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 study 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 looked at me in yesterday’s meeting and I felt nervous”.
To spend good time trying to find the precise emotion to tap on rather than just tapping on whatever is there. For example, getting all upset whether the emotion is shame or fear of 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 giving up. 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 due to an energy toxin and quitting. This is common with new EFT practitioners with minimal training. Of course, energy toxins do occur plus they do stop EFT progress. However, they are rare; maybe about 1% of clients will have an energy toxin. It’s likely that that an emotional root 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 at first glance 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 far more quickly than any other method I know. However, some issues require years instead of minutes. However, 2 yrs of EFT compared to a lifetime of psychotherapy and medication seems a fairly good deal to me.
Expecting nerve tissue, DNA, and mis-shapen bones (to give only a few examples) to restructure to be as good as new and totally normal or healthy with EFT. I believe this is assumption is basically because EFT does appear to be a miracle cure in lots of ways. However, it is not a cure, rather ways to help the body achieve optimal possible health.
Expecting EFT to become a mind-control method rather than a holistic energy balancing method. To give an example, an anorexic who has not eaten for a day can be hungrier when tapping release a food cravings.
Being afraid of using the negative statements in EFT, mistaking them for negative affirmations. In fact, the negative statements in EFT are not affirmations and have a totally different role to an affirmation.
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Cramming as many emotions in a single round of EFT as you possibly can in the hope of a faster result. For example, tapping “fear” using one point, “terror” on another, “shame” on the next, then “anger”, “guilt”, etc. This overwhelms the individual, who then feels worse and could give up altogether on tapping.
Trying to force the effect, for example someone with a concern with 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 for those who have tapped for confidence in public areas speaking say, and got it down to a 5, then next time you get up to speak, your starting place is a 5 rather than zero. If anything spikes your mood by say, 4 points, had you started at 0, t