(Not about some sexual practice you’ve never heard of before, and not about the sexual slang tap ‘fuck’, but about a kind of self-administered therapy involving tapping the body with the fingertips.)

In the June/July Details magazine, a feature (pp. 84-5) “Press for Success”, with the subhead:

Despite scientific skepticism, droves of young men are taking up tapping (known as EFT) to overcome anxiety and perform at the office. Is the secret to advancement really right at their fingertips — or is it all in their head?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. (I would have said these guys “are taking up EFT (known as tapping)”, rather than the reverse.) Tapping uses the traditional acupressure points to “tap away” pain, stress, destructive emotions, or self-defeating beliefs.

From Wikipedia:

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. It is best known through Gary Craig’s EFT Handbook, published in the late 1990s, and related books and workshops by a variety of teachers. During a typical EFT session, the person will focus on a specific issue while tapping on “end points of the body’s energy meridians”. This is thought by practitioners to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders, and has the advantage of being a simple, self-administered form of therapy.

The available evidence from studies done on EFT have shown that while there may be small effects from use of this technique, they are likely due to well recognized conventional psychological techniques often used with the tapping, rather than the purported “energy” mechanisms. This technique has been characterized as pseudoscience and has not garnered significant support in clinical psychology.

No, I’m not tapping.


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