EFT and Pink Elephants

Pink Elephant

You’ve heard the challenge, “Do NOT think about a pink elephant.”

What’s the problem with that statement?

Right!  You can’t stop thinking of the pink elephant!  It’s maddening!

But, there is good reason for this reaction and I will share some research with you in a minute that will help to explain the Pink Elephant Syndrome (aka: the Rebound Effect).

First, let me point out what so many people ask when using EFT, ‘Why do we tap and verbalize the negative?  Shouldn’t we be thinking and focusing on the positive?’

Well, I expanded on that point in a previous post to the EFT YPP FAQ site and you can click on this link to read the article called If I keep tapping on the negative, am I reinforcing the negative…shouldn’t I be thinking positive?

You know what?  When you use EFT, you are flying in the face of what positive thinkers and self help people have been saying for decades.

The common advice is just to think positively…stay focused on your positive choice or intention…but, is that enough, or is it onlyl a distraction?

Let’s look at the research.

Psychblog summarized the research on this curious subject with one of their latest articles…click here to read Psychblog’s article: Why Thought Suppression is Counter Productive.”

To summarize the article, let me quote the conclusion:

The trouble comes when I consciously stop trying to distract myself and the unconscious process carries on looking out for the thing I was trying to suppress. Anything it sees that looks vaguely like the target triggers the thought again and round I go in another loop of thinking the same thought I was desperately trying to forget about.

The irony of thought suppression, then, is that actively trying to manage our own minds can sometimes do more harm than good. Although it makes perfect intuitive sense to try and suppress unwanted thoughts, unfortunately the very process we use to do this contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more we try and push intrusive thoughts down, the more they pop back up, stronger than ever.

Let me help you banish those pink elephants once and for all…an excellent place to begin is with Your Personal Peace.  Click here to find out how Your Personal Peace can help you live more peacefully and with less and less pink elephants in your life…

No more pink elephants…because trying to ignore those pink elephants only feeds their energy and makes them grow larger and larger in our lives.

Take care…hugs and aloha! Jeff Harding

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