The subconscious mind is most
definitely a creature of habit. Its natural function is to
find repeated patterns and follow them automatically. That
is why practice makes perfect. It is how we learn to do all
the things we no longer need to consciously think about,
like breathing, walking, speaking a native language or more
deliberately learned skills like riding a bicycle, swimming
or playing a musical instrument.
The brain is structured such that every
experience triggers a pattern of energetic bursts connecting
chains of brain cells (neurons) along connecting neural
pathways. A new experience means a new neural pathway is
created, and when the behaviour or thought is repeated often
enough, the first step is soon enough for the subconscious
to take over and the rest of the pattern happens
automatically. Rather like a well-trodden path through a
grassy field, it becomes the obvious way to go.
Of course, the pathway itself is not the
reason for the journey. The destination is what matters, and
this is frequently a desired feeling. The pathway might be
nail biting, the destination a feeling of comfort. The
pathway might be a cigarette, the destination perhaps a
relaxing moment away from the desk.
The art of the therapist is to preserve the
destination - the good feeling - but to programme a
different route through the grassy field, so the original
path becomes "grown over" with disuse and a new, less
harmful behaviour replaces the original one. This can be a
simple gesture or a different way of accessing the desired
feeling; installed hypnotically and
using NLP to rapidly replace the old
If you want to know more about how this
could benefit you, you can contact
me using this link.
The current pandemic
situation is difficult for everyone, but especially
those already suffering from anxiety issues. I want
to continue to help as much as I can.
Social distancing guidelines
now mean that I am unable to offer face to face
therapy for the next few weeks, but I haven't gone
away totally. If you need to call to talk to someone
please don't hesitate to do so. In some cases it may
be possible to arrange therapy sessions by Skype,
FaceTime or similar.
I'm here to help.