Many people continue to make decisions by drawing a vertical line on a page titled
Pros and Cons.
Personally, I never thought it was a good way to choose a decision. There is always more “cons” and, for that matter, more “pros” to be found. It is a matter of belief and a lot of the times, a matter of desire.
Imagine choosing a wife/husband this way. She/he might not fit into the perfect “pro” profile, yet we are uncontrollably drawn to marry them. The job description we are considering may fit all “pros” that we can imagine, yet, going for it “turns out gut.” Coming to a point in your life when you want to kn ow what to do next, pros and cons can’t help finding satisfaction with your own decision.
What is the right decision to make?
Recently I came by a research of hypnogogic states only to reignite my passion about the usefulness of hypnosis for decision making. This article shocked me with amount of research references showing what happens in our brain in hypnosis in favor of using hypnogogic states for important decision making. Research demonstrates that being in hypnogogic states positively affects our brain’s capacity to make better decisions. In her article,
Dr. Pearson discusses that people who experienced hypnosis showed activation in a very significant area on the brain responsible for our decision-making: Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) (located just behind our frontal lobes and responsible for executive functions in our brain). Her findings are fascinating.
She refers to the research showing that during hypnosis thousands of neuronal connections are initiated, and they create constantly updating emerging states. It is to that emergence we refer as “flow.” The emergent states are virtually limitless, creating constantly, recreating potential for new potential in our dynamic system.
Without going too much into the scientific detail, it would do well for the update on the general understanding of hypnosis states by the public and the majority of specialists in hypnotherapy, that hypnosis is not just a state of relaxation when the brain waves slow down.
In the past two decades extensive research has been dedicated to discovery about hypnosis and associative states showing various activity in areas of the brain responsible for visualization, verbal description and executive decision on the action associated with a chosen decision. Findings from these research discoveries proved to be instrumental in creating theories involving hypnosis in decision-making process.
There is a major area in the brain that specializes in decision making amongst other executive functions, in the frontal part of our brain. Anterior cingulate cortex, or ACC, specializing in response to error, and evaluation of emotional outcomes, is noted to be activated in hypnosis: future planning, predicting, foreseeing, at the same time as calming, mental relaxation and reducing analytical referencing, interrupting the “flow.”
What this means, dear readers, is that
in hypnosis we make better higher quality decisions.
Pearson refers to a research by Gruzelier (2004) and some others, describing comparative performance on a test with two groups of people, where one group was performing a test in hypnosis and the other in a waking state. The group in hypnosis performed better than the control group. The results show an important evaluation, as in a hypnotic state, the connectivity between areas in the pre-frontal areas of the brain, allows for the analytical and judgmental functions, inhibitions, or internal conflict to give way to un-judged creativity, unprecedented approach, flexibility of a higher order on the matters in question.
“The researchers interpreted this observation to mean that the subject had a “heightened state of attention” while in hypnotic trance,” said Pearson.
In addition, numerous studies have demonstrated that highly hypnotizable subjects (easily hypnotizable) have a more effective frontal attentional control system than subjects with low hypnotizability. The ease with which a person goes into a hypnotic states is their own level of hypnotizability, suggesting that structural changes begin to take place in and with hypnotic trance frequency, so the more a person is in a hypnotic state, the quicker they go into hypnosis, and the deeper, more effective, and more measurable their experience is every time the are hypnotized.
With this, additional research had been performed to show that highly hypnotizable subjects have easier time diverting their attention away from pain and toward more creative and interesting tasks, which means that in hypnosis we becomes uninhibited and free to move toward our success without considering limitations.
When I work with those who want more success in other areas in their life, the consideration of past limitations is precisely the issue that is holding most of them back. Re-imagining the future with success and without the limitations creates an opening, and opportunity to establish a working model, a system of emergent state of success, rather than a step by step, based on past performance accretion of achievement.
In conclusion, even though the neurological research often does not provide clear-cut answers, supporting the changing measurements in the brain structure dorsally and laterally even during hypnotic states, we are close to showing that hypnosis induced states of contemplation provide a formula of perfect decision-making. It is worth noting that psycho-social demands call for more research of those intriguing states called hypnosis.
I am embarking on the new journey in research utilizing biofeedback measurement, to highlight the decision making using hypnosis state for major decisions. Hypnosis is an easier model than drawing cons and pros sheet that allows you to quickly and confidently re-emerge from trance armed with the best decision.
I am for hypnosis! Are you?