EFT works extremely well at helping individuals overcome fears and phobias.
I have seen many different programs over the years that have used EFT as part of their processes. Although the Taronga Zoo in Sydney Australia don’t run their fearless program any more, I believe they use to utilize EFT to help individuals overcome their fear of particular animals.
I even remember seeing a program on TV related to fear of flying, in that program I saw the actor Whoopi Goldberg talking about her fear of flying. This was a course that was put together by Sir Richard Branson and was actually called “Flying Without Fear”. I believe they used TFT (Thought Field Therapy) which is a longer approach then EFT, but its essentially following the same foundations as EFT and TFT come from the same place.
My Niece and the Rooster
Not long after I had begun using EFT to help me overcome my own issues (if you would like to know more about me then please read my about page on my practitioner website) I was being visited by my niece and her family. To cut a long story short; we had laying hens that we let roam around our yard as we got better tasting eggs by letting them do their own thing.
We my niece came out into the yard and wasn’t expecting to see the hens out, almost immediately upon realizing that they were out she ran with her arms waving about screaming back into the house. My immediate response was “what the hell is she doing”. Well upon finding out that she had been attacked by her Grand Fathers Rooster when she was a little girl, and that she now has an intense fear of anything resembling a rooster I wondered if EFT would work for her.
In fact she was the very first client I ever had, I had never used EFT on anyone else at this stage except for myself. After a few strange looks from her and her husband when I told them what I wanted to do I eventually convinced her to give it a go. Well I shocked everyone when about 20 minutes later she was outside in the back yard watching the hens walk around her feet. A life long intense fear had dissolved itself in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee (except we were actually drinking a beer).
What about healthy Fear
Yes I am the first to say that some fear is healthy. I’m not someone who is afraid of dogs, but if a dog is barking at me from the other side of a fence then I’m not about to perform EFT on myself and walk in, that would be stupid. For me its healthy to have a little be if fear (or maybe we can call it trepidation), I’m not about to walk into a yard or walk up to someones dog without first knowing if that dog bites, now that’s a healthy fear.
The example of my niece is what I call an unhealthy fear, it was irrational for her to run inside because the hens were out. The same would go for a person who is afraid of dogs, they would also run away if a tiny puppy wanted to lick them, this then would be irrational fear or better put unhealthy fear, and this is where EFT works wonders.