A: Sometimes you’ll do EFT on a problem, but when you test your SUD levels before and after, they stay the same. You don’t feel your emotions or your body change.
That’s okay. There are many reasons why your SUD score might not change. You might need to tune in to the problem more strongly. Part of your psyche might be reluctant to confront the problem. Changes might be happening on a level too subtle for you to notice.
You might be dehydrated. Your mind might be convinced that EFT can’t work that fast, so it dismisses or minimizes real change. You might be tapping on an associated problem, skirting the real problem. You might be tapping on a surface issue, not yet having discovered a deeper issue that’s the real problem. Some issues, like compulsions and addictions, have many layers that can take a long time to reveal themselves. You might need the help of a practitioner or a workshop to address this particular issue. As you can see, there are a range of reasons why your SUD score might not go down.
If you finish a round of EFT and your SUD score hasn’t dropped at all, don’t be discouraged. Pick up the work later on, and you might find new insights and better progress. You might also discover that when you think about the problem a day or two later, your SUD score is now lower. EFT might have had a delayed effect. When your SUD doesn’t drop for a particular issue, don’t assume that EFT hasn’t worked or will never work. Sometimes it works in the background or has a delayed effect.
–from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church