The Danger of Negative Emotion and Its Regulation through Meditation and EFT

Studies show that management of negative emotions can have long term health benefits.  When anxiety and depressive thoughts are permitted to run freely, there are signs that it can lead to later neurodegenerative results such as dementia.  Individuals need to process emotions but do so in a healthy way without over obsessing and allowing anxiety and negative experiences to control their lives. Meditation and EFT are effective ways to help individuals better cope with negative emotion.

EFT can help the body remove negative emotion. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program and see if it meets your goals

 

A recent study from Geneva looks closer at how negative emotions can affect the health of the brain as one ages.  The article, “Managing Emotions Better Could Prevent Pathological Aging” from Neurosciencenews.com reviewed this study.  The study exposed younger and older individuals to negative emotional videos and traced the brain’s reactions to it.  The way the brain reacts and the way one allows oneself to be affected long term can play a key role in brain health in later age.  The article relates that,

“Older people tend to regulate their emotions better than younger people, and focus more easily on positive details, even during a negative event. But changes in connectivity between the posterior cingulate cortex and the amygdala could indicate a deviation from the normal aging phenomenon, accentuated in people who show more anxiety, rumination and negative emotions.  The posterior cingulate cortex is one of the regions most affected by dementia, suggesting that the presence of these symptoms could increase the risk of neurodegenerative disease.”

“Managing Emotions Better Could Prevent Pathological Aging”. NeuroScienceNews.com. January 13th, 2023.

To read the entire article about the study, please click here

Commentary

While negative emotion is a reality in life and something that cannot be escaped, one can limit the damage negative emotion incurs upon the brain by better coping skills with anxiety, stress and grief.  Cognitive reframing, positivity, and better responses to challenges instead of dwelling upon them are key ways individuals can move forward with negative feelings.  Those who instead struggle with processing negative events and dwell upon them without process can overtime allow these emotions to do more harm to their brain.  While the full understanding of emotions and their effects on the brain are relatively new, it is still points to the importance of while facing negativity in life to also push towards good mental coping and health strategies.

Meditation and Negative Emotion

Meditation and mindfulness are excellent ways to deal with negative emotions.  Meditation has been widely studied for its effects on reducing negative emotions. It has been suggested that meditation can help to foster a more positive emotional state as it is thought to promote a higher degree of self-regulation, allowing individuals to better process and manage emotional responses. Studies have indicated that mindfulness-based interventions, such as meditation, can be effective in ameliorating the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The practice of meditation is widely accepted as an effective strategy for the mitigation of maladaptive affect, such as anxiety and depression. This is often achieved through the cultivation of mindful awareness, which involves focusing one’s attention on the present moment while simultaneously becoming aware of one’s bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings.

EFT and Negative Emotion

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an empirically validated psychological intervention that seeks to reduce negative emotion by utilizing a combination of exposure and cognitive reframing strategies. By engaging in the technique, individuals are able to process and reconceptualize their emotional experiences through a structured approach that involves repeated tapping on specific body points while simultaneously focusing on the associated thoughts, feelings, or memories.  The technique has been demonstrated to be efficacious in decreasing physiological arousal and negative affect associated with psychological distress.

Many negative anxieties or traumas can become trapped within oneself.  This negative energy and emotion as pointed out is unhealthy for the brain and body.  EFT through cognitive approaches and tapping look to move negative energy from the body and mind.  Closely associated with acupuncture, it understands that the body carries energy through various meridians.  Through effectively tapping and stimulating those areas, EFT Practitioners look to help individuals process this energy.

In concert with the physical tapping, the individual mentally and verbally identifies the stressor or negative emotion.  Furthermore through continuous cycles, the individual soon begins to replace the negative emotion or stressors with positive reframing.  This looks to help the mind and body both heal from the negative effects of trauma, stress and anxiety.

Conclusion

An EFT Practitioner can help one utilize EFT as a tool to remove trauma and anxiety

 

In conclusion, removing negative emotion from our lives can be a difficult task. It takes effort, self-awareness, and practice to achieve. However, the rewards and results of doing so are innumerable and far reaching. We become better leaders, better problem solvers, better communicators and better versions of ourselves when we take away the power of negative emotion and replace it with positive ones. Ultimately, we gain greater control over our lives so that we can more effectively reach our goals and realize our potential.

Tapping with EFT has been proven to be an effective way to reduce negative emotion and improve mental wellbeing. It is a simple, evidence-based technique that can be used by anyone, anytime, and almost anywhere. Additionally, EFT helps people to gain insight into the underlying cause of their distress and develop more healthy coping mechanisms. Therefore, EFT should be considered as a viable option for reducing negative emotions in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Please also review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Program as well as AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program.  Both programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.  EFT Practitioners in particular can help many individuals dealing with trauma and negative emotion to find ways to heal and move forward.  Over time, individuals can be trained to utilize EFT on their own.

 

Additional Resources

“How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health?”. Karen Lawson. University of Minnesota.  Access here

“Neural Circuits: How the brain processes negative emotions”. Gaowei Chen  Zijun ChenYingjie Zhu. March 17th, 2022. Elife. Access here

“What are Negative Emotions and How to Control Them?”. Eleane Mead. April 18th, 2019.  PositivePsychology.com. Access here

“The effect of negative emotional context on neural and behavioural responses to oesophageal stimulation”. Mary Phillips, etc., al. Brain, Volume 126, Issue 3, March 2003, Pages 669–684. Oxford Academic.  Access here

 

How to Utilize EFT for Stress and Trauma Reduction

EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique is gaining more notoriety in the world as a way to better reduce stress and remove negative energy.  It is simple and easy to learn and non evasive.  A certified EFT Practitioner can easily teach someone how to perform the various tapping points on the person’s face, torso and hand to help the person move energy, while also instructing the person on what to say and dwell upon while performing the tapping.  Whether it is a fear of spiders or snakes, overworked with stress, coping with past grief, or trying to better focus on life, EFT can help balance oneself and find inner peace and strength to deal with various issues.

If you wish to utilize EFT and its tapping points, you can learn from qualified EFT Practitioners certified from AIHCP.

 

The article, “How to Use Standard EFT Tapping, Plus Its Potential Health Benefits” by

“If you’re stressed, many mind-body practices can coax you back into a state of calm. One is known as emotional freedom technique (EFT), or tapping. Standard EFT tapping is a noninvasive, inexpensive method that most people can learn on their own to relieve stress and anxiety.”

“How to Use Standard EFT Tapping, Plus Its Potential Health Benefits”. Lauren Bedosky. November 8th, 2022. Everyday Health.

To read the complete article, please click here

Commentary

The emotional freedom technique is a psychological treatment that is used to help people cope with psychological distress. The technique is based on the principle that emotions are stored in the body and that by releasing these emotions, people can feel better. The emotional freedom technique involves tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on a particular emotion. The theory behind the emotional freedom technique is that by tapping on these points, the emotion can be released from the body and the person can feel better.

The procedure is very much tied to the Eastern practice of Acupuncture.  With similar philosophical beliefs on energy points within the body, EFT takes a more empirical look at how these points play a pivotal role in the body regarding the process of energy itself.  Through mentally addressing issues, the belief is energy within the body can be better moved allowing stress to be faced and reduced through tapping and a series of repetitive words addressing the issue itself.  It is important if dealing with deeper trauma to consult a licensed professional who is certified in EFT.  AIHCP offers certifications in EFT to qualified professionals who would like to utilize this practice in their work.

How to apply EFT

To apply EFT, one would need to first identify the problem or issue that they would like to address. Once the issue is identified, the individual would then tap on various points on their body while repeating a phrase related to the issue. The tapping helps to release any negative emotions that may be associated with the issue. By doing this, the individual is then able to more effectively deal with the issue at hand.  The tapping on the pressure points open the body to release negative energy, but is only effective when tied with thought and words.  It is done in a series of cycles that upon completion of each is correlated to how one feels on a rating scale.   With each successive cycle, the rating scale should indicate less stress and more ease and relaxation.

There are a number of benefits associated with EFT, including the fact that it is a relatively quick and easy intervention to learn and administer. Additionally, EFT has been shown to be effective for a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and phobias. Furthermore, research suggests that EFT may also be helpful in improving physical health conditions such as headaches, chronic pain, and fatigue.

When used in a clinical setting, a counselor can who is certified in EFT can deal with far more complex issues than a mere certified EFT practitioner without a counseling license.  In these sessions, a counselor can utilize EFT to treat trauma and other more deep and pathological issues facing the patient.  After completing the courses and fulfilling the practicum of working with a volunteer patient, AIHCP will certify qualified professionals.  The program is also open to those only interested in learning how to self apply EFT to themselves.

Conclusion

EFT has numerous benefits related to stress, trauma and lack of focus

 

In conclusion, EFT has many benefits that make it worth trying for anyone struggling with negative emotions or stress. It is quick, easy to learn, and can be done anywhere. Additionally, EFT is backed by scientific research and has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. EFT can be a successful way to work through difficult emotions. It is important to find a certified practitioner, and to be patient as you work through the process. You may not see results immediately, but with time and commitment, EFT can be helpful for managing difficult emotions.  If you are struggling with negative emotions or stress, give EFT a try.

AIHCP also offers a comprehensive EFT certification program which can not only help individuals learn to use EFT for themselves, but also train qualified professionals how to properly use it and teach others.  The EFT certification program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as an EFT Practitioner.

Additional Resources

“Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique :An Alternative Treatment for Fear”. Wendy L. Waite – Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge , etc. al.  Access here

“Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-Type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Controlled Trial”. Anastasia M.Bougea MD, etc, al.  EXPLORE :Volume 9, Issue 2, March–April 2013, Pages 91-99. Science Direct.  Access here

“Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health”. Donna Bach, ND, etc, al. February 19, 2019. Sage Journals. Access here

“Emotional Freedom Technique : An Alternative Therapy in Destressing”. Dr. Padmakalli Banerjee, Dr. Amita Puri , Dr. Nadeem Luqman. I nternational Journal of Application or I nnovation in Engineering & M anagement (I JAI EM ) Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2015 .  Access here

Energy Medicine: Its Future is Now

By: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC,
       Master EFT Practitioner

The future is energy medicine (1). This is the medicine of the future that will allow us to heal ourselves and others with the power of our minds. It is a form of alternative medicine that is based on the belief that our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves. Energy medicine is said to be able to promote healing by restoring balance to the body’s energy systems. This type of medicine is becoming more popular as more people are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.

human body that shows energy scheme in various colors

Observational medicine has encountered several barriers when it comes to the treating of chronic conditions. This has encouraged some people to turn to energy medicine in order to treat their ailments. It appears like an alternative remedy that might sound unfounded in theory yet, in actuality, has proven its effectiveness.

Energy medicine is not a new fad. It has been around for eons. The Chinese have been practicing it over thousands of years as have other cultures. All living things have an energy field and emit and absorb electromagnetic radiation. A person’s health is dependent on the natural flow of this energy. When it is disrupted, imbalances can occur, resulting in disease and illness.

There are several energy modalities being practiced today, including emotional freedom technique and acupuncture and pranic healing. Others are qigong, reiki, therapeutic touch, and tai chi. We will explore these in more detail.

The Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotion Freedom Technique(2)  is another method that use acupressure to relieve energy blockage on key points and chakras of the body.  It can address the emotional reasons behind the illness or condition. By focusing on different aspects of the problem, and then tapping on key points on the face, hands and chest, blockage of energy can be relieved and symptoms can be alleviated. This method can be easily learned and applied with virtually no side effects.

The emotional freedom technique is a form of psychological acupuncture that uses the body’s energy meridians to relieve stress and negative emotions. The technique is based on the belief that emotions are caused by imbalances in the body’s energy meridians, and that these imbalances can be corrected by tapping on specific points on the body. EFT is a form of therapy that works by tapping on the meridians. The theory behind EFT is that when we tap on the meridians, we are able to balance the energy in our bodies and clear any blockages that may be causing us problems. By clearing these blockages, we are able to improve our physical and emotional well-being.

man tapping on facial meridian points doing EFT procedure

The meridian system is a network of energy pathways that run throughout the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these pathways are responsible for transporting qi (or life force energy) throughout the body. Acupuncture and acupressure are two common modalities that work by stimulating these points along the meridians in order to promote balance and health.

The emotional freedom technique, also known as “tapping,” is a form of psychological acupuncture that uses acupressure points on the body to help relieve stress and anxiety. Tapping has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, PTSD, and phobias. The benefits of tapping include improved mood, reduced anxiety, and increased feelings of well-being. The emotional freedom technique has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, and in improving mood and well-being.

There is a growing body of research that suggests the emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an effective intervention for reducing psychological distress and improving well-being. EFT is a form of energy psychology that uses acupressure points to help balance the body’s energy systems and alleviate stress. Studies have found that EFT is associated with reductions in anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms, as well as improvements in quality of life and positive emotion.

Roger Callahan is a psychologist who developed thought field therapy, a type of alternative therapy. The therapy is based on the idea that negative emotions are caused by disruptions in the body’s energy field, and that these disruptions can be corrected by tapping on specific points on the body. Dr. Callahan is famous for his dramatic cure of a client with a long-standing water phobia using thought field therapy. Our of thought field therapy, the emotional freedom technique was born. Thought Field Therapy remains a very popular and effective energy medicine modality today.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another method that has become more mainstream and is based on the same principles as EFT. There are over 2000 acupuncture points on the body. Energy flows between those points. Needles are inserted into these areas and turned, which can correct the imbalances created by the energy blockages.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at specific points. Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, it is thought that acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and, in turn, the release of chemicals in the brain that can help to alleviate pain.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests acupuncture can have positive psychological effects. For example, one study found that acupuncture can help reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients (1). Other research has shown that acupuncture can help improve quality of life and reduce stress in people with various health conditions (2). Acupuncture may work by stimulating the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins.

Pranic Healing

Pranic healing(3) is a form of energy medicine that uses the body’s own life force to heal itself. It is based on the belief that the body is composed of energy, and that this energy can be used to heal the body. Pranic healing is said to be able to help the body heal itself by working with the body’s own energy. Life force energy is the energy that animates and sustains all living things. It is also known as prana, ki, chi, mana, and other names in different cultures. This energy is thought to be essential for life and health, and it is believed to flow through the body in specific pathways called meridians.

Pranic healing is a modality that uses actual physical sweeping of the hands to remove negative, contaminated energy from the body. Care has to be taken so that the healer does not absorb that energy into his own energy field or aura. Cleansing exercises must be practiced daily to keep the healer clear.  Pranic healers don’t use their own energy but act as a conduit and receive energy from outside themselves. They can infuse this energy into their patients and promote rapid healing. Everyone has the capacity to heal themselves. This is a method that can be learned in a few hours, and you don’t have to be a natural healer to get results.

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic touch(5)  is an energy medicine modality that uses the practitioner’s hands to direct and balance the patient’s energy field. The goal of therapeutic touch is to promote healing by restoring the natural flow of energy within the body.

The practitioner’s hands are used to assess the patient’s energy field and then to direct and manipulate the flow of energy. The practitioner may also use light touch or other techniques to help balance the patient’s energy field. There are many benefits of Therapeutic touch. This type of therapy can help to improve circulation, reduce pain, and promote relaxation. It can also help to increase range of motion and flexibility, and to improve the functioning of the immune system. Therapeutic touch can also be used to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

Reiki

Reiki(6) is a form of energy medicine that uses the universal life force energy to promote healing. The therapist will place their hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. The therapist will then channel the energy into the client’s body to promote healing. Reiki can be used to help with physical, mental, and emotional issues.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that reiki, an energy medicine modality, can be effective in the treatment of various conditions. A number of studies have shown that reiki can be helpful in reducing pain, improving quality of life, and reducing stress and anxiety. While the exact mechanism by which reiki works is not yet fully understood, it is thought to work by balancing the body’s energy fields and promoting healing.

man laying on table receiving a Reiki healing treatment

Qigong

Qigong(7)is an energy medicine modality that has been used for centuries in China. It is based on the belief that the human body has an energy field that can be manipulated to promote health and healing. Qigong practitioners use a variety of techniques, including body movement, meditation, and breath control, to balance the body’s energy.

Qigong is a type of energy medicine that uses specific movements and breath work to improve the flow of qi, or life energy, in the body. Qi is said to be the underlying life force that helps to maintain health and vitality. When qi is blocked or not flowing properly, it is believed to lead to illness and disease. Qigong practitioners use various techniques to help unblock and move qi through the body, thereby promoting healing and balance.

Tai Chi

Tai chi(8) is a martial art that originated in China. It is based on the principle of yin and yang, which is the idea that two opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion” because it stresses the importance of balance, harmony, and inner peace. The practice of tai chi involves slow, deliberate movements that are meant to be gentle and relaxing.

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that incorporates both physical and mental exercise. Though often considered a form of “energy medicine,” tai chi’s efficacy in treating various medical conditions has not been extensively studied. Some small-scale studies have suggested that tai chi may improve balance and coordination, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost overall well-being; however, more research is needed to confirm these claims.

 

Energy Psychology

Energy psychology (9) is a field of study that emerged out of energy medicine. Energy medicine is based on the idea that the human body has an energy field that can be manipulated for healing purposes. Energy psychology takes this concept one step further, and posits that the mind also has an energy field that can be impacted in order to achieve psychological goals.

energy psychology siloutte of brain with atoms swirling around
Mind Geometry series. Abstract design made of Human profile, math and design elements on the subject of reason, science, technology and education

Energy psychology is a field of study that explores the relationship between energy and psychological states. It is based on the premise that our thoughts and emotions are connected to our physical bodies through an energy system, and that imbalances in this system can lead to psychological distress. Energy psychology techniques aim to restore balance to the energy system, and thus alleviate psychological symptoms.

Conclusion

The future of energy medicine looks very promising. With advances in technology, we are able to harness more and more of the body’s natural energy to heal. Energy medicine has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, and as we continue to research and develop new techniques, we will only be able to help more and more people.

Whether you believe in energy medicine or not, there are many people that have been helped or even cured of their afflictions because of it.  Also, energy medicine doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. It can complement whatever conventional treatments you are doing. Everyone has the ability to heal, you just need to know how to tap into it.

Become an EFT Master Practitioner

Are you a health care professional who is interested in becoming a Master EFT Practitioner? The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. offers a full curriculum of online continuing education courses leading to Certification as a Master Practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique and Meridian Health Tapping. The program includes online video instruction on-demand, as well as  textbooks, handouts and a practicum course. It is a comprehensive program and students can earn 129 contact hours of continuing education which have Board approvals. To learn more, you may preview our program: access here.

References:

1. The Eden Method. access here.
2. Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health. Donna Bach, et.al. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. 2019;24.
3. Acupuncture. Wikipedia. access here.
4. What is Pranic Healing? Pranic Healing Research Institute. access here.
5. Therapeutic Touch. Wikipedia. access here
6. What is Reiki and Does it Really Work? Cleveland Clinic. Healthessentials. August 30, 2021.
7. QiGong: What you Need to Know. National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. US Dept of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. access here.
8. Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Fight Stress. Mayo Clinic Staff. Health Lifestyle Stress Management. Mayo Clinic. access here.
9. Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. access here.

Suggested Readings

1. Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health. Donna Bach, et. al. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. Feb 19, 2019. access here.
2. Reexamining the Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Control Trial. Stapleton, P., et.al. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy,12(8), 869-877:2020. access here.
3. Borrowing Benefits: Group Treatment With Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Is Associated With Simultaneous Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms. Dawson Church, et.al. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. Feb 22, 2018. access here.
4. Breathing therapy and emotional freedom techniques on public speaking anxiety in Turkish nursing students: A randomized controlled study. Berna Dincer, et.al. Explore. Vol 18;(2):2022. access here.

 

EFT Can Help Men with Emotion

EFT is effective for numerous issues people face.  Whether stored trauma or phobias, like many alternative therapies, EFT is able to help one find closure and healing.   For men, EFT can be an effective tool for unlocking a variety of emotional blocks men may feel in their social life.  EFT can help men become more open to emotions and also express themselves better.  EFT is an exceptional tool for a variety of emotional issues.   EFT can help men not only deal with trauma but also deal with emotional issues in relationships as well as sexual conditions due to mental blocks.

It is important for men not to close themselves off to their emotions due to social restraints.  Many men find it to be a sign of weakness but ultimately hiding emotion causes more damage to oneself and any relationship.  Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Certification

EFT can open many emotional outlets. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Certification

 

The article, “5 Reasons Why EFT Can Be a Powerful Therapy Option for Men” by Marie Miguel looks at a variety of ways EFT can help men emotionally.  Miguel reveals that EFT can help with many men in expressing their emotions more and confronting stored feelings.  She also relates that EFT can overall help many men with their relationships/  She states,

“If you tend to avoid your feelings, EFT can be a hugely helpful tool in opening up and enhancing your emotional connection with people in your life. Oftentimes, our inability to face unpleasant emotions just kicks the can down the road. It makes us feel less mentally healthy in the long-run and results in us being unable to meet our own needs or the needs of others.”

“5 Reasons Why EFT Can Be a Powerful Therapy Option for Men”. Marie Miguel. August 25th, 2022. The Good Men Project.

To read the entire article, please click here

Commentary

In review, The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a psychotherapeutic approach which utilizes modalities of cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. The technique involves the utilization of acupressure points along the body’s energy meridians in order to restore balance within the endocrine system and reestablish emotional equilibrium. By releasing blockages in the energy system, it is thought that emotional distress can be ameliorated through this technique.

Society pushes many visions of men having to hide emotion. EFT can help men cope and experience emotion to prevent improper coping later in life.

 

EFT can be very beneficial for men.  Many men are more closed with emotion.  The stoic ideal of a man not crying or hiding his emotions is closely correlated with modern social views of what it is to be masculine.  Emotional release, tears or coming into contact with feelings is seen as a sign of weakness.  This is farther from the truth

The phenomenon of men concealing emotion can be explained through an analysis of the socialization process, particularly in terms of gender roles. Patriarchal societies often promote male stoicism and self-control, which serves to reinforce a socially constructed binary between femininity and masculinity. As such, men are conditioned to exhibit traditional masculine traits, such as emotional detachment and a tendency to suppress one’s own emotions in favor of exhibiting strength and independence.  Studies have shown that traditional gender roles often confine men to roles of stoicism, toughness, and emotional detachment which can lead to a disconnect between their personal feelings and outward expressions. The fear of being judged for displaying emotion or appearing weak may lead men to suppress those feelings in order to maintain their sense of masculinity.
Ultimately, men need to become more in tune with their emotions and express them for a more mentally healthful life.   In order to process trauma, or loss, it is important for any human being to express and understand one’s feelings.  This is no different for males.
EFT and Expression of Emotion
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has been demonstrated to be a useful modality for aiding men in the expression of their emotions. Through its implementation, EFT can assist men in developing healthier emotional regulation strategies and gain an understanding of the interplay between their physical and psychological states. This technique involves tapping on acupressure points while verbalizing or thinking about a particular problem or issue, which has been seen to stimulate the body’s natural healing energies.
Through its implementation, EFT can assist men in developing healthier emotional regulation strategies and gain an understanding of the interplay between their physical and psychological states. This technique involves tapping on acupressure points while verbalizing or thinking about a particular problem or issue, which has been seen to stimulate the body’s natural healing energies.
Conclusion
In conclusion, Emotional Freedom Technique can be an invaluable tool for men to access and manage their emotions. The technique has been used successfully for many years, helping people of all genders to identify and cope with difficult emotions. While it’s important for anyone, particularly men, to recognize their feelings and work through them in safe ways, Emotional Freedom Technique offers a powerful alternative that is effective, efficient and non-invasive.  For some men, this is also a benefit since EFT can be practiced in the privacy of one’s own home.
EFT Practitioners can help many men process emotion and trauma through use of EFT.
Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.  After completion of the required core courses and practicum one can apply for a four year certification in EFT.  As a certified EFT Practitioner one can train others to utilize self EFT on themselves as well as work others on a continual basis in processing past pain, guilt and trauma.  Men, especially, should take advantage of the many benefits of EFT in the process of emotion.
Additional Resources
“What is EFT Tapping?”. EFT International. Access here
“Veterans Administration Approves EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Treatment”. Dawson Church. October 17th, 2017.  HuffPost.  Access here

“Becoming Whole Men”. Steven Kessler, MFT,  EFT Expert & Trainer. 1996. EFT Therapy Center.  Access here

“Effectiveness of EFT for depressed couples”. Mitchell Olson, MA LPCC. October 16th, 2019.  Mindfully Healing.  Access here

EFT and Anxiety Reduction

Many individuals can turn to EFT to help lessen the effects of anxiety.  Anxiety can become unbearable for many. Individuals resort to medications and other remedies, but with the use of EFT, many who suffer from anxiety can better learn to lessen and even remove it.  EFT helps the individual move negative emotion and energy associated with anxiety from the body.  Through tapping points, negative energy associated with anxiety can be removed from the body and replaced with more positive experience.  EFT can help with so many emotional traumas.

 

EFT tapping can help reduce anxiety in many people. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program and see if it meets your professional and academic needs

 

The article, “EFT Is An Effective Tool For Anxiety” by Monica Lozano takes a closer look at how EFT can help with anxiety.   The article discusses what anxiety is and its many sources, but it also shows how EFT can replace other models in reducing it.  EFT is an excellent alternative and non evasive treatment that anyone can utilize to overcome stress and anxiety.   She states, 

“Energy psychology techniques, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), can be very effective for reducing anxiety by correcting the bioelectrical short-circuiting that causes your body’s reactions — without adverse effects. You can think of EFT as a tool for “reprogramming” your circuitry, and it works on both realand imagined stressors.”

She continues, “Research has shown that EFT significantly increases positive emotions such as hope and enjoyment, and decreases negative emotional states, including anxiety. EFT is particularly powerful for treating stress and anxiety because it specifically targets your amygdala and hippocampus, which are the parts of your brain that help you decide whether or not something is a threat.

EFT Is An Effective Tool For Anxiety”.  Monica Lozano. Verve Times. June 23rd, 2022

To read the entire article, please click here

Commentary on EFT

EFT is a psychological technique that involves tapping on specific points on the body in order to relieve stress and anxiety. It is based on the theory that our bodies are energy systems, and that by tapping on these points, we can release any blocked energy and restore balance. The theory behind EFT is that by tapping on these points, you are able to release any negative emotions that may be causing you distress.  EFT has been shown to be effective for treating a variety of issues, including phobias, PTSD, and chronic pain.

To use EFT, you will need to tap on a series of specific points on your body while focusing on a particular issue or problem. The tapping helps to release any trapped negative emotions and restore balance to your body’s energy system.  There are many meridian points located throughout the body. These points are used in acupuncture and other energy therapies. The eft points are located on the hands and feet. These points are also used in acupuncture and other energy therapies.  Since EFT emulates acupuncture, it looks to help the body move emotional energy, both good and bad.   This is is especially important in removing anxiety and stress.

EFT and Anxiety

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that EFT may be an effective intervention for anxiety. A number of studies have shown that EFT can reduce the symptoms of anxiety, and that the effects of eft are long-lasting. Eft has also been shown to be more effective than other interventions, such as CBT, in reducing the symptoms of anxiety.  EFT is an evidence-based approach that helps people cope with anxiety. It is based on the premise that the mind and body are interconnected, and that by tapping on specific points on the body, we can help to release emotional stress and improve our overall well-being. EFT has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, and it is a safe and easy technique that can be used by anyone.

In processing negative energy, the individual focuses on the particular anxiety while tapping.  As the individual works his or her through the tapping points, he or she repeats the particular anxiety.  This may take a few cycles of tapping and repeating, which concludes with a new desired state.  The combination of a mantra with the tapping, helps move negative energy.  This is the detailed way EFT helps one deal and cope better with anxiety.  Fortunately, it is non evasive and can be taught easily to another person.  A certified EFT practitioner can train and individual on the way to properly utilize EFT so that one is able to use it alone or when anxiety arises.

Conclusion

In conclusion, EFT  is an interesting and potentially useful tool for managing stress and anxiety. More research is needed to determine its efficacy, but it may be worth trying for those who are struggling with these issues. If you are considering using eft, be sure to consult with a qualified practitioner.   In regards to anxiety,  EFT can be a helpful tool for managing anxiety. It is important to consult with a therapist or counselor to ensure that EFT is used correctly and effectively.  Once one is able to understand its application, many are able to use EFT alone or by themselves in the privacy of home or when an anxiety attack occurs.

Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.  After completing the courses and practicum, one can then apply for the four year certification in EFT with AIHCP.
Additional Resources
“The Effects of EFT on Long-Term Psychological Symptoms”.  Rowe, Jack E.  Counseling & Clinical Psychology Journal . Sep2005, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p104-111. 8p.  To access, click here
What is EFT tapping?”. Kiara Anthony. Healthline. September 18th, 2018.  To access, please click here
“How the Emotional Freedom Technique Treats Anxiety: Alternative Treatment for Panic and Anxiety”. Katharina Star, PhD.  Verywellmind.  May 7th, 2021.  To access, please click here
“5 Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT Tapping Benefits for Stress, Pain & More”. Jillian Levy, CHHC. DR. Axe. October 13th, 2019.  To access, please click here

EFT Practitioner Program Blog on EFT and Stress

Tapping points in EFT can help individuals de-stress and find more peace throughout the day.  Once one learns how to utilize tapping, one can calm oneself at any moment or any place by finding a quiet spot to practice EFT.

Tapping points in EFT can help individuals de-stress and find more peace throughout the day.  Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program

 

The article, “9 Tapping Points For EFT That’ll Help You To De-Stress” by Carolyn Steber takes a closer look at the benefits of tapping to destress.  She states,

“EFT is based on beliefs from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the use of acupressure to reduce emotional distress, says Hannah Kahn, an EFT tapping practitioner at Charm City Integrative Health. “Basically, you tap on the ends of a series of meridian points, which are the same energetic pathways [used in] other forms of Chinese medicine,” she tells Bustle. “By doing this, you allow your body to more easily process emotions and significantly reduce cortisol stress levels.” You just have to know the proper tapping points for EFT so you can turn to the method whenever you need a reset.”

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EFT can help individuals in a variety of ways.  If one experiences stress or even trauma, EFT can help.  To learn more about teaching others how to utilize EFT, please review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.

EFT and Anxiety

EFT has many uses as an alternative therapy.  It is primarily used to help individuals overcome trauma and anxiety.  It helps move negative energy and reinforce oneself with positive insight.  It is similarly based on acupuncture and the points of energy within the body.  Anxiety in itself is a stressful arousal and state with no definitive source.  It is an unsettling emotion and can cause distress throughout the day.  It can prevent one from getting out of bed, going to work, or being in the social sphere.  Fortunately, EFT can help move the negative energy associated with anxiety and help the person find some calmness and serenity.

EFT can help with many interior healings. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program and see if it meets your goals

 

The article, “How I Use EFT Tapping to Relieve Stress and Anxiety” by Anna Myers looks at how EFT can help with anxiety.  She discusses what EFT is in the article, its process and how to properly utilize it with stress.  EFT is no quick fix and is something that can take several or more times, multiple times a week to help.  She mentions it is an alternative therapy and should be used in unison with what a primary physician recommends.  In regard to anxiety and EFT, she states,

“According to its practitioners, EFT can be used as a stress relief strategy and can help with anything from increasing energy and motivation levels, overcoming subconscious blocks, managing pain or food cravings, releasing negative beliefs or disturbing memories, improving personal relationships and confidence levels, and much more. “People simply get unstuck,” Jeffers describes, and “results are so profound.”

“How I Use EFT Tapping to Relieve Stress and Anxiety”. Anna Myers. March 2nd, 2022. InStyle.

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Commentary 

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at one time or another. It is the body’s natural response to stress, and it can be both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, anxiety can help us stay alert and focused in times of danger. On the other hand, anxiety can also become overwhelming, making it difficult to think clearly or function properly. When this happens, we may say that someone is “anxious” or “anxious about something.

Anxiety can have a significant impact on an individual’s life. It can interfere with one’s ability to work, study, and socialize. In severe cases, it can lead to isolation and depression. Anxiety can also affect physical health, causing headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and sleeping difficulties.

EFT Can Help

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. It is a form of psychological acupuncture, which is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments. However, instead of using needles, EFT uses tapping with the fingertips and fingertips to balance out the body’s energy system.  EFT has been shown to be effective for treating a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and pain. It is a relatively new therapy, so more research is needed to determine its long-term effectiveness.

EFT is a powerful psychological tool that can help to treat anxiety. By tapping on key points on the body, EFT can help to release emotions and stress that may be causing anxiety. EFT has been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety in many studies, and can be used as a complementary treatment to other therapies.  The aim of EFT is to reduce the negative emotions associated with anxiety disorders, such as fear, worry, and avoidance behaviors. EFT has been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, with studies demonstrating reductions in both symptoms and levels of anxiety.

The tapping of specific points on the body has been shown to help reduce the fight-or-flight response, and help people to feel more in control of their anxiety in that way.  The individual needs to focus on the anxiety and mentally state it, while tapping the proper points.  Through a continued process that is repetitive, studies have shown to reduce anxiety.

Conclusion

In conclusion, anxiety is a very real and very common mental health disorder that can have a serious impact on one’s life. It is clear that EFT can be helpful against anxiety. The tapping technique can help to release negative emotions and clear the mind. It is a simple and effective method that can be used anywhere, at any time. With regular practice, EFT can help to reduce anxiety levels and improve overall wellbeing. If you think you may be suffering from anxiety, please reach out to a mental health professional for help and also considering using EFT.

Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.  EFT Practitioners can help guide individuals through EFT to properly address issues of anxiety at a energy level.  Those who learn it can then easily practice the therapy in the privacy of one’s own home whenever one feels the need to calm oneself.  Through training EFT can be a simple, inexpensive, non invasive, and effective tool against anxiety and stress.  It is definitely worth the time and effort to try and see if it works oneself, as well as to become certified in it if already working in the counseling fields

Additional Resources

“Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety (EFT-SA)”. Robert Elliott, ect. al.    Volume 16, 2017 – Issue 2: Part I of the Special Issue on Emotion-Focused Therapy. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.  Access here

“The effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on nurses’ stress, anxiety, and burnout levels during the COVID-19 pandemic: A randomized controlled trial”. BernaDincer, etc. al. Volume 17, Issue 2, March–April 2021, Pages 109-114. EXPLORE. Science Direct.  Access here

“What Is EFT Tapping?”. WebMD Editorial Contributors. 2021. WebMD.  Access here

“Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health”. Donna Bach,ND.   2019; 24: 2515690X18823691. J Evid Based Integr Med. National Library of Medicine.  Access here

“A guide to EFT tapping”. Jay Leonard. September 26th, 2019. MedicalNewsToday. Access here

EFT Certification Article on EFT and Stress

EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique is a relatively new alternative therapy that is based on cognitive therapies that are deeply connected to Eastern Spiritual ideas of energy and energy flow.  Stemming from acupuncture, this new modality looks to relieve numerous mental issues, from past trauma to stress relief.

EFT can help many individuals handle stress and reduce anxiety. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program

 

The article, “What Is EFT Tapping & Is It The Secret To Relieving Stress?” by Sadhbh O’Sullivan looks at how EFT can help with stress.  The article states,

“EFT (also known as EFT tapping or ‘tapping’) is a practice where you tap different points on your body. Tamara Donn, an accredited expert EFT practitioner, describes it as “an empowering DIY self-help technique to help you release negative beliefs or emotions”. Originating from the Traditional Chinese Medicine system, it combines acupuncture (without the needles) with a focused affirmation practice and can better help individuals ground in the present and release difficult and distressing thoughts and feelings. Though it’s still being researched, EFT has been used to treat anxiety, depression and PTSD. ”

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Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.

EFT Certification Program Article on the Basics of EFT

The Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT has many similarities with acupuncture.  They share a similar concept in the movement of energy throughout the body through various points.  Unlike acupuncture, EFT utilizes merely the tapping of these points with a finger to help move negative energy associated with mental trauma or emotion.

EFT is similar to acupuncture but also utilizes affirmation. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program

 

The article, “EFT tapping: how to use the acupressure practice to deal with anxiety” by Alice Porter takes a closer look at EFT.  She states,

“One alternative method that has been developed to try and address this is EFT (emotional freedom techniques) tapping. Tapping combines acupressure techniques with a focused affirmation practice that work together to interrupt negative thought patterns in the brain. It involves activating pressure points by physically tapping on certain parts of the body, such as the collarbones and the top of the head.  ”

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Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The EFT program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as an EFT practitioner.

 

 

EFT Training Program Article on EFT Therapy

EFT in many ways imitates the ideals of acupuncture but without needles.  It does look to activate various energy points within the body and move negative energy while pushing in positive energy with mental imagery.  It looks in this way to help individuals deal with past trauma, as well as phobias and various anxieties.

EFT can help with phobias, trauma and anxiety. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals

 

The article, “Acupuncture without needles?” by Paula Martins looks closer at how EFT works and its numerous benefits.  She states,

“EFT is the acronym for Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as meridian tapping, which is a powerful stress relief technique, combining the principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.  This approach aims to get to the root of the problem, to understand what may be causing the discomfort and then apply the treatment through the meridian points.”

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EFT while a new alternative therapy is based in age old ideals of manipulating energy within the body.  It offers individuals a non invasive way to personally work on themselves and deal with past issues in their life.

Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.  Instructors can help individuals learn how to utilize this amazing technique as well as guide them on a consistent basis if so desired.