Did you watch Mad Men last night? I did.
As I’m sure is true for many of you, I’m a big fan of the show. It might be the fact that I grew up in the 1960’s and that the hair, clothes, furniture and music create a huge amount of nostalgia for me. Or it could be that it is a very well written show with a strangely intriguing hero.
Jon Hamm’s character of Donald Draper is one of the more fascinating male protagonists on television these days and I believe much of his intrigue lies in his imperfections. For those of you who are not familiar with the show, I don’t want to provide any spoilers, so if you haven’t watched Mad Men and you intend to, perhaps come back to this article later on.
Little background info or reminder if it’s been awhile since you got caught up. The character of Don Draper was born Dick Whitman, and was abused by a family member as a little boy. When he went off to fight in Korea, he was attacked along with another solider whose name was Don. When Dick survived the attack, he stole Don’s dog tags and assumed the identity of his comrade in arms. He went to start his life anew as Don Draper, but as a war veteran with PTSD, his new life was always fraught with the ghosts of his past.
When the show began we were introduced to Don, an ad executive on Madison Avenue who seemingly has it all together. However, we quickly find out he is cheating on his wife Betty with multiple women and drowning his sorrows and the fear of his true identity being revealed, with copious amounts of bourbon and cigarettes. While the character of Don is obviously fictional, it’s a pretty accurate portrayal of what can happen to an individual who does not deal with abuse, loss, grief and the consequences of a major life transition such as surviving a war. In this season’s premiere one of Don’s friends, a doctor even says, “People will do anything to cope with their anxiety.”
So why is a character like Don Draper so intriguing and fascinating when he’s so clearly “messed up”? In my humble opinion it’s because on some level we all wonder what our lives would be like if we just succumbed to our demons and never coped. Ah, but we are much smarter than that. With cutting edge energy-based tools like EFT, we are able to clear said demons and move forward in a full and functional life, one with just a bit less bourbon and hopefully nil in the infidelity column.
EFT has been shown to help war veterans with PTSD, which you can view in this video:
Because it deals so well with the energy disturbances caused by traumatic experience, it is an ideal treatment for PTSD. It is also very easy to learn, so the person dealing with said issues can treat themselves when insights or discomfort arise. There is no need to ‘hold out’ until the next session with a professional.
That being said, I will say that it is a very good idea to work with someone who is well trained in EFT before attempting to do it on your own. For simple issues there is no problem with self treatment but with more complex issues you will want to work with someone who is trained to spot the aspects, specific events and trigger points that create the discomfort and dysfunctional behavior.
This very simple treatment has produced amazing results with issues ranging from, emotional, to behavioral, mental and physical. As creator Gary Craig often says, “try it on everything!” I have taught it to many of my daughter’s friends and now when problems arise, their favorite saying is “Tap that shit out!” And the best part is, that they do. If I’d had tools like EFT in my twenties, life would have been very different, just as it could have been for Don Draper if they had known EFT in the 1960’s.
What would it have been like if Don Draper had known EFT? Well, most certainly we would have had a healthier, more functional guy with less bourbon consumption, no affairs and a happy wife but I’m afraid the trade off would be, that we would not be able to curl up on the sofa on Sunday nights and wait with excited anticipation to see the next scandalous adventure that our flawed but very engaging hero, will have.