The Human Mind – How does it all work?
Sigmund Freud compared the mind to an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg above the water represents the conscious mind. The largest part, the part under the water, represents the subconscious. It’s analogy, but it makes sense. What we see above the water (the conscious mind) it’s just the tip of the iceberg! (Remember which part of the iceberg sunk the Titanic? Exactly!)
Lets take a closer look at the conscious and the subconscious mind. While there is some overlap, the two function in very different ways.
The conscious mind is easy to understand. In fact, you’re using it right now. It’s your “waking” mind. It can only handle 2000 bits of information a second, it handles about 2-4% of your perception and behaviour and holds about 17% of our brain mass. It’s able to deal with between 5-9 ideas or experiences at a time.
Your subconscious mind on the other hand, it’s a totally different ball game! It can handle 400 billion bits of information per second, handles 96-98% of your perception and behaviour and holds 83% of your brain mass! It is like a huge memory bank, its main role is to store and retrieve data. It permanently stores everything : all your habits of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. It has memorized all your comfort zones (for a reason!) and it works to keep you in them.
Many processes in the brain occur automatically and without involvement of our conscious mind. This prevents our mind from being overloaded by simple routine tasks. But when it comes to decisions, we tend to assume they are made by our conscious mind. Well, this will probably surprise you but (according to few studies*, not just me): most decisions you make every day are made with the subconscious mind. In fact your subconscious decided something up to 10 seconds before your conscious mind “made” that decision. The decision about staying in bed longer this morning, rather than going for a run? Your subconscious decided up to 10 sec before you “made” that decision. The remaining part of the chocolate? Subconscious again, not you. How about “your” decision about eating the second helping of the cheesecake? Nope, not you…subconscious again…
No wonder than that is not easy to change our behaviour and habits, since as you now know they are stored in our subconscious mind.
(*To find out more about these studies contact me and I’ll point you to them).
This is where hypnosis comes in (because change is hard when your subconscious is holding you back).
We all go through hypnosis several times each day, without even knowing it. Have you ever daydream while driving and didn’t know how you got home? Have you been absorbed in a book or become engrossed in a movie to the exclusion of everything around you? Of course you did! Presto, you’ve experienced hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply tapping into exactly that state while you are awake.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not “mind control” or a form of sleep. It is a relaxed yet focused state of awareness. It is a totally natural state of selective, focused attention. During hypnosis, nature’s inbuilt programming state, you (not the hypnotherapist) can take deliberate control of your subconscious mind to change limiting beliefs and fix unhelpful patterns.
Hypnosis: The Easy, Natural Way to Permanent Weight Loss
Hypnotherapy is an incredibly effective tool that can help you with:
- weight loss
- sugar addiction
- end bad habits
- self esteem
- and much more…
How many session do you need?
For the best results I suggest 3 sessions:
- 1st initial consultation with nutritional program and weight loss hypnosis (2 h)
- 2nd consultation where we fine tune the nutrition plus weight loss hypnosis (1.5 h)
- follow up with weight loss hypnosis (1 h)
Because there are many more uses of hypnotherapy, I can also help you with:
- stop smoking
- stress management
- public speaking
- phobias and fears
- self esteem
- pain control
- sport performance
- and more…
In most cases 1-2 sessions are enough.