Perform the set
With four fingers on one hand, tap the Karate
Chop point on your other hand. The Karate Chop point is on the outer edge of the hand, on the opposite side from
Repeat the set up statement three times aloud,
while simultaneously tapping the Karate Chop point. Now take a deep breath!
Get ready to begin tapping! Here are some tips
to help you achieve the right technique.
You should use a firm but gentle pressure, as if
you were drumming on the side of your desk or testing a melon for ripeness.
You can use all four fingers, or just the first
two (the index and middle fingers). Four fingers are generally used on the top of the head, the collarbone, under
the arm... wider areas. On sensitive areas, like around the eyes, you can use just two.
Tap with your fingertips, not your fingernails.
The sound will be round and mellow.
The tapping order begins at the top and works
down. You can end by returning to the top of the head, to complete the loop.
Now, tap 5-7 times each on the remaining eight
points in the following sequence:
The crown, center and top of the head. Tap with
all four fingers on both hands.
The inner edges of the eyebrows, closest to the
bridge of the nose. Use two fingers.
Side of eye (SE)
The hard area between the eye and the temple.
Use two fingers. Feel out this area gently so you don't poke yourself in the eye!
Under eye (UE)
The hard area under the eye, that merges with
the cheekbone. Use two fingers, in line beneath the pupil.
Under nose (UN)
The point centered between the bottom of the
nose and the upper lip. Use two fingers.
This point follows symmetrically with the
previous one, and is centered between the bottom of the lower lip and the chin.
Tap just below the hard ridge of your collarbone
with four fingers.
On your side, about four inches beneath the
armpit. Use four fingers.
Head (H) And back where you started, to complete
As you tap on each point, repeat a simple
reminder phrase, such as "my anxiety" or "my interview" or "my financial situation." Tap firmly with the first two
fingers on each hand.
Now take another
Now that you've completed the sequence, focus on
your problem again. How intense is the anxiety now, in comparison to a few minutes ago? Give it a rating on the
same number scale.
If your anxiety is still higher than "2", you
can do another round of tapping. Keep tapping until the anxiety is gone. You can change your set up statement to
take into account your efforts to fix the problem, and your desire for continued progress. "Even though I have some
remaining anxiety, I deeply and completely accept myself." "Even though I'm still a little worried about this
interview, I deeply and completely accept myself." And so on.
Now that you've focused on dispelling your
immediate anxiety, you can work on installing some positive feelings instead.