Stress becomes a problem for us when things go awry or when we face problems or think we do! The brain begins to experience non-threats as threatening and what can make it appear worse still, is when there is no visible or practical prospect of an endpoint! For example, you work under a tyrannical boss, long hours, few breaks, impossible deadlines, toxic colleagues or managers, or just a downright unpleasant or maybe a dangerous environment. This is the stuff that chronic stress is made of. However, there are ways to change the reaction your brain and mind have to these circumstances and this comes under the banner of Stress Management! Managing your stress is imperative in reclaiming a normal life and, as you begin to change, the way others respond to you can also change. This change has the potential to make people appear less hostile and/or less toxic! How? Hypnotherapy, that's how!
Hypnotherapy is a method of communicating with the brain's unique language, which is often referred to as the subconscious mind. This happens primarily via the auditory cortex, which then activates many of the brains sensory systems. Once the transition from our wakened state to what is referred to as sleep states occur, the brain then enters specific brainwave phases. It is during these phasic states that the hypnotist tickles your imagination and simulates many different sensory scenarios, e.g. visual, kinaesthetic auditory, olfactory and gustatory. The degree to which you internally align your issue, with the most prevalent sense(s) related to it, is the degree to which resolutions are achieved and habituation occurs! This can happen through suggestion or embedded command, directly or indirectly. Then, a posthypnotic suggestion assists the process of long-term potentiation (the stuff of habits) until the establishment of synaptic plasticity and new neural networks/connections takes over. Essentially a new version of (mind/ brain) language directs your brain to respond differently, more normally and appropriately to everyday sensory stimuli. So, in order for real change to occur, it has to happen from within the brain itself!
Essentially, the instrument of hypnotic change is derived via communication via the auditory cortex (my voice to your brain). This then stimulates a process of electrochemical transmission that occurs within the primordial brain. This is actually what other hypnotists call, the 'subconscious mind.' But it is slightly misleading because the place where all of our emotions, memories and behaviours live, is in the physical brain itself. Although thought can usefully be considered an aspect of the mind! The mind (brain language) is merely the communication system that alerts different brain systems to become active (excitatory) or inactive (inhibitory). What, I believe, makes us different from other mammals, is that we have a complex system of spoken language. Language thus becomes the interface between the world we live in and how we process, then express that experience in the brain. That is why nice pleasant and complimentary words generally make us feel good (although in some minds they can arouse suspicion). And harsh hurtful, derogatory ones make us feel bad, maybe angry too! In essence, the mind can omit, distort and/or generalise language at deeper levels, what John Grinder/Richard Bandler referred to as deep structure language. In essence, hypnotherapy rebalances the structure of our deeper, nonconscious, language and that allows the mind to better communicate with its host, the brain!
To expand upon my theory of the mind, I have come to the point of separating what we call the subconscious mind from the brain. What we term, "the mind" is not an anatomical construct, it is merely a theory that explains something, somewhat beyond comprehension, that brings about action. Imagine you are at the scene of an accident, someone (brain region A) telephones the ambulance service (brain region B), which initiates an action being taken. The action being taken by regions A and B caused an outcome, the telephone call (the mind). That which initiated both actions was the method of communication that made it happen yet it was not a part of the physical action. So, in the case of stress, the parts of the brain involved are, among others, the amygdala, hypothalamus, pituitary gland and, in the body, the adrenal medulla. When stress becomes a disorder, is when memory and sensory systems in the brain (real anatomical structures) become adversely affected. The mind (brain language) then communicates a message, across several regions, that elicits a feeling at a level perceived in consciousness. This then perpetuates itself through memory and sensory stimulation and arise as conscious aspects that are construed as thoughts!
We can't always choose our circumstances, and sometimes we can't change the ones we choose either! But Trans4mational Therapy Centre's, brain stimulation stress management programme provides you with new ways to choose how you respond to the way your life unfolds. Because, it's when we make better choices that life becomes more pleasant, more exciting and more fun! So, if you want to change the way your "inside", responds to your "outside," hypnotherapy is well worth a try; all you have to lose is "Your Stress!"
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