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EFT Success is Knowing the Right Questions to Ask

Dramatic, life-changing breakthroughs often occur when EFT practitioners ask the right questions.

As an EFT Universe Trainer, I teach my students valuable questions to ask their clients.

In a recent EFT Level 1 workshop, a student released 25 years of back pain in less than 20 minutes by answering one simple question to help find the emotional cause behind the pain.

The question: “What was going on in your life when the pain began?”

In that workshop, Susan and I were paired up to practice techniques for using EFT for physical issues such as pain I was the practitioner and Susan as the client Before we began our work together I noticed that Susan was sitting tentatively on the very edge of her chair.

When I invited her to sit back and get comfortable she explained that she had not been able to sit without low back pain for the past 25 years.

Though it was not the physical issue she was planning for us to work on because it seemed so huge, I suggested we jump in and see what we could do. When we started her pain intensity was a 67 out of 10, just as it is during most waking moments of her life.

Susan described that she had been medically evaluated on many occasions but the doctors were unable to find the cause of the pain or a successful treatment to relieve it. She said her son thought it sounded a lot like sciatica. When I asked her how old her son is, she said 25.

Then I asked if her pain began before or after her son was born. Susan looked puzzled at first and then as if a light went off she realized for the first time the possible link between what went on in her life while pregnant with him and her 25 years of pain.

Then, of course, I asked her: “What was going on in your life when the pain began?”

She explained that when she was three months pregnant she was working in customer service for an airline at the airport. When faced with picking up a very large suitcase she looked around for a coworker to help her but since there was nobody nearby she lifted the heavy bag herself. Susan immediately realized that she should not have done that and the ensuing pain ultimately caused her to lose her job.

While telling the story she immediately began to feel anger at the airlines.

Twenty-five years after her claim for compensation for medical care and lost wages was denied, Susan was still filled with rage. She also felt anger at herself for lifting the suitcase against her better judgment.

Since the intensity of her anger at the airlines at 10 was more intense than the anger at herself at 7 we began using the basic EFT recipe to tap about the anger at the airlines. I used Susan’s exact words as we tapped on the feelings of anger and betrayal at losing all that pay, being unfairly judged, etc.

It took only five minutes to collapse all of her negative feelings about the airlines.

Then Susan became much more aware of her anger at herself, now an intensity level of 9. Again, using her own words, we tapped about the self blame that Susan was still feeling regarding lifting the suitcase. “I was foolish. I brought this on myself,” etc. It took only a few minutes to reach the point of forgiving herself and feeling peace.

Once the intensity was gone for the anger at the airlines and at herself Susan began to notice that her back pain was almost entirely gone. Over the next several hours, the pain totally disappeared and has remained gone for the first time in 25 years.

The most frequent question my students and clients ask me is: “What is the right thing to tap on to get the most effective EFT results?”

Knowing the right questions to ask, like in Susan’s case, is the best advice I can give. Receiving skilled instruction in the EFT foundational concepts, combined with supervised practical experience, is the most powerful way I know to learn those questions and many other valuable tools to becoming highly effective at using EFT.


Dale Paula Teplitz has been an EFT instructor since 2000 and a skilled practitioner for over 20 years. Trained by the EFT Universe founder, Dr. Dawson Church, and a recipient of his official EFT Certification, Dale assisted the Dawson in his workshops for ‘Mastering EFT’ and ‘EFT for Serious Illnesses’ and in the creation of practitioner trainings. She is featured in the documentary Operation Emotional Freedom, which describes the use of EFT with combat veterans for their war traumas.

EFT Improves Sport Confidence

by Dawson Church, PhD

A study recently published in a large peer-reviewed sports journal showed that EFT improves confidence levels in athletes.
Researcher Darlene Downs gathered data from 10 female volleyball players at a university, and I wrote up the results for publication.

We analyzed their levels of PTSD, as it manifested both physically and emotionally. We also measured their confidence levels, and their degree of trauma around a single adverse event.

They then received a single EFT session that lasted only 20 minutes.

Afterwards, their confidence levels improved, while both physical and emotional aspects of PTSD decreased. When followed up 60 days later, their improvements had held.

The improvements in mental health had high statistical significance, meaning that there was only 1 possibility in 1,000 that the results were due to chance.

This study confirms the results of two earlier randomized controlled trials of EFT for athletic performance, and contributes to the growing body of research demonstrating EFT’s effectiveness for a wide range of psychological and physical problems.

You can read the study abstract here, and visit the EFT research bibliography here.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

The Dark Side of EFT

EFT is a remarkable transformational tool–with a dark and light side. Like the Force in the movie Star Wars, it’s powerful, but can be used for good or ill. In the movie, some Jedi knights master the Force, but are then seduced by the Dark Side. All their power is then harnessed in the service of the Evil Empire. The same phenomenon often occurs in EFT.

Learning and using EFT provides no guarantee that you will remain on the Light Side of the Force. In fact, experiencing EFT’s power makes it likely that you will be tempted by the Dark Side.

There are two sources of this temptation. One comes from the outside, the other from within.

The outer temptation comes in the form of success with clients. Imagine a mildly successful life coach or psychotherapist. Or perhaps even a quite unsuccessful and frustrated life coach or psychotherapist. They learn EFT, and suddenly their clients are obtaining breakthrough results. Their ego says, “Wow, now I’m a super-therapist, a super-coach. Look at me! Look at the power I have to help people.” The ego attributes their newfound results to itself as much as to EFT. Clients are grateful to the newly-successful practitioner, further feeding the ego. It swells up to a gigantic size. Perhaps the practitioner introduces some minor variation of EFT. The ego then says, “Look, I’ve improved EFT. My EFT is even better than the original EFT.” It swells up even bigger.

The second way in which EFT can produce a monster comes from within, as EFT clears emotional trauma. Most people have a large collection of emotional problems cluttering up their psyche. The poet Robert Bly likens it to a big bag, which we drag along behind us. We can’t make fast progress through our lives because we’re impeded by dragging this bag behind us. The bag impairs our effectiveness and happiness.

EFT is very effective at clearing emotional trauma. Research shows that in just a one-day workshop, psychological problems like anxiety and depression are reduced by an average of 45%. Physical pain is reduced by an average of 68%. The results hold over time. EFT makes your bag of sorrows much smaller and lighter. All the space in the mind, body and emotional realm that was previously stuffed with emotional trauma is now open. This creates a vacuum, and that vacuum must be filled.

What rushes into this newly-liberated psychic territory? If an individual has done diligent transformational, ethical, and spiritual work, then those qualities fill the space. If an individual has not done such work, then the ego rushes in to fill the vacuum.

Keeping the ego in check has been one of the primary focuses of transformational and spiritual schools since the days of the ancient shamans. They recognized the lure of the Dark Side of the Force. They recognized that, with increased personal power comes increased responsibility to keep the ego in check. As Voltaire said, “Power corrupts.” The shamans recognized that it takes constant vigilance and committed spiritual practice to keep the psyche clear of the Dark Side. They called this practice of identifying and cleansing the influences of the ego, “cleaning the bone.”

Sometimes people in the EFT community point to the actions of this or that EFT practitioner who is drugged by power, dominated by the ego, and acting outrageously. They ask, “How can he or she do that, it goes against all the values of healing and compassion?” The reason is that such a person has fallen under the spell of the ego, going over to the Dark Side. Such a practitioner is still getting excellent results with clients, and there may be no obvious signal to them that they’ve strayed from the path.

The more power you accumulate, the greater the temptation. Historians studying transformational schools are often dismayed at the behavior of their leaders. The history of transformational movements is littered with examples of leaders who’ve become drunk with power, seduced by the Dark Side, and committed shameful acts. EFT is no exception.

As part of our certification requirements at EFT Universe, we require practitioner candidates to document 15 hours of personal work on their own issues. Why do we do this? The purpose of this requirement is to highlight the importance of “cleaning the bone.” A practitioner who gets in the habit of soul-searching, of comparing their thoughts and behaviors to the highest standards, of ongoing and diligent spiritual practice, is less likely to fall into the trap of the ego.

Fifteen hours of personal growth work is very little. It simply points to the importance of a regular practice. As you move forward on your journey with EFT, it’s important to keep examining your words, thoughts, and actions. Are they consistent with the highest values? The Dark Side will beckon, but as you commit yourself to regular personal reflection, and a strong spiritual practice, you reinforce your allegiance to the Light Side of the Force.

Veterans Administration Fails to Offer Effective PTSD Treatments to Veterans

by Dawson Church, PhD

One of the disturbing aspects of combat trauma is the cost to society when veterans come home. Around some military bases, the number of murders and rapes spikes sharply, according to an article in Slate magazine. These terrible events are more than a tragedy; they are a symbol of our failure as a society to effectively treat veterans with PTSD.

The Veterans Administration (VA) has struggled with the burden of a huge number of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD. Some 2.4 million Americans have been deployed there, and estimates of the number with PTSD run as high as 30%. Simply diagnosing PTSD has strained VA resources, with a backlog extending about 600 days.

In the face of this challenge, the VA has resolutely refused to implement promising new drug-free treatments that can eliminate PTSD in most cases, preferring to prescribe risky and and often-ineffective drugs instead. Between 2001 and 2011, the VA spent $717 million on a drug called Risperidone, touted as a treatment for PTSD. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that Risperidone was no more effective than a placebo.

In that same time period, many practitioners presented case histories to various VA officials showing that EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a safe, drug-free behavioral treatment, eliminates PTSD symptoms in veterans. EFT combines acupressure (manual stimulation of acupuncture points) with cognitive and exposure therapies.

EFT studies were presented to the VA as early as 2008, when Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote a personal letter to then-secretary for Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki enclosing an early outcome study showing veterans recovering from PTSD after EFT treatment. Three other congressmen wrote to Shinseki again in 2010, enclosing more research and further evidence. The VA took no action on this information either.

Therapists frustrated at the lack of progress at official levels set up their own web site to offer EFT and similar therapies to veterans. Called the Veterans Stress Project, it has now offered treatment to over 10,000 veterans. Over 200 therapists and life coaches all over the US offer their services free of charge or a minimal cost.

A randomized controlled trial, published in 2013 but made available to the VA in 2010, showed that 86% of veterans recovered completely and permanently after just 6 EFT sessions. In September of 2013, Congressman Tim Ryan wrote another letter to Secretary Shinseki, this time advocating EFT on the basis of 18 randomized controlled trials.

Like all the other letters, this one was rebuffed, with the VA declining to examine the evidence, perform its own research, refer patients to the Veterans Stress Project, or take any other action to get EFT to suffering veterans. Dozens of studies have shown that EFT is effective for depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, and other problems commonly affecting veterans.

Each new act of violence by veterans with mental health problems reminds us of the folly of the VAs approach. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) says that “The VA cannot have this ‘see no evil hear no evil’ attitude” towards EFT. We have the solution sitting on the shelf, unused by the very institution that’s meant to be helping our veterans.

The costs of failure are staggering. Each veteran with PTSD costs an estimated $1.5 million to treat (usually ineffectively), while a course of EFT treatment costs about $500 (and is effective in about 9 out of 10 cases). For what it spent on Risperidone alone, the VA could have offered EFT to every single veteran suffering from PTSD. According to a report in the American-Statesman, in 2012 “the Pentagon spent more on pills, injections and vaccines than it did on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles — combined.” According to an outcome study, for the cost of treating one veteran with conventional treatments, the VA could have offered EFT to 2,000 sufferers.

Shinseki was eventually forced to resign over the VAs scandalous neglect of PTSD sufferers, and its attempt to hide its incompetence by falsifying medical records. Yet the institution has yet to offer EFT or any of the other effective treatments to its patients.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

I Can Never Work on THAT Issue!

by Dawson Church, PhD

What I love about EFT is that there is the possibility of working with issues and traumas so scary that you refuse to even go there.

By that I mean you don’t want to think about it never mind do any healing work with it.

And yet it is in these places that we don’t want to go that is contained the possibility of our greatest freedom.

EFT contains a whole set of ways to work with these kinds of issues or major traumas. This involves creeping up on the problem so subtly and so gently that you move at the rate that feels completely safe and ok to you.

How can EFT do that?

It was found that EFT can do its great releasing work even when you are completely dissociated from the problem. Even when you are not connecting with the past feelings and emotions, keeping a safe distance, you can tap away the charge. And then as the charge becomes less and less, you feel safe to slowly, slowly come closer to the problem whilst still tapping.

In fact, even if the problem is too big to think about working with in this way, there is still a way of working. Simply to tap away how you feel about working with the problem.

When you take proper accredited EFT training, you learn techniques such as “The Movie Technique”, “Sneaking Up on The Problem” and most significantly “The Tearless Trauma Technique” which is an amazing way of working with the unmentionable!

There can be a lot of shame or embarrassment connected to some of these “can’t go there” issues which can prevent someone seeking help.  Yet with EFT it is not even necessary for the practitioner to know any detail at all. You can work with the most upsetting situations gently and without telling any of the story out aloud.

So if you have any issues or past experiences that fit into these categories, it’s time you got freedom from those and reclaim the part of you trapped back in time in the trauma. Contact a certified EFT practitioner and say you want to clear something without telling them what it is!  Any good practitioner will be able to work with you with no problem at all.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

How the Science Behind “Conscious Uncoupling” Can Save Your Relationship

by Dawson Church, PhD

When Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin announced that they were consciously uncoupling rather than “getting divorced” their choice of language caused a stir. Yet bringing consciousness into a divorce has benefits that are backed up by solid science. These benefits apply equally well to a conscious marriage.

Being conscious, in the sense of acting with awareness of the implications of your actions, engages the frontal lobes of our brains. These brain regions process what are called executive functions, such as abstract thought, and the ability to distinguish innocuous stimuli from genuine threats. For example, a loud bang can activate the survival centers of the brain. The executive centers are the brain regions that figure out it’s a car backfiring, not a gunshot.

Conflicts that arise in marriage often uncover deep emotional wounds. If couples speak and act from those wounds, they inject negative emotion into their relationship, compounding their problems. Eventually the backlog of bad feelings accumulate to the point where they get divorced.

If on the other hand they have a high enough degree of emotional self-regulation to avoid saying and doing hurtful things, their chances of a happy marriage increase, and the changes of divorce recede.

It’s fascinating to look at the neurological patterns of a person who is emotionally triggered. They literally “go unconscious.” The emotional midbrain, composed of sub-structures like the amygdala, hippocampus and hypothalamus, is fully engaged. It sends signals to the hindbrain, which regulates survival functions like respiration, digestion and circulation.

That’s why when you’re stressed, you feel a knot in your stomach, as the body shunts resources away from digestion. Your shoulders tense, as blood is forced into your peripheral muscles. Your breathing becomes fast and shallow, providing a burst of oxygen to your muscles. Non-essential systems like your reproductive system and immune system shut down.

Studies show that when primates like humans are highly stressed, the capillaries in the brain’s frontal lobes contract. These tiny blood vessels shut down, forcing blood out of the frontal lobes and into the parts of the body most needed for the fight-flight response, like the muscles. The executive centers of the brain that are responsible for wise decision making are starved of oxygen. Up to 70% of the blood in the frontal lobes drains out, effectively taking our rational decision-making capacity offline. The computer’s hard drive is still present, but the power supply (oxygen and nutrient-rich blood) is turned off.

Not only does the kind of high emotion found in marriage and divorce take our intellectual assets offline, but if we repeatedly express our negative emotions, our brains become more adept at carrying those signals. They develop increased capacity to relay the messages of emotional distress.

Studies of identical twin men, one of whom was deployed in Vietnam while the other was not, demonstrate this clearly. The twin who saw combat has a faster stress response than the non-deployed twin; over time the volume of the combatant’s brain’s executive centers shrinks, along with the brain structures responsible for memory and learning. Stress isn’t just a behavioral habit; over time it turns into an anatomical reality.

In people with this type of brain change, studies show that stress signals go straight from the brain’s emotional center to the hindbrain, which turns on the fight-flight response. When your spouse says something that annoys you, you respond with reflexive annoyance.

In people with good emotional regulation, stress signals are referred forward to the frontal lobes, who decide if the stimulus is truly a threat. If not, they block the referral of the signal to the hindbrain, so the body doesn’t get the instructions to gear up for trouble. Your spouse may say that same annoying thing, but if your prefrontal cortex is online, you aren’t tempted to scream at him or her. You choose your words consciously, and heighten your chance of a constructive encounter. Your creativity, logical reasoning ability, cognitive skills, and sense of perspective remain intact.

It is possible to train your brain. You can cultivate the habit of responding to the emotional problems you encounter in marriage with calmness. Over time, you build up those neural pathways, and calmness becomes habit. In this way, whether you’re coupling or uncoupling, your prefrontal cortex is online, and you have the full spectrum of life skills you’ve learned available to you.

Here are some scientifically proven ways of halting those knee-jerk reactions:

  1. Take a long, slow, deep breath. Make your inbreath last at least five seconds, and your outbreath a similar length. Studies show this type of breathing signals your nervous system that you’re not facing an objective physical threat, and you’ll be less likely to treat your spouse’s words as such.
  2. Relax your tongue on the floor of your mouth. When we’re stressed, our tongues tense up along with many other muscle groups. A study found that that relaxing your tongue sends a relaxing signal to your hindbrain, telling the fight-flight response to stand down.
  3. Stimulate your acupressure points with your fingertips. Over 50 studies of Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT, the most popular acupressure technique, show that it produces large and immediate reductions in anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress. The basic EFT routine uses 12 acupressure points and takes less than a minute to perform.
  4. Wait five minutes before responding. Cortisol is your main stress hormone. Our bodies produce it fast in response to a threat. However, cortisol molecules are also rapidly broken down when we no longer need them. If you wait five to twenty minutes, your levels of both cortisol and adrenaline will drop, and you’ll feel calm and rational again. EFT has also been proven to lower cortisol in a randomized controlled trial.

Couples that become adept at these skills are able to navigate the emotional ups and downs that are inevitable in a relationship. With the benefit of emotional self-regulation, their consciousness remains online during times of conflict. They’re able to use the skills they learn in therapy when emotions run high. They’re more likely to get through rough patches without lasting damage to the relationship. This builds resiliency, and a sense that the relationship is strong enough to navigate through life’s challenges.

And if the relationship is not going to endure, as for Paltrow and Martin, a conscious approach to uncoupling can spare them and their children the recriminations and bitter fights that characterize a pair of brains locked in fight-flight mode.

For many years I’ve been identifying the skills essential to a conscious relationship. I’ve now assembled them in a systematic program called Tapping Deep Intimacy. It’s a 12-week online course, and it trains you in the practices that foster love, trust and connection. Learning and practicing those skills has made all the difference to the more than 1,000 people who have enrolled in the course so far. This link will introduce you to one of those simple skills that makes all the difference.

However you get conscious, and whether you are in a relationship now or not, you can save yourself a lifetime of stress by using your relationships for joy and peace instead of conflict and pain.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

The Still Face Experiments

by Dawson Church, PhD

One of the questions that’s really perplexed me is why, in the course of evolution, we developed emotion. After all, getting angry, frustrated, and resentful feels awful.

The part of the brain that processes emotion is called the limbic system or midbrain. It sits on top of the reptilian brain, the hindbrain, and it evolved much more recently than the hindbrain. The hindbrain is at least 500 million years old.

The hindbrain is great at survival, regulating breathing, heart rate, and all the other functions of life, including the all-important fight-flight-freeze or FFF response.

These are all part of the autonomic nervous system. For “autonomic” you can substitute the word “automatic” since it governs all the automatic functions you don’t have to think about consciously.

The midbrain is over 200,000 years old and was evolved by mammals. That mammalian brain is where emotion starts. Your earliest human-like ancestors only began to evolve 5 million years ago, and modern humans with their large frontal lobes or forebrain sitting on top of that evolved in the blink of an eye in evolutionary terms, starting only about 200,000 years ago (Timeline: Evolution of the Brain).

Since the hindbrain was so good at FFF and all the survival functions, what purpose was served by the evolution of the midbrain with all its messy emotions?

The reason that emotions gave our ancestors an evolutionary edge was that ability to feel emotions like love and fear made them even better at survival. The midbrain contains several sub-structures that tag experiences with strong emotion, enabling the organism to distinguish between a non-threatening stimulus, like an innocuous plant, and a threatening one, like poison ivy. The stronger the potential threat, the stronger the emotion.

Later in his career, Charles Darwin became fascinated by emotion and wrote a book about it, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

Emotions are also a vital part of bonding between individuals. Emotional bonds clearly help with survival, such as when a platoon of soldiers works together, or a mother cares for her baby.

Just how important emotions are is shown by the ability of newborn babies to recognize them. In a series of experiments called the Still Face Experiments, researcher Edward Troninck had mothers keep their faces impassive when interacting with their infant children.

The children responded by initiating behaviors intended to evoke emotion in the mothers, such as smiling, gesturing, and vocalizing. When the mothers’ faces remained still, the babies responded by becoming even more animated as they attempted to elicit an emotional response.

If this failed, the babies would go into extreme distress, to the extent of losing control of their autonomic nervous systems. Watching video clips of parent-child interactions that are part of the Still Face Experiments is fascinating (see an example here).

The phenomenon is true not just of mothers, but of fathers too.

It persists across cultures and national groups, demonstrating that it’s an innate brain-based phenomenon and not learned behavior. The reason we developed this bonding ability is clear in evolutionary terms. A human infant is helpless, and only with the attention and affection of its mother will it survive.

It was highly adaptive for infants to possess this ability, and during the first 18 months of life, the limbic system is the fastest-growing part of the brain.

One lesson of the Still Face Experiments is that we don’t need to be abused as children in order to become traumatized. The simple withdrawal of parental interaction can be deeply distressing to a child. What happens if you had a childhood that was lacking in affection?

That’s where EFT comes into the picture. I’ve found that clients processing early childhood distress can make real progress with EFT, especially the 9 Gamut procedure. One of the many benefits of this powerful technique is that you don’t need to remember specific events in order to discharge emotional trauma. It works on even problems that pre-date your first memories (usually around age 3 or 4).

I also talk about the Still Face experiments, and why human beings evolved emotion, in chapter 6 of The EFT Manual, and show how the three EFT “Gentle Techniques” can be used to address traumatic memories, and when to use the 9 Gamut technique. After you use these methods, you often feel better even if you, like most of us, received less attention and love as a child than you needed.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

How to Use EFT Tapping for Financial Fears

by Dawson Church, PhD

Recently a friend of mine was going through tough financial times, and I helped him identify some childhood events that were linked to his current emotional distress.

The trick is to tune into the body sensations you have around money, and then find childhood events where you felt the same physical sensation.

These links are often surprising; they may have nothing to do with money, or everything to do with it.

Your body is a reliable guide to what’s going on with you.

Here’s a Youtube video I made of the tapping routine.

It’s only 7 minutes long — I invite you to watch it and tap along.

 

 


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

Placebo Effect Is Affecting the Development of New Drugs

The placebo effect is a proven medical phenomenon and even an adjunct to the actions of conventional treatments, but it is now affecting the development of new drugs, particularly amongst Americans. While placebos are inert substances that produce no medical effect on the body, the “placebo effect” refers to the phenomenon of patients feeling better due to their belief that they have been given a treatment. Many medications appear to work, but their actions may be due mainly or entirely to the placebo effect.

This effect is now affecting the development of new drugs, as placebos are used in comparison trials to gauge the actual effect of a medication. If the reaction to a placebo is similar to a new drug it is difficult to prove the drug is actually doing anything. As reported in Scientific American, Jeffrey Mogil, who directs the pain-genetics lab at McGill University in Montreal said: “Simply being in a US trial and receiving sham treatment now seems to relieve pain almost as effectively as many promising new drugs.”

Interestingly, the placebo effect is increasing worldwide for antidepressants and antipsychotics, but only increasing in America for painkillers. One possible reason for the skewed results in America is that direct-to-consumer advertising for drugs is allowed in that country. Jeffrey Mogil comments that: “Our data suggest that the longer a trial is and the bigger a trial is, the bigger the placebo is going to be. Longer, bigger US trials probably cost more, and the glamour and gloss of their presentation might indirectly enhance patients’ expectations.”

Exactly why the placebo effect works is still unknown, but many studies have shown that practically any treatment can induce healing as long as the patient feels they are being looked after and their problem is being treated. Fundamentally, if you think a treatment is going to work then it will; if you believe you can and will get better, this allows your own mind to do the healing for you.

Adding to the unknowns surrounding the mechanism of placebo action, it has also been reported in trials where participants knew they were receiving a placebo, and has also been found in trials involving animals.

Regardless of why it works, this phenomenon may be a powerful ally in modern medicine, and used as a treatment in its own right. Director of Placebo Research at Harvard Medical School, Professor Ted Kaptchuk states: “If the major component of a drug in any particular condition is its placebo component, we need to develop non-pharmacological interventions as a first-line response.” Placebos may not provide cures, but they can provide relief, and Kaptchuk goes on to say: “A significant body of research has resulted in a shift from thinking of placebos as just ‘dummy’ treatments to recognizing that placebo effects encompass numerous aspects of the health care experience and are central to medicine and patient care.”

If believing that a treatment will work is central to the action of placebos, it’s worth enhancing the effect as much as possible. Emotional blocks such as not believing that you can heal, fear of the future course of a disease, anger towards your body or medical providers, and secondary gains from being sick all need to be cleared in order to strengthen your belief in healing. EFT is great at uncovering these obstacles to healing, and tapping them away. Over 100 papers in peer-reviewed psychology and medical journals show that it is effective for both physical and psychological symptoms.

Making full use of the placebo effect enhances health care. Improving relationships between patients and caregivers, reinforcing patients’ belief in their treatment, and encouraging their self-healing capacities all contribute toward the healing process.

Phone Psychotherapy & Dropout Rates

by Dawson Church, PhD

According to a study published in the peer reviewed journal Clinical Psychology, fewer clients drop out of psychotherapy delivered over the phone than drop out of in-person psychotherapy.

Examining 12 different studies, the authors of this study found that the average attrition rate for phone clients was only 7.6%, compared with 46.9% for in-office sessions.1

So while clients often start therapy with a strong motivation towards personal transformation, that motivation can drop off over time. Phone therapy may be more effective in keeping them in treatment, perhaps because it’s so convenient.

A study of the results of EFT delivered over the phone versus in-person office visits examined the differences in PTSD levels of veterans before and after six sessions. It found that 67% recovered from PTSD via phone, while 91% recovered after the office sessions. The results were statistically significant.2

However, that 67% rehabilitation rate is much higher than most kinds of therapy, and not to be dismissed, even though office sessions produce better results overall.3

Sources

1 Phone Psychotherapy. Louise Chang, MD, WebMD, Sep 23, 2008.

2 Hartung, J., & Stein, P. (2012) Telephone delivery of EFT remediates PTSD symptoms in veterans: A randomized controlled trial.

3 Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(1), 33—42. doi:10.9769.EPJ.2012.4.1.JH).


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