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Fears And Phobias


A quality look at how to test your work

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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,

Testing your work to see how much progress you have REALLY made is essential to the mastery of EFT. Ted Robinson shows us how it is done in a case with a child's fear of dogs.

Hugs, Gary

By Ted Robinson

Hi Gary,

Here's a story about a 7 year old who had been bitten by a dog while he was holding a cookie and he's been terrified of all dogs ever since.  His parents were concerned because he had been so fearful that he ran away from dogs just upon seeing them at a distance and once ran out into the street without looking.

They brought him to me and he immediately asked me if I was a Magician.  I said, "Yes, in a manner of speaking" and we moved right into our session.  I explained EFT to his father and him using very elementary terms so that he could understand it.  He was quite precocious and didn't want to use the term "doggie" - only dog. 

I initially asked him how much fear he had of dogs and showed him how to use his hands to display his level of intensity on a scale of 0 to 10: palms together to show no fear (zero) and arms outstretched to show fully afraid (ten).  He understood immediately.  I asked him how much fear he had right then of dogs and he immediately outstretched his arms fully and said "this much."

I first asked his father if it was okay for me to tap his son, and he said "of course" and I then tapped on "Even though I have all this fear of dogs…  With the reminder phrases I included, It is not safe to be around dogs … Dogs will bite you … Dogs make loud noises and lick you… and a lot more.  It was a long round.  I then asked him to show me again how much fear he had with his hands and he put his palms together.  I also watched for his body reactions and noted that his breathing had quieted and he took a deep breath and sighed.  However, I didn't entirely trust his response, so I asked him again and he gave me the same answer again.  So, I decided it was time to test him.

I had brought along my toy poodle who weighs about 4 pounds and is getting older, so he doesn't give anyone a hard time about much of anything and left him in my van under the shade of a tree with the windows open.  I brought the child and father down to the parking lot and told him we were going to visit with my dog.  As we went toward the van, the child ran away (toward traffic again) which confirmed my concern that he wasn't accurate in his own assessment of zero.

So, right there in the parking lot, we did some more tapping (much like your tape of the man in the swimming pool) until he was finally willing to look at the dog - but only from the safety of his father's car parked next to the van.

Once he looked at the dog and the dog looked back without any barking, we were well on our way or so I thought.  However, when I tried to get the boy to pet the dog, his fears came up again and I tapped him each time they arose.  He was inside the car as I was outside it, reaching in to tap the points and give him words.  I didn't require or even request that he say any words, I only asked him to listen as I tapped and talked.

Eventually, after 3 or 4 attempts, I took the dog out of the van and held him in my arms and asked if he wanted to pet the dog.  No way!  Eventually, from the inside of the car again, he reached out of the window and put one finger on the dog's back.  Then, with a little coaching, he put all five fingers on his back.  His father took a photograph to show his mother, but the boy was much, much better by the time he left.  He even went to the van's window to look inside again before he left.  He'll be back in two weeks for a final session and I'll bring my mini-pincher who is very energetic for the real test.  Hopefully by that time, he'll have done the homework I gave him and his father to do in between visits.

It was a great experience to see that little fellow change right before my eyes.  Maybe I'm a magician after all!  I know EFT is magic.

Much love to you,



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