- Fears And Phobias
- Fear of flying and many aspects
- Getting behind a complicated Fear of Flying case
- 57 year old fear of flying vanishes in one EFT session -- 3 month follow-up included
- EFT eliminates fear of flying--over the telephone
- Treating "fear of flying" as a trauma case.
- A Fear of Flying turned out to be a metaphor for another life issue
- Solid detective work finds the true cause of a Fear of Flying
- Quality session for a fear of flying insects
- A good example of EFT's Generalization Effect with the fear of flying
- Surrogate tapping for the fear of flying
- Brad Reed helps with the fear of flying (followup at end)
- Do you want to skydive?
- A fear of flying case with a unique twist
- Fear of Flying, Public Speaking and All Phobias Gain Rapid Relief From New Meridian Based Procedure
- Turkish MD finds core issue for a flying phobia
- Intense fear of flying eliminated with EFT -- with follow-up and interesting side benefits
- Chrissie Hardisty's former fear of flying
- Simple EFT Basic Recipe collapses phobias regarding ladders, flying and cats.
- Fear of flying subsides--follow up included
- Eliminating a VERY intense fear of flying 6 weeks before getting on the plane
- EFT "on the fly"--the fear of flying
- Second hand tapping on the fear of flying
- EFT eliminates fear of flying--an excellent study in aspects
- No Drugs Necessary to Reduce Fear of Flying, Jet Lag and Air Travel Health Risks
- Fear of flying, leaving home is dangerous, and you can never come back!
- Up, up and away--the fear of flying
- How my computer helped clear a fear of flying
- Can we collapse the fear of flying even when there is no airplane around?
- What was really behind Janice's fear of flying?
- The bird fear that had an unusual aspect
- A detailed "fear of dogs" case using SPECIFIC EVENTS
- Ten year old boy uses EFT to rid his friend of a dog phobia
- Fear of birds is minimized in minutes
- Breaking down a phobia into many aspects
- A dog phobia case that required persistence
- Success using EFT while imagining a phobia
- A quality look at how to test your work
- Sarah's cat phobia and other newcomer issues
- Fear of dogs disappears as EFT is used on an "unremembered memory"
- An EFT one minute wonder for fear of dogs gets a nanny a new job in a home with a 90 lb. dog
- Was the fear of cats the real issue?
- EFT newbie helps claustrophobic husband prepare for full body scan machine with great results
- The Skeptic & Claustrophobia (or how I was treated like a
- EFT for panic attacks and claustrophobia -- quality approaches
- Claustrophobia has traumatic birth memory as its core issue
- Claustrophobia relieved in one session
- A follow-up on claustrophobia
- Testing claustrophobia results.
- Applying EFT remotely to a driving phobia in India
- Jack Foriska eliminates his own terror of highway driving
- Essential Tremor and a cliff-driving phobia
- A bridge-over-water phobic crosses the Golden Gate Bridge
- Resolving many aspects of Freeway and Bridge Fears
- 40 year driving fear gone: "Now I drive that mountain like I own it!"
- Borrowing benefits brings a welcome side effect
- A skeptic, escalator & freeway phobias and converging lines (with a lead in discussion on "getting worse")
- Using the Movie Technique in client
- Success with Fear of Bridges over Water -- with 7 month update
- Loren Fogelman collapses her own driving anxiety
- Driving fear in Louisiana
- EFT for motorway driving anxiety
- A seemingly simple height phobia with underlying causes
- Surrogate mental tapping achieves success for a height phobic in a balcony
- Successful surrogate EFT on Hiccups, Fear of Heights and a Sore Throat
- Textbook height phobia case--two rounds of EFT and "Poof"
- EFT helps with fear of heights in the California Sierra Mountains
- A height phobia with traumatic roots
- The Fear of Heights was not really the Fear of Heights
- Movies and a fear of heights
- Newbie completely collapses a fear of heights
- Nate's fear of heights: From the Grand Canyon to a helicopter experience
- A phobia with an unusual cause
- The height phobia that wouldn't move
- A couple of one minute wonders - fear of heights and feeling dizzy
- A height phobia in Poland with a classic Apex response.
- Getting to specific events for resolving a height phobia
- A Newbie overcomes her own needle phobia
- Client with two phobias: Fear of mice and needles.
- Challenging needle phobia is eliminated
- Fear of needles is cleared after addressing many aspects with EFT
- Using EFT when having blood taken - even if a vein collapses and you have a fear of needles
- Five sessions of EFT for a severe needle phobia - every detail needed tapping
- Getting beyond a 30 year fear of needles in 15 minutes
- Being creative about a stubborn dental phobia
- EFT clears an obsessive dental phobia: Note the insightful questions involved
- Using EFT for the fear of dentists - including a several year follow-up
- EFT for obsessive health fear
- EFT for a fear of surgery
- Client spontaneously recalls important core issue while tapping for Fear of Choking
- EFT for a fear of anesthesia allowed Mara's client to have a lung transplant
- Nurse had a fear of taking blood samples
- Elimination of fear of death and loss of two children in 15 minutes
- John was paralyzed with fear over his wife's cancer
- Success with infertility issues and "The Fear of the Fear."
- EFT helps a 12 year old girl with a dentist fear go from screaming and crying to singing
- Fear of Gynecological exams cured with EFT
- EFT newbie uses EFT successfully on a fear of roller coasters and high blood pressure (hypertension)
- EFT for fear of blood tests: Anorexia patient is able to receive hospital treatment
- EFT Newcomer takes care of her own phobia of dead animals
- EFT eliminates a serious fear of vomiting
- Being Alone
- Water / Swimming
- Overcoming the fear of swimming in a lake--many aspects treated
- Anthony's water phobia--gone in an afternoon
- Atrial Fibrillation, EFT as a University Curriculum and a Water Phobia session saves lives
- Niki LaMont on a water phobia
- An intense test of a water phobia relief
- From extreme water phobia to swimmer with EFT ... "I wouldn
- A stubborn fear -- The importance of persistence and 'seemingly unrelated issues'
- EFT for different aspects of a tarantula scare
- Rapidly collapsing a complicated spider phobia
- Lainy Wells' first EFT test--spiders
- "I have a fear of spiders you can't begin to touch!!"
- Spider phobia relief as a side benefit
- Two at-risk teenagers simultaneously resolve severe phobias with EFT in one session
- EFT for a child
- High-fiving a spider - a skeptical newbie's first case
- Professionally stepping through an intense phobia case
- From being "scared to death of math" to an A in Algebra for a 36 year old returning to school
- A model case for all complicated phobias
- EFT for musicians
- Helping a young girl ride her bike
- It seemed like a bus phobia
- EFT calms a little girl
- EFT for a core fear brings a useful side effect
- 10 year follow-up on multiple phobias and dependency issues
- Roseanna Ellis helps an 11 year old boy overcome phobias
- EFT's Peace Potential: Establishing rapport and trust with a wasp
- How tapping for a fear automatically brought up a core issue -- birth trauma
- How EFT stopped 2 young boys from crying at the barbershop - a lesson in surrogate tapping
- EFT for fear of bees
- The impossible phobia--how did you do that?
- Tapping to release future fears
- Tapping on a single point brought fear and pain to a halt
- MD introduces an innovative idea that brings relief for stubborn relationship issue
- Fear of worms points to critical "core issue"
- Mom uses EFT to help her fearful son ride a bike
- Progress with a "Social Phobic"
- Cell phone phobia
- Fear of social occasions resolved despite not finding the cause
- Resolving fear of stepping out of the house brings improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- One brief EFT session releases a fear that originated at birth--Important for serious EFT students
- Tapping during a frightening movie to remove the fear
- Quick phobia work aims at specific events
- Creative EFT session brings up many specific events underlying a tunnel phobia
- EFT for getting over the fear of giving a teleclass
- Fear of clowns and mimes
- EFT for 7 year old Jasmine's stage fright
- Michelle LaPrise's email phobia
- Deborah Lindsey shares her opinion about three major fears and phobias
- Fear of small spaces...a case with many aspects
- Trouble with math clears up after doing EFT on a "ghost vision"
- EFT reduces test anxiety in moments
- A birth trauma was the core issue behind this phobia
- Lifelong fear of "Screaming Sirens" fades after attention to many aspects
- Fear of entrapment and a useful way to uncover core issues
- Finding the REAL issues behind two (presumed) phobias
- Stripe phobia
- Collapsing fears associated with a gay man
- Severe tunnel phobic goes through 42 tunnels with minimal anxiety
- Surrogate EFT calms a frightened boy at school - a pipe bomb scare
- Extreme phobia eliminated after finding the core issue
- EFT side effect -- Banishing a show jumper
- Bonnie's fear of stairs
- Mandy Momberg's friend was afraid to be in her own home -- One month follow-up verifies EFT success
- An Intense fear of tunnels in Norway
- 21 year swallowing phobia clears after 2 simple rounds of basic EFT
- A very, very detailed look at undoing a fish phobia
- Some thoughts on EFT for fear
- An intense fear of choking on food was linked to stress at the dinner table and cleared with EFT
- Fear of riding on horseback disappears - but only after getting to the core issue
- 40 Years of Terror gone after 60 minutes with EFT--smoking addiction gone too.
- Tapping for fear of the
- Tunnel phobia--"oh that is so easy"
- EFT and gay issues - fear of men
- Using EFT for stage anxiety
- EFT for the fear of failure/success -- this time with an actress
- Bathroom phobia
- Camera-shy problem disappears after getting to core issue
- Using EFT for the wedding day jitters
- Very simple relief for an intense phobia. What is a phobia anyway?
- Young boy's eating phobia aided by a fascinating intuitive/surrogate session
- Virtual EFT on a motorbike in South Africa
- Young Debby enjoys her day -- no more fear of the Austrian Alps
- Young girl
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About a year ago "Bobby", a true skeptic, ordered the EFT Course. We had some phone discussions beforehand and he said he would "try it out" on some undisclosed emotional issues of his. A year went by and he finally called me two nights ago announcing that he had "tried it" and things only got worse. Of course I would have preferred it if he had said that (1) his business had tripled, (2) his relationships were ecstatic, (3) he no longer needed his Viagra and (4) he was going to send me a new Ferrari as a thank you. But this was not to be.
Once in awhile people say that EFT makes them "worse." While that is their perception, it's not what I hear. Instead, my experience tells me that "getting worse" really means that a surface issue has been handled thereby paving the way for a more intense issue to show up. The client, not being aware of this, thinks the tapping made him worse.
Upon discussion, I learned that Bobby had been through many years of therapy for a variety of issues, including agoraphobia (apparently resolved). He had a fairly long list of existing issues which he was currently "working on" and among them was a freeway driving phobia and an escalator phobia. I suspicioned, of course, that in the process of using EFT on these phobias he was actually giving relief to some surface items which then cleared the way for him to "tune in" to more substantial issues. His way of describing getting "worse" was to say that he had increasing anxiety (a rather global term, at least to me).
Rapport was important in this case, especially given the skepticism involved. So I entertained his many technical questions and challenges, often stating things like....
"I'm not sure if this is right. At this stage we have more questions than answers."
"Your increased anxiety could be due to many things. In my experience, though,....."
"We have our theories, of course, but the bottom line is--does it work?"
These statements are both true AND appropriate for a skeptic. They have a way of complying with the skeptics beliefs while paving the way for some openness. Anyway, they held his interest and allowed me to poke around a bit into some specifics behind these phobias. In the conversation, Bobby mentioned he had an "eye problem" associated with the phobias. It was as though his eyes became tired or fatigued when looking down an escalator or down the freeway. In both cases, the movement of people or cars passing him seemed to aggravate the problem.
It usually helps to delve into details when an issue doesn't seem to move normally. In this case, I immediately saw a parallel between Bobby's phobia and a discovery by Dr. Roger Callahan that height phobias are often NOT a reaction to heights. Instead, they are a response to the "converging lines" one sees while looking off of a high building or over a cliff. These converging lines can generate a sense of being "pulled" in the direction of the lines, thereby creating a response which the client labels as fear. This, in my opinion, is a genius insight which, if you think about it, is also common sense. Why, for example, does someone with a "height phobia" have no problem looking out of an airplane window (several miles high) but has a great problem looking over a 4 story balcony. This suggests it is not a height phobia after all. Rather, it is a converging line phobia.
Bobby picked up on this instantly. It made great sense to him. Both escalators and freeways had converging lines and he felt that his "eye fatigue" was due to his inability to look at them. So we did several rounds of EFT for looking down escalators and for looking down freeways. I had him imagine both instances and he got a "pressure in the head" of a 6 or 7. We tapped a few rounds until the pressure dropped to between zero and 0.5. We included people and cars whizzing by him as some of the aspects.
When we were done, of course, we had no way of knowing if we were successful in reducing or eliminating the phobic response. Only the real world circumstance can tell us that. Some practitioners muscle test at this point to see if they are done. This can be a worthwhile clue, of course. But, to me, the bottom line is what happens in the real world situation. Since we were on the telephone in our respective living rooms, there were no escalators or freeways to allow us to test our result. Maybe there was more to do, maybe not.
I don't know if I will hear from Bobby again. He is going out of the country soon and may or may not let me know about the long term results. However, I just received this encouraging email from him (notice the skepticism about the "taps").
Thanks for yesterday. Redefining the problem as "converging lines" -- a visual, rather than a phobic problem -- has made a huge difference in my head. And it makes so much sense when I look at how it's developed and how I have compensated. How much is the taps, I can't tell you, but I know the concept helped a LOT. I drove the freeway a LITTLE today. Two times, with a lunch break between. First time I was nervous with a little head pressure -- a 4 maybe. Second time I actually relaxed a bit after I got on the freeway, maybe a 2. I believe in baby steps so I stopped there, even though I wanted to do more. I'm also a firm believer in quitting while you look forward to more. So I'm eagerly looking forward to my next chance.
I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, thank you. I'm more hopeful than in 2 years!
Responses to this message (names withheld for privacy reasons)
RESPONSE #1: Thank you for the post on converging lines. I suddenly realized why a highway phobic (who had a trauma on a five lane highway) was making slow progress. She actually speaks about not being able to look to her left because she will see the lanes.
I called her after I read the post and it made a great deal of sense to her.
RESPONSE #2: This passage is of great help to me. I was at your Oakland workshop not too long ago, where I was part of a demonstration of tapping on phobias. My issue was riding in a car, and especially on bridges. This converging lines info is something I am going to tap about. It's definitely key to the problem. On bridges, even more so in tunnels, I feel as if the walls are going to come smashing into the car I'm riding in. I can also see now that part of the problem for me of riding in traffic with several lanes of cars is that the lines converge ahead of me, so it seems that the cars on each side are going to come crashing into me, like there isn't enough space for my car. This is already triggering other aspects for me. Thank you so much for sharing this info.
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