The neuroscience community validates the power of fiction and the perceived reality of words
It has long been my contention that hypnosis tickles the imagination and in so doing stimulates the brain. Stimulated often enough patterns of behaviour form and eventually become instinctual; even habitual! One of the most profound forms of habitual development is the language we use; both internal and external. That's because words have very powerful associations in the brain, within specific brain regions, and in the process go on to stimulate the associated emotions. Neuroscience has now confirmed my contention as factual, in that if a person says or reads the word lavender, the olfactory cortex (responsible for smell) is stimulated. If one reads an action story, perhaps of rival prison football teams, kicking and gouging their opponents, the motor cortex is aroused; and so on and so forth! Imagine what is happening when you run your self down, or have aggressive thoughts etc. will the brain regions involved become live? Of course they will. So, language really is the interface between thought, emotion and ultimately; behaviour.
So, it seems the use of positive and negative words does indeed have the power to stimulate the positive and negative neurochemical balance of the brain. It's not that these regions or neurotransmitters are positive or negative per se; it's merely a reflection of how they make us feel. When it comes to therapy, it is almost always the case that the client seeking help for an emotional issue, has a high level of negative self talk. Another common aspect is that of transferring thoughts about themselves, to others, meaning others think the same about them as they do. This adds gravity to their perception of self and further enhances their internal negative feedback loop; making the problem bigger, more sustainable and, unfortunately, more real; at least within their mind!
So it was so refreshing to read the neuroscience of the theory, i.e. that thought, language, words etc. really can make the brain come alive; an aliveness that is every bit as real as if it were actually happening.
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