Reversals or psychological reversals are a group of aspects that adversely affect the EFT process. They can come up when you are making progress. For example, you might feel fear or resistance when you’re on the verge of releasing a strong emotion, a physical symptom or condition. They can also come up right in the beginning as soon as you start addressing an issue for the first time.
They are conscious or unconscious resistance that we have towards healing something. They can show up as “conflicting parts and beliefs, secondary gains, protective parts”.
All of us have developed coping mechanisms to survive certain traumas and tough situations when we were younger and these coping mechanisms really helped. However, as we grew older these coping mechanisms became outdated , limiting and unhealthy.
These coping mechanisms can act as protective parts trying to hold on to what helped us survive. Gently addressing the fear and resistance around replacing old patterns and adopting healthier coping mechanisms can really help.
EFTi defines “Reversals as a specific group of Aspects that can negatively affect the EFT process. These can be conscious or subconscious and include secondary gains, resistance, conflicting beliefs or protective parts that stand in the way of progress. When EFT progress is slow or stalled (i.e. Intensity Levels are not dropping, emotional intensity is returning with frequency or presenting issues are not changing measurably), Reversals (i.e. hidden Aspects) are often present.” (EFTi glossary)