Trimming versus Uprooting the problems with EFT

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People often use EFT to tackle the surface symptoms and not the deeper underlying issues that are driving the surface symptoms. I call it ‘trimming the problems’ and not uprooting them. For example, if someone is experiencing a lot of anxiety, they often just tap on the surface symptom – anxiety and release it, and the results are instantaneous, but not long-lasting. They tap on the anxiety but usually don’t dig deeper to find the root causes that go back to their childhood and adolescence years, and even the recent events that may have triggered the anxiety.

What does Trimming do?                                                 

1.    It prevents the problem, temporarily, from growing bigger.
2.    It provides a sense of temporary calm.
3.    This sense of temporary peace/calm prevents the person from digging deeper into the root causes of the problems; the core issues.
4.    It creates a temporary illusion that everything is fine until a trigger shatters that illusion.

Another problem with trimming is that it often leads to the complaint that EFT is not working. When someone tells me this, I find that they have only tried the basic recipe from the manual, learnt it at a workshop, practiced it for a few days or combined it with another technique that has diluted its potency. Unfortunately, they haven’t really understood how important detective work is and a lot of other techniques in EFT.
EFT is a set of ‘techniques’. Some people still think that it’s one technique and they even write Emotional freedom ‘technique’ instead of Emotional freedom ‘Techniques’.

When can Trimming help? (Working on surface symptoms)
Working on surface symptoms will help if it is combined with the deeper work.

1.    It’s helpful to get immediate relief from a surface symptom like anxiety, stress, pain, hurt, anger etc.
2.   It is used as a daily tapping routine together with deeper work.
3.    It can prevent overwhelm. For example, daily tapping on anxiety while working on past events is very helpful.
4.    It’s helpful when there are lots of inter-related issues and one doesn’t know where to start from; then beginning with just the surface symptoms is effective.

Trimming the problem only prevents it from getting bigger, but it doesn’t mean that the problem is gone as the roots of the problem are still there. It temporarily relieves the issue. Therefore, it is important to explore the specific underlying events that took place when these surface symptoms started and work on the inter woven aspects of those events.
You can find a lot of techniques and art of delivery tools on these websites:
If you are into EFT then consider learning all the tools or visit a skilled practitioner who understands the importance of digging deeper into the issues.


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(Illustration Copyright Puja Kanth Alfred)

About Puja

I am a Counseling Psychologist, Certified EFT Practitioner & Accredited EFT master Trainer of Trainers with EFTi. In my 15+ years of experience, I have effectively used EFT and Counseling to help clients heal their emotional and physical problems.
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