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- Emotional Self-management
An Overview of a new
approach to emotional control.
By Peter Lambrou, Ph.D. & George Pratt, Ph.D.
- A new
way of treating emotional distress has evolved. This new form
of therapy, using modern principles of cognitive therapy and
ancient acupressure systems, is generically called Thought Field
Therapy, and has evolved over the past few decades. Psychologists
Peter Lambrou, Ph.D. and George Pratt, Ph.D., who are both on
staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California and
on the faculty of the University of California at San Diego,
have formulated the method: Emotional Self-Management (ESM)
which is based in Thought Field Therapy. This process neutralizes
emotional distress and installs positive mental frameworks that
enhance confidence, personal effectiveness, performance, and
- ESM is a blend of several healing
concepts, first, the meridian system of
subtle energy in the body, which is the basis of acupuncture
and acupressure. This energy system, which has been understood
and utilized by oriental physicians for over 2,000 years works
with bioelectrical energy that exists in and around the body.
There is a pathway or meridian that connects these sites and
connects with various organs and organ systems in the body.
When illness or injury blocks or interrupts those natural flows
of energy, they cause emotions to persist and become unproductive
and painful. Healing is accomplished by stimulating energy at
specific acupuncture locations. Needles, pressure, certain
herbs, and in Emotional Self-Management, tapping are used
to create added energy at a meridian point. When the disturbance
is released healing takes place. The National Institutes of
Health in 1997 acknowledged acupuncture as an accepted form of
treatment for pain and nausea.
- Secondly, it is theorized that when
an individual holds a specific thought in their mind, not only
are certain emotions generated as a result (this is the basis
of cognitive psychotherapy), but also, that specific thoughts
also generate a field of energy. Energy created by the brain
can be measured by electroencephalograph equipment. However,
it is also believed that in addition to these forms of energy,
such as beta, alpha, theta, and delta brain waves, another field
of energy is created. Preliminary research conducted
by Dr. Pratt and Lambrou has pointed toward a bio-magnetic component
to the effects of ESM.
- It is believed that each thought
creates a specific frequency of energy. Certain thought
fields associated with strong emotions interrupt or cause disruptions
in the body's energy system. These disruptions result in an
'encoding' of the experience so that whenever the thought field
is recreated, as in thinking about the original experience, the
encoded memory is emotionally re-experienced. Symptoms, in
the form of fear, obsessions, nightmares, ruminating thoughts,
worry, or physical tension develop when strong emotional experiences
are prevented from being released or dissipated in a natural
- Emotional Self-Management (ESM)
relieves and treats the emotional distress of past, present,
or even future anxieties, and then installs a positive thought
process. First, the individual calls up the thought associated
with the distressing emotion (anger, fear, guilt, grief, etc.)
and then taps on their own body at the appropriate treatment
point at the involved acupuncture point. The tapping adds the
energy needed to dissolve the blockage and effect relief.
- An important aspect of Thought Field
Therapy processes recognize that the body's energy has a polarity,
a positive and negative pole, just like a battery, or the north
and south poles of a magnet. If that polarity becomes reversed
it can interfere with thought, emotion, and behavior. Sensitive
instruments have detected that all living things including plants
have an electrical polarity. Studies in the 1940s, conducted
by biologist, Harold Saxton Burr, Ph.D. at Yale University, and
later by surgeon and researcher Robert Becker, M.D. reveal the
existence of electrical polarities from the surface of the skin,
down to the charges at the ends of damaged nerve cells.
- When a person's electro-magnetic polarity
is reversed, it interferes with and blocks attempts to make emotional
or behavioral changes. We might call that self-sabotaging.
Distressing emotions, negativity, and other painful situations
are likely to persist. A correction for this self-sabotage
is made through tapping a specific acupuncture point while holding
a particular thought intention.
In uncomplicated cases, one self-administered treatment sequence
provides lasting relief. In other cases, often due to renewed
stress or recurring circumstances, the treatment is repeated
as needed. The method can be learned from the book, Instant
Emotional Healing, through trainings, and from qualified
- HOW ESM WORKS TO RELIEVE EMOTIONAL
- Once a disturbing emotion, such as
a phobia, anger, guilt, rejection, etc. is identified, the following
steps are then conducted:
- 1. The person is asked to think
about the targeted emotion by calling up an image, thought, memory,
or imagined scene (as in a future situation), that evokes the
- 2. Then the person is asked to rate
the intensity of the distress on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being
the most severe. This 'tunes' the thought energy field.
- 3. Next the person administers the
appropriate code or formula while focusing on the disturbing
feeling (distraction is NOT a part of the procedure).
- 4. The person is asked to again rate
the intensity of the distressful feeling. If little or no change
is felt, then corrective exercises are used and then the treatment
- 5. The intensity of the distress is
reduced as the corrective procedure is continued.
- 6. If new a feeling is discovered buried
beneath another (in the manner that we may not notice a pain
in our shoulder until an acute toothache is relieved), another
Tap Sequence is performed. When the distress is removed, intellectual
awareness remains intact, only unproductive emotions are eliminated.
- THE BONUS ROUND THE OPTIMIZER
- 7. In many situations a positive thought
is installed to replace the negative or unproductive one. This
is called the Optimizer component of ESM.
- IN SUMMARY
While Emotional Self-Management
is not a panacea, it can reduce or eliminate emotional distress
very effectively. In addition to providing immediate relief,
it can remove obstacles to other therapy methods as well. In
some situations specific skills may need to be developed, problem
solving may be required, or other factors may be necessary to
fully achieve a desired goal. However, the positive effects
of emotional self-control and a positive mental outlook are the
platform for success in any area of life.
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- Instant Emotional Healing is published by Broadway/Random House: ISBN: 0-767-903-935, $14 Paperback; ISBN 0-7679-0392-7, $25 Hardbound; ISBN 0-553-52671-5, $25 Audio book.
- Excerpt from the book (Copyright 2000 & 2006 Peter Lambrou and George Pratt. All rights reserved.)