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EFT as a Tool to Resolve Anxiety: A Case Study Approach

Citation (APA style): Pandey, N. (2020). EFT as a tool to resolve anxiety: A case study approach. International Journal of Psycho-Social Research (IJPSR), 9(1).


Background: The present work examines the extent to which Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is effective as a tool in resolving anxiety. In recent years, various mental health professionals have been focusing on the use of alternative therapies like Thought Field Therapy (TFT), hypnotherapy, past life regression therapy, and Reiki, but there is a paucity of empirical research on the underlying factors for managing emotional challenges and turmoil.

Objective: One of the latest techniques, EFT, was established by Gary Craig. Case study method was used for the present case of one individual who had a very high level of anxiety.

Measures: To measure the level of anxiety, the Subjective Units of Discomfort (SUD) scale, as an introspective technique for experienced emotional and psychosomatic discomfort, was used as a pre and post measure.

Findings: Major findings were at two levels: a) intensive effect of one traumatic event on the adult life (in this case anger leading to performance anxiety and fear of authority), and b) how EFT helps a person to understand and handle emotions in a positive manner. The implication of the study is that the person who practices EFT regularly would be in a better position to understand and handle disturbing emotions. It is a cost-effective, easy to learn, simple to use tapping technique that can be used anywhere, anytime, and any number of times in a day. It can be used for all emotions and body pains.


EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, tapping, anxiety, psychosomatic ailments, discomfort