EFT and the Comfort of Physical Contact
Our partners have a huge impact on us, not only emotionally but physically as well. Strengthening your emotional bond through EFT can change the way you perceive physical pain and fear. “Soothing the Threatened Brain,” a new study by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Jim Coan, shows that if you can help a couple move from distress and anxiety into a more secure loving bond, their body and brain responses will change for the better as well.
In this study, one partner in a distressed relationship underwent a brain scan, lying in an MRI machine while experiencing a slight electrical shock; seconds before each shock an “X” would light up to signal to her that a shock was imminent. When the patient was alone in the machine, or having her hand held by a stranger, her brain responded to the threat: the scan indicated real alarm and fear prior to the shock and she reported that the shock hurt very much. The results were the same when the person holding her hand was her husband or partner: fear and alarm at the threat of pain, and intense pain during the shock.
After several sessions of Emotionally Focused Therapy, the couple underwent the MRI scan again. This second time, the patient still felt fear and pain when alone, and only slightly lessened fear when holding the hand of a stranger. But this time, when her partner held her hand and she saw the “X” warning, the results were remarkably different: her brain scan showed almost no anxiety or sense of a threat, and she reported that the shock was merely uncomfortable, not painful. The loving comfort she now perceives from her husband’s touch persuasively changes and soothes her brain’s natural reaction to a threat of physical pain.
The results of Dr. Johnson’s study support the benefit and effectiveness of EFT. The quality of our emotional bonds with our partners have profound implications not just for our happiness but for our mental and physical health, and EFT can help. If you need help to strengthen your relationship call 858-452-8467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.