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The Amazing Power Of Visualization Therapy

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Despite the name of this therapy – ‘VISUALIZATION ‘ – it involves not just the visual sense, but can also make use of the other four senses (touching, tasting, hearing, smelling).

The therapy involves USING and DEVELOPING our IMAGINATION. It is called ‘visualization’ only because most people find it easiest to imagine SEEING IMAGES IN THEIR MIND’S EYE, compared to using the other senses imaginatively (although this is not true of everyone, of course).

INTERNAL STIMULI VERSUS EXTERNAL STIMULI :

Because this therapy makes use of our power of imagination, it relies on internally generated stimuli as opposed to externally generated stimuli. In this context, we can define these terms in the following manner:

internally generated stimuli : something that we imagine happening to us

externally generated stimuli : something that actually does happen to us

SIMILARITIES IN OUR EMOTIONAL AND BIOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO THESE TWO TYPES OF STIMULI :

VISUALIZATION THERAPY can be so powerfully effective because the way we humans respond to vividly imagined events can closely mimic the way in which we would respond, both emotionally and biologically, if the imagined event were actually happening.

I present some examples below:

1) FEAR:

If we intensely fear something that might happen to us, it can feel as bad to us as it would if the feared event actually did happen to us, or, quite possibly, worse. For example, people who commit crimes often describe living in fear of the police knocking on their door ; this can force them to live in such a protracted state of anxiety, with its myriad mental and physical symptoms, that it actually comes as a relief  when they finally are arrested.

2) PLACEBO EFFECT:

If a person is given a ‘dummy’ pill, but believes it to be the real thing (eg they are told that the dummy pill is a highly effective headache cure), then the fake pill can be as effective at reducing the symptoms of the headache as the genuine medication. The BELIEF that the pill is real causes the brain to respond in the same way as it would have done to the real tablet.

3) HYPNOSIS:

I remember learning about an impressive study on the power of hypnosis when I was studying for my first degree in psychology at the University of London.

The study demonstrated that if people who have an allergy to a particular plant leaf are hypnotised, close their eyes and are told that the back of their hand is being rubbed with the plant leaf to which they are allergic (when, in fact, it is, in reality, a plant leaf which is completely harmless to the hypnotised individual) some will develop an allergic reaction ( a rash) all the same.

This is because the power of their (erroneous) belief causes their brains/minds/bodies to respond identically to the harmless leaf as they would have done to the harmful leaf.

4) THE FAMOUS EXAMPLE OF THE SUB- FOUR MINUTE MILE:

Before Roger Bannister, nobody had run a sub-four minute mile and it was widely believed to be beyond man’s physiological capabilities. However, Roger Banister used visualization as part of his training regime and repeatedly saw himself, in his MIND’S EYE, achieving this so far elusive goal.

After he succeeded in running the mile in under four minutes, many other runners also did so soon afterwards. This is because, it is theorised, after Roger Bannister’s achievement there was a change in top runners’ mindsets: previously they had believed running a mile in under 4 minutes was impossible, but now they believed it was possible.

Changing their beliefs changed their performance. They had overcome a self-imposed psychological barrier.

5) VISUALIZATION IN RUGBY:

Johnny Wilkinson, the England rugby star, used visualization when taking his kicks : he imagined a coke can placed on the other side of the goal posts which he had to hit.

 

RESOURCES:

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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

 

 

Dealing With Emotional Abuse : The Emotional Insulation Technique

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Just because we are now adults, it does not necessarily follow that we will be completely free of emotional abuse by our parent, perhaps because s/he suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD), narcissism or some other disorder of personality.

This is especially true if our relationship with our parent is still operating according to a parent-child dynamic because it has become ‘stuck’ at this stage due to its dysfunctionality.

THE EMOTIONAL INSULATION STRATEGY :

The EMOTIONAL INSULATION STRATEGY involves creating a mental ‘barrier’ to protect ourselves from the potentially devastating effects of our parent’s psychological assaults on us. By putting up this ‘barrier’, it reduces the chances that our parent will be able to manipulate us and hurt us.

Before I describe the technique, it is worth giving a word of warning : it is important to remember that we should not use the technique indiscriminately (i.e. in situations with people other than our parent who are not prone to being psychologically abusive) as this would have the undesirable effect of limiting our ability to empathize with such people.

Below I give some suggestions about how to ‘build’ an emotional ‘barrier’ and thereby achieve emotional insulation. However, the particular strategy that you personally employ should be determined by what you feel works best for you :

STEP ONE – THE USE OF VISUALIZATION :

The first step is to use VISUALIZATION to ‘construct’ a barrier that will serve to protect you from anything threatening from ‘outside’ (e.g. a parent’s verbal abuse). Types of barriers that people mentally construct often include, for example :

– a wall of mirrors which reflect back onto the abuser what is being said

– a thick, concrete wall

– bullet proof glass

– a force field

– a large, steel shield

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, and you may well have other ideas which you think will work better for you

STEP TWO : PRACTICING VISUALIZING THE BARRIER :

To use this strategy effectively, it is very helpful to invest some time practicing the visualization technique you are going to use prior to when you think you will need it. This is because, simply, the more you practice it the easier and more effective the technique will be for you.

NB You are more likely to be able to use this technique effectively if you incorporate detail into the image you choose to visualize, such as its shape, colour, texture etc.

It is also very helpful to imagine the image of the barrier (and ‘put it in place’) just before the start of your interaction with the difficult parent as it is more difficult to initiate the strategy in the middle of a conversation which is becoming/has already become unpleasant.

RESOURCES :

 

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UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONAL ABUSE  (FOCUSONTHEFAMILY.COM)

 

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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)

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