Avoiding Thought Control through Nosey Noise Interference?
The phone rings as your mobile beeps. It might a customer calling as your friend sends you a text, updating you with the latest gossip. Alternatively it could be an email, tweet or social network update notification. Either way you will have been distracted. That distraction is made worse in a world of open offices, hot desks and constant broadcasts from advertisers, compounded by the demands of kids, partners and of course bosses. This amounts to ‘noise’ in our environment.
In communication terms, noise is described as anything that interferes with the passing and receipt of a message. All of the factors (and many others) described above, could interfere with any of the messages that any other is trying to get through to us. They could be described as physical noise.
Another form of noise, often leading on from physical noise, is physiological noise. This is where your body responds to overload by blocking the sounds, for example maybe by giving you a ‘headache’ from all the beeping, tweeting and demanding stimulation! And even if that does not happen, it is not unusual for your mind to be wandering somewhere so that you end up not to be paying attention. This is called psychological noise.
It would not be surprising to learn that physical, physiological and psychological noise can lead to a complete misunderstanding of everything that is being said or communicated to you. This is called semantic noise and often leads to a lot of interrelationship stress that many say they experience. That stress comes before all the stress of all the other noises bring into our busy lives!
Businesses, through scientists, have noted that this kind of disturbance has a cost to the organisation. It makes staff less productive and more dissatisfied. So in response they are working to keep ‘distractions at bay!’ in order that their staff can remain focused on the task (work) at hand. They are experimenting with an advanced head set that will beam into their employer’s brain and manage any information overload. Although they may be accused of sticking their nose in our noise, this may not be as sinister as it seems. The scientists explain it would have very healthy and safe application with, for example, the busy, overloaded critical decisions made by air-traffic controllers.
Even before that application, the research is a timely reminder that the degree of stimulation that our minds and bodies are receiving is constantly growing and it would not be hard to imagine that this could be exhausting and debilitating to us. We should have a plan to sooth it. Additionally, rather than waiting for advanced technology to take over and regulate what we pay attention to, should we not take our responsibility for managing our thoughts?
Hypnotherapy is used to working with this kind of noise, adopting and teaching techniques for quieting it down so that the client to feel back in control. This is because hypnotherapy works with the natural occurring state called ‘undivided attention’ or ‘the focused state of attention’.
This is achieved in a number of ways, including by providing practical tips and by encouraging the client to enter into a calm state of mind, perhaps through mindfulness or the use of self-hypnosis, which allows the narrowing of concentration to focus on what needs doing. It includes cutting down on and using more effectively our internal self-talk. The hypnotherapist can help the client use positive enabling self-talk.
In this way the client accesses their new and natural relaxed state of mind and can manages their own noise, without nosey noise intrusion.
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