Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), often referred to as tapping, is a psychological acupressure technique used to help manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional issues. The method combines elements of cognitive therapy with acupressure points on the body. EFT involves tapping on specific meridian points while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations, helping to balance energy systems and reduce emotional distress.

How It Works:

  1. Identification: The individual identifies the issue or emotion they wish to address.
  2. Setup: The person performs the setup statement, which typically involves acknowledging the problem and accepting oneself despite the problem. This is often repeated three times while continuously tapping on the “karate chop” point on the hand.
  3. Sequence: Tapping on specific meridian points in a particular sequence while repeating reminder phrases related to the issue. These points include the top of the head, eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin, beginning of the collarbone, and under the arm.
  4. Evaluation: After several rounds, the individual assesses their emotional intensity level regarding the issue, aiming for a decrease in distress.
  5. Repetition and Conclusion: If distress levels have not significantly decreased, the process can be repeated, adjusting the setup and reminder phrases as needed until relief is felt.