Why Doesn’t EFT Always Work?

From my inbox: Why doesn’t EFT ALWAYS work?  On occasion I can get it to help me calm down, but not always.  It doesn’t seem to help with my overeating at all.

I use EFT while driving to work in the morning (1 hour) and then I still eat when I shouldn’t.  Yes, it is stressful at work, but I want EFT to help me control it and so far I can’t seem to get it to do so.

There could be many reasons why EFT doesn’t work all the time. Gary has written extensively about this. By the way, I don’t know ANY technique that does what you want it to do 100% of the time. A skilled practitioner is going to have good results most of the time, and it can depend on how often and how effectively you are applying the technique.

Here’s my short list of reasons:

1. You may not be using EFT in the most effective way. For instance, tapping in the car could be interfering with your ability to mentally focus on the issue. While this method could be helpful, it’s probably not as effective as it could be.

2. There may be some aspect that you haven’t discovered yet. As Gary says, it can be hard to to distinguish between the relief already obtained and the stress still remaining. This happens frequently and can fool you into thinking “it doesn’t work.”

3. You aren’t getting to the core issue. That’s like tapping on the symptoms, but ignoring everything that’s causing them. For instance, you tap on food cravings alone, when the real issue is that you hate your job and you are overeating to stuff your feelings. When you only tap on the symptoms, you are not addressing any of the emotional issues that drive the food craving.

Here’s what to do: Try tapping on all the aspects of the stress at work. Tap on your fears, frustrations, stresses, feelings, and negative thoughts related to your job. You can also try tapping at other times besides when you are driving. Write down all the issues and tap daily. It does sound like you are being persistent, (which can be another reason for not getting results), so you may just need to fine tune what you are doing. With all the stress related to work, finances, housing and mortgage loanslately, your response is perfectly understandable. Don’t give up!

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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One thought on “Why Doesn’t EFT Always Work?

  1. It takes your attention away from driving, having to keep track of what point you tapped next, let alone the Even though statement. That said, I’ve done it mentally, going over the tapping points, when I am alone in the car and I think about, oh, whatever and find myself getting annoyed about, you know, something somebody said or did. But if I feel like doing it more than twice, I let it go for the time being since if I’m really annoyed about
    something I can always get back to that point. 🙂

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