Let us look at our primitive ancestor.
Back in the time of Neanderthal man, they would be gathering fruits or sitting by the fire. suddenly, if an attacker jumped out and ambushed them, be it an enemy from another cave or a deadly animal , the responses of fight or flight fire up within the body. They then have a decision to make, either defend themselves (fight) or run (flight).
Some also call this the “Fright, fight or flight response” essentially creating three types of people, the ones that sit there in fear and die, the ones that fight in the hope of survival and the ones that run for their lives. Our ancient ancestors didn’t fear (fright) if they had we would not be here.
Unfortunately for us in modern times, our bodily systems and minds have not evolved to a more appropriate use of dealing with this fight or flight response. Many of life’s stresses trigger this response with alarming efficiency of speed. The surprises and shocks of modern living leave us in a permanent state of arousal that takes its toll on our bodies and minds.
Instead of being attacked by an aggressor as primitive man was, we are now attacked by money worries, stress of our jobs, relationship worries or going for therapy, the list is endless, however the body and mind responses are the same.
It would not be expectable to fight or flight in everyday, normal situation in this modern time, and therefore the stress builds up due to not being able to release it, this creates frustration and a build up of anxiety.
We are then in a situation where we cannot fight or flight, as relayed by Karen Kerschmann, LCSW, but yet we still have to cope with this pumped up adrenaline that was useful for our primitive ancestors.
The fight or flight response is no longer needed as a survival mechanism in most situations, even though the mind and body sees it as such, it is now a stress builder that must be controlled. Of course if you were really being attacked then it would be useful to build energy.
The biochemical changes in our brain make us aggressive, depressed, anxious etc. Because of this you need to watch your clients for angry red faces, cold and clammy skin, and signs of a dry mouth, increased breathing rates and jitteriness from activated muscles. Also watch out for the various forms of coping that can be dysfunctional and contrary to behaviour you are seeking to create.
Once this primitive response is triggered, if it is not dealt with then it becomes a habit as it is taken on by the subconscious mind. Once that happens the person tries to deal with it on a conscious level and you now know that is impossible, so the condition worsens and organic change occurs. This goes back to the mind rules again.
1) Ideas or thoughts result in physical reactions
2) The mind delivers what we focus on
3) Negative thoughts result in organic change over-time
4) Imagination overpowers knowledge within in the mind
5) Fixed thoughts can only be replaced by another via the subconscious
6) Opposing ideas cannot be held at the same time
7) Conscious effort alone, results in opposite subconscious success
Biochemical imbalances in the brain continue to erupt and the result, in extreme cases, is a mental break down that could go on for many years, unless previously changed on a subconscious level.
Once it gets to this extreme it is very difficult, in fact impossible to function in general everyday normal activities. However this can be rectified, and one hypnotherapy session is enough to give the client the entire tools to recover. It is then up to them on whether they work with what you have done for them, as will be explained in the scripts.
Clients that suffer from anxiety, low confidence, phobias and other related stresses, all suffer the flight and fight responses. They will, to some degree feel this effect by simply booking an appointment with you; this may develops further on their arrival for therapy, if you do not control the situation. It would be impossible to hypnotise anyone when the mind is in a defensive mode.
Hence the set rule plans of:
1) Trust from your abilities
2) Building and securing rapport
3) Focus of attention
4) Suggestion of sleep
5) The feedback loop effect from observation