Break Free from Emotional Memories
21st April, 20130 Comments
People have the ability to remember things that happened and have no emotional attachment to them. If you think about it, there have no doubt been times in the past when something made you angry, sad, embarrassed, and so on; but when you think about them now, there is nothing - some may even make you smile at the memory.
Some phobias are learnt by an event in the past; perhaps a situation such as being locked in a cupboard has led to a phobia of enclosed spaces. Hypnotherapy helps you let go of these emotions, to learn from them so that it becomes just another memory and stops having the negative effect. Sometimes individuals may seek help for an issue without even realising that it was a past event that has triggered the response. Some may not even remember the event. If you have the ability to get over one thing then you can get over another. Trying to forget or distract yourself from these feelings does you no good whatsoever. The emotions and events need to be processed, and there are many ways of doing this.
Some emotions are like they have always been there and are never going to end. Some people may say "I have always felt that way", only to later discover during therapy that they didn't feel like that just a couple of months ago. Some may feel with absolute certainty that "there is no way out", and a couple of hours later they are fine. One question to ask is: "what do you need to do about this so it is resolved?" Sometimes thinking about that is just enough; sometimes you have to go and do something about it. So, start small and pick something that is not too emotional and ask yourself: "what do I need to do to resolve this?" The right answer should be productive and not cause harm or distress. Always start small and build confidence.
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Liz Sharpe BSc (Hons), Dip Hyp, Adv MIBWRT, Dip CounsNovember 24th, 2016