More about Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Health

Therapy Steps HypnotherapyReleasing negative thought patterns and replacing them with positive ones, creates the conditions necessary to re-build your health. On its own NLP can provide a potent means for personal change. Incorporated within Cognitive Hypnotherapy it provides a cutting edge approach to modern therapy that can provide positive change quickly and permanently.

Often it comes down to us not understanding how our brains work, and how to help them work better, so we're often left at the mercy of a mental program that runs for a positive reason, but with a negative effect. I believe that all such programs, from smoking to phobias, to anxiety disorders, to confidence issues can all be changed.

The problem is that for 99% of the time the human race has existed we lived a Stone Age existence where 'harm' was obvious and physical. Our nervous system (mediated by the unconscious) is geared to protect us from sabre-toothed tigers, not modern stresses.

If any aspect of modern life is viewed by the unconscious as stressful it treats it like a threat (the tiger) and the fight or flight response is triggered to get you away from it. So, for example, going to pieces in an interview is actually the struggle between your unconscious trying to get you away from that situation and your conscious fighting to stay put.

You can see why a basic assumption we use is "all behaviour has a purpose"; even when that behaviour is having a negative effect it has a positive intention behind it.

When the fight or flight response is triggered your body is flooded with hormones that perform certain functions, like increasing respiration, body temperature and moving blood to the muscles from any area of the body that isn't involved in fighting for survival. That accounts for the butterflies in the stomach. It also takes blood from the brain because you don't need to think to fight or run away. So you can basically think or feel, but not both at the same time.

The moment the feeling of anxiety or nervousness reaches a certain level you become physically less able to think - that is why your mind goes blank and you struggle to put together a sentence. But boy could you run from a tiger!

This model of mental functioning can be used to explain the basis of many problems. Even smoking. If you had an experience when you were younger that led your unconscious to believe that smoking was a good thing (like it made you feel like you 'belonged' or you were a rebel), then it will continue to motivate you to crave cigarettes, no matter how much you consciously wish to stop.

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