If a bit of tech plays up, what do you do?
Assuming mucking around with the settings doesn’t fix it, the next step is clear:
You turn it off and on again.
It’s amazing how often this works. I’m not an expert in technology, but it suggests to me many tech problems come in the same pattern.
Some process misbehaves.
It either changes something it shouldn’t or it keeps going when it should stop.
Turning it off stops that process.
Turning it on again gets everything running as it should.
Maybe I’m misinterpreting what really happens in this situations. But what really tickles my fancy about this idea is how well it applies to humans.
We run a process – some thought, behaviour, habit or belief – that works well in one situation.
Then we apply that process to where it doesn’t belong.
For example, phobias. Fear is a wonderful response to danger – it, more than anything else, will keep you alive and safe. But when you run that process on something harmless, it leads to problems.
Or we run that thought in a loop, long after it should have ended.
For example, it’s common (although not great) to get angry when someone cuts you off in traffic. That anger is generally useful – when someone crosses the line, anger helps you re-establish boundaries.
But anger isn’t useful in this situation – there’s nothing you can do about it. Flipping them off won’t change their behaviour in the future.
(So this is like the first example – running a process where it doesn’t belong.)
But even if you disagree with me and think anger is useful here…
What’s not useful is fixating on it.
If the bad driver did their bad driving on your morning commute, there’s no point thinking about it over your coffee break.
Let alone for the rest of the day.
Or even longer.
The “useful” process never completed – which, by the way, is common with abstract anger. It’s hard to get resolution against “that other driver, whoever they are”. Or “the economy”, “society”, “the wrong political party” or any nameless, faceless entity.
Another reason why road rage doesn’t help you.
With no resolution, the loop doesn’t have the chance to end so, like a program running amok, it chews up computational resources for no reason.
The solution for both of these is the same as with technology:
Turn your conscious mind off and on again.
That’s why a good night’s sleep can help.
But it doesn’t always. Besides, it’s not always practical.
That’s where hypnosis helps.
A deep hypnotic trance can be just like sleeping, only in a fraction of the time and you remember what happens.
A few minutes – or even just a few moments, with practice – can stop these kinds of problematic loops and get your mind back in order.
There’s a reason why I call one of my offer the Neural Reset…
Speaking of, feel free to sign up for one. If you’d like to experience the rare and sublime freedom of shutting down unwanted thoughts, then head on over here: