One of the most profound discoveries in EFT is the phenomenon called "Borrowing Benefits." The experience of “Borrowing Benefits” was first noted by EFT practitioners and facilitators. They reported that, rather than feeling exhausted after a day working with clients, they were energized. Their own emotional problems seemed to have melted away, even though they weren't working on or even thinking about the same issues as their clients.
This seemed very hard to believe, because it doesn't apply to most other modalities that support and empower clients to release emotional issues.
Talk therapists usually do not find their own anxiety or depression improving after working with clients. Social workers rarely find their problems melting away after a day of work nor are the problems of life coaches resolved when they help their clients resolve their own problems with motivation, accountability, or goal-setting. In fact, the reverse often occurs, as these practitioners take on the emotional burdens their clients are processing. The rate of burnout among helping professions is high.
Well, it doesn’t happen, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could get the benefits of meditation simply by watching other people meditate? If it did we’d have meditators on our screen savers!
Yet, how wonderful that just watching EFT and tapping along in a group or in one-on-one sessions, on your issues, can produce lasting change---Emotional Freedom!
check out the studies below
The following three studies were conducted to measure the effects of EFT in hundreds of people, and provide compelling evidence for the effectiveness of Borrowing Benefits.
The first study to examine this phenomenon was performed by Jack Rowe, PhD, a professor at Texas A&M University, at that time. He examined the mental health of 108 people attending an EFT weekend workshop. He tested the participants one month before the workshop and immediately before, and found that their emotional trigger levels were unchanged.
However, right after the workshop, they had improved dramatically, even though they were only watching sessions performed onstage. Even better, the participants retained a part of the improvement when Dr. Rowe tested them at subsequent intervals.
The Rowe study was replicated and extended in a second study by a research team that included Dawson Church and Audrey Brooks, PhD, a professor at the Psychology department of the University of Arizona at Tucson. They looked at mental health symptoms in 218 healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, chiropractors, and alternative medicine practitioners.
The subjects were attendees at 5 professional conferences who attended a one-day EFT workshop. At one of the conferences, EFT was offered by one EFT expert, and at the other 4 by Dawson Church. Participant’s mental health improved significantly at all 5 conferences. As they measured their symptoms during a follow-up period, the researchers discovered that they retained most of their gains. And they also tracked whether or not participants used EFT after the workshop, and found that those who did more EFT got better than compared to those who practiced EFT less often.
The third study titled the replication of the study examined workshops taught by EFT Masters, such as Ann Adams, Loretta Sparks, and Carol Look. It reinforced the same findings, and showed that EFT is effective regardless of which EFT expert offers the workshop.