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Sample Course Notes

Sample From Module Three

This module teaches you about the doctrine of 'cause and effect' and also shows you how to deal easily with some of the occasional complications that might sometimes arise.

 

From Page 92:
Conflict...
...Anxiety stems from a conflict of interests in the psyche. Put simply, you consciously want to do something that your subconscious mind 'believes' that you should not or cannot do. Subconscious will do its level best to get its own way and usually wins, eventually...no, that's not right - it always wins, one way or another. To this end, it creates a symptom or set of symptoms, which, when designed to stop you from doing what you consciously want, will hit you precisely where it can be most effective. Here are some examples of what work-related issues might very easily produce:

  • The singer/lecturer loses his voice.
  • The chef develops dermatitis on his hands.
  • The veterinary surgeon becomes allergic to animal fur/hair.
  • The landscape gardener becomes agoraphobic.
  • The coal-miner becomes claustrophobic.
  • Sometimes, it may be more subtle and take the form of an apparent accidental event or unforeseeable circumstance that will affect the occasion:
  • The bride-to-be develops a huge and unsightly boil on her nose.
  • The candidate in a swimming race gets cramp.
  • The individual due to take a dance exam falls down the stairs.
  • Somebody due to speak at a function develops a sore throat.
  • The one taking a music exam damages his hand.


In all these cases, the event could have continued but the subconscious is assured that the individual will not be at his best. They have an excuse to fall back on lest they discharge themselves less than honourably.

At other times it will apparently be a response pattern that seems to somehow be 'in tune' with the emotional conflict created, so that a situation, repeated, will always produce the same reaction. Some of these are:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Feeling cold.
  • Hyperventilation/adrenaline rush/palpitation.
  • Stutters and other speech problems.


Most of that last group of symptoms are concerned with the need of the autonomic nervous system to ensure that the motor muscles have the maximum available amount of energy available for fight or flight. Diarrhoea and vomiting get rid of undigested food and waste - digestion takes energy and if it is abandoned, the blood flow to the gut can be redirected to the muscles; hyperventilation is nothing more than air being taken on board to provide the muscles with oxygen; the adrenaline gives a 'kick start' to the process; the body feels cold when the circulation is used for motor action instead of retaining normal body tissue heat; a dry mouth is a secondary symptom of fear, as is stuttering and other speech difficulties - they are not related to any specific function but are rather indirect symptoms, 'by-products' if you like, of anxiety.

From Page 97:
Fear is probably the most powerful emotional response of any living creature, since it is essential for, and responsible for, the very act of survival (of the individual) itself. It even overrides the sexual (survival of the species) response in the human animal; the male, even in the last few seconds before ejaculation, will abandon sexual activity in the presence of a perceived threat - indeed, he would have little choice, because the workings of the autonomic system would ensure it was impossible to continue anyway.

It is for this reason that stress or anxiety - dilute forms of fear - in the psyche can severely inhibit sexuality, in particular the erectile response in the male and the lubrication, or readiness response, in the female. Both will also be inclined to suffer a general lowering of the libido with a corresponding decrease in sexual drive.

Now, this creates a special problem all of its own, because one of the greatest contributing agents to anxiety is impaired sexual response! This may be because there is a subconscious knowledge that the sufferer is not able to fulfil a basic human necessity - replenishment of the species - and is therefore of no particular use to the species...and when an individual is of no use, he may be discarded. This reaction is in the subconscious and it is likely that if you explained it to somebody suffering any form of sexual dysfunction, you would get a short sharp retort!

From Page 102:
There are (other) therapists who work with such conditions as AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Neurological illness and all forms of cancer, including leukaemia. Others, notably one Ernest Rossi, continually research into the mind/body connection and how to effectively use it for emotional and physical health. Such work is beyond the scope of all but the most experienced and skilled hypnotherapists. So what, exactly, can the 'average' therapist do? How good do you have to be? And how do you do it? The answers to those questions, respectively, are: plenty, good, and effectively!

What can you do?

Now to that first question - what can the 'average' therapist actually DO? Well, again it depends on your level of qualification and training, of course. At the level this course takes you to, you can deal with just about everything in that group one classification at the beginning of this lesson, plus help with habits like smoking and nail-biting. You will also be able to cope with many of the group two problems and although you will have certain limitations (Unless you are studying in our classroom environment, you would be unlikely to be very successful, long term, with group three difficulties) there will be many times when you might help somebody who would not take himself anywhere near a professional therapist's consulting room. It would not normally be necessary to discover the underlying cause of the anxiety to be effective here, though whatever help you give may only last for a relatively short time - fine for somebody who just wants a bit of help to deal with a 'one-off' situation, or to get started on a new pattern of behaviour.

You will deal with those things via the simple process of hypnotic induction and direct suggestion - that is, during the hypnotic state, you will give your client the suggestion, suitably worded, that next time he has to deal with whatever it is that is causing him difficulty, it is going to be so easy that he will begin to wonder if it ever was truly a problem in the first place...so easy, in fact, that he starts to become an inspiration to others.

Yes, it DOES work!

You can learn those necessary skills and how to use them well and extremely wisely...but it is when you have some years of experience and success in helping others, years in which you have continued to study and learn, that you might begin to truly believe that you are among the best. At that level, if you have conducted yourself conscientiously and professionally, there should be few, if any, situations that you cannot be effective with (provided, of course, it is one which hypnosis/hypnotherapy can help with). Even those group three difficulties will give way to your attentions where lesser therapists might make no progress worthy of noting.

With diligence and continual study, you will have acquired a grasp of some of the most powerful techniques that exist to help create change, and may very well be beginning to specialise in one of those techniques. It is highly likely that you will be able to deal with complex issues like multiple personality disorder, prolonged sexual abuse, paedophilia, alcohol abuse, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, self-destructive urges, to name just a few of the severe psychological difficulties that can wreck peoples' lives.

It is from this group of practitioners that the next Virtuoso, the next innovative originator of new techniques, will come... Will it be you?

From Page 129:
Complications

Every therapist, whether s/he is a full-time Professional or a part-time practitioner who deals only with helping people to quit smoking, will encounter the odd complication, usually in the form of the resistant, or 'awkward' client. In reality, there are not many truly 'awkward' clients (why would they bother to consult you just to be difficult?) but there are some who can make you feel awkward. And there are others whose level of fear renders them resistant to your administrations - though they certainly do not recognise this fact for themselves, most of the time.

The 'Will to Power'

Some of the time, the apparent awkwardness or resistance is an exhibition of that 'will to power' I mentioned earlier, a determination or need to be in control of everything around them at all times - including you and the therapy you are offering. It is a deep psychological process that is at work here and it is not aimed at you, the therapist, though it will certainly feel like it! This individual believes she is not safe unless she can 'call the shots' wherever they are, though, once again, it may very well feel like nothing of the sort to the individual herself. This type of personality will usually protest vigorously if anybody suggests that they always seek to be in control, and attempt to rationalise it in some way: "I just like to know where I stand, that's all," is quite a common example. Here some examples of the 'Will to Power' in operation, with suitable therapist responses given in Italics:

  • "I can only come on Wednesday afternoons at 3 o'clock."
  • "That's a shame. I don't have that appointment slot free for another five weeks... shall I book you for then?"
  • "I only have lunchtimes free."
  • "That's a shame. I don't do lunchtime appointments."
  • "I can't come every week like you say I'll need to."
  • "OK. When you're able to, let me know."
  • "I have to go abroad for a couple of months in four weeks' time."
  • "All right. We'll wait 'til you come back and do it then."
  • "I'm moving out of the area in four weeks' time."
  • "All right. Shall I find you a therapist in that area, so that you can start your therapy as soon as you've moved?"
  • "I may need to cancel at short notice."
  • "All right. Confirm as soon as you know it's ok. In the meantime, I'll do my best to keep it open until I hear from you."


Some individuals will quite blatantly try to control the session, insisting that they must have 'it' done differently from everybody else or that they are above 'all that nonsense' or similar. When this happens, there is really only one good response, and that is to POLITELY say something like: "OK. Well, thanks for popping in. Would you like me to find a different therapist for you, or will you do that yourself?" Make sure that you are polite but firm; you run your practice in the way that you have been taught. The client has come to you asking for help - not to teach you a new technique. Explain that you do what you do and that is only what you do. Most of the time, the conversation that ensues from this sort of 'collision' will result in a suddenly well-behaved client!

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