Still not sure if believing in something can have a real effect? Where's your faith man !!!!
So I explain to my clients how changing how they think and what they believe about themselves can have a major beneficial effect on how they feel and behave.
And in the beginning it's all just words as they listen attentively whilst nursing a whole heap of natural scepticism and reserve. Sure they engage in an 'I'm happy to go along with you for the moment' kind of half smile, and thats the best most creative starting point for this kind of work, because when things do start to change for the better it can seem like they've hurdled the highest, tallest most incredibly designed skyscraper in one giant leap.
I know I can bang on about the mind body connection, how science every day is proving all the way down to cellular level that thinking something affects the way those self same cells behave……….but hey!! this is a hypnotherapy blog, what do you think I want to talk about??
Sorry, do I seem a little tense? Well the builder just drilled into a water pipe, water has engulfed the downstairs loo, the water now turned off, the new tiles have had to be removed and the plumber said he'd be here in a jiffy…….2 hours ago! And not having the gift of precognition the kettle is empty. Now I can 'que sera, que sera' the antics of builders and plumbers but an empty kettle with no prospect of tea too soon is flicking on one very frayed nerve end.
Diatribe aside I just read a compact totally simple and straightforward study which illustrates this mind body connection beautifully. It's all about a group of moderate asthmatics.
Moderate referring to their asthma not their politics lol!
So everyone knows asthma is a chronic lung disease characterised by inflammation and the narrowing of the airways and lots of people who suffer with it find that air pollutants can bring on an attack.
The researchers exposed the asthmatics to a rose smelling odourant for 15 minutes. The odourant was completely safe with no irritant elements at all.
Before exposure, half the group were told that the odour may have therapeutic properties, while the other half were told that the odour could cause mild respiratory issues.
The team found that the participants who were told that exposure could be harmful rated the odour as being more irritating, compared with those who were told it could be therapeutic.
Furthermore, participants who believed the odour could cause harm experienced immediate airway inflammation, and to the team's surprise, this inflammation remained 24 hours later. No such inflammation was found among participants who believed the odour may be therapeutic.
The report concluded that
"It's not just what you smell, but also what you think you smell. Asthmatics often are anxious about scents and fragrances. When we expect that an odour is harmful, our bodies react as if that odour is indeed harmful."
So real symptoms caused by belief…..
…..Which basically means you get what you expect.