How it works, part 3 (Using Your Imagination)

How it works, part 3 (Using Your Imagination)

It won’t ‘tell’ you what to do (or eat, or say, or wear, or feel!)

Now close your eyes again (not right now… keep reading!)

Think about something wonderful. It doesn’t have to be real. Think about it in great detail, concentrate hard and keep adding details.

What did you think about? Did you win the lottery? Did you meet the partner of your dreams? Were you magically the perfect size? 

The point here is that what I imagine, isn’t what you imagine. What makes me happy, doesn’t make you happy.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapists will hardly ever use direct suggestion because we understand the neuroscience of problem-solving. If we can get you out of that primitive part of the brain that is busy running away from lions, and up into the intellectual part of your brain, then you will come up with useful, personal ideas that will move you in the right direction.

A great example of this is in weight management. Lots of people come to me because they’ve heard hypnotherapy can help them to lose weight. It can, but not in a magic, clock waving “you’ll believe that chocolate cake tastes horrible” kind of way. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists understand that our brains have a neuro-plasticity (we learn stuff, grow new bits and get rid of old bits throughout our lives) so although you may go right off chocolate cake for a week or two, your brain will re-learn that actually, it’s delicious.

Instead, we’ll help you deal with the stress/anxiety/anger/depression that is keeping your brain telling you to ‘fuel up’ because the danger is coming. We’ll keep you out of that emotional primitive part of your brain that doesn’t understand the biscuit aisle, and allow you to use that intellectual mind that comes up with your own solutions. One client might get a fit bit, another might start a fasting diet, another might prepare food in advance so they’re not tempted to snack, it’s personal and meaningful to them. 


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