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Old 02-03-2020, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi PC Fam, Anyone familiar with EFT?
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I've not used it myself. But here are links to 3 articles, from PC's archives, on the subject. The first article, in particular, provides links to additional resource material:

Can The Emotional Freedom Technique Help My Anxiety?

Stop a Panic Attack With Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

5 Emotional Freedom Technique Benefits in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery | Liberation after Narcissistic Abuse

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Terrific! Thank you, Skeezkys
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I first used it about 25 years ago when there was an elaborate sequence of steps to do. It has been greatly simplified today.

I haven't used it lately as I have other tools, but it did work, especially when I had overwhelming depression/pain well up inside me. I would tap furiously while I sat and felt the pain. I'm talking pain that could bring me to my knees. Really feel it (but don't engage with it), as strongly as you dare. Don't block it or suppress it in any way while you tap on your chosen "site".

Eventually, the pain will dissipate, and you will feel incredible relief.
Sometimes, you need to repeat the above to get the full release of your emotional pain or issue.

There are quite a few books on it, but you can find all you need on internet sites.

PS: By "don't engage" I mean don't relate your emotional pain to any event. It is in you, you want it out.
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I first used it about 25 years ago when there was an elaborate sequence of steps to do. It has been greatly simplified today.

I haven't used it lately as I have other tools, but it did work, especially when I had overwhelming depression/pain well up inside me. I would tap furiously while I sat and felt the pain. I'm talking pain that could bring me to my knees. Really feel it (but don't engage with it), as strongly as you dare. Don't block it or suppress it in any way while you tap on your chosen "site".

Eventually, the pain will dissipate, and you will feel incredible relief.
Sometimes, you need to repeat the above to get the full release of your emotional pain or issue.

There are quite a few books on it, but you can find all you need on internet sites.

PS: By "don't engage" I mean don't relate your emotional pain to any event. It is in you, you want it out.

Thank you so much! Your experience is very helpful to me.
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I have done it a ton over the years. I gets a bad rap, which I thik is unfair, personally. I have found it very helpful. for me, it is really just a lot like CBT in how it works. At least for me.

I would give it a shot, if you are considering it. It can help, in my opinion.
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This is the first I'm hearing of it.
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Hi PC Fam, Anyone familiar with EFT?
Have heard about Emotional Support Animal but not about this technique before.
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I am not saying it wont work or that its bunk I just like to play devils advocate when the science doesnt add up. I am also not saying it didnt work for people. I tried accupuncture for pain and it did nothing for my pain but it did wonders for my anxiety. My issue is when treatments like these are exalted above evidence based treatments or at least pushed in lieu of other treatments or marketed as a cure or the "only" solution. In that case I feel like these types of treatments may cause harm in the sense that if they are pushed as the ideal solution, someone may avoid professional help. But for people who have tried the standard types of help and have a doctor or therapists' approval I see no harm.

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Advocates claim that the technique may be used to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders, and as a simple form of self-administered therapy. The Skeptical Inquirer describes the foundations of EFT as "a hodgepodge of concepts derived from a variety of sources, [primarily] the ancient Chinese philosophy of chi, which is thought to be the 'life force' that flows throughout the body." The existence of this life force is "not empirically supported".

EFT has no benefit as a therapy beyond the placebo effect or any known-effective psychological techniques that may be provided in addition to the purported "energy" technique.[3] It is generally characterized as pseudoscience and it has not garnered significant support in clinical psychology.
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EFT has no useful effect as a therapy beyond the placebo effect or any known-effective psychological techniques that may be used with the purported "energy" technique, but proponents of EFT have published material claiming otherwise. Their work, however, is flawed and hence unreliable: high-quality research has never confirmed that EFT is effective.

A 2009 review found "methodological flaws" in research studies that had reported "small successes" for EFT and the related Tapas Acupressure Technique. The review concluded that positive results may be "attributable to well-known cognitive and behavioral techniques that are included with the energy manipulation. Psychologists and researchers should be wary of using such techniques, and make efforts to inform the public about the ill effects of therapies that advertise miraculous claims."

A 2016 systematic review found that EFT was effective in reducing anxiety compared to controls, but also called for more research comparing its effectiveness to that of established treatments.
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