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An acupressure technique based in ancient Chinese medicine offers a rapid way to defuse angry feelings right in the moment. Next time you are feeling angry, try tapping these four acupressure points in this order, about seven times at each point:
1. Fleshy part of the side of the hand
2. The beginning/inner part of your eyebrow, near nose
3. Just below the collarbone
4. On the back of the hand, between the last two knuckles
(One or both sides of the body is fine.)
Now take a deep breath. Check and see if your anger has diminished. Repeat the process as needed.
Identifying and dealing with the cause(s) of your anger is important, and holding those thoughts in mind while tapping can help the tapping process be even more effective. You might find that by consistently following the tapping sequence, your original angry thoughts will start to diminish, and affect you less and less.
You can learn more about using acupressure tapping to manage emotions by studying Thought Field Therapy (TFT) or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT.)
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|