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Successful living starts with a picture held in your imagination -- a picture of what you want to be and of what you want to accomplish. Decide how you want to act, then picture yourself acting and feeling that way. Dwell upon those ideas -- keep going over them in your mind and new habit patterns will begin to form. Once the habit patterns are established, the desired result will occur automatically without conscious effort.
RULE V -HABIT PATTERNS CAN BE FORMED WITH AUTO-SUGGESTIONS
Words, whether spoken or unspoken, are symbols that convey certain images and thoughts to the mind through previous associations. When we think the word "HOT," for example, an image immediately comes to mind relating to some experience of being hot, of being burned by something hot, or of a hot object. Once a word becomes associated with a specific image (object or action), the word alone then becomes a signal to the mind representative of that image and can act to elicit the same responses that the image itself would evoke. Kimball Young once said, "words are an expansion and creation of total reality." Through the use of words, in the form of autosuggestions, we are able to create "real" situations corresponding to the goals we seek to achieve. Repetitious use of autosuggestions then act to form new patterns of behavior.
Because repeated use of words and thoughts can act to form new habit patterns, we must be careful in our everyday life to repeat words and thoughts that result in productive responses and avoid negative words and thoughts that evoke destructive responses. It is also important to realize that when someone else says something it becomes your thought for the moment. Therefore it is equally important to avoid situations in which you are continually exposed to negative words, negative thoughts, and negative goals.
You will be given specific rules for structuring positive autosuggestions (see Rules for Structuring Autosuggestions) and you will learn how to effectively administer these suggestions in a scientific manner (see Rules for Administering Autosuggestions).
RULE VI - ATTITUDES/ HABITS ARE BEST LEARNED/CHANGED WITHOUT EFFORT
Out currently held beliefs, whether good or bad, true or false, were formed without effort, with no sense of strain, and without the exercise of "will power." Habit patterns whether good or bad are formed in the same way.
The late Dr. Knight Dunlap made a life long study of habits and learning processes. His findings revealed that effort was the one big deterrent to either breaking a bad habit or forming a new one. In many cases, effort to change an undesirable habit may actually serve to reinforce the habit. His studies proved that the best way to break a bad habit is to form a clear mental image of the desired end result, and to practice without effort toward reaching that goal. Instead of trying hard by conscious effort and "iron-jaw" will power to change undesirable habits, simply let yourself relax, mentally picture yourself as you want to be and allow the new habit patterns to form automatically. Once the new habit pattern has started, it will automatically strengthen itself with each repetition and each successful performance.
RULE VII -ONCE ESTABLISHED, PATTERNS TEND TO REMAIN UNTIL REPLACED WITH A NEW PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR
Starting at birth, and from then on, every individual is continually exposed to a variety of situations requiring some degree of adaptive behavior. Similar situations occurring repeatedly soon begin to establish certain conditioned responses. Once this happens, each repeated occurrence serves to reinforce the responses, until they become so strongly established that we are unable to exercise much voluntary control over them. If all habits, attitudes and emotions were beneficial there would be no problems. Unfortunately, often they are not.
To change a habit pattern, we begin by forming new conditioned response patterns for the habit situation. We then practice the new responses, using techniques found here (Self-Hypnosis Center's Home Page), until they become so strongly associated with the habit situation that a new pattern of behavior is formed. A person with stage fright, for example, can easily learn to associate feeling of confidence, poise and success with situations requiring his performance in front of an audience. As the new response pattern becomes stronger with each repetition, the old responses are permanently replaced.
RULE VIII -HABIT PATTERNS CAN BE FORMED WITHOUT REPETITION
Many reflexes are present at birth and others are acquired through repeated experiences. However, reflexes and behavior patterns can be formed from a single experience. When any strong emotion is present there is an intense focusing of mental activity and undesirable reflex responses may develop accidentally. For example, a child who is barked at, chased or bitten by a dog rapidly learns to fear dogs. Only one such encounter may cause the child to subsequently fear all dogs, even harmless pictures of dogs.
A similar condition of focused mental activity can be brought about intentionally to form desirable behavior patterns with little or no repetition. The process occurs most easily when the body is completely relaxed and all competing or conflicting thoughts and ideas are held to a minimum. Carefully structured auto-suggestions and mental imagery can be used during this time to rapidly develop new habit patterns.
|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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