Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT,  is a self-help healing system, developed in the 90’s by Gary Craig, a Stanford-educated engineer. EFT is based on a synthesis of kinesiology (acupuncture) and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), combining gentle tapping on key acupuncture points with focusing on (thinking and/or talking) about a problem. To work with EFT3, one has to know EFT.

EFT = wording + tapping


It consists of two steps, using one long affirmation (the setup) and one short affirmation (the reminder):

  1. The setup, while tapping on point 1, introduces the problem in a spirit of self-acceptance: “Even though {problem}, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
  2. The reminder is a short sentence – sometimes just a word – reducing the problem to its core. It is told one time at points 2 to 10.

Setup (long sentence):  “Even though I feel so stupid to have lost my keys, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
Reminder (short sentence): “I’m stupid” or just “stupid.”

The tapping

During the last twenty years, many EFT practitioners – Cary Craig first – started to shorten the standard protocol in order to speed up the process. The original technique, as described in the first official Manual, was about three times longer than the actual one: it included not only more points (under the breast and on 4 fingers) but also eye movements and even singing and counting. The experience shows that the short form – as shown in the Cary Craig’s last DVD– offers an appreciable gain of time without any loss of efficacy. As different EFT practitioners use different point combinations, I also had to make a choice. After having tested (muscle testing) the best points to tap over a period of several months, I retained a set of ten acupuncture points (see below). Due to my long experience with EMDR, I continued to tap with both hands.