Using EFT to Address Your Inner Critic and Negative Self-Talk

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Emotional Freedom Technique for negative self talk

EFT tapping to address your inner critic and negative self talk

“I could have done it better. I should have done that instead. I’m just so stupid when it comes to …” And so on.

We’ve all heard it. Yes, this is the sound of our inner critic that has the self-proclaimed duty to drive us towards perfection by means of constant quibbling.

This voice sounds especially strong when we are faced with a stressful situation. While it makes sense to have an inner compass that directs us to behave in the best way possible, too much of nit picking weakens our self-esteem. It makes us unsure of any action we take. It makes our behaviour stiff from fear of more criticism.

So why don’t we try EFT tapping to see if we can mellow down this rough inner critic so that it can become our guiding star instead?


EFT tapping set up

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Even though my inner critic is constantly at work, belittling me, I want to let it know that I’ve had enough of this nagging! Yes, I should be doing this or that, but I can just BE? I want to be myself, instead of constantly “shoulding” on myself.

Even though it seems like my hypercritical mind is trying to keep me on the right track, I am now starting to question whether all this nit-picking is really helping me at all.

Even though I criticize myself because if I don’t, someone else will, what if I go easy on myself for a change? What if I could be my best friend with loving care and good advice?

Even though my mind is always on overdrive, being overcritical, I want to release this need to constantly slap negative labels on myself. I want to be more loving and caring towards myself and that seems like a good thing to do.

EFT tapping round 1

Eyebrow    I can never be good enough in my eyes.

Side of the eye    Part of me is always busy,

Under the eye    finding faults with whatever I do.

Under the nose    I’ve got so used to this internal bashing

Chin    that it now comes naturally to me.

Collar bone    I keep saying I want to feel good,

Under the arm    but I don’t really want to

Top of the head    allow myself to feel good.

EFT tapping round 2

Eyebrow    This negative reel is always whirring

Side of the eye    in my mind, telling me how I could have,

Under the eye    should have, done this or that.

Under the nose    If it were someone other than I

Chin    who was criticising me this much,

Collar bone    I would have given them an earful

Under the arm    and kicked them out of my life.

Top of the head    But it is I, who is my constant saboteur.

EFT tapping round 3

Eyebrow    I’m afraid that if I don’t find fault

Side of the eye    with myself, someone else will.

Under the eye    I’m afraid someone will get angry

Under the nose    with me no matter what I do.

Chin    Someone will badmouth me or disown me,

Collar bone    if I don’t conform to the ideal behaviour.

Under the arm    And then where will I be?

Top of the head    Maybe as a child, I was under a lot

EFT tapping round 4

Eyebrow    of pressure to be a “good” kid,

Side of the eye    or someone would get upset.

Under the eye    Someone I loved, and looked up to,

Under the nose    found fault with my actions regularly.

Chin    And I am perpetuating that

Collar bone    niggling in order to keep

Under the arm    myself on the right track.

Top of the head    And I keep trying to fine tune

EFT tapping round 5

Eyebrow    my behaviour every living moment

Side of the eye    by way of criticising myself.

Under the eye    Even though this may have worked

Under the nose    for me in the past, I’m realizing that it is

Chin    a very brutal way of treating myself.

Collar bone    It’s not like I’m a wild beast

Under the arm    who shouldn’t be let loose.

Top of the head    I’m a good person, and I really

EFT tapping round 6

Eyebrow    do deserve to be treated with

Side of the eye    love and respect by everyone, including myself.

Under the eye    But if I don’t keep finding fault with

Under the nose    myself, how will I ever learn?

Chin    How will I ever improve and become perfect?

Collar bone    Wait a sec, who said it was about

Under the arm    becoming perfect anyway?

Top of the head    So what if I’m not perfect?

EFT tapping round 7

Eyebrow    This constant hair-splitting

Side of the eye    hampers my true nature.

Under the eye    This inner critic prevents me from reaching out.

Under the nose    This constant quibbling is stunting my growth.

Chin    What if I could channel this internal lambasting

Collar bone    towards something positive?

Under the arm    What if I could see how my inner critic

Top of the head    can guide me instead of hampering me?

EFT tapping round 8

Eyebrow    Perhaps my inner critic is drawing my attention

Side of the eye    to areas where I could use some help.

Under the eye    Maybe the questions to ask myself are

Under the nose    How can I help myself become better?

Chin    What am I doing RIGHT?

Collar bone    Maybe I don’t need to keep judging myself.

Under the arm    Or generalizing about how bad I am.

Top of the head    I am good enough just as I am.

EFT tapping round 9

Eyebrow    And if I don’t fit someone’s picture

Side of the eye    of perfection, then so be it.

Under the eye    I choose to make friends

Under the nose    with my inner critic, so it can guide me,

Chin    but in a gentle, caring way.

Collar bone    I’m accepting myself just as I am.

Under the arm    I am at peace with myself.

Top of the head    I’m choosing to be calm and confident.

Repeat tapping through the script until you can feel a shift to a more understanding and compassionate mindset towards yourself. Also tap on any childhood memories that may arise to remind you of a hard-to-please parent or teacher or a critical someone who had influence over you. Come back and do this exercise whenever you feel like you’ve got into that hypercritical state again.

If you are dealing with a hypercritical person other than you, use this EFT script on dealing with critical people. Here’s another EFT script that will help you dispel your fear of displeasing others.


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