In Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping Part 2, WU World Changer Wendy Mackowski shares the top 5 excuses people have told her over the years for not wanting to try EFT. Late joining this series? Catch up on Part 1!
Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping Part 2: 5 Reasons People Don’t Try It
In last week’s article, I wrote about the 5 reasons people should try EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). This is a simple, self-help technique that can be easily learned and used by anyone. However, the majority of people who learn about this technique will never try it, let alone use it regularly.
I’ve listed below the top 5 excuses I’ve heard people say as to why they don’t use the Emotional Freedom Technique:
The idea seems too weird
Probably the biggest reason people don’t use EFT is that it seems a bit weird to them. They don’t see the connection between tapping on certain points and feeling better. Maybe the eastern philosophies of energy meridians are just too foreign for some people to embrace, or even if they are willing to believe in the concept, they have a hard time making the connection when they actually do it. Our minds automatically reject things that fall outside our belief system.
It feels too silly
Somewhat like the reason above, but just slightly different is the feeling that tapping on your face is silly. Going to an acupuncturist, lying on a table, and having someone insert tiny needles into our skin feels a little more “clinical,” and therefore, more acceptable. But, sitting in the living room tapping on our face seems silly and foreign to our idea of healing.
Another aspect of this is the fact that although we can use it on many things, it seems impractical to do in public and makes us feel more self-conscious. That is why I created the video below on Secret Tapping Points showing you simple and effective points you can tap when you’re in public. These are good practical ways to use tapping while at work, driving, or anywhere that others are present without having to explain what you are doing.
It’s hard to remember to use it
Believe it or not, this is a common problem. Even I, who have been using this technique clinically for many years, sometimes forget to use it on myself! It is not a natural reaction to start tapping when something happens. It takes a while to create a habit of using this wonderful tool.
They don’t know what to say
When EFT is new for people, they think the words they say have to be perfect in order for EFT to work. In reality, the words are there to connect them to the feelings so they can unblock or clear them. As long as they are concentrating on the emotions they are experiencing, they can express them in any way. I often recommend using a conversational tone, like talking to a friend, or sometimes even “ranting” to yourself!
They expect a one-hit wonder
Some people give up on EFT too soon because they expect a magical instant result. They think EFT is a magic bullet, and it should instantly clear out feelings and old patterns. Although it has done this for people, the truth is that more likely it will be a process and may require consistent effort or even work with a practitioner. I compare it to taking an aspirin. I’ve never heard someone say about an aspirin, “Oh yes, I tried that once but it didn’t work for me.” Nothing works on everything all the time.
EFT is a wonderful self-help tool that can be used in many situations to help improve people’s performance, attitude, and even physical symptoms. It is worth the time it takes to fully investigate this tool and to spend time with an experienced practitioner to really learn how to use it. Then, it is a matter of being patient and creating new habits that will give you a lifelong practical and efficient tool for self-help. When all else fails, you can “tap” on your reasons for resisting to use what is right there in front of you.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this series next week!