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The EFT Generalization Effect - A Big Step Toward Tapping Efficiency

Aim EFT At a Few Related Specific Events And Bring Tapping Relief to Them All

We touched on this concept in the previous article on Specific Events - An Essential Concept Within the EFT Process but it's important enough to merit its own article.

Understanding the concept of Tabletops/Table Legs and working with Specific Events might lead you to the conclusion that you have to address every Aspect of every single Specific Event in your past to get relief with EFT, and that can seem overwhelming. Actually, that is not the case.

Often the various Specific Events (or Table Legs under the Table Top) have some common themes among them so using Tapping to remove one leg has an effect on the remaining ones in that theme. For example, a fairly normal childhood might include a parent with high standards and the small events therein might add up to a limiting belief like “I’ll never get it right.” Those events tend to involve similar people, similar locations, similar messages, and similar emotional responses.

Accordingly, once we eliminate the intensity for 5, 10 or 20 of these similar Specific Events, there is enough commonality among them to generalize relief over all the rest.  Eventually you reach a point where it is difficult to find any more events that hold intensity, and you will notice that your Tabletop issue doesn’t seem to have a grip on you anymore.

The video below gives you more perspective on this idea.




It is a common misunderstanding that by separating an issue into its parts and addressing every single one, you will be taking the long road to relief. As a result, taking a more global approach and combining a handful of events or issues in each round of The EFT Tapping Basic Recipe might seem like a shortcut.  This is erroneous and one of the main reasons many souls end up in The EFT Silent Sea of disappointed people    

Almost all of the EFT Tapping Spin-Offs that can be seen online are based on this “resolve it all at once” philosophy and it is really easy to assume that faster results can be found this way. On the contrary, if you continue with the specific approach we are teaching here, the Generalization Effect will kick in and move you along much faster in the long run than the short cuts, Tapping scripts and brief youtube videos that are promoted on the internet. In addition, the Table Legs you remove will generally be gone for good, Tabletops can collapse completely, and by working with measurable units, you can test your results as you go and keep track of your own progress. We will discuss this further with the Personal Peace Procedure…next!


In this article you learned more about the benefits of the Generalization Effect.

  • The Table Legs under one Tabletop are usually related in some way.
  • Working on a few of the Table Legs will often have enough effect on the rest to collapse the Tabletop.
  • A common EFT misunderstanding is that combining events or issues will help clear them all faster.
  • On the contrary, maintaining a specific approach will access the Generalization Effect much more quickly. 



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Please note: This Tutorial, while useful, was replaced in 2014 by my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. More efficient. More powerful. Full explanation given in my free, easy-to-read e-book, The Unseen Therapist