Hypnosis, belief and expectation opens the mind to accept Suggestion
on 02 April 2019

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. . . . 

If you don't use your mind, your brain will use you!

Hypnotherapy, helps you to create the perfect conditions that will bring about the changes you want. And while there will most definitely be changes in the way your brain and mind function, the thing that changes the most (albeit you will be totally unaware of it, while it is happening) is perception. You will, however, be aware of the outcome of that change. The changes that occur reorganise the way various brain systems, that are implicated with life's difficulty, ultimately express themselves. As an example, one of the largest perceptions could be the perceptions that change as a consequence of quitting smoking. The standard perception is, that it is highly addictive and 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 another real issue, e.g. low self-esteem, confidence, poor sense of worth or just too much stress. The irony in that, is that smokers often say, "it helps me to relax!" however, it actually does the opposite, at least to our mental and cognitive function. This making our perceived saviour, our nemesis!

Placing all this aside, this research is a real gem, a gem because it proves that the power of the mind, though suggestion alone, can negate the brain systems that allowed a smoker to remain trapped within a destructive cycle of behaviour. One that was based on a false or erroneous premise, aka fake news! Hypnotherapy, delivered by a well trained clinical hypnotist, can do the same for almost any mental or psychological condition that is treatable, and there is a lot of life's conditions that fall into that category. And that is because, to varying degrees, the way the brain works is pretty much universal, albeit the difference in brain output, is consequential of the way each individual brain is wired from birth. The way each brain is wired is a complicated mix of genetics and environmental exposure and how the brain analyses and files that information away in our memories. More or less, the things that lead to mental and emotional malaise rely on the same mental and emotional illogic which is at the root of our subconscious and subsequently, most mental and 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 reward-based learning pathways. Nicotine instructs 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 behaviours," 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 behaviour change in addiction."

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