Research

Understanding your potential

👉 I am always interested in research around neuroscience, hypnosis and development.  Feel free to check out the links to papers and literature which are mentioned in this article and others that I have found fascinating. I have added them all to an online bookmark service (click link below)

Your personality & beliefs shape you

👉Everyone has to some degree a belief about themselves. Maybe it’s that they’re not good enough, or that they just cant speak in front of people.

👉 Often these beliefs are accepted completely and this causes that person to behave and act according to the belief.

👉 We do know that there are five big personality traits:
1) Openness to experience
2) Conscientiousness,
3) Extraversion
4) Agreeableness
5) Neuroticism

You can change personality traits

👉 There is often a variety in regards to how much of each one a person has however it makes us who we are.

👉 Yet something very exciting has happened because for a long time the advice that we all followed was that you can’t change who you are and you need to accept it.

👉 So if your dream was to run your own successful business or land a senior executive role the thought of being in the spotlight or being good enough to do that could have put you off completely. 

👉 Maybe you’ve even gone to pick a role where you don’t have to interact with people much, be in the spotlight, network or be under pressure.

Rapid change can happen

👉 In an analysis of 207 studies, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, a team of six researchers found that personality can and does change, and by a lot, with a therapists help.

👉 The review found that three months of therapy lowered neuroticism “by about half the amount you might expect to see over 30 to 40 years of adulthood,” as science writer Stephanie Pappas explains it.

Confidence is not a fixed attribute

👉Many people just don’t like being in the spotlight because they find it draining or they have a fear of speaking in pubic, presenting or just being visible. Not everyone has a lack of confidence however some people do and they may doubt their ability to stand up in front of people, communicate effectively because they believe that it’s not available now (and never will be).

👉 Well to quote Stephanie below,

“Another personality trait, extraversion, also showed significant, though smaller, changes after psychological interventions. The type of therapy used didn’t seem to matter, the researchers reported Jan. 5 in the journal Psychological Bulletin, though psychotherapy was associated with slightly larger changes in personality than drug therapies alone.”

👉 While there is still more research to be done. It does show promising results that therapy can massively impact on a person’s personality.

Hypnosis changes the neural connections in your mind

👉 To put things in perspective, by scanning the brains of subjects while they were hypnotised, researchers at the School of Medicine at Stanford were able to see the neural changes associated with hypnosis.

👉 Dr. David Spiegel one of the researchers was quoted as saying,

“Hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with the brush of dangling watches and purple capes,” said Spiegel, who holds the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professorship in Medicine. “In fact, it’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.”

👉Spiegel and his colleagues discovered three hallmarks of the brain under hypnosis. Each change was seen only in the highly hypnotizable group and only while they were undergoing hypnosis.

👉 One of these hallmarks suggested that anxiety, phobias, PTSD effects were lessened in the patients who were hypnotised.

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