The Spectrum of Triggers

Increasing your effectiveness with EFT, part 116.

EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is great for handling situations or issues that upset us—what we often call our “triggers.” It helps us feel differently about challenges, recognizing that change is gradual and varied, much like a spectrum.

At one end of this spectrum, a trigger might be overwhelming. Take the fear of public speaking: you might be so scared of giving a work presentation that you freeze or avoid it entirely.

At the other end, you might find yourself not only delivering that presentation confidently but also enjoying the experience.

In between, there are various stages of coping. Perhaps after some EFT sessions, you’re able to get through the presentation without your emotions getting in the way, although you might still feel nervous the day before. If you used to worry about it for an entire week, reducing that to just one day is definitely progress.

It’s also possible that you handle the presentation calmly, but afterwards, you find yourself upset about how it went or you can’t stop thinking about it. This indicates areas where EFT can still help refine your emotional responses, further easing the stress associated with such situations.

This shows why it’s realistic to expect EFT to lessen these upsetting feelings—making them less frequent, less intense, and shorter in duration.

For instance, if you find you’re handling a previously daunting situation with some nervousness but more calm than before, this is a sign to keep using EFT. You can further explore and resolve the emotional aspects that still affect you, moving you closer to calmness both inside and out.

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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