Category: Hypnosis

Trust versus Status: Hypnotising the Mammalian Brain

Trust versus Status: Hypnotising the Mammalian Brain

In the triune model, the reptilian brain (the basal ganglia) makes up the physical core of the human brain. Layered around that is the later-to-evolve mammalian cortices. Since hypnosis influences the subject’s entire mind, it pays to know how the mammalian brain (the limbic…

Why Hypnotists Should Learn Neuroscience

Why Hypnotists Should Learn Neuroscience

Hypnosis is an ancient practice that spans the globe. Neuroscience is a recent field. For a lot of our history, we didn’t even know what the brain did. Until recently, the only way to examine a living brain was to study people with head…

Fear versus Safety: Hypnotising the Reptilian Brain

Fear versus Safety: Hypnotising the Reptilian Brain

The triune model divides the human brain into reptilian, mammalian and human components. The theory is that as we grew smarter over our evolutionary history, we bolted on new structures to the brain. As such, all mammals have a simpler, more reptilian brain at…

Trigger Epiphanies with Unconscious Thinking

Trigger Epiphanies with Unconscious Thinking

You might have a goal. Whether it’s securing a promotion, finding true love or changing the world, your days are easier when you follow your purpose. But that doesn’t mean that every day is easy. You can, and will, still get stuck. Knowing your…

Bite the Hand That Feeds You

When you follow your dreams, one thing is certain: the life you used to live is over. Your future doesn’t fit the pattern that it used to. Everything becomes fresh, which is another way of saying that everything is uncertain. Uncertainty is great. Chaos…

Break your programming

You’re programmed. Don’t even think you aren’t. As a social creature, you’ve absorbed a crazy amount of nonsense from your environment. Some of that nonsense is useful, like the idea that it’s safe to cross when a blinking, human-shaped light appears on the other…

Staying in the zone

People often complain about not having enough time. Whether it’s getting out of going to the gym or abandoning treasured dreams, it’s a popular excuse. I sympathise, even though they’re lying. Time? You have plenty of time – more than you know what to…

Use Questions to Find Your Purpose

There’s a question – a class of questions, really – that clarifies your life’s goals. They sound trivial, but don’t judge them. Judging uses the wrong part of your brain for this exercise. In the right context, these questions can trigger new ideas that…

How the best brain exercises work

There’s a guy named Michael. He likes to socialise, go for walks and spend time in his garden. He also enjoys solving crosswords (in pen) and doesn’t own a GPS. Who is this gentleman? He sounds old-fashioned – is he from the 1920s? Or…

Don’t define success (do this instead)

With social media, you have no excuse for not knowing what people think. Head to a favourite platform, punch in a few words and see what happens. You can see what people ask the most, what questions other people think matter… really, there’s not…

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