Increasing your effectiveness with EFT, part 102.
In EFT, sometimes we incorporate unique methods like using ‘props’ to test our results. Let’s explore how this can enhance our practice. Testing our results in EFT is crucial for two main reasons: 1) it confirms that we have made progress; 2) it helps us uncover emotionally charged aspects that need further tapping for complete resolution.
A “prop” could be something like an object, a picture, or a video relevant to the issue being worked on. It can help uncover emotionally charged aspects that still need to be tapped on or confirm that the issue doesn’t hold any unpleasant emotional charge anymore. Let’s discuss a few examples.
Imagine we’re working with a client on their fear of spiders. We’ve helped them recall a recent memory or imagine a future scenario involving a spider. Initially, thinking about this brought up unpleasant emotions. After tapping on various aspects of this fear, they now feel neutral about it.
Props serve as tangible triggers that can bring to light any residual emotional responses, providing a clear focus for further tapping. Remember that these additional layers of testing (such as detailed mental review, roleplay, using props, etc.) are only to be used once the specific event seems to not have any remaining emotional charge, and always with the client’s consent.
We could then ask the client how they’d feel just imagining looking at a picture of the spider. If this alone brings up an unpleasant feeling, no need to bring the actual picture just yet. You can tap on how they feel imagining they were to look at the picture of a spider. If just imagining doesn’t bring any unpleasant emotional charge, and they feel comfortable, you could then show them a picture of a spider and ask your client to notice their reaction.
If any unpleasant feeling arises when looking at it, you can tap on this, using a phrase such as: “Even though I feel afraid when looking at this picture of a spider, those hairy legs are really scary, and I feel this fear in my chest, this is just where I’m at right now”.
Once the client feels neutral looking at the picture, you could ask how they feel imagining watching a video. Remember, these additional layers of testing are always done with consent and when the emotional intensity is minimal.
Testing through using “props” in EFT is a powerful way to ensure we’ve thoroughly addressed all emotionally charged aspects and details associated with a scenario. By helping our clients notice their responses to these props, we can confirm whether any lingering feelings need more attention. This careful approach helps in preparing them to handle the actual situation more confidently and calmly.
There are other ways to test our work with EFT, which I’ll talk about in future articles. I encourage practitioners to consider using props as a tool for deepening the effectiveness of EFT sessions, ensuring a comprehensive approach to emotional healing.
And that’s it for today! I’m Bruno Sade, a compassionate, open-minded clinical psychologist, and certified EFT practitioner. My approach is tailored to your individual needs and preferences, always respecting your experiences, beliefs, and background.
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