The Two-Way Split
18th May, 2010
Have you ever been driving your car and suddenly wondered how you came to be where you are? You can't remember whether the traffic lights you just went through were on red or green (but just hope they were green), and you've driven straight past where you intended to stop, as your mind was elsewhere. Welcome to your unconscious mind.
Our brains are essentially split into two parts, the concious - the part we use when consciously deciding where to go, what to do and what to say; and the unconscious which seems to do things without us thinking about it, such as eating that extra piece of cake whilst deep in a book or enjoying our favourite TV programme. It is also the place we store our memories, both good and bad.
We tend to keep our good memories on the edge of conciousness, so they are readily available, while the not so pleasant memories can become repressed very deep in our unconscious mind, and very difficult to remember. But often the emotion and pain associated with the repressed memory is very real and difficult to deal with.
One of my clients couldn't stop eating, she constantly had 'butterflys' in her stomach which she thought were hunger pangs. In a relaxed state she thought back many years and remembered losing someone quite close, and realising that she had been so busy helping others to cope with the loss, she hadn't grieved. Once this thought was in her concious brain, she was able to talk about it, and grieve, and now several years on she has maintained her 3 stone weight-loss.
If you have anxieties, depression, issues with food, IBS etc it may be prudent to try hypno-psychotherapy to uncover and treat the reasons behind the problem.
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