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Because there is a symbol or word called "bad," many people make the subconscious assumption there is something that exists in the real world called "badness." It does not. "Badness" cannot be tasted, touched, weighted or measured, it is an abstract concept.
Man is the only animal that makes war on members of his own species in the name of such abstract concepts as "justice" and "patriotism," or in the defense of political and economic philosophies. The ape and lion will fight ferociously to defend their property rights, but only if his territory is in immediate danger of attack. On the other hand, one needs WORDS to convince people who live half a world away to fight for a territory they cannot see and with which they are not directly concerned. Only through language can man be convinced to leave his home and family in order to defend, not the mountains, plains and waterways of his country, but the principles for which that country stands.
Very few of us are aware of the degree to which we are controlled by the words we use and hear. We become conditioned to respond in set ways to some words so that our responses to them are completely predictable. Mr. Jones will never vote for a "democrat" no matter how untrustworthy the other candidates may be. Mr. Smith always disapproves of strikes and strikers, without bothering to find out if a particular strike is justified or not. Mr. Thompson sympathizes with all strikers because he hates all bosses.
Our prejudices are fixed reactions that are triggered by words we have been conditioned to respond to in set ways. Mr. Smith fears and distrusts all people that are called "Catholics." Mr. Jones is a Catholic; he fears and distrusts all non-Catholics. Mr. Wilson is such a rabid republican that when L. B. Johnson was president, he not only disliked the Democratic President but also his wife, children and dogs. Mr. Miller, a rabid democrat, gave up golf during the Eisenhower administration (he resumed it after Kennedy took up the game). Such people treat all democrats, republicans, bosses, and strikers as if they were all the same -- they are not. As well as seeing the similarities between things it is also important to realize that there are differences and that no two thing are ever exactly alike. Ham and eggs (Ritz Hotel) are not ham and eggs (Joe's Bar and Grill). Private enterprise (Bill's Garage) is not private enterprise (General Motors). Wendell Johnson summed it up when he said. "To a mouse, cheese is cheese -- that's why mousetraps work.
"Words have meaning far beyond the meanings given to them in the most extensive dictionary. Therefore, they have no "general meaning," in spite of the dictionary. We are interested in words as they affect us subconsciously; affect our nervous system and our entire body.
When you are not feeling too well, or when you think you might be ill, you are apt to say to yourself, "I am sick." Simple words, aren't they? However, their power can drive people into the depth of despair and disease. As soon as you say, "I am sick," your nervous system relays the message to your entire body, which responds with a letdown. This letdown may first be felt as a lethargy or depression, and if you feel this way, you can imagine what is happening to the cells and organs of your body. They too get depressed. That is, their normal function is interfered with, and when this happens, the individual is on the road to true illness or a more serious ailment than he or she ought to have. What you believe, what you think, more than you realize, actually is so -- or soon can be. Our own words can make us well or sick, a failure or a success. What is the difference between the man that has failed in business three times and says, "I am a failure," and the man that says, "I have failed three times?" The difference is that between self-destruction and sanity.
|The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.|
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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