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An EFT Procrastination case

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Procrastination is a broad topic and one that almost everyone faces from time to time. Read how JoAnn SkyWatcher digs underneath her client's procrastination to discover a companion "resistance to authority" issue and then uses an "argumentative approach" with EFT.

Hugs, Gary

By JoAnn SkyWatcher

"Cindy" had been a client for several months and told me that she hadn't dealt with her taxes for three years.  She complained that the State was after her, and feared that she wouldn't have enough money to pay her taxes.  Cindy confessed that she had resistance to making an appointment to see the tax preparer.  She said that she needed to have her tax return finished and turned in within the month and she hadn't even made an appointment yet.

Her anxiety level was at about a 4 on a scale of 0 to 10 when she thought about doing her taxes.  Then I asked her about making an appointment with a tax person, and her anxiety level shot up to a 7 out of 10.

I asked Cindy if she had experienced feeling something like this in her past (other than the other times that she was slow at getting her taxes in).  When she was a senior in college, she had a problem finishing up her Senior Project, and admitted that she had a serious problem with procrastination.  She put off working on her Senior Project until the last minute, and as a result received a lower grade.  Back when she was in college, her feelings around not doing the project and getting it in were 10 out of 10. However, the emotion that she had today when she reflected on how she put off her Senior Project was disappointment, with an intensity of 4 out of 10.

We tapped on her disappointment for putting off doing her Senior Project, and her fear of doing it wrong.  Cindy had a rough time with her father when she was growing up, so I added that she might have a problem with her father's authority; and not just her father, but any authority, including her teachers.  Then I pointed out that the State and the Feds are also an authority.  We did the argumentative approach for several rounds in which she repeated, "I want to turn my project in;" "No, I don't;" "Yes, I do," and a few, "You can't make me!" We were able to get her disappointment about procrastinating on her Senior Project down to a zero, and she finally was able to laugh about it.

Then I asked how anxious she felt about making an appointment with the tax preparer, and her anxiety had dropped from a 7 to a 2 out of 10.  At this point she added, "I only have one tax return and it has to be done on time - no choice."

However, she wasn't comfortable making an appointment.  So, we did the 9-gamut procedure, using "I hate authority," and "You can't make me!" as her reminder phrases.  After that, she said she didn't feel anxious about seeing the tax man.  So, after three years of putting off doing her taxes, Cindy did make an appointment to see her tax person.

JoAnn SkyWatcher


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