Monday, 30 March 2015

More Hypnosis Quotes: Top 30 Hypnosis Quotes

The above link has proved one of the most popular on this blog, so here are rated the top 30 hypnosis quotes by

1. “Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.” – Charles Fort
2. “A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection,  not an invitation for hypnosis.” – Umberto Uno
3. “The mind is powerful, and you have more control than you think.” – Scott D. Lewis
4. “Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind.” – New York Times
5. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” – William James
6. “Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them…” – Psychology Today
7. “You really can hypnotize people in everyday situations. Quickly and easily. Without them knowing what’s going on. While they’re fully awake… yet… under your hypnotic spell. Instantly obedient. Ready, willing and able to do as you say.” – Igor Ledochowski
8. “All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.” – Orison Swett Marden
9. “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napoleon Hill
10. “Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.” – New Scientist
11. “Persuasion is often more effectual than force.” –Aesop
12. “I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.” –  Themistocles
13. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” Albert Einstein
14. “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford
15. “I should have done it years ago. It’s amazing I didn’t even want cigarettes anymore.” –Matt Damon on his experience with hypnosis
16. “The covert hypnosis techniques I developed needed to work quickly at the unconscious level. And they did. I easily gained control, commanded attention and compelled compliance from anyone.” – Igor Ledochowski
17. “In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.” –  Aristotle
18. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar
19. “When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.” – Abraham Lincoln
20. “Studies show that people who combine diet and exercise with hypnosis lose more weight than they do with diet and exercise alone.” – Allure
21. “The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.” –Phaedrus
22. “It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control.” –Oprah Winfrey
23. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
24. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch
25. “He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens.” – Carl Jung
26. “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” – Robert E. Lee
27. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” – Charles Darwin
28. “Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.” –Benjamin Disraeli
29. “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” – Winston Churchill
30. “It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t used hypnosis successfully, everything from quitting smoking to IBS.” – Good Morning America

Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

How to Procrastinate

For too long I’ve sat idly by while the good name of procrastination is dragged through the muck. For the sake of getting things done we’re advised to banish, kill, and avoid procrastination without any acknowledgment of the good it’s done.

We owe procrastination. Big time. It’s responsible for our best ideas and busiest hours. Used effectively, procrastination is a powerful motivator and source of inspiration.

Structured Procrastination
Productive procrastination falls into two categories, structured and unstructured. With structured procrastination (via pmarca, via via 43F) you use the desire to avoid an important task as motivation to crank out dozens others. Anything to postpone what you really need to do, right?

Whenever I need to avoid something important, I turn to a few tasks that rarely get the attention they deserve.
  • Get Organized – There’s no better way to feel productive while avoiding the inevitable than organizing your home or work space. Without procrastination my desk would be perpetually cluttered and the dishes would never get done.
  • Network – Have a bunch of contacts you should really touch base with but don’t have the time? Procrastination is a great opportunity to politely reply to nonessential email. Taking the time to stay in touch with people pays dividends in the long-run.
  • Plan Ahead – The only thing better than actually doing something is thinking/talking about doing something. Take the time to identify, record, and schedule all your tasks, obviously leaving the most important for last.
  • Odds and Ends – Procrastination is the best time to find closure for everything that’s on your mind. Use it as an excuse to investigate and resolve issues that have been nagging you.
  • Meetings – If you’re not going to be productive, you might as well take other people down with you.
  • Errands – Need to schedule a dentist appointment? How about that oil change? Procrastination is capable of making the most tedious and trivial errands appealing.
  • Get Up To Date – Have a bunch of dull reports and memos you should probably read? They’re starting to look a lot more interesting.
  • Assist Others – If you’re not going to do your own work, you can at least deliver on the help you promised your colleague last week.
  • Unstructured Procrastination

Structured procrastination is a great way to keep busy, but sometimes that doesn’t cut it. When you’d rather not do anything work related, unstructured procrastination is the way to go. It might seem like laziness, but what’s wrong with that?

Unstructured procrastination is essential for recharging creative energy and allowing the unconscious mind to work on difficult problems. These are 6 productive ways to avoid work completely.

  • Go to Lunch – You need to eat, might as well do it now so you can’t use it as an excuse later.
  • Exercise – Same as lunch, with the added benefit of increased alertness.
  • Take a Walk – A casual walk is a great way to unburden your mind and allow great ideas to come to you.
  • Relax – If you feel a strong desire to procrastinate, there’s probably a reason behind it. Relax ation is important for a healthy productive lifestyle, why not do it now when you can’t get anything else done?
  • Come Up With a Great Idea – This one can’t exactly be completed on demand, but studies have shown that entrepreneurs and other creative people tend to get their best ideas during down time.
  • Read a Good Book – If you’d rather not think for yourself, you might as well absorb the great ideas someone else took the trouble to record.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

A Genetic Link to Leadership

A specific DNA sequence has been significantly associated with the likelihood that an individual is linked with a leadership position, according to a study, published in Leadership Quarterly.

The study by an international research team used a large twin sample and estimated that a quarter of observed variation in leadership behaviour between individuals can be explained by inherited genes. The rearchers included participants from University College London (UCL), Harvard, NYU, and the University of California.

Lead author Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL School of Public Policy) said:

"We have identified a genotype, called rs4950, which appears to be associated with the passing of leadership ability down through generations. The conventional wisdom - that leadership is a skill - remains largely true, but we show it is also, in part, a genetic trait."

The researchers analyzed compared genetic samples from about 4,000 individuals in two large-scale US samples in the United States, available through the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) and the Framingham Heart Study. These studies included information about jobs and relationships and leadership behaviour was triggered by occupation of supervisory roles in the workplace. The analysis found a significant association between rs4950 and leadership in both surveys.

Achieving a leadership position depends largely on the development of skills but the findings showed that inheriting the leadership trait can also play an important role.

According to Jan-Emmanuel De Neve: "As recent as last August, Professor John Antonakis, who is known for his work on leadership, posed the question: 'is there a specific leadership gene?'

"This study allows us to answer yes - to an extent. Although leadership should still be thought of predominantly as a skill to be developed, genetics - in particular the rs4950 genotype - can also play a significant role in predicting who is more likely to occupy leadership roles."

Noting that we need to know more about influences such as an individual's learning environment in the development of leadership, Dr De Neve observed:

"Our work also draws attention to the ethical issues surrounding the use of genetic tests for leadership selection and assessment, and that we should seriously consider expanding current protections against genetic discrimination in the labour market. Our main suggestion for practice is that this research may help in the identification of specific environmental factors that can help in the development of leadership skills.

"If we really want to understand leadership and its effect on organizational, institutional, economic and political outcomes, we must study both nature and nurture," he added.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Hypnotherapy for Stage Fright

There is an old saw that “speaking in front of others” is the second most terrifying thing a person has to do in his or her life. If it is the second, then what is the first? Some say death, and some say burning alive. What is it about performing that would make it almost as frightening as dying by fire?

For the majority of the population, it is hard to imagine standing in front of an audience without feeling one’s throat go dry, knees become weak and wobbly, and the stomach churn. Whether at work, in school or in a large performance hall, stage fright can take such a firm hold on people, that they can become temporarily immobilized and unable to respond. For many, the very thought of even having to offer their name in a group, or to make a brief announcement is so overwhelming that they will do anything possible to avoid being in such a situation. In many cases, performance fear can affect some people’s normal and necessary activities to such an extent that they are unable to succeed in the work they have been given to do.

The fact that the greater part of our population experiences being in front of a group, or having everyone’s eyes upon them, as terrifying, should not be surprising. After all, most of us have experienced the stress of having to perform “properly” from the time we entered school and had to correctly answer the teacher’s questions in front of all of our peers. Just the strain of having to “get it right,” suffering the responses of our teacher, or even our classmates, is often enough to make most people nervous about being “in front’ for the rest of their lives.

There are other causes of performance phobias that can stay with people for the rest of their lives:

? Repressed severe stress that can surface in the form of irrational fear, typical, for instance, of people on a job where there is a lot of pressure to succeed, or at home, where a family member tries hard to please.

? Another person’s reactions to having to perform before others may inadvertently serve as a role model.

? More than one negative experience many have built up fear to the point that just the anticipation of being in a performance situation can cause a phobic response.

? A seemingly unrelated issue may be involved, in which the inability to speak before the public without terror may be a symbol of the inability to speak up for oneself in other life situations.

? Continuous ridicule, depreciation, or dissatisfaction, especially by a parent, can lower a person’s self esteem to the point where they believe they have nothing worthwhile to say, or that whatever they say may be “wrong”. A painful emotional experience in the past can produce an unreasonable fear of the same or similar situation either at a conscious or subconscious level.

This leads us to the question of what to do about it. Telling oneself to simply “get over it” doesn’t work. And, for many people, just doing it more often does not lessen the fear. Such a fear can seem impossible to unlock, or even to understand. However, the competent hypnotherapist can help trace the majority of such performance phobias, and help the client release them forever.

Working at the subconscious level, where the fear has “hooked in”, is the most effective and quickest way to help a person through any fear, even if at a phobic stage. Hypnosis can do what will power alone cannot. Hypnosis can help a person achieve the relaxed, focused, and receptive state of mind that is necessary to change the negative programming that lies in the levels of the mind that we call the “unconscious” or “subconscious” self.

The problem with surmounting stage fright is that the conscious mind can come up with many justifications to support it. It can argue, however irrationally, that the fear is a real thing, and that one is quite powerless to change it. But hypnotherapy side steps that. In a sports metaphor, it is like a football player who makes an end-run around the other team’s guards in order to score a touchdown. The hypnotist makes an “end run’ around the conscious mind’s objections. By doing so, the client is more receptive to helpful suggestions and to accessing his or her own inner resources.

Often just giving suggestions that calms a person and encourages self confidence in performing situations is all it takes to help a conquer this fear. By “reprogramming” one’s subconscious mind, stage fright can be laid aside, and the client is freed to “step into the spotlight” with far more confidence. What you think becomes what you now can do, instead of what you did before.

Also, a trained hypnotherapist can act as a guide to help a person identify the specific event or person that caused the fear, and to sever its emotional ties. In a hypnotized stage of mind, the person confronts the fear, yet feels it now as a non-threatening experience. Once a “demon” is unmasked, it no longer has power.

Hypnosis is a remarkably effective tool for helping people conquer all kinds of fears and anxieties, not just stage fright. It can expose the root of one’s fear. The anxiety diminishes because the fear has been brought out of the dark of the past, into the light of the present. Releasing the fear and desensitizing one’s reactions brings the psyche back into balance. Once worked through in the subconscious mind, the conscious mind can take it and accept this new “memory.”

By Del Hunter Morrill, M.S.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Will Heavy Drinking Cause Forgetfulness?

Charles F. Zorumski, head of the department of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, answers:

It is indeed possible for a person to get intoxicated and not remember what she or he did. This state is called a “blackout” or, more precisely, a “memory blackout.” During a blackout a person is intoxicated but awake and interacting with the environment in seemingly meaningful ways, such as holding a conversation or driving a car. After the period of intoxication, usually the next day, the person has no or, at best, vague recall for events that occurred while inebriated. At times, being in this state can have disastrous consequences, such as waking up in an unknown or unsafe place, losing personal possessions or participating in risky behaviors.

On the neural level, a blackout is a period of anterograde amnesia. That is, a person's ability to form new memories becomes impaired. Although a person does not lose previously learned information, he or she may also find it more difficult to recall certain facts while intoxicated. Yet once a person sobers up, his or her memory and ability to learn new information are not permanently affected.

How alcohol, or ethanol, produces a memory blackout is not completely understood. It is clear, however, that alcohol can impair a process in brain cells called long-term potentiation (LTP), a cellular mechanism thought to underlie memory formation, particularly in the hippocampus.

The amount of alcohol required to impair LTP and learning, and potentially cause a blackout, can vary. Important factors include the type and amount of alcohol consumed—high-potency drinks are worse—and the rate at which alcohol is consumed, with rapid consumption being more problematic. These factors affect how quickly alcohol levels rise in the brain and impair memory formation.

In our studies in rodents, blocking LTP in the hippocampus requires dangerously high concentrations of alcohol, about three times the level necessary to get a person drunk. It is important to note, however, that drugs other than alcohol can affect LTP. And when combined with alcohol, these drugs can cause blackouts at lower concentrations of alcohol. Common sedatives such as the benzodiazepines Xanax and Valium and drugs that act similarly on the brain, including the popular sleeping aid Ambien, can even induce a blackout on their own.

Given the dangers associated with blackouts, the best strategy to avoid having one is to abstain from heavy consumption and from combining alcohol with other neuroactive drugs.

Eleine Ng, Singapore

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

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