How to Escape Out of Thought Traps?

Written by Oz Merchant, C.Ht., NLP Trainer & Coach

Have you ever been really sure about something, only to find out you were mistaken?

Did you notice how you operated “as if” you were correct? You may have even seen, heard, touched, tasted, or smelledrepparttar world in a way to support your stance. And perhaps you felt you had solid logic to support this position.

So how didrepparttar 126116 possibility of an opposite opinion make its way through your logic and basicallyrepparttar 126117 reality as you knew it, to get you to change your mind?

Did you fight hard to stay where you were? Did you go through so called “denial”? Did you lock in to your position, and build up a wall to prevent entry of any contrary thought?

Nowrepparttar 126118 question I have for you is, “Were you keeping them out or were you trapping yourself in?”

In sales, a prospect may be dead-set in his view about a particular product or service. Nowrepparttar 126119 sales rep may know thatrepparttar 126120 prospect does not have allrepparttar 126121 facts yet, so he sets out trying to convey this torepparttar 126122 prospect.

One of two things can result. Onerepparttar 126123 prospect tightensrepparttar 126124 grip on his view or two he begins to shift his perception. Now this of course depends onrepparttar 126125 rapport and sales strategy used byrepparttar 126126 sales professional to enter intorepparttar 126127 prospect’s “thought blockade” and free him from that “one” perspective. Listen torepparttar 126128 conversations around you, perhaps evenrepparttar 126129 words coming out of your own mouth, are you building your own thought blockade or ”thought trap”?

If so, how do you get out? Then (If so desired!) how do you get others out?


Let’s start by looking atrepparttar 126130 traps ofrepparttar 126131 intellectual mind,repparttar 126132 one who weaves such wonderful webs of logic that leaves us feeling good while keeping us quite stuck.

Trap One: Being Right

I often tellrepparttar 126133 couples l work with, “Do you want to be happy or do you want to be right?” Surprisingly, I see quite a lot of incongruent responses. It is like they know they should say “be happy” and (that’s why they do), but in fact, they really want to say “be right”.

Nowrepparttar 126134 real interesting thing is thatrepparttar 126135 intellect wants to be right, regardless of you being right or not. Confused?

Then let’s make an important distinction.

You are not your intellect! Yourepparttar 126136 being (soul) are much, much more! The intellect’s limitations are not your limitations torepparttar 126137 degree that you can separate your “self” (soul) fromrepparttar 126138 intellect. Recognizing these traps and how to avoid them will help in that separation process.

Trap Two: Validation

The intellect seeks constant validation. It is constantly saying recognize me, notice me, “Hey! I’m over here!” Whether it is validation from authorities or peers, this need for validation becomes a crucial trap to avoid.

Kids learn this early on. A child comes home with their report card in hand and an eager look of anticipation, waiting for those few key words, “Oh honey, you did great!” Yeah! The kids can now feel worthy. Now imagine what happens when this is compounded over a few decades. Pretty soon we are all looking for validation in every direction.

Trap Three: Sharing

I’ve just got to tell you about this one. Oh you won’t believe it. The intellect likes to share things. Through sharing it can feel more validated and of course be right.

Ever felt like crap and wanted to let others know that you felt that way? Did you hope they would sympathize with your story and tell you how right you are in feeling this way? Hoping they would validate your stance?

If so, then you fell into another trap to feedrepparttar 126139 intellect while starving your real self.

Trap Four: Safety

Asrepparttar 126140 intellect spins its logic, forming a thought blockade, it is also creating a sense of safety. If it constructs well-thought-out logic that sounds reasonable, it is safe from any challenges.

So what happens when a contrary idea comes knocking onrepparttar 126141 door? The intellect’s internal safety procedure is kicked in. You may have seenrepparttar 126142 behaviors that go along with such an internal process if you have ever challenged someone’s “sacred cow.”

A woman called me up a few weeks back and wanted me to see her son because he was very messy. She asked if I could hypnotize him to always clean up after himself. I told her that it certainly was possible; however I wanted to know a few things first.

So I asked her what happens to her when she sees that he hasn’t cleaned up after himself? She replied with great tension in her voice, “Well that just makes my blood boil!” So I asked if it always made her blood boil. She stammered, “Yes!”

Then I asked her what she thought about her response she had to his messiness. I asked her what kinds of effects she thinks this may be having on her own body, her health. I continued by saying, what if she could see a messy room and her blood not boil. Talk about running full force right into a sacred cow. (Moooove!)


Written by Manoj Dash,BHMS,DYT,Ph.D.

Perception is sensation with added complexity due to factors such as memories and emotions. Yoga practice influences perception in three ways: (1) by increasing perceptual sensitivity, (2) by selectively `shutting out’ undesirable stimuli, and (3) by changing distorted perception, which occurs in schizophrenia. Practicing yoga improved auditory and visual perception, by increasing sensitivity to various characteristics ofrepparttar stimuli (e.g., intensity, frequency). Also, electrophysiological studies using evoked potentials have shown that during yoga practicerepparttar 126115 transmission of sensory information is facilitated. These studies suggest several applications of yoga practice, in activities ranging from aviation to art. Interestingly, other studies suggest that yoga practice can also help to `shut off’ undesirable external stimuli, which is possibly due to cortical feedback connections torepparttar 126116 sensory pathway. It is also possible that through changes in cognitive factors yoga influences perception, so that even thoughrepparttar 126117 stimulus is `sensed’ it is not disturbing. This concept has been studied using yoga to help persons with chronic pain to willfully ignore it. Finally, preliminary studies have shown that yoga practice may modify distorted perception in conditions such as schizophrenia. Hence, there is sufficient research to supportrepparttar 126118 idea that yoga practice influences perception in different ways, with varied applications. Perception isrepparttar 126119 process of interpretation, organization, and elaboratingrepparttar 126120 `raw materials’ of sensation (1). Sensation involves sensory receptors and pathways, whereas perception is a cognitive process. The actual perception of a sensation depends on factors such as what has been learned, memories, and emotions. It is also important to remember that while perception usually refers to sensory stimuli, this definition can be extended to includerepparttar 126121 perception of situations. Recordings of middle latency auditory evoked potentials (AEP-MLRs) have shown thatrepparttar 126122 practice of ujjayi pranayama modifiesrepparttar 126123 AEP-MLRs components in two ways. A specific component (the Na wave) has reduced latency and increased amplitude during pranayama practice (2). These results suggest that this practice facilitatesrepparttar 126124 processing of auditory information at mesencephalic and diencephalic levels. A similar result was also seen duringrepparttar 126125 practice of meditation onrepparttar 126126 syllable Om (3), where subjects who had more than ten years of meditation experience, showed an increase inrepparttar 126127 Na wave amplitude and a decrease in its’ latency while mentally repeating (Om). No such effect was seen whenrepparttar 126128 same subjects mentally repeated `one’, during a control session, for comparison. These electrophysiological data are corroborated by neuropsychological studies. Previous studies on meditation have shown significant changes in perception, attention and cognition (4). Brown and Engler in 1980 (5), reported that meditators were found to be more sensitive to subtle aspects of color and shading ofrepparttar 126129 Rorschach test inkblots, than they had been before meditation. Two studies onrepparttar 126130 Critical Flicker Fusion Frequency have shown that perceptual sensitivity is not restricted to subtle aspects ofrepparttar 126131 stimulus alone, as detection of a high frequency flickering stimulus was found to improve following yoga training (6,7). A study onrepparttar 126132 degree of a visual geometric illusion, based on Müller-Lyer lines showed that a combination of focusing and defocusing yoga visual exercises reduces optical illusion more than focusing alone (8). These studies were conducted on adult subjects with varying durations of yoga training. It was reported in a recent study on Critical Flicker Fusion Frequency and optical illusion on children who practiced yoga for a shorter duration of 10 days that there was also a significant improvement followingrepparttar 126133 practice of yoga (9). To perceive an optical illusion with minimal error and for accurate depth perceptionrepparttar 126134 spatial component of visual perception is necessary (10). The decrease inrepparttar 126135 degree of optical illusion perceived over a short period would be mainly due to cognitive judgmental factors, but not retinal or cortical factors as generally understood (11). The cognitive judgmental factors involverepparttar 126136 way in whichrepparttar 126137 subject interprets incoming visual information based on experience, hypothesis and strategies of judgment. Hencerepparttar 126138 training through yoga to focus and defocus might have influencedrepparttar 126139 cognitive judgmental factors ofrepparttar 126140 subjects, to significantly reducerepparttar 126141 degree of optical illusion perceived. Critical flicker fusion frequency (CFF), onrepparttar 126142 other hand, assessesrepparttar 126143 temporal component of perception of a visual stimulus (12). The increase in CFF following yoga could be attributed torepparttar 126144 effects of yoga reducing physiological signs of stress, as CFF was found to be lower during specific stressors, such as food and water deprivation (13). This showed that both spatial and temporal components of visual perception are modified following yoga practices.

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