A seed with good intentions never discovers the incredible inner strength used for its transformation into a beautiful plant, unless it is fiercely challenged by several stressors like sunlight, heat, wind and rain.
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How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (by Dr Claire Jack, April 2020),
Usually, when we think about our brain, we are thinking about the Central Nervous System (CNS), which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. However, it’s also useful to consider the role of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). … the CNS and the ENS are very closely connected by the vagus nerve which runs from the base of the brain, through the neck, and into the stomach, reaching all the way to the gut. Research into the brain-gut axis has shown that stress can inhibit the signals sent through the vagus nerve and cause gastrointestinal problems, such as IBS.
Using imagery and positive suggestion, research has shown that hypnotherapy can reduce hypersensitivity in the gut and positively affect motor function. More recent research has also shown that hypnotherapy can help people to identify and modify the negative emotional responses which are causing or exacerbating their IBS. By experiencing, under hypnosis, the effects of this helpful emotional response, and by following up the work done during sessions with self-hypnosis and relaxation, people have experienced improvement in their IBS symptoms.
The polyvagal theory provides us with an understanding of three neural circuits that support different types of behaviour 1. social engagement behaviours in safe environments 2. fight or flight mobilisation behaviours 3. a shutting down, a second level of defence.
Dr. Stephen Porges
Models of personality types have evolved significantly from the original Jungian Psychological Types to the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) enhancements and more recently to the Big Five personality traits. Based on the latter, one can take a personality test online at:
I’ve taken the test a while ago and my result was an INFJ-A (i.e. Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging – Advocate). Let me know of your result if you decide to give it go.
Jung, C. G. (1971). Psychological Types, Collected Works of C.G. Jung. Volume 6, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press
Rothmann, S., Coetzer, E. P. (2003). The big five personality dimensions and job performance. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 29. DOI: 10.4102/sajip.v29i1.88
Goldberg, L. R. (1993). The structure of phenotypic personality traits. American Psychologist, 48 (1): 26–34. DOI: 10.1037/0003-066x.48.1.26
“It’s so easy to re-write your brain”
Dr Bruce Lipton
According to Transactional Analysis (TA), people adopt one of the four life positions shown below. The life position is an integral part of a person’s life script and games are played repeatedly that reinforce the position. Which one would you think is your life position? Can you recognise the life position of some of the people around you?
Doctors have the Hippocratic oath but what would an oath for psychotherapists be like? The ‘American Psychotherapy Association’ has put together the following Psychotherapist’s Oath:
I must first do no harm.
I will promote healing and well-being in my clients and place the client’s and public’s interests above my own at all times.
I will respect the integrity of the persons with whom I am working, and I will remain objective in my relationships with clients and will act with integrity in dealing with other professionals.
I will provide only those services for which I have had the appropriate training and experience and will keep my technical competency at the highest level in order to uphold professional standards of practice.
I will not violate the physical boundaries of the client and will always provide a safe and trusting haven for healing.
I will defend the profession against unjust criticism and defend colleagues against unjust actions.
I will seek to improve and expand my knowledge through continuing education and training.
I will refrain from any conduct that would reflect adversely upon the best interest of my professional association and its ethical standards of practice.
We are what we think. All that we are, arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
We are generally afraid to become that which we can only glimpse in our most perfect moments. We enjoy and thrill to the godlike possibilities we see in ourselves. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe and fear before these same possibilities.
Abraham Maslow (Psychologist, best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs towards self-actualisation)