Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Help With Strong Reactions as a Highly Sensitive Person
Alison Morris talks about the benefits of using EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as tapping, to help release stress; calm our nervous system; change brain waves, disrupt fear signals from the amygdala, and to change core beliefs. We demonstrate how to tap on the belief of being too sensitive. Alison talks about the importance of acknowledging, allowing, accepting and having awareness of our feelings, and why as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) this is a powerful tool.
Emotional Freedom Techniques Also known as EFT or tapping Use acupressure points It’s like emotional acupuncture, but without needles Utilizes meridians, which are energy systems within the body In traditional Chinese medicine, meridiansare channels that form a network in the body, through which energy flows Rivers of energy At the meridian in the body, there is more electrical conductivity EFT can be used to Release stress Calm the nervous system Change brain waves Disrupt fear signals from the amygdala (fear or worry) Induce epigenetic changes Turn on immune function Turn off inflammation EFT has been comparably compared in effectiveness to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) It works more quickly with fewer sessions You can try EFT on everything and anything It can help with a troubling memory, something in the present, stress or worry and physical pain It can be the most powerful when used on beliefs we hold about ourselves We pick up beliefs before we are six-years-old that become deeply ingrained Who am I? Is the world safe? The 4 As of EFT Acknowledge How we are feeling There are no wrong or bad feelings Feelings of shame, embarrassment, guilt, anger, sadness, etc. Allowing To feel it Focus on the negative Address what is There is a fear the feeling will never go away Feelings are supposed to be felt; then they move on Accepting I deeply and completely accept myself You are ok no matter what you feel How I am is fine I honor myself and the way I feel I honor my sensitivity and the gifts that it brings My sensitivity is a superpower EFT was designed to be a self-help tool You can tap with a partner or with a therapist or coach who is trained in EFT Common struggles I don’t know what to say or what words to use Don’t worry about it. You don’t have to use words if it’s overwhelming or you can’t come up with the words Not being specific enough—you will get better results if you are specific Notice what you are feeling in your body (head, muscles, stomach, jaws) Possible things to say Even thought I haven’t allowed myself to feel for years, and I’m afraid to start feeling… People have been telling me not to be so sensitive for years… I’m so overwhelmed, and I can’t identify what I’m feelings because it’s such a big mess… You get to be you It’s ok to be angry, swear, scream, cry You can tap in the car or the shower It’s just releasing energy You may sigh, yawn, cry Your focus may get brighter, shoulders drop down, sit up straighter Before tapping— Rate your symptom/distress on a scale of 1-10 Try to pick something that’s not too intense—maybe something that’s a 4-6 in distress Notice where you feel it in your body Start with your “set up phrase” and repeat 3x with the karate chop on the side of your hand Even though I …..I deeply love and accept myself Use the reminder phrase when you tap on the following (see attached picture) Top of the head Above the eyebrow Outside the eye—side of your face Under the eye Under the nose Above the chin Collar bone Under the arm (where are bra strap would be if you wear a bra) It’s helpful to have water nearby so you don’t get dehydrated Often if feels like nothing has happened, but changes are happening The original protocol is to stay with the negative statements It’s like working on it to heal the wound If the negative feelings are subsiding, you can switch to reparative statements, but you don’t want to rush into this You can use tapping to feel honored, safer and to build inner strength SCRIPT FOR TAPPING
Even though I really hate being so sensitive, I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I have felt like a misfit for years because I am so sensitive I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I really wish sometimes that my sensitivity would just go away. I deeply and completely accept myself.
Now we’re going to take fingers again either hand we’re going to go right to the very top of the head. Like where a puppet would come from, you know, string would come up from the top of a puppet’s head, and just tap lightly while we say what’s called a reminder phrase.
I hate being so sensitive.
EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - is a fairly brand-new exploration and a fast-evolving therapy within the area of Power Psychology which is catching the attention of therapists, scientists, fortune-tellers as well as lay people.
Typically referred to as "Emotional acupressure", the technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional strength and pain. These blockages in our power system, in addition to testing us emotionally, usually lead to restricting ideas and practices as well as a lack of ability to live life harmoniously.
An EFT therapy includes the use of fingertips as opposed to needles to tap on completion factors of energy meridians that are situated simply underneath the surface of the skin. The therapy is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making modification as easy and also as pain cost-free as feasible.
EFT is a common sense strategy that attracts its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. Albert Einstein additionally informed us back in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is made up of power. These ideas have been greatly overlooked by Western Recovery Practices and also as they are unveiled in our current times, human process is reopening itself to the forgotten truth that whatever is Power as well as the potential that this provides us.
In the brief time considering that it's beginning by Gary Craig in the 1990's, EFT has actually provided countless people with remedy for all manner of issues and conditions, commonly in amazingly quick time and also after lengthy and excruciating durations of looking for a cure. The diversity of effective therapies have varied from trauma and also misuse, phobias, self messing up behaviour patterns, to deep collection emotional problems of anxiety and clinical depression, addictions, physical health problem, to name yet a few.
EFT is upstaging the wide spectrum of recovery experts; from the scientists to the fortune-tellers as well as everyone in between. It is at the heart of the rejoining of the old and also new standards.
EFT restores awareness and also trust in the all-natural healing abilities of our body and mind, supplying ground-breaking opportunities to accomplishing physical and also emotional wellness in a faster period.
Because the techniques are so simple, they can be made use of efficiently as a self-help tool, which encourages individuals to proactively add to their very own healing as well as advancement procedure. This promotes a much faster alleviation procedure, previously believed impossible by health care experts that supported extensive (& usually agonizing) hours in psychotherapeutic or medical care, usually with minimal results. These techniques do not challenge the clinical as well as psychotherapeutic professions, however instead offer to contribute to an all natural healing procedure.
EFT functions to clear such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional reaction or strength to recover emotional consistency and deal remedy for physical pain.
This is done by focusing on the particular issue whilst touching with fingers on the end factors of power meridians. The mix of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, whilst uncovering and focusing on root causes, helps with a "straightening out" of the power system thus getting rid of the "brief circuit" to the body's found out response or negative emotion.
It started in the 1980s, with a psychotherapist by the name of Roger Callahan, and an individual with a severe fear of water. Mary's concern of water controlled her life as well as kept her from day-to-day activities. She was incapable to take her youngsters to the beach as well as was unable to drive near the sea; she expanded fearful when it drizzled, and might not even withstand the view of water on TV. She had vibrant headaches including water.
Callahan and Mary had actually been working on this problem with each other for over a year. Mary functioned up the guts to sit within sight of the pool at Dr. Callahan's home. Even doing this created Mary extreme distress, and also though she found ways to manage the extreme fear and emotional discomfort, she did not overcome her anxiety. They reviewed her issue, and how you can conquer it, however without success.
Her anxiety of being near the water caused Mary tummy pains - a common "gut reaction." Dr. Callahan had actually just recently been studying traditional Chinese medicines, and learning more about meridians. Instantly he had an inspiration. Bearing in mind that there was an acupuncture point for the stomach meridian on the cheekbone, he asked her to tap there, assuming it could treat her tummy pains.
Even extra incredibly, her phobia of water went away, too! She ran down to the swimming pool as well as started splashing herself with water, being glad in her newly found freedom from anxiety.
Based upon this exploration, Dr. Callahan started a series of investigations to establish as well as improve this technique, which he called Thought Field Therapy. Gary Craig trained under Dr. Callahan's tutoring in the 1990's, finding out the treatments for TFT. As time passed, Craig began to observe some problems with TFT, aspects that he saw were unneeded problems.
TFT called for practitioners to tap on a particular series of meridians (called an algorithm) for each various trouble. Diagnosing the issue called for a technique called muscle mass testing, wherein the professional would gauge the relative stamina of a muscular tissue, while the person explored different thoughts or declarations.
Gary Craig observed duplicated circumstances where the issue was improperly identified or the specialist touched out the meridian points in the wrong order, yet the client was still helped. Based upon these monitorings, he ended that it did not matter where order the meridian factors were touched.
Craig created EFT as a simplified, enhanced version of the ideas behind Callahan's TFT. EFT has one fundamental, basic series of points to tap, regardless of what the situation.
Because of this, hundreds of individuals have made use of Touching for ailments as well as to resolve emotional problems. Tapping specialists have studied the techniques and educated to tackle much more complex and also difficult situations, as well as these dedicated experts report even more successful applications day-to-day. An increasing number of people are uncovering as well as exploring Tapping. Lots of are uncovering exactly how Tapping can alter their lives.