We live in a world where mental health disorders are on the rise and, coincidentally or not, so is anxiety, stress and depression. Of course, this is a puzzlement because considering all that we have going for us, these should all be on the decline. So, why aren't they . . .
Life is a funny old thing, we have a vague notion that we know what is going on but in reality, it is what is going on in our brain that ultimately decides what goes on, and . . . what of that, we become aware of? In some sense, everything that we are is a consequence of what is going on; in there! After all, it's all in the mind or is it . . .
Hypothalamic stem cells are the birthplace of new brain cells (neurons) and, as it turns out, the more of them the better, albeit quality is way ahead of quantity. So, it makes good sense to do what we can to get more of them; but how. . . .
The more you actively engage in determining what you think about, in a positive sense, the more you get to direct your life. If you leave it up to your brain . . . well, you already know what that leads to. . . .
Deep within your brain, some little critters called neuronal stem cells, are hard at work helping you build memories and, hopefully, a very happy and enjoyable life. The secret to that life though is while they are hard at work; you shouldn't be. . . .
If you are constantly feeling tired, not getting enough sleep or just feel like you have way too much on your mind to get a good nights sleep, then be warned, you are putting yourself at great harm, maybe not now but for sure at some point in the future. To prevent that, why not try a hypnotic power nap. . . .
I love the way life comes full circle! When I was young, if you weren't sane, they said you were nuts. Now they are saying you have to eat nuts to stay sane. Jokes aside, there is, apparently, something in these dietary marvels that help us remain cognitively sharper and mentally more healthy and that's nuts. . . .
It is really hard to have a good life experience with a negative mindset. And equally, it's really hard to shake off a negative mindset when your brain is off-kilter. Find out how hypnosis realigns your mind, putting both sides on the same page, so to speak. . . .
Your spoken language is the key to your success and happiness. Change the way you speak and you change the way you think; change that and you change everything. . . .
We all know how important sleep is but did you know that too little, too often, really puts your life, both in terms of quality and duration, at risk. To make life better, we can use hypnotic power naps to enhance brain function and health. . . .
The hippocampus has long been known to be involved in the creation, storage and retrieval of memory, scientists have now added a little more evidence to help understand how that happens. . . .
Do you have an anxiety disorder? Researchers discover that just 10 minutes of meditation a day will help anxious people focus better. But hypnotherapy enables the brain more easily and is better able to be tailored for specific results. . . . .
Despite what you know consciously about something, e.g. that smoking is bad for you and You Will die younger, your reward system can not only ignore that information, it can actually overwrite it and it so often does. . . .
Do you have high blood pressure? Well, I am sure you wish you didn't and towards that end, I would highly recommend hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Hypnotherapy can very likely help you lower your blood pressure and hypnosis can help you to maintain it. Oh, and I forgot to mention its effect on memory. . . .
"It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny ipmrtoant tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. This is because a word is a picture and a picture is a thousand words, apaprnelty. . .
Life makes memories and memories make a life but did you know that some memories can actually break or distort a life? Luckily, there is an effective way to change the way memories express themselves and in the process, life changes. . . .
Hypnotherapy and scientists working in a parallel way just with different ideas as to why something happens and why it sometimes doesn't. I have worked for years with a conviction that there was a scientific and neurological basis that explains how hypnosis happens in the brain, want to find out what. . . .
If you want to resolve an emotional or mental issue, use hypnotherapy. And if you want to maintain a well balanced and functional life, use hypnosis! Prevention is better than cure but hypnotherapy is effectively both, i.e. the cure and the prevention. . . .
If you want to live a long and happy life, it is imperative that you have the mental awareness you will need to create the memories of a beautiful retirement. What's the point of living to a ripe old age, only to have every day appear as a totally new experience, void of the memories of yesterday. . . .
The brain is an amazing piece of kit if you know how to use it. Sadly, it seems, many people's brain's use them, a consequence of the way our brain encodes experience, especially in those formative years . . . .
The brain has a duty of care to protect us but that only works when things are going well. When we are chronically stressed, the brain malfunctions and, unfortunately; so do we . . . .
Another role discovered about the brain's onion, the cerebellum, the onion-shaped structure at the lower back part of the brain. Previously its use was known for helping us to learn important motor skills, e.g. driving, a guitar, piano, or maybe darts but now there is more to add to its repertoire. . . .
Giving yourself positive and empowering feedback can be so easy to do but, it can also be very easy to not do and the truth appears to point towards too few people doing it. However, for those who do, the rewards are extremely beneficial. What would you do. . . .
As they say, the best way to secure the horse is to lock the stable door before the horse has bolted and the best way to increase your exam results, is to manage your anxiety ahead of creating it; if you are calm and relaxed, there's nothing to manage. . . .
Hopefully, you will not be reading this blog while puffing away at your favourite "Death Stick," or laying on your sofa eating your fast food, slowly? Because this research is seriously trying to reach out to you, trying, because it has proven to be very difficult to get people to take life seriously. . . .
Every one of our bodies comes complete with an onboard management system, the mind and an onboard entertainment system, laughter. One should never underestimate the power of both of these systems because laughter comes through the mind and feeds back into it! It is akin to the elixir of life. . .
Scientists have very kindly confirmed a long-held view that I have, that the brain and mind create associations with words (auditory cortex) and sights (visual cortex) that stimulate internal mental states that keep us locked into various mental health conditions. . . .
Scientists have discovered a way to bypass brain damage and help patients re-encode memories. Hypnotherapy can help you do that without the need for brain damage as a prerequisite condition before such treatment becomes available, In some sense, the quality of life is a consequence of our memories. . . .
If your life is off kilter or if you find every day a challenge, one of the first places to start making changes may be your diet. It is hard to have a good life if you are not fulfilling your body's basic needs. . .
If you want a happy and productive life, you really need to manage psychological and oxidative stress and the anxiety that most often accompanies it. If you are looking for a solution to your stress, look no further; hypnotherapy is the answer you are looking for - Trust Me. . . .
Acetylcholine (ACh), maybe you have heard of it, maybe you haven't but either way, it works in the background managing the way your brain manages your life. Essentially it is the manager of the management system and our mind. Hypnosis helps us to selectively better manage the mind and thus enabling a more efficient outcome to life. . . .
Life, to a certain extent, is the accumulation of all of our memories. The quality of our life is somewhat dependent on how those memories interact with each other and what the ultimate story of our life looks and feels like . . . . .
Recently on TV, the idea was posed to people in the street, the prospect of living to a hundred or more. Some liked the idea, others were mortified by the prospect. But what if you could do that and remain looking younger, feeling and being healthy well into your 90's, what would you think about that . . . .
It is often a sad reality, that the decisions we make, be it as an adolescent or adult, about how our life will pan out, are often made too late to be fully and effectively implemented. What often gets in the way are the emotional memories formed, outside of conscious awareness, as a child but, there is a solution. . . . .
In life we are told to focus, to concentrate but rarely are we told how! It is, perhaps, this lack of how to do this, of knowing what it actually means, that leads us towards the difficulties and challenges that life often presents to us. Therefore, as a consequence, life moves us away from where we need to be, where we need to be in order to discover our life's purpose. . . . .
We all know the importance of breathing but, according to much research, less than 10% of the world know how to breathe properly. Since breathing is essential, why not discover how to do it properly? Instead of just be willing to survive, why not breathe to thrive. . . .
Isn't it nice to know that within your brain, there are individual cells monitoring your mistakes! It's even more interesting to know, that we can create states of mind that maximise the efficacy of those neurons to correct our mistakes; hypnotherapy can play a significant role in increasing the efficacy of our inbred error correction system. . . .
Life can be best described as occurring in those moments when we are aware, aware of what is happening and how it feels. Sadly for many, life is their awareness of what happened; after it happened. The lights were on but nobody was home. How much of each day are you aware of. . . .
While scientists focus on the centres of fear in your life, as an explanation of why life can be so challenging, hypnosis focuses finding the centre within your mind, the place from where peace and calmness derive. Find that and you find the essence of life itself. . . .
Is it true, that the more enabled we become, the more disabled we feel? Depression as a condition is on the rise, more people are being diagnosed with it, month by month, year by year. That, despite the fact that medical interventions have never been so good. So, if the medical profession is getting better, why are we becoming worse. . . .
The unknown side effect of the beautiful game that parents may not know about, but will it influence the choice they may want to make or the one they should. . . .
At the front of your head, just above your eyes, is one of the most important parts of our human selves, a part of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex. In some sense, it is the part of you, that makes you "You," in terms of our humanness, it is the difference that makes each of us; different. Therapy aims to help us differentiate that difference . . .
It is a strange world we live in, one where people, as a generality, are more concerned about what they put on their skin than into their body. Ironically, if you really focus on what you put in your body, you can be a little less concerned about your skin, good skin is mostly an inside-out process. But is this just the tip of a health iceberg . . .
While we busy our way through every day, taking fewer breaks, working harder and longer, are we are engaging in a failed strategy? This and my own research definitely seems to suggest it is but if this is a failed strategy, what is a successful one. . . .
Do you want to look younger, feel healthier and live longer? Sounds too good to be true doesn't it but it isn't, it's actually very attainable and the younger you start, the more effective it is, but what is it. . . .
If we can teach infants how to react observationally in specific ways relating to efficiency and inefficiency, how come we can’t teach world leaders the same thing? I’m sure you can work it out, you can’t see the big picture with a short-term mindset . . .
Scientists discover some insights into the correlation between recurring depression and a key component of our brain, the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays a crucial role in the formation, storage and retrieval of memories, so clearly an undersized hippocampus may imply a dysfunction to this very important area of the brain . . .
How effective are your meetings? Research proves that being objective, focused, positive and empowering, before, during and after the meeting helps you to become more efficient, how are your meetings working out. . . .
How vagueness ambiguity and negative thinking keeps us from reaching our goals and dreams. But to get what you want, you have to know what it is and define it clearly . . . . . . . . . . . .
It seems that we focus, maybe a little too much, on forgetting as being a bad or negative thing but in reality, forgetting has a really useful function in making life bearable. Who knows, maybe forgetting, what is necessary, helps to keep us mentally sharp . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Depression often sneaks up on you like a thief in the night, one minute you are there and the next; you are somewhere else. All too often, that somewhere is not where you need or want to be; wnat to change that? Then read on . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I learned in a very subtle way, about 18 years ago, that society and certain bodies, including some in the medical profession, not only accepts that people drink, it actually expects them to do so; how odd is that . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hypnosis, the term coined by Dr James Braid, the father of modern hypnosis, was believed to be a sleep like state and Hypnos being the Greek God of sleep, the name seemed like an appropriate, if not perfect nomenclature. But what did it mean, outside of its name . . . . . . . . . . . . .
It seems that we sometimes believe that, consciously, we make a decision to have a drink, be it wine, spirits or beers but most often we've been duped because it is the deeper machinations of our brain, our mind and our genes that ultimately make these decisions; that we are in control is an illusion. But the brain is kind and it allows us to believe that we are in control; so cute . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Discover the magic number of alcohol, that's right, there is a magic number and if you reach and maintain your alcohol at this magic level, you are absolutely guaranteed to have no damaging effects from your alcohol intake! So, what is this magic number? Read on to find out . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scientists discover an unexpected role in a very important star shaped glial cells, called astrocytes, and brain plasticity, the brain's ability to change and make new connections and build new networks, essentially the ever evolving development of memory and behaviour . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I like to think of consciousness as our ability to negotiate and appreciate the world from within and the world from without, it is the sense of a lack of purpose from the within that causes us to be over-reliant on the without . . . . . . . . . . . . .
We often hear people say, "think out of the box" although sometimes we need to consider going deeper into the box because it is inside the box where the prejudice, the bias and the judgment got its roots . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Imagine watching a beautiful sunset and then discovering the awareness of the positive emotions that flow from it! This kind of mental imagery is now linked to improved well-being! What perplexes scientists though, is, why and how are some people better than others in keeping the feeling alive . . . . . . . . . . . .
The mind plays tricks on us, quite frequently but did you know that two can play at that game, you being option two. To find out more about how you can play tricks on your mind or how you can turn a tragedy into a triumph, please read on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
While we may think we are conscious beings, consciousness forms a very small part of the world we live in and much of our life experience is in responding to things we were not consciously aware of . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Perhaps the two biggest concerns for older people's future are: too much life left over at the end of the money and too much life at the end of the memories. As we live longer, these fears become ever more present . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I often guess the time, merely to see how connected I am to reality. Surprisingly I have noticed a connection between my estimation of the time and present states of mind. When I am experiencing certain negative emotions, my estimation goes awry and when I am feeling very well, it is more accurate . . . . . . . . . . . . .
While an important discovery about the size of the hypothalamus of people with depression it is unclear whether depression makes it larger or a larger hypothalamus increases your odds of having depression . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hypnosis has certain parallels with sleep and dreaming, as both involve the presence of Theta brainwaves and, consequently, REM and NonREM sleep states. It is, perhaps, the collateral effect of other brain regions that explains what happens during hypnosis, that make it so effective . . . . . . . . . . . . .
We so commonly talk of stress as one thing and that perception is mostly in the negative sense of the word; what, there's a positive side to stress? There most certainly is, in a sense, it's as close to Captain America (Super Woman) as you could ever get . . . . . . . . . . . . .
In a busy world, it helps to know that the hustle bustle isn't the only option in finding success, sometimes it can be found in the quietest of places . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The answer to life's problems are not found in the absence of cognitive and emotional dissonance or anything else come to that but rather, in the presence of what is . . . . . . . . . . . . .
An interesting study into how Virtual Reality can enhance the learning experience, I couldn't help but think of the parallel of this type of VR and the type that is created during hypnosis; the ultimate virtual reality using the ultimate VR machine; "The Mind" . . . . . . . . . . . . .
There is a big difference in choosing to forget and normal or age-related forgetfulness but just as important are the reasons behind why we may want to forget . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Be it the expectation of having their staff work insane hours (for the same pay), to not paying those who have left or been fired, to bullying, the Singapore work environment is lightyears behind its other first world cousins, although, to be fair it's lightyears ahead in many other ways . . . . . . . . . . . . .
While there is an amazing amount of research into finding a cure for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, by default, there are parallel discoveries on the why and how of the way our brain works, but, do you know how yours works . . . . . . . . . . . .
Imagine you were strolling along the beach one day and happened upon a special container and by chance, when rubbing the sand off of it (stimulating its surface) out popped a "you know what," yes a Genie. What would you do next . . . . . . . . . . . .
New research uncovers the reason why we ignore evidence to the contrary and hold onto our beliefs. When I read this piece, I thought ah . . . . . . . . . . . confirmation bias, apparently not; maybe it's her twin . . . . . . . . . . . . .
While Love may make the world go around; the ability for us to learn how to reproduce at will, helps to keep us grounded. So, the perfect place to be, and hypnosis will take you there, is to have your feet firmly rooted on Mother Earth and your head in the Clouds . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I just love our predilection, if not obsession, for naming things. Scientists have discovered a new type of brain cell (neuron) and they've come up with the name Rosehip neurons, apparently because they resemble a rose after it has shed its petals; how quaint is that, but, more to the point, what do these neurons do . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Have you heard of the "Amygdala?" Of course, you have but do you know what it does? Do you know what it doesn't do? Turns out you're not alone but you are in good company . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I often say to clients, that the 3M's are responsible for most of our life's difficulty. That has nothing to do with 3M, "Scotch Tape" it is to do with Miscommunication, Misinterpretation and Misunderstanding; sort those out and life just got a whole lot easier . . . . . . . . . . . . .
While the focus of this research is on the brain difference between doers and non-doers, it is important to consider whether this is a genetic anomaly or a learned one. From a practical perspective, I'd say it's a little of both but exacerbated over time by the experience of repetition . . . . . . . . . . . .
It appears we married couples (although I think it is safe to say, "all romantic couples") might have to pay an unacceptable cost in proving our case? There seems to be little point in ultimately being proved to be "Dead, Right" . . . . . . . . . . . .
An interesting piece of research but I can’t help feeling there is an angle or perhaps an alternative perspective or viewpoint missing . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scientists discover a particular cell/neuron related to learning and memory. When over-activated learning declined and when under-activated learning/memory improved. Could we liken over-activated to stressed and under-activated to relaxation? I think so . . . . . . . . . . .
Whether our brain ageing, makes us feel old or whether feeling old, ages our brain, is not so clear but the advice is, hedging your bets, feel younger and hope that it helps keep your brain young too . . . . . . . . . . .
It seems like the way your brain asses the day ahead, may actually end up fulfilling its own expectations. Maybe the source of, "I just knew that was going to happen" syndrome . . . . . . . . . . .
I remember from the movie, Beyond The Sea (the Bobby Darin story), the part when his career was flagging and he didn't know what to do, when his wife casually remarked, “people hear what they see.” In response, Darin successfully changed his presentation and his career! What are you hearing . . . . . . . . . . .
It is pretty well known that the worst thing to be, when someone has had a bad day at work, is the family cat! Apparently the kids don’t fare too well either . . . . . . . . . . .
I'm a little confused by this research, if only because I thought it was common knowledge that much of the memory consolidation that occurs during sleep, occurs during REM and NonREM phase 2, which occur in cycles and so, are more possibly linked to certain levels of learning . . . . . . . . . .
The way we use phenomes in our self-talk, even our everyday manner of speaking, has a greater and quicker connection with negative words than with positive ones. A survival tactic perhaps, that allows us to assimilate danger (real or false) more quickly . . . . . . . . . . .
While our brain sets about organising our memories as we sleep, the way it does so is contingent on the way it processes our life experience; Hypnosis reorganises our life experience and changes the process of living; in the process . . . . . . . . . . .
Anxiety, as a disorder, and its many types of behaviour are progressive by nature and seemingly store traces of similar memories of separate but similar events . . . . . . . . . . .
A frequent thing that drives people towards hypnotherapy is their unexplainable behaviour, the things they do, that consciously they know they don't want to do, Hypnosis can change all that . . . . . . . . . . .
Scientists, don't you just love em, have proved that you really can judge a banana by its skin and we use that same rationale to make a whole lot of other judgments . . . . . . . . . . .
Because the brain can't tell the difference between real and imagined, the way you think about a problem might not reflect the reality, it might not even reflect the fantasy either . . . . . . . . . . .
I recently, almost by accident, discovered the existence of PGO (ponto-geniculo-occipital) brainwaves, so, it seems too coincidental that this research ends up in my inbox; or is it . . . . . . . . . . .
It is not uncommon for someone to say, regarding anxiety, "for no reason I became anxious!" But there will always be a reason, it just might not be one you are aware of . . . . . . .
Routinely disrupted sleep can alter our 24-hour clock, our body's rhythms, and lead to a whole range of mood disorders, replete with increased anxiety, adding fuel to an already well-lit fire. . . . .
Don't you just love scientists! There is such an uncanny similarity to this research and hypnotherapy. It is the strengthening of unwanted memories that bring the client into therapy and it is the strengthening of wanted memories that help them back to a normal life . . . . . . . . . . . .
I see many clients with life-challenging issues, very often, if not always, it will involve some level of anxiety or stress. Anxiety and stress determine how your subconscious responds to those states and, in turn, determines the scope of your radar detection system, aka; what you look for . . . . . . . . . . .
There is an uncanny similarity to this research and the way I conduct my client sessions, both in the way the past is reviewed and then reframed. After all, the only thing that ever really changes as a result of any therapeutic intervention; is perception . . . . . . . . . . . .
It seems that what you hear and understand (maybe even what you think you hear), the brain then determines what to do, this could merely be to comprehend what is said, or carry out a complex procedure. But what about your internal voice; your self talk . . . . . . . . . .
Are you by nature an anxious person, have you "always" been that way? These are often terms used by clients, to describe themselves. Fundamental truisms, held at the level identity; that, ultimately, become you . . . . . . . . . .
Scientists at the Aalto University discover that emotional experience is felt across the whole brain, as opposed to just the emotional centres, that, perhaps, are merely the switching stations from where the emotionally charged sensory information starts its processing . . . . . . . . . .
Scientists at the University of Zurich discover that sleep, following a traumatic event, can help lessen the effects of the trauma experience. Obviously assuming that you can get to sleep after such an event . . . . . . . . . .
The perfect way to explain the reasons behind why we keep on repeating behaviours we don't want or why some people respond in a variety of ways to the same thing? It seems our brain is capable of learning sameness and difference in a variety of ways!
Scientists are getting closer and closer to understanding basic brain functions, i.e. how and why it does what it does. Most important of those, if only for the purpose of understanding our lives, is memory. In the meantime, we can practice different ways to improve our memory, with speed-of-processing training being mooted as a front runner!
It is often so exciting to see how science mirrors or discovers things that have been known to professional hypnotherapists for many years. After all, the only thing we have to work with, is the clients mind! The mind comes replete with a huge store of hidden talents, not least of which is . . . . . . . . .
Having worked what seems like two lifetimes, with the first one being very hard, both physically and mentally. I see a direct correlation in the research below and how life feels for me at the moment; which is rather nice . . . . . . . . But how is life right now?
Sometimes I look for ways show how scientific findings aptly demonstrate what happens when we apply hypnosis (hypnotherapy) and sometimes, it seems, they look for me (laws of attraction) this study feels like it was made with me in mind. For sure I have found studies like this unusual to find although I am fairly pleased it did . . . . . . . . . but why?
I frequently look for ways to demonstrate the parallel between scientific findings and hypnosis (hypnotherapy) and this one is a good example. The language we use, in the context of oft-repeated words and phrases we use, plays a big role in the emotional states we experience most . . . . . . . what are the words that you use, that are keeping you where you don't want to be?
A marvellous piece of research to help those suffering from PTSD, or any stress related disorder come to that! Hypnotherapy is another mind and brainwave changing modality that is an effective - and also Non-Invasive - method for driving life change and one that has been helping people live better lives for many, many years . . . . . . could hypnotherapy help you?
It is well known that stressed people do not usually perform at their best and the more stressed you become, the less effective you are! However, it would also make sense that if there were no form of discipline or punishment, performance may also be impaired . . . . . . . So what is the answer?
The feelings associated with depression will always be the result of neural processing, a chemical soup that permeates certain brain regions. However, when treating a client, I think it's really important to hear their story because experience tells me that depression is not always the result dysfunctional neural processing. Sometimes life sucks and that can cause chemical malaise that is described as depression . . . . . . .
I guess we are all familiar with the old saying, "practice makes perfect"? Of course, if we do something and mess it up, then it makes more sense that we'd get better at messing it up but somehow we don't; we improve! Researchers at McGill University have made a remarkable discovery that a "single neuron" can be responsible for dynamic change in the way we learn! this process continues until the reality meets the expectation. The take away from this is; to improve brain/body function, learn more new things; change your brain, change your life!
Sometimes certain people seem to lack the ability to visualize in hypnosis, even though I create a visual context, they claim they cannot see or visualize what I am describing. So, it is interesting to put a scientific name to the 'non' picture!
The power of hypnotherapy to reduce chronic, unnecessary, stress is almost universally accepted, sadly though, it is not so universally known! That sounds like an oxymoron if ever I heard one . . . . . . . . ?
Sometimes in life we just don't meet our own expectations, we fall short of the mark. In part it's because of the way the "I want it now" culture has evolved. Credit cards, overdrafts, store cards etc. make it too easy to get out our depth . . . . . for some it can be a life and personality changing experience, but, is it really your fault?
Often when we think of someone with OCD, washing hands, checking doors, switches, gas cookers etc. may come to mind. But have you ever wondered where the roots of this condition come from?
Is hypnotherapy real, can it be felt, can it be proved? It has long been the case that the efficacy of Hypnotherapy is difficult to prove, if only from a scientific perspective, but then so is the existence of God . . . . . . but do we know why?
Given the massive rate of brain (neural) learning taking place in babies and toddlers, it is always encouraging to hear how we can advance our young one's ability to learn. Anyone who has a child will know there's a lot going on in their little minds, even though we may have no idea what it is? So, anything that can assist parents in helping their child's development is worth a mention. It seems that the sooner, and perhaps clearer, we communicate with our young, the better!
I am always looking for ways to better explain hypnosis and, through science, the parallel to what happens in hypnosis is becoming ever more clear and scientists are the ones leading the charge . . . . .
With a consistency akin to that of soft butter, it's hard to think of the brain as being rigid; hard wired but before Donald Hebb, that's exactly what most scientists believed it to be . . . . .
The treatment of anxiety, stress and depressive related disorders has been the focus of my work for many years now. So, it is delightful to publish this post because it confirms many of my observations; which are . . . . .
Could scientists be on the verge of explaining what we call the subconscious? It seems the default mode network takes over when we perform routine tasks, BUT . . . . . . . .
Meditation, as a state of a brain/mind phenomenon, has striking similarities with hypnosis. The main difference, simplistically, is how each state is induced. How can you access these states . . . . .
Having just returned from a month long visit to the UK, I was not looking forward to the usual prolonged effect of jet lag. it seems, apart from being an inconvenience, it could be harmful to health . . . . . . .
This article is interesting, interesting because it gives a better understanding of the role and functioning of the hippocampus . . . . . a very important and valuable scientific milestone. It also should mean quite a bit for the hypnosis community too!
The treatment of anxiety, stress and depressive related disorders has been the focus of my work for many years now. So, it is delightful to publish this post because it confirms many of my observations; which are . . . . .
I guess having a questioning mind, maybe even being a little bit of a nosy parker, may actually be helpful? Although I would assume the motive could play a larger part in that . . . . . .
When it comes to developing good moral values, if you’ve ever been cheated, maligned or abused, you will no doubt value honesty and integrity at tad more than if you had’t. . . . . .
As a general rule, I always look for the potential for stress and/ or anxiety in any presenting issue when I see clients. The rationale being, that stress and anxiety are known to limit or debilitate normal brain function. It is always going to be more difficult to help anyone when their brain isn't firing on all four cylinders! The research below adds a little weight to my treatment philosophy, as well as a clearer picture of the WHY factor . . . . . .
While the markets suffer and the price of commodities fluctuates more than the temperature of an English summer, it seems that one (precious) metal, copper, is proving to be pricelss to who we are and how we develop! Want to find out 12 natural sources of copper for your diet? find them here
This piece of research intrigues me, because, in one way or another, we can most likely all filter out external distractions and the like, at least to a certain extent. But we also know that some of us are way better at the focusing of our attention than others. How about you; can you focus when you need to . . . . . . . . .
Have you ever heard of the 7% - 38% - 55% rule of communication? It is often stated as, that in any communication 7% is communicated by the words, 38% by voice inflection amd 55% by body language; but is this correct?
As we age. and if you're not there yet, good for you, we slowly begin to forget things, the name to the face, our mobile, bus pass etc. So, I hope this research gives you (and me) some effective tools to keep the grey matter grey and the white matter white! perhaps the best bit of advice I have found useful, is not to accept that you cannot remember things but rather, develop an attitude of persistence!
I can't help but wonder if this sheds some light on those who are fickle minded or downright indecisive? It would appear, based on the findings of this study, that they lack flexibility at the individual neuronal level or instability at the network level; maybe even a combination of both? Perhaps the bigger question though, is, were they caused by a lack of neural growth or just a poor life experience?
Mindfulness, described as conscious awareness of each moment in time, the deliberate, wilfull focus on "NOW." The perfect description of hypnosis! The focusing of one's mind on a mindful awareness of an imagined presence of the solution to ons'e issue.
Researchers activate previously dormant memory cells! It is my contention that both the upside and the downside of life, is contingent on memory. The research below seems to confirm my assumption.
Without a doubt anxiety is far more prevalent today than at almost any time in history. Of course one may say, "what about WWII". Well, for the most part that wasn't anxiety, it was fear! Anxiety is more usefully seen as being overly concerned about things that may happen, i.e. it is anticipatory in nature; it's most often about what could happen?
Another threatening virus but mostly those affected aren't even born yet! The Zika virus is a strange one because there are little or no, observable, symptoms in the carrier and that makes it hard to detect. So, for now, all we can rely on is our own vigilance and follow the advice that may keep us safe. Mosquitoes
The immortal words of George Washington, if psychologists are to be believed were themselves a lie, albeit unwittingly. It seems that life would be extremely difficult if we were to tell the truth totally. So, if asked "are you honest" the only honest answer is no! So, what are the psychological ramifications of believing ourselves to be honest, while accepting that this is not totally possible?
Tell a pregnant mother not to drink or smoke during pregnancy and she may look at you in astonishment! But what would she think if you told her not to take antidepressants, perhaps not so easy to swallow if you are clinically depressed?
A very interesting piece of research about our ability to restructure the way the brain functions and one that may possibly have some benefit to those who suffer from anxiety disorders!
As an anxiety specialist I am very aware of the role the amygdala plays in creating and maintaining fear and or anxiety in our everyday lives. So, naturally I found this article both interesting and comforting!
This is both of some concern but also interest, especially if you have just been diagnosed with depression. Depression can be an illness in and of itself, as well as associated with other condtions, e.g. chronic stress, anxiety or even a physical illness. So, it is important to have a proper evaluation, but do most Doctors actually do this?
Have you ever heard a parent, or anyone else for that matter, saying, "little boys don't cry"? Well, the evidence is emerging that such well-intentioned statements could be instrumental in the suppression of emotion in later years. Perhaps what is not so well understood, is that either you learn to express emotion; or it will express you!
It seems if you want your children to have good social and behavioural balance, you need to embrace them your self and preferably before your child is born! Whether elements of these traits are transferred in-vivo is not mentioned but the fact that the foetus experiences the mother's emotions, may suggest its involvement!
I loved the concept of this study, time travel, out of body experiences are as frequently used in hypnosis as adverts are on each episode of Dr Who. Hypnosis is all about using one's innate ability to explore their mind. The object being, to create a sense of an altered reality that takes each client to where they want to be?
We live in a curious world, do we not? One minute a thing is good for you the next it's not; then, again, it is! Well, I do love a good cup of coffee, mind you I mostly have one good strong cup a day. So, having just returned from a month in the UK and still suffering some form of jet lag, I found this article really intriguing and useful, I can now have a short coffee power nap and not eat into my night time sleep!
It sometimes surprises me, how science is so surprised by its findings! Psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Stanley Fisher PhD is a leading figure in what is termed preoperative hypnosis. His basic hypothesis is, that human anaesthetized body cannot tell the difference between the scalpel of a Doctor and the blade of an attacker. Basically, once the body is invaded by a sharp weapon, the muscles contract. The severity of the stress experienced (at the level below conscious awareness) can affect the way the body reacts, heals and the physical appearance of the scar tissue? That is why some scars look like they were inflicted by a butcher than a Dr (no offence Butchers)?
It is good news that researchers have found that being around depressed people, will not harm us. It is even better news for someone suffering from depression because the disappearance of friends can exacerbate one's depression and lead to isolation and loneliness!
A great piece of research, hopefully taking us a little bit closer to a better understanding and a cure for Altheimers Disease; every little helps! These are actual photos taken by the life-blogging app used by people in the study. Participants were later shown these photos while in the fMRI and asked to recall the memories associated with the pictures. Credit: Per Sederberg
Scientists revel in finding a reliable way to predict human emotions through the discovery of a unique brain signature. Hypnotists revel in the way clients respond to active mind management; i.e. the ability to self determine emotion using the power of a positive mindset. That said, a positive mindset is far more that just the presence of positive thinking; it's also about the absence of negative subconscious processing! That much is consequential in and of the teaching and learning!!!
This research poses a potential dilemma, do people with mental illness smoke because of their illness or does smoking, with all its known harmful effects, maintain and or promote the illness, if only to some small degree?
Some interesting news on new ideas about memories, how they are formed, retrieved and restored. It has long been accepted that the process thru which this occurs is thru protein synthesis, Clayton Dickson and his team have other ideas. Keep an ear out for future news but don't hold your breath, these things take time!
Another interesting piece of research, who hasn't experienced seeing something that wasn't there; or not seeing something that was? In fact our eyes can be notoriously unreliable. When we consider that a huge portion of the entire brain relates to the visual field, and associated areas, can we truly say that; "seeing is believing"?
An interesting piece of research, although not that new. It is well known that memory is not that reliable and every time we recall a memory new proteins synthesize relevant, new data, to the memory. E.g. a witness may recall what he read about an incident, rather than what he witnessed. Although he will likely be certain that what he is saying is what he witnessed. Recalled memories are subject to interference and, therefore, can be manipulated, a process called reconsolidation.
It seems that scientists have uncovered the reason why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Whether this will prove to be instrumental in fighting addiction depends largely on the ability to seek a cure for this specific type of gene mutation. The downside may be, though, that either way drug taking may be considered safer!
If you are already in debt, or you are seriously planning to do so, this research may help you! Hang on a minute; did I say seriously planning to do so"? Yes, because there are subconscious processes at work behind most instances of over spending and or debt accumulation!
Whether or not playing around with your children is a precursor to a good sense of humour, I do not know. But what I do know is, people that have humour and fun in their life, generally have a good balance towards life and living and consequentially, less anxiety! The research below will hopefully help parents understand the need for and value of humour for their children to be well balanced in life.
Savoring a beautiful sunset and the positive emotions associated with it can contribute to improved well-being, according to research. But why and how are some people better than others in keeping the feeling alive?
I remember when growing up and eating blackcurrants by the ton, or at least it felt like that after gorging for hours on them. They used to grow wild all over the place, in post-war Britain there was an abundance of cleared bomb sites and we were not that far from a place we called, "the country" where there were acres and acres of fields and forests. Of course, there were lots of other fruits too, but blackcurrants were a particular favourite of mine. What about you?
Who'd have ever thought that our children could be the source of successful conflict management? I guess every one of us have known, or known of a precocious child, or perhaps even a child that appeared way more savvy than their parents! So in one sense this research should not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, the parental benefit was an unexpected but very encouraging side effect!
We have likely all heard the term, "the elastic brain"? It derives from the notion that the brain is capable of expanding, not in its physical size but rather in the capacity and connections. Currently believed to contain approx. 85 billion cells and trillions of synaptic connections, the brain is a remarkable piece of hardware! But that is nothing compared to the software, the "mind", the mind is . . . . .
With an attention to clarity of mind and emotional balance, I have long believed that what we focus on both creates and maintains our mental and emotional states. Are we drawn to things in our outside world that have some prevalence to our inner states?
If ever there was a study that gave a hint of what happens during hypnosis; this is it! Hypnosis quite naturally puts the brain into a peaceful and resting state, therefore, relaxation is merely a side effect of hypnosis, not the state itself!
OK, so being happy in your latter years can help extend both the quality and longevity of life, but what about all those guys that are only half way there?
It should not come as any surprise, at least if we think about it holistically, that the happier we are the more likely we are to live longer. I believe that it is perhaps the relative absence of stress that is the larger factor in having a happy life experience.
I guess at times we all have some difficulty in making eye contact with certain people? So I found it interesting to note a link between personality and eye contact, avoidance and neurosis!
A solid case for improving our moral code and we become nicer people too! It seems that high levels of moral reasoning correspond with increased grey matter in brain!
If we ever needed a good reason to treat depression it is this! People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease.
Has anyone ever said to you, "you are so predictable"? Well, that's simply because it is true! But you are not alone as it seems that our personality really does make us predictable. Perhaps even reliable too!
What was once a dream, is now a reality. The use of technology and the mind at the cutting edge of a new life and new hope for disabled people.
Although not strictly seen as meditation, hypnosis is every bit a form of meditation as any other. Empirically speaking hypnosis allows us to focus more acutely at both the conscious and subconscious levels. The outcome is observable behaviour change in line with the clients wishes, e.g. to stop smoking, lose weight, to experience more calm and relaxation (thus reducing or eliminating stress andanxiety).
For anyone that has ever suffered from depression, they will be well aware of how horrible it feels and how meaningless life appears. However, what they may not know is what other risks there are! So, I thought this research is worth sharing. . . .
Psychologists have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance. The study involved examination of memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Once the learning phase was over, the participants were tested to determine how much information they could remember. About half of the participants were then allowed to sleep, while the others watched a DVD. After that, the participants were re-tested and those who had taken a nap were shown to have retained substantially more word pairs in memory than the participants in the control group who had watched a DVD.
Are we overlooking the value of online forums in favour of the ever growing and popular social networking sites, e.g. facebook and twitter? Perhaps a more focused online experience will prove to be more beneficial to our overall well being; or will it?
An interesting study that identifies an interesting parallel between the accuracy of the sensory awareness of self. In that the more accurate your brain/body awareness, the better your experience of self and reality is likely to be!
Having had a family history, as well as a personal experience of depression, I guess gives me some insight into what it feels like, that said, depression is a very subjective experience! From a therapeutic perspective talking therapy has a long history of effectively helping sufferers, so any corroborative research can only help in an understanding of the treatment regimes and their effectiveness!
It has long been my contention, from a therapeutic perspective, that calm, peace and relaxation are at the core of our existence. Meaning, the more calm peaceful and relaxed we are; the more effective we become. In addition to that, we find the essence of self. I believe it is the absence of such inner peace that makes us seek this through other means, e.g. drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling etc.
For years people have been arguing about the validity, if not the efficacy of placebo; e.g. does it really work! Well here is another interesting example of how the mind takes every opportunity to protect itself. I guess the real logic to this study is: If you are in the proximity of someone who is sick; it makes sense to rev up your protective system. What do you think?
While it is likely the debate over the efficacy of supplements will go on for a long time, there is a growing awareness of the health benefits assciated wit fish oil, most specifically Omega 3'. Now for some more of the scientific front in this debate
Human emotion perception is a natural function, perhaps what is not so natural is when we think too much or reflect on what we think we observe. I often flinch when I hear people give a body language diagnostic, which in many cases is totally way off the mark! So, perhaps relying on intuition is the better choice? However, the extent to which intuition has been eroded in this largely cognitive world we live in; is another subject entirely???
Good news for anyone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease is on the horizon. A debilitating disease, caused through a reduction in dopamine production in a part of the brain called substantia nigra (Pars Compactum), a part of the basal ganglia. This part of the brain, among other things, controls the regulation of fine motor movement; hence the jerky movement and tremors associated with Parkinson’s.
In Honour of Lee Kuan Yew - The Epitome of Character, Integrity. Our Lion Heart
How much attention do you really pay to the everyday things you see? Apparently we think our memory is better than it actually is!
Whilst we balance the need to be cautious of the dangers associated with too much sun, we also need to be mindful of the benefits of our daily dose of sunshine! Like anything in life; the secret to success is in balance!
In a world where all we hear daily, is that X number of people have died fighting a war or other armed conflict, it was so nice to hear this refreshing news! Apparently we, in general, are getting fed up with wars!!! Having seen the devastating effect WWII had on my own father, I'm longing for the day when wars end - Hope you are too?
The sweet sound of music really does awaken parts of your brain that enhance learning, which means that when we listen to music, we aren’t just simply processing sound, like background noise or the sound of a car engine. Music is more meaningful to our brains than just any sound: It's repetitive, melodious, organized.
Trust is such an important part of living a happy and productive life and the loss of trust necessarily will have an impact on the way we live and experience life. Perhaps this is even more important to those who feel they have been dumped; abandoned by society; people they trusted in. . . . .
I guess with the benefit of a little alcohol a mirror has often given us the aesthetic edge as if by magic a transformation has taken place there before our eyes. Of course in the cold light of day, the illusion fades and we are confronted with our reality! But. . . . . .
Evidence has emerged that the perception of the mother, in relationship to her environment during pregnancy, can dramatically impact the intelligence potential of her child.
Every once in a while a real Gem appears about the efficacy of Hypnosis. In this particular article about IBS
The BBC report on the findings of a top Dr. in gastroenterology; Dr Roland Valori of the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the UK.