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When EFT tapping “doesn’t work” … Ten reasons … Is EFT tapping a scam?

Is EFT Tapping A Scam? The Real Reasons EFT Tapping Does Not Work for Some People and What to Do About It

How to Attract Money with EFT TappingOne thing you will notice about the critics and skeptics of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) is that most of them have never tried it … or they may have tried it in a very superficial way … but very few of them ever worked with an EFT tapping expert and very few of them really devoted time and energy to learn about and experiment with this miraculous technology of EFT tapping …

Is EFT Tapping A Scam?

Hey, sometimes it’s scary to to try new things, especially when we are still externally validated and worried about what “others might think” of us …

I know that the first time I got on gymnastics equipment as a girl, I didn’t expect to be able to do back handsprings or the splits on the first day. The first time I got into the driver’s seat of a car, I didn’t expect to be an expert driver (it was a manual transmission, so actually that first day was pretty humorous, bless my dad for his patience in teaching me). But I didn’t look at the people for whom these things obviously were working and say “back handsprings are a fraud,” “driving a car is a fraud.” I mean, seriously folks, tapping is obviously working for a lot of people or we wouldn’t have had over 300,000 of us participating in the recent Tapping Summit.

Like anything else, tapping requires experience and skill to get the most spectacular results. The results I’m getting for my clients are far better now than they were a year ago because I have devoted myself to the deepest possible understanding of what’s going wrong when “it’s not working” so that I can troubleshoot it and get results.

Is EFT Tapping A Scam?

As I’ve gone along, I’ve noticed some patterns among the people who say they’ve tried tapping and “it didn’t work.” Here are ten of the top reasons it doesn’t work for some people, and what to do about it:

EFT tapping Emotional Freedom Techniques1. They are not finding the root of the issue. The belief “I am ugly” is usually built on very old childhood memories. If the person taps on the present day belief, they may feel some superficial relief, but is not likely to “collapse” the belief entirely. Ideally, we find where the belief originated, explore the whole emotional event that gave rise to it, release the negative emotions and conditioning, and that’s how the belief loses its power. I have collapsed someone’s life-long belief he was ugly from a “10″ (meaning, he absolutely believed it was true he was ugly) to a “0″ (meaning, it no longer seemed true at all) in one session by doing this.

2. They are “psychologically reversed.” This means they say they want to get rid of their problem, but deep down they don’t want to. The top three reasons people don’t want to let go of their problems are safety, identity, and community. A really experienced practitioner will help them find the often very subtle reasons why they don’t want to get their problem solved. These can be really, really sneaky hidden reasons, such as “I don’t want to be wealthy because I’m worried my friends will not like me anymore, or that I’ll get too much attention, or that people will hit me up for handouts.” And underneath all those reasons we then need to go back to step #1 and find the root of the issue.

3. Not enough structure/motivation. For tapping to transform someone’s life, they need to stick with it consistently and systematically. Most people are not that disciplined. Ego resistance arises and sabotages the process. Having an expert coaching them is like having a personal trainer who keeps them doing the program. Aren’t you worth investing in?

4. Discomfort with feelings and/or Don’t want to/don’t know how to face the dark side or don’t understand the importance of facing the dark side. If someone really gives tapping a good faith try, some very yucky-feeling negative emotions that were deeply repressed are likely to come to the surface. This feels VERY uncomfortable, and many people find excuses for not sticking with it through the discomfort. This is one of the many reasons why it’s so helpful to work with an expert who can provide support through this discomfort. This is also the reason why I require an absolute upfront commitment for my coaching programs. Many people who don’t have an expert coach supporting them quit because the really uncomfortable feelings start coming up, and people are terrified of their feelings because our culture has taught them to judge themselves for their true authentic feelings. “It’s not ok to be angry, it’s not ok to be sad, it’s not ok to feel weak.” “It’s not okay to hate my mom and resent that she asks me to do things for her.” Etc. These are the kind of thoughts people have, so when dark stuff starts coming up, instead of sticking with it, they judge themselves, get spooked, and quit. They don’t understand that it’s exactly when we start getting into the really icky stuff (such as my “f*ck you God” sessions) that the really powerful shifts happen.

5. Not digging deep enough.
Many people in our culture are totally out of touch with their own emotional reality. It’s hard for them to get results from tapping because they are not delving deeply enough in to the subconscious mind. There are several ways I help people with this, one with meta-tapping-procedures that I have invented to get people more in touch with their emotional reality, and two with recommendations for things like meditation, bodywork, breathwork, etc., that help dredge the subconscious negative beliefs/emotions up to the surface so they can be cleared.

6. Trying to go “positive” too quickly. Not giving the negativity a full hearing makes it difficult to implant anything positive. You cannot paste positive affirmations on top of a lifetime of negative thinking and expect them to produce consistent results in the world.

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One of Erika Awakening’s clients. Before using Holistic Belief Reprogramming, he was frustrated with his failure to “stick with it” to meet his health and fitness goals. Look what happened after he used Erika’s method! Wow :)

7. Not understanding the HOLISTIC nature of this work. One of my unique contributions to the tapping world is that I learned how to understand belief systems thoroughly. I can see very quickly how a person’s “money” issue is really anger with his mother. The two things seem unrelated but I guarantee he collapses the anger with his mother the financial problems will disappear. It takes a LOT of experience to understand the connections between seemingly unrelated areas of people’s lives to revamp their entire belief systems. Inexperienced people will keep tapping on “money” issues and get nowhere because they are missing the real issue.

8. Too much attachment to a particular outcome. Tapping can be used to facilitate particular outcomes, but it takes a lot of experience to understand when that will work and when it will backfire. It’s again a thing where inexperienced people will try to choose a particular outcome before thoroughly cleaning out all the negativity in all the areas that need to be cleaned out. This can backfire because, when their subconscious mind starts moving toward something that actually scares them, the subconscious mind may “sabotage” the desired outcome to reduce the amount of fear, which has become intolerable as the outcome gets closer. This is really advanced application of tapping. Much better to leave a particular outcome aside temporarily and focus on erasing the fear. Then desired outcome much more likely to happen all by itself.

9. Not having the spiritual grounding to practice effectively. Tapping cannot be used for personal gain at someone else’s expense. Knowing that, I always look for re-frames that benefit everyone involved. An inexperienced person won’t know to do this and often ends up with the problem identified in reason #8, that is, fear and guilt increases because his subconscious mind won’t allow and will sabotage win/lose outcomes.

10. Giving up too soon. Tapping requires commitment, patience, and experimentation. It works pretty close to all of the time if the core issue is found and collapsed. Most people who make one of the above mistakes won’t stick with it long enough to reap the benefits because they get discouraged and mistakenly conclude that “it doesn’t work.” This, again, is why working with an expert is going to get you much faster and much more spectacular results.

So What Do You Think – Is EFT Tapping A Scam?

Or is the real issue that people haven’t learned how to use EFT tapping in an effective way?

You be the judge :)

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About the Author:

Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening

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  1. David says:

    It just seems like too much work for me. I have watched and listened carefully and it just does not appeal to me. You might add this as another reason! :)

    • Hi David,

      Thanks for your honesty. Yes, once this path is chosen, it becomes a 24/7 endeavor. In my experience, this path is only chosen when the lack of value in other paths is recognized. :)

  2. Namaste says:


    Enjoyed this post. I now have a much better understanding of why you’re able to achieve the results you do with your tapping. You’ve taken the technique/discipline much farther than other people I’ve run across who have made it their primary modality for achieving results.


    • Thank you Namaste. Yes, and I do experience some frustration when I hear people say it doesn’t work. They would not expect to be a competent neurosurgeon after a few half-hearted attempts at brain surgery … yet would assume after a few half-hearted attempts at tapping that it doesn’t work. In my experience, healing is not a path of “sort of” commitment. It becomes a 24/7/365 endeavor.

  3. Cliff Edge says:

    You have the bases covered. Perfectly. If it doesn’t work, well, there are ten ways to blame the sucker, sorry, client. If you say it works, it works. That will be $75 please. And if it doesn’t work for you, well, it’s your fault. It’s still going to be $75. We are drowning in stupid. Tap tap tap. Hey, I’ve invented a new healing modality. You dance around, sing your desires, and toss a coin. It works. Oh yes it works. If it doesn’t work, well it’s because you didn”t give it time, or you used the wrong coin, or you had a bad attitude. In any case, please send money.

    • Hi Cliff,

      I am hearing that you may be feeling some fear, and your need for trust is not met when you consider the possibility of solving problems with tapping.

      And, indeed, the method that I teach does require a great deal of commitment, even when it appears not to be working. An example of this commitment is what I’ve been doing with the healing of my cat over the past almost three months right now. We have talked about this in recent articles, including this one:

      Hundreds of issues have arisen to be healed here, and if I were attached to short-term outcomes, I would have given up long ago. The reason I stick with it is that I have so much experience, and can now see when a grander healing process is unfolding. That grander healing process has no opportunity to unfold if I’m not willing to be persistent through extreme emotional upheaval, financial scarcity, and seeming setbacks of the most harrowing nature.

      On the other hand, as I wrote about in that article, there is nothing that can compare to the feeling of being in the flow of a greater Intelligence guiding me. And so I carry on through adversity.

      It sounds like that kind of uncertainty and walking in faith may not meet your needs at this time. Of course, in great uncertainty is the greatest potential for transformation and possibility.


      • Carina says:

        I know this is an old post, but I’m curious to know: what if you committed 100% 24/7/365 to dance around, sing your desires, and toss a coin and really believed in it, or committed to prayer, or any other method, what makes EFTbetter? Are the effects better than placebo? That is usually what people are really asking, when they ask “is it a scam?”

      • Follow the White Rabbit …

  4. Yvonne Roga says:

    I like how you list all the reasons why EFT Tapping doesn't work for some people. Some are too quick to call something a scam when they don't put the work into it.

    • Thanks Yvonne, yea totally. People don’t expect to be an expert neurosurgeon on the first day of medical school yet somehow they think they will be a tapping expert on the first day lol :)

  5. Katharina Schalla says:

    For me EFT tapping is definitely not a scam. I made two seminars in MET and found that the more I am tapping the easier the emotions come to the surface. My experience is that I'm not afraid of my emotions any more, because I experienced that I can deal with them and they no longer sabotage my life.

  6. Fritz Miller says:


  7. Becky Padmore says:

    I've often wondered about this therapy, thanks for sharing this.

  8. Philip Dwyer says:

    Ive read this and cant seem to see any impression of coming out of the womb as an experienced Practitioner…

  9. Ravin Lochun Nlp-lifecoach says:

    Erika this is dirty advert what you are doing. Reading the above article gives me the impression you came out of your mothers womb an EXPERINCED practitioner. This is very unfair and does not meet at all Gary's Goal.

    • Erika Awakening says:

      We can only be unfair to ourselves. All the power belongs to you. Like I said on Facebook, we are in a global economy now with so much free teaching online and the possibility to attract customers from anywhere in the world. The playing field gets more level every day. Yet each person must decide for himself whether he’s going to be powerful or play small. The choice is yours.

  10. Wow, I find that all is very thorough and accurate. Thanks for your insight and lucidity on this.
    Some errors are quite easy to spot, as to lack of persistance, but others, like attachement to particular outcome and resistance to win/lose situation are very subtle, and need particular lucidity from the practitionner.
    I am going to be more attentive on it.
    Thanks !

    • Erika Awakening says:

      Thanks very much Gaetan. Yes, the holistic understanding of belief systems from my perspective is essential to powerful tapping sessions, otherwise we don’t see the forest for the trees!

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