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How to Find SUD Level of Distress Scale Number for EFT Tapping (Video)

By Dawson Church

In this EFT Tapping video, Dawson Church works with a Clinical EFT Workshop participant who is having difficulty assigning a SUD Level of Distress Scale number to the abuse she received and witnessed as a child from her mother.

“SUDS” is an acronym for Subjective Units of Distress Scale, which was developed in 1969 by Joseph Wolpe to convey levels of distress.

The SUD scale is used as a way of getting in touch with and conveying how much distress you are feeling in the moment. EFT recognizes 10 points on the scale, ranging from zero (absolutely no stress) up to ten (maximum distress).

Dawson works with this participant on identifying what a maximum distress feeling is like while discussing the abuse from her past and then works with the 9 Gamut Procedure to heal and bring her distress level down to zero.

One of the most profound discoveries in EFT in the early part of the twenty-first century was the phenomenon called “Borrowing Benefits.” It’s the discovery that simply watching someone else do EFT on their issues, while tapping along with them, can help you reduce the emotional intensity of your own issues.

Borrowing Benefits was first noted by EFT practitioners. They reported that, rather than feeling exhausted after a day working with clients, they were energized. Their own emotional problems seemed to have melted away, even though they weren’t working on the same issues as their clients.

EFTUniverse invites you to Borrow Benefits with this video to work on recognizing your SUD numbers.

Here are the instructions for Borrowing Benefits:

1. Pick an issue you’d like to work on. Write down a brief name for the issue in 1 to 3 words.

2. Rate your degree of emotional distress on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being no intensity and 10 being the maximum intensity. Write down your number.

3. Identify a part of your body in which you feel the sensation associated with that number, and write down the name of that particular body location.

4. Recall an event in your life when you felt that feeling in your body. Pick the event that occurred the earliest in your life, if possible.

5. Start tapping through the EFT points, as soon as the video session starts, and keep tapping till the end. When the person onscreen states their issue, state your issue instead.

6. When the video is done, usually in 5 to 20 minutes, think about the issue, tune into that same part of your body, and rate your degree of emotional distress a second time. Write down your new number.

You’ll usually find your number dropping substantially. If it doesn’t, then pick another specific incident in your life most identified with that feeling in your body, and repeat the process.

More on Borrowing Benefits here: http://goo.gl/Lt7lMg

EFT means “Emotional Freedom Techniques” and is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.

Once the SUD Level of distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.

EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.