As the year turns over and resolutions are set, just about every body makes a resolution to have a better life in the new year. Of course, most people find themselves struggling to maintain the momentum after that initial burst of enthusiasm fades away.
If this is you, don't worry. That's normal.
Answer me this though: what if there were methods that could bolster our commitment and significantly increase the likelihood of sticking to our resolutions? What if there were actually an approach to break down your goals into manageable steps and reinforce the behaviors you need to be successful...that actually worked?
Hypnosis, often misunderstood and misconceived, has emerged in research as a powerfully effective tool for facilitating lasting behavioral changes and goal achievement.
Forgive the psych degree in me...but I'm going to get a little nerdy in this post as we delve into the realm of hypnosis and explore proven methods supported by peer-reviewed evidence that can aid in sustaining New Year's resolutions for the long term.
Understanding Hypnosis and Behavioral Change
Deliberately using hypnosis involves inducing a state of heightened suggestibility and a change in state of consciousness, allowing you to access your unconscious mind more readily. Contrary to popular belief, it's not about losing control or being unconscious; rather, it's a state of deep focus and increased receptivity to positive suggestions.
Research published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis suggests that many resolutions fail because people lose sight of the value their resolutions bring to their lives in response to habit or immediate feedback. For example, the resolution to eat healthier can easily disappear when you habitually order a late night fast food dish and have the food in front of you.
Habit and Immediate temptation > a distant unreinforced resolution.
This is what we call Salience" in psychology. Salience is basically what carries the most powerful neural load or is the most emotional striking and attention getting something is and in terms of your neural energy use...deliberately keeping something salient is extremely taxing. This is why your brain creates habits...to avoid expending the energy salient decisions require.
Hypnotherapy for Habit Modification
Studies in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology have highlighted the efficacy of hypnotherapy in habit modification. Hypnotherapy involves working with a trained professional like myself to address underlying psychological factors, such as emotional memories, contributing to habitual patterns.
The vast majority of the work I now do with Memory Reconsolidation Hypnotherapy (MRHT) has demonstrated well over 95% positive outcome versus unassisted attempts at goal adherence. MRHT is so incredibly successful specifically because it targets the conscious and unconscious factors affecting behavior and experience and selectively increases or eliminates their saliency.
In short, MRHT removes the junk emotional material that holds you back and strengthens the material that assists you. This approach with hypnosis has shown incredible results in achieving lasting changes and resolution adherence. The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis showcases studies indicating that this approach can enhance the effectiveness of traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and traditional hypnotherapy.
By integrating MRHT into traditional hypnotherapy sessions, you can delve deeper into unconscious motivations, beliefs, and emotions, thereby reinforcing positive behaviors and reshaping thought patterns that hold you back from your goals.
MRHT offers distinct pathways to immediately access the your unconscious mind, enabling you to reframe beliefs, habits, and behaviors in the manner you feel is most productive. So, as you embark on your journey towards fulfilling your resolutions, don't forget to book your first session with me to get the new year off on the right foot. Remember, determination, persistence and consistent practice are key components of any successful behavioral change.
Happy New Year! I'll see you in 2024!