NLP has techniques to overcome negative thinking patterns, phobias etc. EFT also works on the same areas so which is more suitable and why?

asked 04 May '10, 10:44

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I Think Therefore I Am

Have no idea. I know NLP works; have seen it in action. This is the first time I'm hearing of EFT. Will check it out. Thx.

(04 May '10, 12:49) Kheiron Quayle 1
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One could argue that your question is a bit like saying...Which color is better? Red or Green?

The people who like Red will argue endlessly about why Red is better. While those who like Green will have counter-arguments why everyone should like Green. And there will even be those who say that anyone who believes in the existence of Red and Green are deceiving themselves and that everything is really just shades of Black and White. ;)

There are numerous other techniques than those of NLP or EFT that also lead to belief change, which is effectively what you are talking about.

Perhaps one of those might be even better than NLP or EFT? :)

The point is not really about which is better but which works for you and which you feel inspired to use in the moment.

I have used various NLP techniques intensively over the years and I've been using EFT fairly intensively over the past few years also, as well as a number of other methods too.

Sometimes those NLP techniques seem the most effective, sometimes EFT seems most effective. And I have found that in different phases of my life, I'm drawn to different techniques for belief change.

There isn't really a right answer ultimately. If you find something works for you, use it. And if you then discover that something else works even better, use that instead. But don't fall into the trap of thinking it has to be one or the other.

Instead, try gradually building up a vibrational toolbox of belief-changing techniques. Whenever you come across a new method that catches your attention, learn about it and try it out for yourself regardless of the opinions of others.

And, like an expert craftsman, you'll eventually be able to pick and choose the most appropriate tool to use in each situation because you'll have built up knowledge and experience with each one.

Becoming a master of every belief-change process you are inspired to learn about is never wasted time in my view, because life will always cause you to expand your thinking beyond your current situation and you will therefore always need to correspondingly change your beliefs in order to keep up.

There is no standing still in a world of eternal motion.


answered 04 May '10, 17:23

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If you want an objective assessment of "better," EFT has been tested scientifically, and has been shown to have about the same effectiveness as other, more traditional therapies.

NLP was used extensively by Anthony Robbins, but he changed the technique somewhat and renamed it to Neuro-Associative Conditioning, which is just a way of conditioning yourself out of bad mental habits. Conditioning is a valid technique, with extensive scientific study behind it. My favorite conditioning technique of his is the "Swish Pattern."

There are other techniques available. Eugene Gendlin's Focusing method is based on the idea that people who are successful in psychotherapy use an internal technique of self-examination that those who are unsuccessful do not. These people can be identified with high accuracy in the first few sessions of therapy just by watching their behavior, and the simple techniques they use can be taught.

Of course, you can always use the "message in a box" method. This method works (if you have sufficient desire) simply because you are asking.


answered 04 May '10, 14:58

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edited 31 May '10, 00:45

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