a form of alternative medicine which claims that tapping on certain acupuncture points can help relieve various psychological problems.
In today’s episode, I’m joined by Dawson Church, PhD, founder of EFT Universe, to discuss the origins and theory behind EFT, it’s professed application to the likes of anxiety and PTSD, whether “blocked energy” is at the cause or effect of psychological distress, and whether or not the positive effects of EFT can be explained away by the placebo effect.
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EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - is a relatively brand-new discovery and a fast-evolving treatment within the area of Power Psychology which is capturing the interest of healers, scientists, spiritualists as well as lay individuals.
Commonly described as "Mental acupressure", the technique works by launching clogs within the energy system which are the source of emotional strength and pain. These clogs in our energy system, along with challenging us psychologically, usually result in restricting beliefs as well as behaviours and a failure to live life harmoniously. Resulting signs are either emotional as well as/ or physical and also include uncertainty as well as self esteem, feeling stuck anxious or clinically depressed, or the appearance of uncontrollable and also addicting practices. It is likewise currently finally widely approved that emotional disharmony is a vital factor in physical signs and dis-ease as well as for this reason these techniques are being extensively made use of on physical issues, including chronic health problem with frequently impressive outcomes. As such these techniques are being approved more and more in clinical as well as psychological circles as well as in the range of psychiatric therapies and also recovery techniques.
An EFT therapy involves making use of fingertips rather than needles to touch on completion factors of power meridians that are located just below the surface area of the skin. The therapy is non-invasive and deals with the ethos of making adjustment as basic and also as discomfort complimentary as possible.
EFT is a common sense technique that attracts its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. In fact Albert Einstein additionally told us back in the 1920's that every little thing (including our bodies) is made up of power. These ideas have actually been largely disregarded by Western Recovery Practices and also as they are unveiled in our present times, human procedure is resuming itself to the neglected reality that whatever is Energy and the potential that this supplies us.
In the short time since it's creation by Gary Craig in the 1990's, EFT has provided hundreds of people with relief from all type of issues and also problems, usually in startlingly double-quick time and after long and uncomfortable durations of searching for a remedy. The diversity of successful therapies have actually ranged from trauma as well as misuse, fears, self screwing up behaviour patterns, to deep set emotional conditions of anxiety as well as depression, addictions, physical health problem, to call however a few.
EFT is upstaging the broad spectrum of healing experts; from the researchers to the spiritualists and also everybody in between. It goes to the heart of the rejoining of the old as well as brand-new paradigms.
EFT restores recognition and count on the all-natural recovery capacities of our body and mind, offering ground-breaking chances to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster timespan.
Due to the fact that the techniques are so simple, they could be made use of successfully as a self-help tool, which empowers individuals to proactively add to their own recovery and growth process. This helps with a much faster relief procedure, formerly believed impossible by healthcare experts who advocated prolonged (& often painful) hrs in psychotherapeutic or treatment, usually with minimal outcomes. These techniques do not reject the clinical and also psychotherapeutic professions, but instead serve to contribute to an all natural recovery process.
EFT functions to get rid of such disturbances and also eliminate the resulting emotional response or strength to recover emotional harmony and offer relief from physical discomfort.
This is done by concentrating on the certain problem whilst tapping with fingers on the end factors of energy meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our power system, whilst uncovering and focusing on source, helps with a "straightening" of the energy system therefore eliminating the "short circuit" to the body's learnt reaction or negative emotion.
It began in 1980, with a psychologist by the name of Roger Callahan, as well as a patient with a severe fear of water. Mary's fear of water regulated her life and also maintained her from daily tasks. She was not able to take her youngsters to the coastline as well as was unable to drive near the ocean; she expanded fearful when it drizzled, as well as could not also withstand the view of water on television. She had dazzling problems including water.
Callahan and Mary had been servicing this issue with each other for over a year. Finally, Mary worked up the nerve to rest within sight of the swimming pool at Dr. Callahan's house. Even doing this created Mary extreme distress, and though she discovered methods to handle the intense fear and emotional pain, she did not overcome her phobia. They discussed her trouble, and also the best ways to conquer it, but without success.
Her anxiety of being near the water triggered Mary tummy pains - a common "instinct." Dr. Callahan had actually recently been researching standard Chinese medications, as well as discovering meridians. Unexpectedly he had an ideas. Remembering that there was an acupuncture point for the tummy meridian on the cheekbone, he asked her to touch there, thinking it might heal her belly pains.
Mary tapped her cheekbone as directed, and also this little action transformed medical background! The feedback appeared amazing, to both Mary and Dr. Callahan. Her belly pains went away. But even more astonishingly, her fear of water vanished, as well! She ran down to the pool as well as started spraying herself with water, rejoicing in her newly found freedom from fear.
Based on this exploration, Dr. Callahan began a series of examinations to establish and also improve this technique, which he called Idea Field Treatment. Gary Craig trained under Dr. Callahan's tutoring in the 1990's, finding out the procedures for TFT. As time passed, Craig began to observe some troubles with TFT, elements that he saw were unneeded complications.
TFT needed professionals to tap on a particular sequence of meridians (called a formula) for every different trouble. Diagnosing the issue required a technique called muscle screening, in which the expert would determine the relative strength of a muscular tissue, while the person explored different ideas or statements.
Craig observed duplicated circumstances where the issue was improperly detected or the practitioner tapped out the meridian factors in the wrong order, yet the patient was still aided. Based on these observations, he concluded that it did not matter where order the meridian factors were touched.
Gary created EFT as a simplified, enhanced version of the principles behind Callahan's TFT. EFT has one basic, easy series of points to touch, whatever the scenario.
Due to the fact that of this, thousands of individuals have made use of Tapping for illnesses as well as to solve emotional problems. Touching specialists have researched the techniques and also educated to take on a lot more difficult and difficult instances, as well as these devoted experts report more effective applications everyday.