EFT: How To Find Core Issues

Many people using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) worry that they don’t know or cannot *find* the reason behind a particular problem. So they usually start guessing. Why can’t I lose weight? “Maybe it’s my hormones . . . my genes . . . or a slow metabolism . . . or maybe there’s a deeper issue, but I don’t know what it is.”

These are really just the stories we tell ourselves. And we, as human beings, are infinitely capable of changing our stories. So don’t worry about wracking your brain to come up with the reasons for your symptoms or the problem you are struggling with.


Core issues ARISE through the use of EFT. You can start tapping on whatever issue or problem you are facing.

“Even though I can’t lose weight . . .”
“Even though I can’t sleep . . . ”

Just start with wherever you are, and whatever you know. And don’t worry about repeating yourself. Remember, in the EFT Manual, the reminder phrase is simple and repetitive.

Repetition is a powerful teacher.

As you tap, core issues can ARISE — just tune in and listen for what issues come up while you are tapping. Don’t try to force it. Accept whatever comes. You will often be surprised. If nothing happens, try a different angle. But I can’t tell you the number of times that I have started off thinking I didn’t have much to work with  and no idea where I would end up. Have it be OK not to know how it will turn out. Just be curious, be open, and don’t be attached to getting a particular result.  Happy tapping!

Carol Solomon
Psychologist, Master Certified Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner, Dr. Carol Solomon is one of the world’s leading experts in using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help people lose weight without dieting, stop binge eating, and reduce anxiety and stress. She is the author of 4 Books on Emotional Freedom Techniques, the EFT Tips Newsletter, the Binge Eating Teleseminar and the EFT Weight Loss CD. Carol has a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.
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2 thoughts on “EFT: How To Find Core Issues

  1. I have a female client with no libido
    where do I start? she is married and once her husband initiates she is ok but if that weren’t the case she has no desire.
    Sue white

  2. Dear Carol,
    I run and cannot pace myself therefore I cannot keep the same pace for a long time, my breathing cut out mostly on hills, I started with eft but I am not sure I am doing right, can you advise
    thank you

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