Often, especially when there is not enough experience and knowledge of EFT, the anticipated results do not come or there seem to be no noticeable result.
Thus, one can hastily conclude that EFT "does not work" or that it "does not for me" or that "it does not work for this kind of problems".
Let's briefly examine some types of failure and ways to overcome:
If you acquire enough knowledge on dealing with the cases described here, while having at the same time a good knowledge of the keys to EFT success, then your success ratio could easily exceed 80%!
You can also see our page with answers to frequently asked questions regarding difficulties and failures.
Psychological Reversal (PR)
If the human organism itself resists therapy, or is "psychologically reversed" as we are used to say in EFT and we don't deal with it, then one the following will probably happen:
EFT could completely fail.
Any positive results achieved by EFT could be limited and/or temporary.
Some symptoms or behavior could be replaced by other problematic ones (for example, a tension headache could transform into a stomachache).
Please note that this is a serious problem that gets in the way of not only EFT, but any kind of therapeutic or improvement approach.
Fortunately, EFT offers a few techniques for quickly bringing down (to some degree or even completely) the psychological reversals, thus enabling the intervention to proceed.
A quick way to find out if a psychological reversal is present (and also often help valuable information come to surface) is to ask the EFT recipient questions such:
Could you imagine yourself without the problem?
If the problem vanishes, what would you lose?
If I told you we can solve this problem right here, right now, what would you say about it?
It has been found that psychological reversal is almost always present in cases of chronic diseases, addictions and compulsion and degenerating diseases (such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, etc.). You can easily guess that in these types of cases, any kind of therapy (including EFT) will finally fail if PR does not get out of the way!
(For more information on PR, see "Dealing with PR" in our page on keys to EFT success.)
We all have a clue about what a toxin might be: it's a substance with nasty ("toxic") effects on the human organism.
In EFT we assign the term "energy toxin" to any substance and compound that induces toxic effects to the human's energy system. These energy-level effects could finally cause physical and/or emotional problems, such as pains, anxiety, etc.
Energy toxins can live on our clothes we wear, in the food we eat, in the air we breathe, on our sleeping mattress, etc.
An energy toxin is not necessarily a substance generally recognized as harmful to the human body. It could even reside in food perceived as very healthy for humans (such as fresh fruit and vegetables).
Also, a substance found to be an energy toxin for one human being, can be totally harmless to another. For example, a kind of synthetic fabric can cause an allergy, even a serious one, to a person, maybe an asthma situation to another and probably absolutely nothing to many other people.
Although the mechanics of energy toxins effects on the human organism have yet to be fully explained, many of us live with small or more serious problems caused by them and usually without knowing what is causing these problems.
So if an energy toxin is in the way of an EFT application, it is higly possible that we cannot achieve a positive result or that any such result will be temporary or negligible, however hard we may try.
EFT provides us with a couple of techniques for revealing the presence of an energy toxin, however these techniques require advanced knowledge and will not be described here.
Dealing with toxins can include:
physically removing the person from the place where the toxin resides,
removing from the person's diet elements that may contain the toxin,
avoidance of contact with objects containing the toxin (such as specific clothes, bed sheets, furniture, etc.).
EFT offers techniques for permanently "discharging" some energy toxins, however this is something that not many practitioners could easily achieve...
The negative effects of energy toxins to some organisms are so powerful, that removing them from a person's environment can sometimes cause an immediate and total recovery from numerous aliments, even some chronic and very serious ones!
As you may already have read on our page on keys to EFT success, it is very often that a problem consists of many different aspects.
It may seem that a problem has been successfully removed, but when trying to confirm success (see "Testing and verification" at our page on keys to EFT success) the problem may again come up, even with great intensity, and make us so believe that EFT has failed.
In reality, this is most probably another case of a new aspect surfacing and an opportunity to deal with it right on the spot, in order to bring it down to zero intensity. That's why persistence is one of the most fundamental principles of EFT. We have to persist until all these problem aspects come down to zero, which could mean that we have to deal with each and every one of them, or in some cases only some of them as the rest will "take care themselves" (due to the "generalization effect"). The exact approach to be used will follow testing and verification results.
Difficulty to get in touch with the problem
Sometimes, EFT can fail just because it started on the wrong foundation, that is without getting "tuning in" the problem under consideration.
Getting in touch with the problem is absolutely important. That's why it is a critical success factor (as you can also read in our page on keys to EFT success) and failure on this almost always bring EFT application failure.
Reasons for not tuning in the problem could be:
A not good enough verbal description of the problem or the aspect under consideration.
Confusion due to simultaneous resonance with more than one problems and aspects, which should be dealt with separately.
Suppressing in the person's memory of some aspects of the problem or even of the whole problem (for internal protection), thus making direct access to the problem very difficult or just impossible.
Distraction from the problem or the aspect under consideration during therapy, due to other problems or aspects coming up to surface.
Several solutions exist for resolving the "tune in" problem and, fortunately, very few are the cases where this problem cannot be resolved. Even on these cases, the experienced practitioner can gain access to the problem with the help of special EFT techniques.
Hidden core issue
Often, our problem can be a wrapper to "core issue", that is a fundamental problem (=energy disruption) that has its roots back to our infancy and has since been subconsciously affecting our emotions, or even our thought and our life choices.
Often, such issues are related to (verbal or non-verbal behaviors of parents, brothers and sisters, teachers or very close relatives and friends (for example abandonment, comparison, rejection, physical or mental violence, etc.). We are talking about "hostile" behaviors that got ineffaceably imprinted on our energy system (especially the recurring ones) and have since been causing powerful energy disruptions.
There are many times when we find difficult to bring an issue down to zero intensity, however hard we may try (and not only EFT), or when different issues keep surfacing but they seem to have a common denominator. The denominator is a core issue, which functions as an essential factor το the energy disruption that causes or substantially surcharges all the other issues that have been surfacing.
With EFT, an experienced practitioner could bring up to surface a core issues within a couple of hours or even within minutes, while dealing with some other "superficial" issues.
On the other hand, someone less experienced in EFT could be "stuck" in a secondary issue and fail to achieve any substantial progress, or going around in circle without touching a core issue, spending all the time in dealing with minor associated issues. It is sometimes possible to have the core issue discharged while doing the later, but it much less effective than dealing directly with the core issue.
EFT allows for the treatment and the full energetic discharge of the incidents and the aspects that a core issue consists of, and many times in a very short time. This can bring a huge relief to the sufferer, but at the same time can also have side effects (it can even lead to a radical behavior change).
So, treating a core issue is almost always possible with EFT and that make is an excellent tool at the hands of a psychotherapist, however we are not advising anyone inexperienced to make such a use on him/herself, that is as a "self-treatment".
It has been observed in many EFT sessions that resolving an issue can go much faster after the recipient drinks some water!
This has yet to be explained, however it shouldn't come as a surprise if you think that water is the most fundamental substance for the proper functioning of the human organism and a carrier of electrical messages in the human's nervous system.
We urge you to drink a lot of water before, during and after an EFT session and not wait for thirst to signal your need for water intake. Of course, that should be practiced in addition to your everyday proper hydration, which is essential for maintaining health and recovering from ailments.
Sometimes, the effect of EFT on the distress or the issue under consideration is not immediate. That happens more often on physical discomfort, such as headache, where relief can come after several minutes or even hours after applying EFT.
In these cases, because the results of EFT do not show immediately, an impression could be given that EFT has failed. And when the discomfort subsides after some time, it is very possible to attribute the improvement to anything else but EFT (such as pain killers, change of environment, etc.). Of course, it is not possible to name one single factor (such as the EFT) as the sole contributor to the improvement, even if it really is. However, it is more important to have the improvement than to pay compliments to EFT!
The effectiveness of EFT in such cases can be proved in the long run, that is when after a few days, weeks or months the problem never shows again. Then, we can probably be more sure about the contribution of EFT more than anything else.
In anycase, it is not fair to hurry into conclusions about failure and get dissapointed, especially when we deal with chronic and/or complex problems.
Sometimes, the intensity of the problem may actually increase after applying EFT!
Usually, that means that a better resonance to the problem or one aspect has been achieved. It is possible that the problem or the specific aspect had been repressed (for self-protection reasons) and that's why it didn't show up in such intensity.
When that happens, not only did we not fail, but on the contrary we found an excellent opportunity to go even faster and more effectively with the treatment. We have been given a chance to deal with the issue (or one of its aspects) end-on and bring down to zero, which is something that we probably could not do so easily otherwise.