Did you know that our brains have a preferential bias for the negative? Rick Hanson, Neuropsychologist, Rick Hanson, Ph.D., says that our brains are like teflon for positive experiences, but to ensure our survival and keep alert for signs of danger, they are constantly scanning for the negative out there and then latching onto it like Velcro. No wonder we get depressed and anxious!
Thank goodness Hanson suggests three steps to overcome our negativity bias-
- Turn positive events into positive experiences. When someone compliments us or something good happens, we need to pay attention and not deflect it like teflon like we habitually do.
- More than just noticing it, we need to fully experience the pleasure, savoring it and intensifying the good feelings. As we allow our bodies to feel the positive emotion it gives the neurons more time to fire together and actually change the structure hardwiring of our brains.
- Now sense and focus intention on bringing this emotion deeply inside of you to the extent that you experience it becoming a part of you, ” becoming woven into the fabric of your brain and yourself.”
Positive thinking doesn’t just make us feel better, it actually changes our brains in visible ways, changing how it scans the environment and allowing us to see the world around us as kinder, safer, friendlier and happier. Read his interview for his book, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, http://bit.ly/1w559ca.
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What is Hypnotherapy?
A more current term for it is self-directed neuroplasticity, where we learn techniques to rewire our brains to create the changes we want to see in our lives, whether it’s to release the past, deal with stress or to transform our lives.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s a “trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.
Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior.” (See the short video about Myths and Misconceptions below.)
Since it’s a method to help you accomplish what you need or desire, its applications are endless. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for a particular goal or benefit. For a look at the many medical symptoms that may be alleviated, go to Hypnosis for Medical Conditions
Because each session offers new tools for change, a series of at least 3 weekly sessions is usually recommended. The Weight Loss from Within Program is 8-weeks. Sessions last from 75-90 minutes. After the intake or recap of the week, the actual hypnotic visualization takes 20-30 minutes. We then discuss the plan for the coming week and I share resources and take-home tools. Each program is tailor-made to fit your desires and motivations.
A team approach offers the greatest support, so I am happy to collaborate with your psychologist and/or medical professional.
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