My friend Liz Kirsopp replied to a question about using EFT for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) on our EFT Cafe email group. It’s an excellent description of how to use EFT with what is thought of as a difficult condition.

The question was:

“Hi was wondering if there was some advice on EFT and OCD – I was
imagining it might be best to work on compulsive behaviour with the
film technique and see if this lowers the compulsion rather than doing EFT in the moment to stop it happening – would this set up a kind of EFT compulsion???”

Liz answered:

It’s a very good question. I had one patient with very severe OCD who was too scared to try EFT in case it did become yet another ritual. Also, just as there is a danger with worriers of trying to attack every single possible worry, there is a danger of trying to tackle every little compulsive behaviour or obsessive thought with OCD which may only lead you further down the plughole of the problem. So I find it useful to look at the purpose of the whole behaviour in general and the beliefs behind it.

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Every behaviour is appropriate in some context

Every behaviour is appropriate in some context is one of the presuppositions, or operating beliefs, of NLP. One way of putting this is that: all behaviours are adopted because in some circumstances they serve some purpose for us. People sometimes get into difficulties when the behaviour that was a solution to an old problem becomes a problem itself when circumstances change.

I’ve been experiencing a good example of that in the last few days. My mother has been visiting me and we’ve been going out to eat in pubs from time to time.

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Failure Tip 2: Be vague

Even if you know what you want (see Failure Tip: 1) An excellent way to mess up your chances of getting what you want is to be vague about it as possible. Then you have a very good chance of not hitting the target because you don’t know what it is, or what you might pass on the way to achieving it.

Imagine that you are a detective investigating a hold-up at a bank and the description of the suspect you are given is: He is a short, tall, fat, thin man, in his 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. He is completely bald with blonde hair a moustache or beard or clean shaven. He speaks with a pronounced Australian, Irish, Russian or Jamiacan accent. The photo fit picture you are given is a blurred oval. How do you fancy your chances of capturing the perpetrator?

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10 Good Reasons To Learn EFT

  1. It works
  2. It’s flexible
  3. It’s free
  4. It has no side effects – the worst thing that can happen is nothing at all
  5. It’s easy to learn
  6. It’s portable
  7. It’s gives the responsibility for your well being back to you
  8. It’s fast
  9. It’s relaxing
  10. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in it or not.

Download my free Introduction to EFT Booklet to try it out for yourself.

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Focus on what you don't want

This is the first of a short series of article about how not to get what you want.

Here’s my first failure tip, follow this reliably and you are bound to go wrong

Spend your time thinking about what you don’t want

Think in great detail about what you don’t want, what’s wrong with your life, work, relationships, etc. Make a detailed list of what’s wrong.

If you’re a bit stuck here are some suggestions:

  • I don’t want to be fat.
  • I’m fed up of this rubbish job.
  • I can’t stand my partner.
  • I don’t want to live in this pokey little flat.
  • I hate the way my family treat me

You might be asking: “But, what if this is true?” “What if I really don’t want some of these things”. “Isn’t it good to be honest and tell it how it is?”

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