Emotional healings are almost always long lasting. If an emotional problem appears to "come back," it is usually because (1) an important aspect of the issue was not addressed in the first place and this is the emotion now being experienced, (2) the problem was addressed too globally and therefore only partially handled, or (3) there is some resistance to releasing the problem that wasn't properly identified and handled. This is not a problem, but merely an opportunity to complete the healing process by identifying the remaining pieces of the problem and removing them with EFT.
Not necessarily. If it does take a long time to resolve, it could mean the problem has simply had a longer time to become more complex so there are more pieces to resolve. Or the problem may have been around so long that you have developed some subconscious resistance to healing the problem. Generally speaking, however, if you turn on a light, it doesn't matter whether the room has been dark for ten minutes or ten years. The light is now on. You can think of long-standing problems in a similar way.
Indeed! It's interesting that we say we want quick relief to our physical and/or emotional problems, yet when a healing technique claims such a high effectiveness rate (80% and higher) in a relatively short period of time (minutes, in some cases), we are skeptical about it. Also, we tend to avoid effective healing techniques such as EFT not because they don't work, but because we're afraid they will.
In my experience, I have found that healing is a highly individualized process. One person may heal from a phobia or an addiction in minutes and the next person may take hours to accomplish the same thing. The difference usually comes down to your level of commitment to the healing process, how soon we can identify and resolve the core issue/s, and the extent to which subconscious resistance to healing may be factor.
It is very rare to feel worse after an EFT session, but it can sometimes happen when working with generalized anxiety. The immediate issue may subside after several rounds of EFT. If the upset reappears, it is not because EFT "didn't work" or was responsible for your "feeling worse." Rather, it's because EFT removed some surface issues, thereby allowing the more foundational issues to come out from hiding. The real villain (which was always there) is now front and center. While this is often misinterpreted, it is actually good news. Finally, the real issue is showing up and can be handled very efficiently with EFT.
By comparison to almost any other process, EFT is quite gentle and rarely has any serious side effects. In 1997, an informal questionnaire was put out to 250 therapists asking for descriptions of significant abreactions with EFT or TFT (Thought Field Therapy). Out of an estimated 10,000 applications of these energy tapping procedures, only 20 such cases were reported. This approximates 2/10 of 1%.
I am not a medical doctor and do not treat disease or prescribe medication. When you experience healing, whether from EFT or any other healing modality, you should consult your medical advisor/s who can determine if medication is still required.
No! EFT allows us to identify and release our real feelings. Since we are already feeling this way, why not call it what it is? Resisting saying something negative will only inhibit your healing; it won't cause you to attract it. If it's true, then you're already attracting it!