A: If you have a feeling such as these (even if you don’t know where it comes from), first rate the feeling’s intensity on the 10-point SUD scale. Then try using a Setup Statement such as: “Even though I feel numb [resistant, indignant, disbelief], I accept this is how I feel right now.” The Reminder Phrase would be “numb.” Tap a few rounds with that Reminder Phrase and notice if anything else comes to mind that might be underneath this. Then you can start the process again with the new feeling.
If you don’t know why you feel a certain way, you can also say that in your Setup Statement: “Even though I feel resistant but I am not sure why, I accept myself.” Your Reminder Phrase might be “resistant” or even “don’t know why” or both. As you tap a few rounds, the underlying source of the resistance/numbness/indignance/disbelief might surface. If so, tap on what emerges. Periodically during this process, reassess your SUD level to check your progress.
–Peta Stapleton, PhD, Certified EFT Practitioner, Trainer, and Mentor