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How do you explain the unconscious mind?

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I like to be able to explain to people how our mind works and the best way to do that is often to use examples...

So, using the example of speaking to a smoker who wished to become a non smoker, I would explain to them... The brain is, very simply divided into two separate parts – the left brain which deals with logical thought, is the part that is critical and deals with most of our daily decision making process – it is the conscious part of our mind.

The other part of our brain – the right brain – becomes more creative as we relax and is responsible for all our memories, feelings, emotions and creativity – it is the unconscious part of our mind.

There isn’t normally a lot of communication between the left and right halves of our brain - for example – your left brain knows all the good reasons why you shouldn’t smoke – but your right brain has the feeling that you want to smoke.

One of the rules of psychology is that, where the left and right brain are in conflict – the right brain nearly always wins. That’s why simply deciding to stop smoking may not be enough – it is like telling someone experiencing a panic attack – not to worry. Logical thought simply doesn’t  get through in our normal waking state – to the right – unconscious brain where our feelings are – does that make sense?

If I say to you – tomorrow you’re not going to smoke anymore – the little voice in your left brain will say to “So that’s what he thinks – the idiot!!” or words to that effect. Whereas if instead I lead you into a pleasant relaxed state of hypnosis and I turn the statement into a positive form – like – “As from now you’re a non-smoker and really enjoying being a non-smoker” – its really saying the same thing but is much more readily accepted by your whole brain.

By working with you on the positives we can really help all of you to see and understand that what you want is the best for you. Both parts of you really want to achieve the same thing and give you the best in your life that you can have.

 

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