Jennifer is an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) trainer,
with offices in London and Zurich.
For more about these services, visit here.
Have you ever considered how you talk to yourself? I personally sometimes do it out loud. It started, innocently enough, with me chatting to my dog. “Hey BearBear,” I’d say brightly (she hiding at this point, sensing what’s coming), “I know it’s pouring, but we do still have to go for a walk!” Soon I found myself saying: “Come on Jennifer, stop procrastinating and just do that wretched bit of correcting!”.
Either way — whether our self-talk is aloud or in the privacy of our own head — the key thing is actually what words we use, and what tone of voice, as it were. This is especially important when things go wrong, when we fault or blame ourselves.
I have found that playing with the pronouns "you and I" produces very interesting results. This applies, by the way, both to tapping and to normal self-talk.
(For more info on tapping, where you’ll also find the key tapping points in words and pictures, please check out my website: www.jenniferdavidson.com)
In a nutshell, if you split yourself into two people, as it were, you a) gain valuable distance from your issues, and b) can become your own wise and understanding best friend.
Imagine, instead, hearing yourself say: “Even though YOU feel very frustrated and hurt, and on top of that you’re upset with yourself for feeling so upset, I completely get it! I totally understand why you feel that way! No wonder you do! It makes complete sense!” When we feel truly heard, understood and accepted, it’s as if the sun just came out! Essentially, this is the response you would want from your best friend. So here’s the exciting part: it’s surprisingly easy, just by swapping pronouns, to become your own absolute (and ever-present!) best friend and ally.
If you just need to rant (“I’m tired, fed up, exhausted...”), traditional “I” tapping works fine. If you’re conflicted, however, or feeling emotions that are unacceptable to you, or you need a hug, that’s when “you and I” tapping can be really transformative. “I can see you’re really upset and conflicted, hating how you feel, not accepting of any of it...but that’s ok. It really is. I’m here, I totally get it, and I will keep you company and I will do my best to help! You may feel alone and stuck, but I’m here, and I’m not going away!”
Do try it! The worst that can happen (if speaking aloud) is people thinking you’re crazy. And then...you can just tap on that! ☺