A-Z of EFT

A-Z     EFT terminology 




Abreaction Usually referred to as “emotional overwhelm”.  A negative response to a suppressed memory which can range from becoming very emotionally upset to a severe reaction similar to a full blown panic attack.

Apex Refers to the situation when a client’s problem is cleared up so quickly that they claim they either didn’t have the problem in the first place, or if they did, they don’t remember having any emotional intensity associated with it. The situation is extremely frustrating for practitioners and you might want to write down the problem and SUDs to show them afterwards.

Aspects A problem has more than one part, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. These parts are known as aspects. Although each “aspect” needs to be neutralised with EFT, more often than not it’s only necessary to reduce a few before the rest collapse on their own.

Borrowing Benefits  Gary Craig, EFT founder, discovered during group EFT sessions, that sometimes, participants are able to resolve their own issue by simply tapping along with another, even though the issues are totally different! There is no guarantee that borrowing benefits will work for everyone however, some have reported dramatic results.

Calibration  Also known as Observation of client.   Measuring changes in a person’s facial expression or body language during therapy.

Chasing the Pain A phenomenon during EFT when energy shifts around the body and is felt physically.   Energy shifts can also occur with emotions. The Practitioner changes the wording accordingly.

Cognitive Shift When there has been change to a logical acceptance and understanding of the problem.

Constricted Breathing This is an EFT tapping technique used specifically to calm shallow, erratic breathing. Constricted breathing is generally experienced by anxiety sufferers as well as those with fears, phobias, shock and trauma. This technique can help reveal hidden issues, as the inability to breath deeply is often a sign or indicator of deeper emotional issues.

Core issues Every problem presents itself as a symptom. Getting to the core issue is like peeling the layers off an onion to get to the root of the problem. A skillful Practitioner has the ability and experience to get to the core issue quickly. Asking questions and practicing EFT will greatly improve your technique.

Gamut  Also known as the Triple Warmer in Acupuncture. It’s the “valley” that can be found on the back of the hand between the little finger and the ring finger.  No longer used by some but introduced when dealing with difficult/complex issues

Generalisation Effect  An effect experienced when one problem has been cleared with EFT yet the effects are felt in other areas.  For example, if you had a fear of failing and this was removed with EFT, then any other common theme around the fear of failing will also be removed.

Karate Chop Can be found on the soft fleshy part of the non-dominant hand and is located between the base of the little finger and the wrist. This is the spot on our hand that we would use to break a board. Tapping on this point while saying the setup phrases is intended to deal with psychological reversal. It is an alternative for the EFT Sore Spot point.

Meridians  The ancient Chinese identified twelve major energy channels in the human body. Each of the 12 main meridians run along a particular route in the body and are connected to one of the 12 major organs. The meridians running throughout the body, are not visible to the human eye and are referred to as the subtle energy system. When energy is disrupted and does not flow smoothly in the meridian system, emotional and/or physical distress, pain and ill health occurs

Polarity Reversal When energy in your body is reversed or is flowing the wrong way usually due to a trauma. Reversals can create chronic negative thinking and can interfere with EFT working.  No longer recognised

Psychological Reversal  Also known as Secondary Gains. Effect experienced when the subconscious mind interferes with the conscious mind to sabotage any efforts to overcome the problem. To overcome PR, tap on karate chop or rub the sore spot.

Reminder Phrase  Words that are used as you tap on the meridian points after you’ve used your Set-up phrase.  The reminder is a way of keeping you focused on yur problem as you tap around the body. No longer used.

Secondary gains  A subconscious belief that there’s more to gain by having the problem than not having it.

Sequence The EFT sequence or basic sequence is the process of tapping on the EFT body points after completing the setup procedure. The EFT shortcut sequence includes tapping gently on the following locations or points; top of head point, eyebrow point, side of eye point, under eye point, under nose point, chin point, collar bone point and the underarm point

Set up  The EFT setup statement is the phrase that is repeated three times while tapping on the karate chop point or while rubbing the sore spot. It is said before doing the EFT sequence. It’s basically an acknowledgement of the problem etc. Example might be… “Even though I have this (problem, emotion, pain, bad thought or memory)… I deeply and completely accept myself.”.

Sore Spot Is located where one would wear a brooch or where the lapel of a coat could be found….midway between the shoulder and collar bone. It’s more tender than sore when you press gently around this area. This point relates to an acupuncture meridian that stimulates the lymphatic system. Gentle rubbing helps the body disperse lymphatic congestion. It is best to rub it and avoid tapping. The sore spot is the optimal point or spot for handing psychological reversal however, most people use the alternative karate chop point because it is easier to find and use. No longer used by some Practitioners.

Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUD).  Used to assess the level of distress on a numerical scale i.e. 0 – 10. With 0 being no distress at all and 10 being almost too much. The goal is to reduce the SUD level as we do the tapping process however, sometimes the intensity goes up, or does not change at all. This is not a bad thing it just means we need to change our approach, identify other aspects or go deeper into the issue.

Surrogate Tapping This is also referred to as EFT Proxy tapping. This is when we tap on our self or another person to help someone else. Typical uses are; babies, small children or adults who can’t tap for themselves, distance EFT, helping others who can tap on their own, and need a boost.

Table top Metaphor Illustrative example describing the Table Top as the Core issue/Belief  and the legs of the table are the events that support that belief.

Tailenders Are negative thoughts about self that sabotage progress and impede healing. Usually begin with “but” as in…”I would like to lose weight …but….. and what follows is the tailender.

Validity of Cognition Scale (VOC)   Scale measuring intangible issues such as a belief, procrastination, motivation and so on.

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