Hypnosis, belief, expectation and Suggestion it's all in the mind
on 11 October 2018

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 . . . 

How you see it, is how it is!

In therapy, including hypnotherapy, the only thing that ever changes, is perception and it that change which reorganises the way the various brain systems, that are implicated with the difficulty, express themselves. Perhaps one of the largest perceptions that change in quitting smoking, is that it is highly addictive, some feel it is an impossible mountain to climb. Despite that, thousands of people have quit, effortlessly, using hypnosis! Sometimes they quit without even the slightest mention of cigarettes, simply because, for them, smoking wasn't the issue, merely the identifiable component of the real issue.

However, that aside, this piece of research is a gem, a gem because it proves that the power of the mind, though suggestion alone, can override brain systems that hitherto allowed someone to remain trapped within a cycle of behaviour, that was based on a false or erroneous premise! Hypnotherapy can do the same for almost any condition that is treatable. That is so because, to varying degrees, the same mental and emotional illogic is at the root of most psychological conditions.

Hypnotherapy stands out as one of the most effective strategic life management methods there is, especially in its ability to redesign the way our deeper mind encodes beliefs. The many behaviours that make life challenging are often a result of dysfunctional neurotransmission in and across the brain. It is important to consider first dealing with any stress and anxiety, which are almost always present in many disorders that I treat, then to deal with the underlying issues, So it makes perfect sense to use a methodology that addresses the subconscious mind's role in perpetuating these conditions. If you would like to address any concerns you have in this direction, or, if you just want to make your life feel better,  then why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation? Hypnosis gives you the ability to have a good life!

The objective here is to help people understand how and why we become illogically trapped into irrational emotional experiences that may actually be happening for reasons different to that which we would imagine! If you want to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you; why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation?

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The Research:

Scientists have discovered that what you believe can regulate the effects of nicotine in our brain. Two identical cigarettes led to this new discovery. The study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were du[ped into believing their cigarettes contained no nicotine. This discovery goes way beyond the placebo effect, said, researchers.

"Our research group has begun to show that beliefs are as powerful a physical influence on the brain as neuro-active drugs," said Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and lead author of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nicotine has formidable effects throughout the brain, especially in the reward-based learning pathways. Nicotine teaches the brain that smoking leads to reward. Once the brain learns that correlation, the addictive chemical cycle is difficult to break. In this study, scientists tracked the brain responses using functional magnetic resonance imaging. "We suspected that we would be able to see neural signals based on the subjects' belief rather than their actual nicotine intake," said Montague, who is also a professor of physics in Virginia Tech's College of Science. After smoking cigarettes, volunteers played a reward-based learning game while their brains were scanned. The subjects viewed a historical stock price graph, made an investment, and repeated the cycle multiple times.

Researchers used computational models of learning signals thought to be generated by the brain during these kinds of tasks. In each subject, the individually tracked signals were specifically influenced by beliefs about nicotine. Montague and his team found that the people who believed they had smoked nicotine cigarettes made different choices and had different neural signals than the other participants, despite the fact that both groups had consumed the same substance.

The scientists also found people who believed they had smoked nicotine had significantly higher activity in their reward-learning pathways. Those who did not believe they had smoked nicotine did not exhibit those same signals. "It was the belief alone that modulated activity in the learning pathway," Montague said. "This goes beyond the placebo effect." Multiple studies support the placebo effect, showing sham treatments can improve a patient's condition simply because the person believed it would be helpful. In the current study, however, researchers found belief alone could actually erase or enhance the effects of nicotine in participants who were under the influence of the active drug.

The study was featured in an editorial commentary by Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The current findings extend the relevance of dopamine-guided learning processes to the experience of how drug intoxication influences the way the human brain works and orchestrates our behaviors," Volkow wrote in the commentary. Volkow suggested previously shrouded mechanisms behind beliefs and learned responses could be manipulated as a target for new addiction treatments. "Nothing is more convincing than how a drug can make you feel differently," Montague said. "A drug can induce a belief state, which itself causes the change." Scientists might be able to harness this belief system, capable of inducing physiological changes, to reverse-engineer addiction. "Just as drugs micromanage the belief state," Montague said, "maybe we can micromanage beliefs to better effect behavior change in addiction."

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