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Even though Emotions are Universal, the Expressions are Not
What is Geo-Specific EFT and how is it different from Classic EFT?
Geo-specific EFT is a new approach in EFT that is sensitive to cross-cultural variables that influence individual behavior. It aims at making us more mindful of the cultural context of the problems. As an EFT practitioner you will be helping clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Geo- specific EFT will aid you in paying attention to the cultural and religious variables as verbal, emotional, and behavioral expressions will differ from culture to culture.
Geo-specific Approach differs from classic EFT in 2 ways –
1. The affirmations are customized according to the Native Language
EFT and its key component, the affirmations, were created in English by the EFT Founder, Gary Craig, an American English speaking gentleman. When we use EFT with people whose native language is not English, we need to understand that it is not always easy to express oneself in the secondary language. Also, the default set up phrase “I love and accept myself” does not have exact equivalents in non-English languages. In Geo-specific EFT, it is important to know that translation of this in the native language may not always work.
There are some cultures where it is not acceptable to say positive things about oneself; self love and acceptance may not be looked upon favorably in these cultures.
2. Cultural context is taken into account while making the affirmations
Simple translation will not work for people whose native language is not English. The affirmations have to be customized according to the culture and language of the person. The cultural background of a person affects the ideas, beliefs, memories, emotions & basic cognitive processes like reasoning, attention, perception.
I once worked with a lady from Saudi Arabia and her native language was Urdu. She knew English but the term “accept” did not resonate with her. So we found a word “Kubool” in her language that was more appropriate for her.
What are the challenges of working with clients from a culture other than your own?
Why simply translating EFT scripts into native languages won’t work?
Tips for practitioners on becoming more sensitive to the clients from different cultural backgrounds
We pay attention to the individual characteristics of a client but it doesn’t necessarily involve the cultural orientation. We are respectful and compassionate to the narratives of our clients but we need to be sensitive to the cultural, linguistic and religious aspects as well.
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