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The Tapping Technique Explained

What's the Deal With The Tapping Technique?

If any of you guys are following Paul McKenna's new show, I Can Make You Thin then you may have heard something about a Tapping Technique for cravings. I know that people follow the show religiously but I can't help but laugh when watching it.

Most recently a co-worker filled me in on McKenna's eight-step (yes, eight steps) technique for getting rid of cravings and wow, what a technique it is. I'm not sure this would work for my cravings other than confuse the heck out of me. Personally, I like your ideas for curbing cravings better than this interesting approach. However if you want to learn it then


The Tapping Technique:

  1. I want you to get the biggest desire for a food that you can right now. If you don’t have a big enough craving, put this technique to one side and come back to it when you’re really feeling it.
  2. Focus on this craving for a moment, and when you’ve thought of that I’d like you to rate your desire for a food on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest. This is important, because in a moment we want to know how much you’ve reduced it.
  3. On a scale of 1-10, how strong is your craving? Remember, if you’re not really craving a bite (i.e. your craving is not at least a 7), come back to this technique later.
  4. Now take two fingers of either hand and tap about 10 times under your collarbone while you continue to think about eating.
  5. Now tap under your eye ten times.
  6. Now tap under your collarbone again.
  7. Place your other hand in front of you and tap on the back of it between your ring finger and your little finger. Continue to think about your desire for food as you do this and each of the steps which follow:
    • Close your eyes and open them.
    • Keep your head still, keep tapping and look down to the right then down to the left.
    • Keep tapping and rotate your eyes round 360 degrees clockwise, and now 360 degrees counterclockwise.
    • Remember to keep thinking about the food you were craving as you do this!
    • Now hum the first few lines of "Happy Birthday" out loud.
    • Count out loud from 1 to 5.
    • Once again hum the first few lines of ‘Happy Birthday’ out loud.
  1. Stop and check – on a scale from 1 to 10, what number is your craving at now? If it hasn’t completely gone yet, just repeat this sequence again until it does.

Anyone tried it? If so, I'm dying to hear if it works so share you stories below.


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i think this works in the exact same way as the "put a butterknife in a glass of water and drink it" method for getting your hiccups to stop -- distraction. even if it's just a new method of distraction, who cares, as long as it's working for someone?
Valleygirl4shur Valleygirl4shur 9 years
I am completely amazed at the nasty throw-off remarks and narrow-mindedness! I've used McKenna's technique for curbing my cravings for candy and it's worked like a dream! The tapping technique is a method of retraining your mind to react to a feeling in a different manner. I believe that someone asked for input on if the technique really worked, not for useless remarks from people who don't know anything about it. The techniques WORK if you apply them (and, yes, if you believe that they will). Who cares if he didn't invent them! He's bringing something to a new audience. Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean that it has no validity.
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
Who knew fighting cravings was so simple :P
queleanorirk queleanorirk 9 years
I saw this guy on TV, and tried the technique he explained. I didn't buy his book or send him any money. I've only done the technique three times but, for whatever reason, I am craving much less garbage, and have switched overall to more healthful(whole grains, veggies, fruits) foods, in reasonable serving sizes. When I do eat a sugary snack, I am able to keep it to a minimal amount, instead of eating an entire box of cookies or an entire bag of candy, as I was doing before. Perhaps I was willing to try this technique because I have been successfully treated with acupuncture, for some extrmely serious medical problems, in the past. It's possible that it works because I believe--and, by the way, this is the entire basis of Western medicine anyway. All those expensive, serious-side-effects-laden pharmaceuticals we all take only have to work just a little bit better than the placebo effect in order to get approved by the FDA--but to paraphrase an obscure poet, There are more things in heaven and earth. . . than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
franniedid franniedid 9 years
If this works for people then more power to them. I saw the program and tried the tapping, it seemed to work. I don't know if it is accupressure or distraction but whatever works is good. His rules are great, that is how thin people eat and it is how we all need to eat. It is easy to make fun, be skeptical and laugh but this is working for a lot of people.
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
It's clearly not going to hurt anyone to give this a try, so why be so negative about it? I get just as upset at the next reasonable person when I see 'scam' diets, doctors, techniques, etc, but this is a from a free tv show (I doubt anyone is subscribing to cable just for this show), the technique doesn't cost anything to try, and it's not going to physically harm anyone. If it works for some people, more power to them.
avatars avatars 9 years
I watched the show for the first time last night and was very impressed that these techniques are actually helping people achieve their weight loss goals. Being familiar with EFT and NLP it made prefect sense to me that these tools could help not only reduce cravings but essentially change one's self-image. Which is what change is all about. Before dismissing the idea consider trying it for yourself. I have tried both techniques for other areas in my life and guess what? They work great! You will never know how good it feels to be free of your own self-destructive habits unless and until you employ techniques and strategies that not only work, but work with so much less pain, delay and deprivation. Just my two cents!
Lurgeegirl Lurgeegirl 9 years
I have lost 10 pounds by following Paul McKenna's 4 Golden Rules since January. It's been a slow loss but completely worth it considering I usually only stick to a diet for a week or so. It's been working for me but I honestly don't use the tapping technique, I just follow the Golden Rules. I love Paul, though. This is the best "diet" I have ever been on!
gaulearnedimp gaulearnedimp 9 years
I'm searching for a way to link this to Scientology.
elle86 elle86 9 years
Um, what?!
clinneme clinneme 9 years
If you truly believe in this scam, it could work. It's all about control and belief you have in the likelihood that this silly technique could work. Sounds to me like it's some sort of meditation, and that obviously has benefits as well. If I were to do something like this, I'd really rather just think really hard about why I had this craving, and whether or not I should actually go for it. People are so silly, really.
kgt7773 kgt7773 9 years
This "tapping" is TFT or Thought Field Therapy developed by Roger Callahan PHD. This is cutting edge treatment used by psychologists to help people overcome emotional distress, phobias, anxiety, stress, compulsions and addictions. His book is " Tapping the Healer Within".By tapping you inflence the body's bioenergy fields located along energy meridians. Eastern Medicine has practiced similiar treatment for years i.e. acupuncture and applied kinesiology.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I couldn't do this. My OCD would drive me crazy. I'd be there forever, totally forgetting about the food. And I need to eat more anyway lmao.
katebrandon katebrandon 9 years
This is a common technique used by therapists to help people take control of involuntary emotional responses (ie, phobias). It has really helped some people, but I think it is more of an issue if you believe that it will work. However, it is based on some accupressure points.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I saw this show on TLC and the guy seems a bit on the flaky side. He told people to not eat any food that didn't "inspire" them and only eat what you like. Sorry, but even if spinach doesn't "inspire" me, I'll still pick that for a salad because it's good for me. That tapping technique is absolutely f-ing ridiculous. You'd need to write it down to be able to follow it without getting confused. Knowing me, I'd get all flustered and wouldn't do the tapping thing right or something and I'd just eat the damn cookie anyway. I like MY technique for dealing with cravings: Chew a piece of gum, drink some water, or take a walk. Works for me.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
this guy and this show is absolutely ridiculous. i can not believe he is being taken seriously
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
That is alot of work to get over a chocolate craving. LMAO :-D I agree confusing.
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