What Kind of Tapper Are You?
Over the years I’ve come across many people who tell me they “know all about tapping” and I’ve observed that it’s used at different levels with varying results. Discover if you’re a Surfer, a Pollyanna, an Intrepid Explorer or maybe you’re even a Life Changer.
Paddlers rely on tap along videos and other generic tapping sessions to clear their issues without tailoring tapping to their specific aspects. Often results in a temporary high but results are rarely long lasting without personal follow-up tapping. These tappers typically either give up quickly or become optimistically addicted to following these tap along opportunities.
Surfers use tapping to relieve initial intensity to their familiar stress level (usually SUDS 3-4) and stop. Surfers gain some temporary relief from initial symptoms and intensity, and frequently the problem reappears. Surfers can then conclude that “EFT doesn’t work for them” or just plain doesn’t work.
Pollyanna’s can jump in right after the surfers and tap in a whole pile of positive affirmations, which give a temporary high but the results of which don’t usually last long. Often there is a fundamental misunderstanding about how EFT actually works and they are confused by tapping on the negative and their prior learning about the importance of thinking positively.
Globalites tend to use tapping for the big issues in life (eg low self esteem) by tapping on more global all encompassing statements such as “Even though I have low self esteem, I love and accept myself” and can even become quite distressed in the process. Unfortunately they rarely make any significant progress and can become quite disillusioned about tapping’s potential.
Zero Hero’s continue on from where surfers leave off and keep tapping until they get a zero intensity on the current event / symptom and stop. Sometimes the problem is resolved and other times it comes back so “maybe EFT doesn’t work for that problem”.
Paddlers, Surfers, Pollyanna’s, Globalites and Zero Hero’s can often benefit from attending an introductory workshop so they get a clear understanding of why we do what we do with EFT and how to apply it in practice to get quality results. One the simple misunderstandings are cleared up and the technical aspects of EFT are clarified results and confidence can improve significantly.
Intrepid Explorers look for hidden aspects that might come back to bite them in the bum later; they ask interesting probing questions and test out their results. If considering that argument with Bob last night, once they feel at a zero, the check for other aspects like isolating the look on his face, the tone of his voice, his posture, their own breathing etc Explores usually get deep resolution on any event they tap about though other similar incidents may still bother them.
Deep Sea Divers go a bit further and ask about past experiences that resonate with the issue being tapped about. When else have I felt like / experienced this? Who else do I know has this problem? When did this first happen to me? Divers are experts at getting to the bottom of an issue and exploring aspects. But wait, there’s more…!
Life Changers ask the big questions and explore the meaning they gave to events and investigate if that is still an appropriate conclusion for them to act upon. What did it mean about you that it happened? About others? About God? About life? About dogs etc? What’s the evidence for that? Is there any evidence that disputes that? What might be a more appropriate and useful conclusion from my current adult perspective? At this point lives change, and the fundamental premise upon which you base all your actions is changed.
Level 2 and 3 training focuses on developing skills in exploration, diving and life changing belief work. It takes EFT beyond stress or pain management into the realm of life transformation and it’s an exciting journey of discovery. If you'd like some help on your journey feel free to get in touch for a confidential free chat about what might be the next best step for you.
With EFT – like life – what you put into it is what you’ll get out of it.
If what you’re looking for is to manage stress then a surfing / Pollyanna approach might work for you.
If you want to get past a bad experience then you might have to learn how to be an intrepid explorer or deep sea diver.
And if what you want is to enjoy the full benefits of tapping and transform some aspect(s) of your life, then it’s important to go the whole way and become a life changer.
Your best route to learning how to use EFT effectively is to attend live workshops or private consultations with a certified practitioner and trainer* so you learn how to ask the right questions to discover what’s really going on for you. Remember – you’re worth it!
*Why a certified practitioner?
Certified practitioners hold current membership in a professional association and have learnt how to apply EFT successfully to a wide range of client issues. To achieve practitioner status they have completed significant training and undergone examinations to prove their competence. They work within a code of ethics, are regularly supervised by a senior practitioner/trainer and are subject to a formal complaints procedure. This is your assurance they have taken their responsibility to you and their chosen profession seriously and you can feel confident of receiving a high standard of care.