Not liking ourselves is an issue for many of us. Even though we may project a different face to the world, deep down inside far too many of us don’t like ourselves very much. It seems to always be easier to find things to criticize about ourselves than to find things to praise.

How often have you found yourself making some kind of silly mistake, and then saying to yourself, inside your head, “You big idiot!”? Self talk is a definite indicator of how well we like or don’t like ourselves. Those instantaneous reactions that we have to the things we say and do are coming straight from our subconscious, and are indicative of our true feelings about ourselves.

I have often thought that if I judged the people around me as harshly as I judge myself, I wouldn’t have any friends! lowselfesteemNobody would tolerate the kind of comments that I make about myself, and yet it’s commonplace for me to belittle myself in that way.

For so many of us, we have expectations for friends, family and loved ones that are much more reasonable than the expectations that we have for ourselves. We are vigilant, subconsciously, always watching for the things we do and say that, according to our rigid and unrealistic expectations, are not acceptable. When we don’t meet our expectations, we’re quick with the self criticism, not ever giving ourselves an inch of slack.

With EFT, we can reach that inner critic and quiet that voice.

Wouldn’t you like to feel better about yourself, to genuinely like who you are? Give this tapping script a try!

Tapping Script For Learning to Like Yourself

Setup – Karate chop:

* Even though I don’t like myself very much and I find it hard to see the good parts of me, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.
* Even though it always seems much easier to see the things that I don’t like about myself, and to beat myself over the head about those things, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.
* Even though I’m much harder on me than I am on anyone else I know, and I’m really getting tired of that critic inside my head, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself and I recognize that it might be time to start cutting myself some slack.

Reminder Phrases:

Eyebrow: I don’t like myself very much
Outside eye: I’m my own worst critic
Under eye: I’ve convinced myself
Under nose: That there isn’t much I do right
Chin: I spend lots of time criticizing myself
Collar bone: About every little thing I say and do
Under arm: How can I like me and feel good about me
Top of head: When I find fault with everything I do?

Eyebrow: I’m starting to feel that I’m being much too hard on myself
Outside eye: I would never talk to my friends the way I talk to me
Under eye: Why can’t I see all the good things I say and do?
Under nose: Because I know in my heart that I’m a good person
Chin: I’m considering that it might be time to fire that critic inside my head
Collar bone: Or maybe I just need to give that critic a new job
Under arm: Instead of picking me apart all day long
Top of head: Maybe I can have that critic help me to see the good parts of me.

Eyebrow: Starting to release that feeling of not liking myself
Outside eye: Choosing to focus on the positive instead of the negative
Under eye: I know that I’m way too hard on myself
Under nose: I’m firing that inner critic once and for all
Chin: Continuing to let go of the feeling of not liking me
Collar bone: And realizing that I need to accept and love myself
Under arm: In order to love others and have them love me
Top of head: Feeling so much better about me.

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Pat Burns is an EFT practitioner in Tallahassee, Florida. Contact Pat at