The Flash Technique

The Flash Technique is a new tool that utilizes alternating tapping to reduce the level of emotional disturbance in a traumatic memory. It's a form of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is an evidence-based therapy, but unlike the standard protocol for EMDR, and unlike other kinds of therapies that work with trauma, the Flash Technique is very gentle, does not result in a "relive" of the memory, and does not even require you to consciously recall painful details of the memory.

You are asked to recall a memory that still holds a negative emotional charge (anger, fear, sadness, shame, etc), and to rate the level of disturbance on a scale of zero to ten, with zero being, "No disturbance at all," and ten being, "The highest level of disturbance experienced." Then you are asked to focus on a strong, positive memory, image, or activity while doing alternating tapping. On and off throughout the process, you are asked to briefly focus your attention in a specified way, and then to rate the level of disturbance still contained in the memory.

Many people using the Flash Technique report they feel better more quickly than when doing traditional therapy. Some even report that it is surprisingly fun and calming. 

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