As noted elsewhere, the concept of stimulating spots on the energy meridians or pathways, originated with ancient Chinese medicine in the form of acupuncture. However, this method wasn't specifically developed for emotional issues.
In the 20th century, Dr. George Goodheart, a chiropractor, developed muscle testing, which evolved into applied kinesiology. After learning about acupuncture, he discovered that applying pressure to these points or by tapping on them, he could get equal results as practitioners did using needles.
John Diamond, M.D., an Australian psychiatrist, built on this work in the 1970. He devised a treatment, "Behavioral Kinesiology." He treated emotional problems with a combination of tapping and affirmations.
Dr. Roger Callahan, an U.S.-based psychologist, became part of this evolution in the 1980s. Among other developments, he focused in on specific issues while tapping. The story of his breakthrough involving a patient, Mary, is part of the EFT manual.
Callahan was very specific about using certain acupoints for particular emotional issues. He also used muscle testing routinely. The tapping and talking method he developed was ultimately named Thought Field Therapy or TFT.
Gary Craig, who studied with Dr. Callahan, came to realize that if a person tapped on the basic 12 meridian end points, this would save the effort of muscle testing. He found this approach to be as effective and less time consuming than the Callahan method.
EFT is continually evolving and refining. Gary's stated intention is to be a good teacher and to have his students go beyond him in developing EFT.
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