How Our Minds Are Programmed
Take a moment to think about
any of those negative thoughts or unwanted behaviours you’d
like to get rid of. You’ll quickly realise that you don’t
consciously set out to indulge in them. Nobody wakes up
in the morning and decides they want to be unhappy or
anxious or depressed.
attitudes and feelings come from your unconscious mind –
that part of your thinking behind the curtain of your
conscious awareness - and usually when some memory or
experience or event triggers them off.
you think further about them, you’ll realise they mostly
follow a similar pattern.
reason for this is simple. It means that over the years
you’ve programmed these behaviours into your mind as
automatic responses to certain triggers.
behaviours like smoking or over-eating are mostly automated
responses. The phone rings and you automatically reach for a
cigarette. You get halfway through the morning and you
automatically think of a cream cake or chocolate bar.
there are plenty of other self-limiting behaviours we
perform without even thinking about them.
to make conversation with someone of the opposite sex and
you find yourself becoming suddenly tongue-tied.
find yourself getting overwhelmed with work piling up and
problems to solve, and it all seems so much easier to put
things off until another day.
memory comes to mind of some sad or bitter experience in the
past, and you find yourself becoming miserable and
these things mean there’s anything wrong with you. Simply
that you’ve taught your mind to run bad programmes on
have a personal ‘behind-the-scenes’ identity which we call
our unconscious self-image. This is the part of our mind
that, through years of conditioning, computes how we should
act and feel in all kinds of different situations.
the responses were developed back in childhood, to cope with
what seemed then like demanding or threatening
though now we can evaluate those situations with our
mature, adult minds, the child-formed responses are still
there – and they’re anything but rational.
the time they happen before you know what’s going on. An
event triggers off the response, and the automated
behaviours take over your mind.
what’s the answer?
Most often it’s a simple as changing the link between the
trigger and the old behaviour.
hypnosis and other techniques, we help you programme in
vivid sensory representations of a new “you” - a you
that’s bold, confident, assured, in total command of the
situation and absolutely free of the old behaviours.
way, you “overprint” the old behaviours. And then, when the
trigger happens, instead of going down the old route you
automatically switch over to the new behaviour.
it possibly be that easy – and that fast?
yes and no, depending on the situation. But most likely a
lot faster and a lot easier than you might ever have
Milton Clinic we have a whole choice of proven
Generally, we’ll settle you into a comfortable and relaxing
light trance state. (Don’t worry, we won’t get you acting
like a chicken – it’s just to distract and quieten your
chattering conscious mind.)
then we’ll use one or more techniques to help you encourage
your own imagination to create the new positive imagery for
yourself. Sort of like day-dreaming with a purpose.
after a few days, the new positive imagery filters right
through your inner unconscious mind, bit by bit changing
those old responses.
might sound absurdly simple, especially if some of those
behaviours have been causing you real problems.
fact is, once you change your internal mental imagery (and
your expectations about the way you respond to the different
triggers), you really can start to take control of your mind
and begin leading the kind of life you’ve always wanted.
it’s as easy as sitting back and relaxing – and letting your
unconscious mind do the work.