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EFT Glossary

The following terms have specific meanings in EFT:

  • Acupoints Acupuncture points, which are sensitive points along the body’s meridians. Acupoints can be stimulated by acupuncture needles or, in acupressure, by massage or tapping. EFT is an acupressure tapping technique.
  • Art of Delivery The sophisticated presentation of EFT that uses imagination, intuition, and humor to quickly discover and treat the underlying causes of pain and other problems. The art of delivery goes far beyond Mechanical EFT.
  • Aspects are ‘issues within issues’ different facets or pieces of a problem that are related but separate. When new aspects appear, EFT can seem to stop working. In truth, the original EFT treatment continues to work while the new aspect triggers a new set of symptoms. In some cases, many aspects of a situation or problem each require their own EFT treatment. In others, only a few do.
  • Basic Formula See Mechanical EFT.
  • Basic Recipe A four-step treatment consisting of Setup phrase, Sequence (tapping on acupoints in order), 9-Gamut Treatment, and Sequence. This was the original EFT protocol.
  • Borrowing Benefits When you tap with or on behalf of another person, your own situation improves, even though you aren’t tapping for your own situation. This happens in one-on-one sessions, in groups, and when you perform surrogate or proxy tapping. The more you tap for others, the more your own life improves. For details, click here.
  • Chasing the Pain After applying EFT, physical discomforts can move to other locations and/or change in intensity or quality. A headache described as a sharp pain behind the eyes at an intensity of 8 might shift to dull throb in back of the head at an intensity of 7 (or 9, or 3 or any other intensity level). Moving pain is an indication that EFT is working. Keep “chasing the pain” with EFT and it will usually go to zero or some low number. In the process, emotional issues behind the discomforts are often successfully treated.
  • Chi Chi, or energy, flows through and around every living being. It is said to regulate spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by yin (the receptive, feminine force) and yang (the active masculine force). These forces, which are complementary opposites, are in constant motion. When yin and yang are balanced, they work together with the natural flow of chi to help the body achieve and maintain health. Chi moves through the body along invisible pathways, or channels, called meridians Traditional Chinese Medicine identifies 20 meridians along which chi or vital energy flows or circulate through to all parts of the body. Acupoints along the meridians can be stimulated to improve the flow of Chi and, in EFT, to resolve emotional issues.
  • Choices Method Dr. Patricia Carrington’s method for inserting positive statements and solutions into Setup and Reminder Phrases. .
  • Core Issues Core issues are deep, important underlying emotional imbalances, usually created in response to traumatic events. A core issue is truly the crux of the problem, its root or heart. Core issues are not always obvious but careful detective work can often uncover them, and once discovered, they can be broken down into specific events and handled routinely with EFT.
  • Generalization Effect When related issues are neutralized with EFT, they often take with them issues that are related in the person’s mind. In this way, several issues can be resolved even though only one is directly treated.
  • Global While the term ‘global’ usually refers to something that is universal or experienced worldwide, In EFT it refers to problems, especially in Setup phrases, that are vague and not specific.
  • Intensity Meter The zero-to-10 scale that measures pain, discomfort, anger, frustration, and every other physical or emotional symptom. Intensity can also be indicated with gestures, such as hands held close together (small discomfort) or wide apart (large discomfort).
  • Mechanical EFT EFT’s Basic Formula consists of tapping on the Karate Chop point or Sore Spot while saying three times, ‘Even though I have this __[problem]__, I fully and completely accept myself’ (Setup phrase), followed by three rounds of tapping the Sequence of EFT acupoints in order, with an appropriate Reminder Phrase.
  • Meridians Invisible channels or pathways through which energy or Chi flows in the body. The eight primary meridians pass through five pairs of vital organs, and twelve secondary meridians network to the extremities. The basic premise of EFT is that the cause of every negative emotion and most physical symptoms is a block or disruption in the flow of Chi, or energy, along one or more of the meridians.
  • Movie Technique, or Watch a Movie Technique In this process you review in your mind, as though it were a movie, a bothersome specific event. When intensity comes up, stop and tap on that intensity. When the intensity subsides, continue in your mind with the story. This method has been a mainstay in the tool box of many EFT practitioners. It may be the most-often used EFT technique of all. For a full description, click here.
  • Personal Peace Procedure An exercise in which you clear problems and release core issues by writing down, as quickly as possible, as many bothersome events from your life that you can remember. Try for at least 50 or 100. Give each event a title, as though it is a book or movie. When the list is complete, begin tapping on the largest issues. Eliminating at least one uncomfortable memory per day (a very conservative schedule) removes at least 90 unhappy events in three months. If you work through two or three per day, it’s 180 or 270. For details, click here.
  • Reminder Phrase A word, phrase, or sentence that helps the mind focus on the problem being treated. It is used in combination with acupoint tapping.
  • Setup phrase, or Setup An opening statement said at the beginning of each EFT treatment which defines and helps neutralize the problem. In EFT, the standard Setup phrase is, Even though I have this (problem) ___________, I fully and completely accept myself.
  • Story Technique, or Tell a Story Technique Narrate or tell the story out loud of a specific event dealing with trauma, grief, anger, etc., and stop to tap whenever the story becomes emotionally intense. Each of the stopping points represents another aspect of the issue that, on occasion, will take you to even deeper issues. This technique is identical to the Movie Technique except that in the Movie Technique, you simply watch past events unfold in your mind. In the Tell a Story Technique, you describe them out loud. For a full description, click here.
  • Success: This is a broad word with many definitions and people use it on this website to represent different levels of progress. From an EFT point of view, however, consider success to be anything between (1) a clearly noticeable improvement in the issue and (2) a complete cessation of all symptoms.
  • SUD: This is a psychospeak term used by therapists when speaking of the 0-10 intensity scale that we often use to measure the severity of an issue. It stands for Subjective Units of Distress.
  • Surrogate or Proxy Tapping involves tapping on yourself on behalf of another person. The person can be present or not. Another way to perform surrogate or proxy tapping is to substitute a photograph, picture, or line drawing for the person and tap on that.
  • Tail-Enders The yes, but statements that create negative self-talk. When you state a goal or affirmation, tail-enders point the way to core issues.
  • Tearless Trauma Technique This is another way of approaching an emotional problem in a gentle way. It involves having the client guess as to the emotional intensity of a past event rather than painfully re-live it mentally. For details, click here.
  • Try it on Everything: By this statement we are urging you to give EFT a try even if you think the problem is impossible. This is because EFT (properly done) appears to produce benefits for just about everything thrown at it. However, this is not to be taken as an assurance that EFT works on everything (although time may prove that it does). Also, this is not a license for inexperienced newcomers to approach seriously afflicted people. Please use common sense and don’t go where you aren’t qualified. For more info, click here.
  • Writings on Your Walls Limiting beliefs and attitudes that result from cultural conditioning or family attitudes, these are often illogical and harmful yet very strong subconscious influences.
  • Yin and Yang. See Chi, above.
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