The 12 Biggest EFT Newbie Mistakes

All EFTers were newbies once. And this is where one can spread wisdom to new tappers, so newcomers can learn from the mistakes of those who have already been there. So without further ado, listed below are the dozen biggest EFT newbie mistakes, from anyone who has been there (and already tapped for the cringe-worthy memories)…
To tap on something general instead of specific, for example “Insufficient confidence” instead of “When everyone viewed me in yesterday’s meeting and I felt nervous”.
To spend good time looking for the exact emotion to tap on rather than just tapping on whatever is there. For example, getting all worked up if the emotion is shame or concern with rejection when all that is needed to tap on is “When everyone viewed me in yesterday’s meeting”.
Tapping a couple of rounds, not getting very far and promptly quitting. A session can have a large number of rounds of tapping; a feeling is rarely released in one or two rounds.
Assuming that the EFT is not working fast enough because of an energy toxin and giving up. This is common with new EFT practitioners with minimal training. Of course, energy toxins do occur and they do stop EFT progress. However, they’re rare; maybe about 1% of clients could have an energy toxin. Chances are that an emotional real cause is blocking progress instead.
Panicking when intensity of negative feeling increases and stopping the tapping, thinking the EFT has made things worse. Actually, this happens because the problem on the surface is diminishing and thereby exposing a more impressive issue underneath.
Expecting all issues to be resolved within a few sessions for the most part. EFT, when expertly applied, releases emotional issues a lot more quickly than any method I know. However, some issues require years instead of minutes. However, 2 yrs of EFT compared to an eternity of psychotherapy and medication seems a fairly good deal to me.
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Expecting nerve tissue, DNA, and mis-shapen bones (to provide just a couple examples) to restructure to be as good as new and totally normal or healthy with EFT. I think this is assumption is because EFT does seem to be a miracle cure in lots of ways. However, it is not a cure, rather a way to help your body achieve optimal possible health.
Expecting EFT to be a mind-control method instead of a holistic energy balancing method. To provide a good example, an anorexic who has not eaten for a day can be hungrier when tapping to release food cravings.
Being afraid of using the negative statements in EFT, mistaking them for negative affirmations. Actually, the negative statements in EFT are not affirmations and have a completely different role to an affirmation.
Cramming as many emotions in one round of EFT as you possibly can in the hope of a faster result. For example, tapping “fear” using one point, “terror” on the next, “shame” on the next, then “anger”, “guilt”, etc. This overwhelms the individual, who then feels worse and may quit altogether on tapping.
Trying to force the effect, for example someone with a fear of mice attempting to handle a mouse once the intensity of feeling reduces but isn’t yet gone.
Lastly, and in an identical vein to above, tapping on a memory till it feels manageable rather than continuing till it is just a zero. This means that if you have tapped for confidence in public areas speaking say, and first got it right down to a 5, then the next time you get up to speak, your starting point is a 5 rather than a zero. If anything spikes your mood by say, 4 points, had you started at 0, t