How Does EFT Approach Disassociation?

Disassociation is the phenomenon of a personality that splits off from itself, most usually separating from unresolvable conflicts or painful emotions. It is a coping mechanism that often results in a flat affect, the feeling of being out of touch with one’s feelings and body. When asked “How are you feeling?” the person who is disassociated is usually unaware and has accompanying sensations of numbness and looking in at life from the outside.

EFT coupled with somatic approaches connects with submerged emotions; tapping on the meridians stimulates the flow of energy and the repetitive nature of the tapping allows for subconscious and repressed material to surface much more easily and with a sense of safety. Continued tapping on the emotions that arise helps to drain off the raw emotion which resides in the consciousness/body and block the natural flow of energy.

As a paradox, when working with Matrix Reimprinting one attempts to remain disassociated from the earlier subconscious self (the ECHO) in order to listen to, assist, support and help it to release a variety of persistent emotions.

EFT and other somatic approaches are often more effective than cognitive/behavioral talk therapy. Why? Because disassociation is a function of the rational ego state of the mind which is itself the locale of resistance. Limiting oneself to cognitive approaches generally slows the process down without addressing the real root of disassociation. It may in fact reinforce it.

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