Learn Self-Hypnosis and Become Your Own Therapist
I’ve written an e-book teaching you how to do self-hypnosis to eliminate bad habits. Here are the introduction and the first chapter in the next paragraph. If you would like to read the rest of the e-book you can purchase it on Fiverr.com for $5.00 It includes specific instructions on how to write and tape hypnosis scripts and also contains a link to an audio tape of a session that is representative of what you can do yourself at home.
The purpose of this short book is to teach you a specific way to use self hypnosis to eliminate negative habits and replace them with positive ones. Before I present my approach to self- hypnosis (the one I use to keep my mind and body on an even keel) it’s important to have an idea about what habits are and where they come from.
It’s also helpful to know something about hypnosis. So, before we get to the chapters that give you specific instructions about how to actually experience self- hypnosis it will be helpful for you to read the chapters explaining what hypnosis is, how it works and how you can use it to improve your life.
Some people will skip all of this and head right to the self-hypnosis instruction. There’s nothing to keep you from doing that too, but if you do my guess is one of your negative habits might have something to do with putting the cart before the horse. This usually results in not following through on the original plan (in this case, learning how to effectively use self hypnosis to eliminate negative habits and form new positive ones).
I encourage you to take the few minutes needed to read and understand how habits are formed and how hypnosis works to overcome them. If you do, I know you’ll have a much better experience and positive results with the self hypnosis instructions.
What Habits Are And How They Are Developed
Habits are behaviors that develop as a result of learning over time, (although in cases of extreme stress or danger they can develop almost instantly) and tend to occur without conscious thought.
According to a statement made by Dr. Milton Erickson in one of his seminars (Life Reframing in Hypnosis….Ernest L. Rossie PhD. copyright 1985, pg.21) the majority of habits are based on habitual patterns of response and not symptoms of any deep traumatic experience.
You might be thinking about now; aren’t all habits bad? Quite the contrary; any thought pattern or behavior can become a habit if repeated enough over time. Many of the habits we’ve developed are very helpful and positive.
Take a minute to identify some of the many positive things you do every day that you don’t really think about, you just do them. You probably don’t even realize the number of things you do on a daily basis that have become habits that save time and allow you to do more than one thing at a time.
In the case of so called “bad habits” the behavior usually develops over a period of time and ends up occurring in response to some outside stimulus or internal emotion. For example, many people over-eat in response to stress or some other emotion. The over-eating isn’t a conscious choice; it’s a behavior that’s developed over time as a way to deal with an unpleasant situation or emotion.
There are too many examples to mention here but since you’re reading this e-book my guess is you probably have a few habits of your own that you’re ready to get rid of but just don’t know how. Since the habit or habits you want to eliminate have developed over time you’re probably not aware of where they started even though you might be desperate to overcome them.
Frequently performed behaviors, whether they’re actual physical actions or thought patterns, eventually become hard wired in the brain. Once that happens the body is in charge, not the conscious thought processes of the mind, and a habit is formed. These types of behaviors take very little or no conscious thought.
In some respects this is helpful because many of the necessary actions we go through every day have become habits. If we hadn’t developed them we would have to consciously think of every word we wanted to say or every movement we wanted to make. Imagine having to think, step by step, how to tie your shoe laces or go through all of the actions necessary to drive a car.
Thought patterns can also become habitual and in many ways may be some of the most self destructive habit patterns a person can have. We normally go about our daily lives taking in information from our senses (sight, hearing, the kinesthetic senses such as touch and pain perception, taste and smell) and make decisions based on what those senses tell us. These decisions are based on thoughts we have about that sensory information. When we’re consciously aware of these thoughts we have the ability to choose our behavior.
However, when our thoughts about certain information we’ve received from our sensory organs become habituated they are no longer available to our conscious mind and we act in the same way every time, unaware that we have other behavioral choices in those circumstances.
If those habitual thought patters happen to be healthy, constructive, and adaptive in a positive way for our benefit all is good and well. Often times though, we develop habitual patterns of thought that create problems for us and others that impact our lives in a negative way. One example would be a person who always says yes when asked to do something for others even though they don’t have the time, really don’t want to do it or even know how to do it. We all have thought patterns that occur subconsciously and keep us from improving our lives.
There are other, more complicated aspects of habit formation having to do with brain function and neurochemistry but for the purposes of this article the most important thing to know is that habits are learned responses and therefore can be unlearned or replaced with more adaptive and positive behaviors. The key is to learn what to do to eliminate unwanted habits and replace them with new responses.
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