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200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2018

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FEED YOUR BRAIN
Boost your brain power with the right food. Eat plant-based
foods and healthy fats. Cut back on animal products and
saturated fats (typically, solid fats like lard and butter),
because saturated fats slow down your cognitive function. The
nutrients found in plants, by contrast, support memory
retention and help lower blood pressure (hypertension affects
your brain as well as your heart). Standout stars? Beans and
green, leafy vegetables.
Ten Foods to Favor 1. Beans and other legumes 2. Coconut oil
3. Fish, especially fatty fish like tuna and salmon 4. Green,
leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach, kale, lettuce, and arugula)
5. Nuts, either raw or dry roasted 6. Olive oil
7. Cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables (e.g., cauliflower)
8. Lean poultry, such as skinless chicken and ground turkey
9. Whole grains
10. Wine, either white or red (but not too much!) Five Foods to Forget 
1. Butter and margarine 2. Cheese 3. Fried foods
4. Pastries and desserts 5. Red meat, especially high-fat
processed meat like bacon, sausage, and salami According
to research, the more closely you stick to a plant-based
diet, the more positively you will affect your brain health.
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Introduction
It’s time to get the most out of your gray matter!
For centuries people have been looking for ways to keep
their minds healthy and strong, and you can do it too. In fact,
boosting your brain power has never been easier. The brain
hacks in this book will help you focus longer, improve your
memory, stay on your game, and keep your brain as healthy as
it can be no matter your age.
You’ll find more than 200 hacks—all ones you can try right
away—that will help you do everything from building your
memory to rejuvenating and stimulating your mind. From foods
that can protect your brain’s health to activities that will boost
your brain power, the hacks in this book will help your brain
become more fit and function better. You should see an
improvement in your performance in all areas of your life, be it
at work or at home.
You’ll find hacks that describe what you should eat for
optimum brain health, show you what activities to do (and
which to avoid) to keep your brain engaged, and the best
practices, according to current research, for making sure
you’re taking good care of those three pounds of gray matter.
Whether you do one hack or all of them, this book is here to
help you create a happier, healthier brain!
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Table of Contents
Introduction
001. Feed Your Brain
002. Watch the Alcohol
003. Up Your Omega-3s
004. Make a To-Do List
005. Stress Less
006. Combat Cortisol
007. Nosh with Your Peeps
008. Fight Free Radicals
009. Eat Your E
010. Go with the Flow
011. Quit Smoking
012. Stop Strokes
013. Be Happy
014. Avoid Alzheimer’s
015. Have Some Coffee
016. Count Your Breaths
017. Combat Depression
018. Journal It
019. Stop Multitasking
020. Sip Some Green Tea
021. Lend a Hand
022. Tomato It Up
023. Fast-Track Your Metabolism
024. Try the Other Hand
025. Walk It Off
026. Become Anti-Social (Media)
027. Get High on Endorphins
028. Raw Is for Rabbits
029. Pump Iron
030. Try the Spicy Life
031. Laugh!
032. Change Your Job
033. Get Moving
034. Lift a Load
035. Don’t Overdo It
036. Focus on Better, Not Best
037. Walk and Talk
038. Get Gotu Kola
039. Take Marvelous Melatonin
040. Reach for Riboflavin
041. Pile On the Onions
042. Add Some A
043. It’s Gr-ape!
044. Pack In the Protein
045. Safety First
046. Boost Your B12
047. Keep It Cool
048. Break Out the B6
049. Let Someone Needle You
050. This Is Your Brain . . .
051. An Apple a Day . . .
052. Smile a While
053. Go Big on B1
054. Solve Real Puzzles
055. Fill Up on Fiber
056. Fight Inflammation
057. Notch Up the Niacin
058. More Is Better
059. Drink Kola, Not Cola
060. Minimize Mercury
061. Try a New Food
062. Feed Yourself Folic
063. Celebrate Your Streaks
064. Power Up with Vitamin C
065. Be a Social Butterfly
066. Opt for Oolong
067. Take a Dip
068. Yoga for Life
069. Cut Your Commute
070. Nibble on Some Chocolate
071. Go with Your Gut
072. Stay Hydrated!
073. Belly Breathe
074. Leave Your Desk for Lunch
075. Portion It Out
076. Skip the Pesticides
077. Wash Your Hands
078. Beat Anxiety
079. Pump Up the Positivity
080. Go Ginkgo
081. Hug It Out
082. Watch Out for the White Stuff
083. Go Nuts
084. Step Up Your Serotonin
085. Lower the Pressure
086. Use the Placebo Effect
087. Munch on Pumpkin Seeds
088. Tap Into Your Creativity
089. Cut the Fat
090. Stop Snoring
091. Snack Smart
092. It’s All in the Attitude
093. Find the Right Fat
094. Kick Out Cholesterol
095. Herb Yourself Up
096. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
097. Face Down Your Phobias
098. Try Some Sage Advice
099. Reduce Your Blood Sugar
100. Chew Gum
101. Ditch the Trans Fats
102. Put Some Alfalfa in Your Life
103. Study, Study, Study
104. Kill the Clutter
105. Supplement Your Amino Acids
106. Doodle
107. Get Your Complex Carbs
108. Pack In the (Sweet) Potatoes
109. Become Your Own GPS
110. Avoid Formaldehyde
111. Choose Whole Grains
112. Relax!
113. Go Natural
114. Use the Eight Second Rule
115. Eat the Rainbow
116. Learn a Language
117. Embrace Discomfort
118. Focus on the Present
119. Enjoy the Sound of Music
120. Eat Beta
121. Kick Up Your Magnesium
122. Play Video Games
123. Get Fabulous Phosphorus
124. Learn to Love Labels
125. Sow Your Wild Oats
126. Let It All Hang Out
127. Eat Your (Sea) Veggies
128. Get Away from It All
129. Have an Orgasm
130. Charge Up with Grape Juice
131. Get Some Ginseng
132. Get a Good Rub
133. Play Chess
134. Hypnotize Yourself
135. Knit One, Purl One
136. Load Up on Carotenoids
137. Hang Out with a Smart Person
138. Fixate on Flavonoids
139. Meet SAMe
140. Share Wisdom
141. Say It Loud, Say It Proud
142. Say Yes to Botanicals
143. Stop and Smell the Primrose
144. Talk to Your Doc
145. Supplement Wisely
146. Flush Out with Phytonutrients
147. Take Short Breaks
148. Watch Your Nerves
149. Daydream
150. Turn Down the Noise
151. Flatten Your Belly
152. Pour on the Olive Oil
153. Cut the Fat
154. Get Your Beauty Sleep
155. Get Helmet Head
156. Ponder Your Hunger
157. Get Creative with Creatine
158. Try Shankhpushpi
159. Watch Your Sodium
160. Get Calm with Chamomile
161. Train Your Memory
162. Be a Math Whiz
163. More Soy, Please!
164. Hawthorn for Health
165. Do Dark Chocolate!
166. Relish Some Avocados
167. Commit
168. It’s All about the Moderation
169. Get a Hobby
170. Pursue Some Trivia
171. Lounge in a Lavender Bath
172. Play with a Pet
173. Practice Tai Chi
174. Work Your Brain
175. Combat Migraines
176. Protect with Selenium
177. Play Ping-Pong
178. Read
179. Join a Book Club
180. Watch Your Language
181. Tell a Story about You
182. Seize a Siesta
183. Make Some Cocoa
184. Don’t Be a Worrywart
185. Go Public
186. Take Responsibility
187. Protect Your Hearing
188. Close Your Eyes
189. Think Holistically
190. Open a Window
191. Add Diversity to Your Social Life
192. Pay Attention!
193. Experiment with Essential Oils
194. Flirt
195. Get Out in the Sun
196. Don’t Skip Meals
197. Try a Brain-Healthy Diet
198. Be Grateful
199. Track Down Trace Minerals
200. Get Your Blood Flowing
201. Dance, Dance, Dance
202. Zinc-ify Your DNA
203. Break the Fast
204. Ramp Up Your Amino Acids
205. Sing!
206. Create
207. Dried but Not Forgotten
208. Get Some Incan Gold
209. Repeat after Me
210. Flush the Toxins
211. Try Valerian Instead of Valium
212. Parsley Party
213. Kick Up the Vitamin K
214. Hire a Personal Trainer
215. Fall in Love
216. Bite Some Blueberries
217. Know Your Numbers
218. Tackle Triglycerides
219. Have a Heart
220. Look Out for Lead
221. Pile On the Garlic
222. Get More Potassium
223. Play an Instrument
224. Jog Your Memory
225. Taste the Rainforest
226. Can the Soda
227. Stimulate Your Senses
228. Learn Five New Words
229. Make Art
230. Put Your Brain on Calcium
231. Reconsider Retirement
232. Write Poetry
233. See a Therapist
234. Practice Pilates
235. Light a Candle
236. Hop to It!
237. Go to Lectures
238. Check Out Chicken
239. Review Your Work
240. Color! It’s Not Just for Kids
241. Picture This
242. Take a Nature Break
243. Take a Day Off
244. Tune Out from TV


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About the Author
Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, studied experimental psychology
at McGill University and Harvard University. After serving on the faculties
of Harvard and Stanford universities he moved to the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, where he is currently Professor of
Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Pinker has studied many aspects of language and of visual cognition,
with a focus on language acquisition in children. He is a fellow of several
scientific societies, and has been awarded research prizes from the
the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological
Association, a teaching prize from MIT, and book prizes from the
American Psychological Association, the Linguistics Society of America
and the Los Angeles Times. His classic The Language Instinct is also
available in Penguin.
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STANDARD EQUIPMENT
Why are there so many robots in fiction, but none in real life? 
I would pay a lot for a robot that could put away the dishes or
run simple errands. But I will not have the opportunity in
this century, and probably not in the next one either. There are, of course,
robots that weld or spray-paint on assembly lines and that roll through
laboratory hallways; my question is about the machines that walk, talk,
see, and think, often better than their human masters. Since 1920, when
Karel Capek coined the word robot in his play R.U.R., dramatists have
freely conjured them up: Speedy, Cutie, and Dave in Isaac Asimov's I,
Robot, Robbie in Forbidden Planet, the flailing canister in Lost in Space,
the daleks in Dr. Who, Rosie the Maid in Thejetsons, Nomad in Star Trek,
Hymie in Get Smart, the vacant butlers and bickering haberdashers in
Sleeper, R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars, the Terminator in The Terminator,
Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the
wisecracking film critics in Mystery Science Theater 3000.
This book is not about robots; it is about the human mind. I will try to
explain what the mind is, where it came from, and how it lets us see,
think, feel, interact, and pursue higher callings like art, religion, and philosophy.
On the way I will try to throw light on distinctively human
quirks. Why do memories fade? How does makeup change the look of a
face? Where do ethnic stereotypes come from, and when are they irrational?
Why do people lose their tempers? What makes children bratty?
Why do fools fall in love? What makes us laugh? And why do people
believe in ghosts and spirits?
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Standard Equipment 3
2 Thinking Machines 59
3 Revenge of the Nerds 149
4 The Mind's Eye 211
5 Good Ideas 299
6 Hotheads 363
7 Family Values 425
8 The Meaning of Life 521

Notes 567
References 589
Index 629


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The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality

Dawson Church

Praise for Mind to Matter

“If you’ve been wondering whether your thoughts really do affect your life, this
marvelous book will make you a believer. From the level of the atom to the level
of our bodies to the level of the galaxies, Dawson Church’s painstaking research
shows that mind is profoundly creative. Synthesizing hundreds of studies in the
fields of biology, physics, and psychology, he shows that moment by moment, the
energy fields of our brains are literally creating reality. These insights can have
a radical effect on your health and prosperity, and I highly recommend you
apply them in your life.”
— John Gray, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Men Are from Mars,
Women Are from Venus
“We have entered an era of healing in which the influence of consciousness in
health and illness is being validated as never before. For a view of these crucial
insights, researcher Dawson Church’s Mind to Matter is invaluable.”
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part
of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
“Dawson Church’s careful scientific work shows that the Law of Attraction isn’t
just a metaphysical proposition—it’s a scientific reality. Drawing from hundreds
of studies, and illustrated with inspiring real-life stories, it demystifies the
intricate mechanisms by which thoughts become things. As the boundaries of
what you believe is possible for your life are stretched by Dawson’s work, they
may never snap back to their old shape.”
— Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason
“I love this book. It constantly fascinated me with delicious facts and so many
captivating stories. And it is wonderful to see science catching up with what the
shamans and sages have always known!”
— Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine
“Once in a long while, a profoundly disruptive vision shatters the scientific
paradigm, refocuses the entire way we see the world, and opens up vast new
horizons of human potential. For our generation, this book is that vision.”
— Raymond Aaron, New York Times best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the
Parent’s Soul
“Dawson Church has again proven himself to be one of the great thinkers of our
time, demystifying the most complex principles in the universe that influence our
lives, with a story-telling ability that makes it all fun and easy to understand. By
weaving eye-opening research into engaging, heart-warming stories, an
awareness emerges of the power your own mind has to not only direct your life
but influence the collective consciousness of the universe itself which binds us
together as one.”
— Robert Hoss, co-author of Dreams That Change Our Lives; Director,
DreamScience Foundation
“This groundbreaking book presents the exciting new scientific evidence
demonstrating that our thoughts have a direct impact on the world around us,
and it shows us how to harness this knowledge for joyful and effective lives.”
— David Feinstein, Ph.D., co-author of Personal Mythology
“I believe that Mind to Matter is one of the most important books ever written.
Chapter after chapter it shows us how we are masters of our bodies and the
world around us. It’s filled with mind-blowing research that has completely
changed the way I approach my life. The results I’m getting by applying the
techniques are astonishing. They can transform your mind and the world of
matter around you. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”
— Matt Gallant, author of Triple Your Productivity
“Mind to Matter challenges the core principles of modern medicine and
conventional science. Dawson Church makes a compelling case that the
mind/body link is more profound than we ever suspected, and that science must
expand its paradigm to include forces like consciousness, resonance, and
energy. Profusely illustrated, the book includes an impressive compendium of
research citations, from classic papers to recent breakthroughs. Many practical
examples and exercises provide tools to work on our own personal
transformation and, if the book’s thesis of interconnection is correct, our social
transformation as well. I highly recommend this book.”
— Eric Leskowitz, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
“Dawson Church has been a pioneer in the field of healing for decades, his
research far ahead of its time. His book Mind to Matter is perfectly timed for an
era in which people are opening up to the science and research behind energy
techniques. Dawson offers a brilliant and insightful guide to how our thoughts
create our reality. Packed with fascinating history from the dawn of evolution to
the latest brain research, his work is a blueprint for both experts and nonprofessionals
looking for effective healing strategies. Dawson succinctly shows
us not just that these methods work, but the empirical basis for how they work. If
you have ever wanted to learn the science of manifestation and how your
thoughts affect your material world, this book is a must-read. It will change your
thoughts, and applying these principles every day will in turn change your
reality. The question is—what will you create after you read it?”
— Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., School of Psychology, Bond University, Australia
“Many in our culture are shifting from powerless victims to powerful cocreators.
Yet as this evolutionary impulse toward greater power emerges, we are
coming face to face with what happens when power is abused. As we face global
crises of unpredictable proportions, we need heart-based creators of deep
integrity in touch with their power now more than ever. What would be possible
in our lives and on our planet if we connected our power with our hearts? What
does science have to say about such manifesting power? Mind to Matter
explores this edge of how our power to participate in the co-creation of reality
functions from the scientific perspective. It also calls us out on how to avoid
overstating our human power, as so many ‘law of attraction’ books mistakenly
promise. As our power grows, we are called to acknowledge with humility the
paradoxical nature of how powerful we are as creators, yet how uncontrollable
the great Mystery really is. May those who read this book step fully into their
power, their hearts, and their integrity, and may the world be blessed by how
this book affects you.”
— Lissa Rankin, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine

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About the Author
Dawson Church is an award-winning author whose best-selling book The
Genie in Your Genes (www.YourGeniusGene.com) has been hailed by reviewers
as a breakthrough in our understanding of the link between emotions and
genetics. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare
(www.NIIH.org) to study and implement promising evidence-based
psychological and medical techniques. In his undergraduate and graduate work
at Baylor University, he became the first student to successfully graduate from
the academically rigorous University Scholars program in 1979. He earned a
doctorate at Holos University under the mentorship of neurosurgeon Norman
Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association.
After an early career in book publishing as editor and then president of Aslan
Publishing (www.aslanpublishing.com), Church went on to receive a
postgraduate Ph.D. in Natural Medicine as well as clinical certification in
Energy Psychology (CEHP certification# 2016). Church’s groundbreaking
research has been published in prestigious scientific journals. He is the editor of
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, a peer-reviewed
professional journal (www.EnergyPsychologyJournal.org), and a blogger for the
Huffington Post. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy
psychology to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe
(www.EFTUniverse.com). EFT Universe was the first organization to have its
courses accredited for CME (continuing medical education) for all of the major
professions, including doctors (AMA), psychologists (APA), and nurses
(ANCC). He has trained thousands of practitioners in energy psychology
techniques and offers the premier certification program in the field
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Introduction

Metaphysics Meets Science
Thoughts become things. This is manifestly true. I am sitting on a chair right
now. It began as a thought in someone’s mind—every detail of it. The frame, the
fabric, the curves, the color.

Thoughts become things. This is manifestly untrue. I will never be a
quarterback for the National Football League, no matter how earnestly I think
about it. I will never be 16 years old again. I will never pilot the starship Enterprise.
Between the ways in which thoughts become things and the ways in which
thoughts can never become things there is a wide middle ground.
This book explores that middle ground.

Why? We want to be able to create to the outermost limits of our thought,
expanding our lives to the limits of our potential. We want to be as happy,
healthy, wealthy, wise, fulfilled, creative, and loved as possible. We also don’t
want to chase pipe dreams, thoughts that are never going to become things.
When we apply the rigorous standards of science to the inquiry, that middle
ground turns out to be enormous. Research shows us that with thought, used
deliberately, we can create things beyond the ordinary.

The idea that thoughts are things has become a meme in popular culture. It’s
held as a firm proposition in metaphysics, and some spiritual teachers ascribe
infinite powers to the mind. Yet there are clearly limits to human creative
abilities; I cannot manifest an aircraft carrier simply by thinking about one. I
cannot become Indonesian, jump over Mount Everest, or turn lead into gold.
New discoveries in epigenetics, neuroscience, electromagnetism, psychology,
cymatics, public health, and quantum physics, however, are showing that
thoughts can be profoundly creative. The page or device on which you now read
these words began as a thought. So did democracy, the bikini, space travel,
immunization, money, the four-minute mile, and the assembly line.

THE SCIENTIST VERSUS THE MYSTIC
Science and metaphysics are generally considered to be polar opposites.
Science is experimental, practical, rigorous, empirical, materialistic, objective,
and intellectual. Metaphysics is spiritual, experiential, abstract, mystical,
ephemeral, internal, irreplicable, imprecise, subjective, otherworldly,
impractical, and impossible to prove. Science studies the world of matter while
metaphysics seeks to transcend it.

I have never perceived science and metaphysics as separate and have
delighted in being both a mystic and a scientific researcher. When I bring the
rigor of science to the questions of consciousness, each illuminates the other.
This book examines the science behind the creative powers of the mind. It
reviews the studies that show, step-by-step, exactly how our minds create
material form. As each piece of the puzzle falls into place, the science turns out
to be even more astonishing than the metaphysics.

This book is also full of case histories—real, up close, authentic personal
accounts of people who had an experience of mind-into-matter. Drawn from the
worlds of medicine, psychology, sports, business, and scientific discovery, these
stories run the gamut from profound to inspiring to heart-wrenching. They show
us that thoughts can become things in ways that stretch the fabric of our spacetime reality.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Joseph Dispenza
Introduction: Metaphysics Meets Science

Chapter 1: How Our Brains Shape the World
Chapter 2: How Energy Builds Matter
Chapter 3: How Our Emotions Organize Our Environment
Chapter 4: How Energy Regulates DNA and the Cells of Our Bodies
Chapter 5: The Power of Coherent Mind
Chapter 6: Entraining Self with Synchronicity
Chapter 7: Thinking from beyond Local Mind

Afterword: Where Mind Takes Us Next
References
Index
Acknowledgments
About the Author
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A Reassuring and Responsible guide to Transform our Thinking to tackle any Situation

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About the Authors
Mike Bryant is an African-American who has lived in England since 1984.
Mike is a qualified psychiatric social worker, counsellor, and hypnotherapist
and has also worked as an information technology and project manager.
With extensive experience in both America and the United Kingdom, Mike has
established a range of innovative mental health schemes in London as well as
having provided senior service development consultancy to NHS Mental Health
Trusts across England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as a Senior Consultant
with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH). While at SCMH, he pub-
lished a range of papers and reports on mental health issues.
Mike currently lives in London with his wife and family and has a private
practice as a counsellor and as hypnotherapist. You can find more informa-
tion about Mike’s practice at www.londonhypno.com.
Peter Mabbutt is Director of Studies at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis
(LCCH) and lectures throughout the UK and overseas to both lay students and
medical practitioners. He is responsible for the development of the LCCH’s
core courses and with his colleagues has introduced many new techniques
and subjects to the curriculum, ensuring that it continues to meet the needs
of the modern-day hypnotherapist.
With a background in psychopharmacology Peter co-authored a range of
papers on tranquilisers, anxiety, and learning and memory before training
with the LCCH to become a hypnotherapist. Peter has a specialist interest
in the mind-body connection, weight control, 
the treatment of trauma, and hypertension. 
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Introduction
Hypnosis is a subject everyone has an opinion about, but few people
have ever directly experienced. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is a
topic that leaves many people baffled or completely blank. So what exactly is
the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy? 
That’s one of questions this book answers.
An important point to understand is that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not
the same thing. Hypnosis has been around since humans began to speak and
involves going into a trance. Hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic trance to help
you achieve a goal, or create a positive change in your thinking, to help solve
a problem. Whereas hypnosis is centuries old, hypnotherapy, like other talk-
ing therapies, is a relatively recent practice.
This book helps you understand how hypnosis works. It also discusses the
various problems and symptoms hypnotherapy can effectively treat, and
shows you how you can put hypnotherapy to use for you.

About This Book
Hypnotherapy For Dummies helps you understand hypnosis on both a theoret-
ical and a practical basis. Both are useful depending on your interests. You
can, for example, use this book simply to find out about hypnosis. You may
stop at this level and just be clearer about how hypnotherapists work with their clients.
Or, you may be interested in finding a hypnotherapist to work on problems,
or to help you succeed in achieving your goals. If you don’t know what sort of
things a hypnotherapist can help with, you will be an expert after you read this book!
Hypnotherapy can help people to overcome a surprisingly wide range of
habits, emotional problems, and phobias. It can also dramatically improve
performance for students taking exams, athletes wanting to improve their
game, and creative artists wishing to deepen their abilities.
In many ways hypnotherapy is like counselling, but it is a different approach
and much more rapid in producing changes. Hypnotherapists frequently
remove phobias within four to six sessions. There is also a body of evidence
demonstrating that hypnotherapy is the most effective way to help people
stop smoking.
Most people only know about hypnosis from stage hypnotists and movies,
which often portray a negative image. This book explores the different ways
in which hypnotherapy helps people overcome their problems and achieve their goals.

Why You Need This Book
As the authors of this book we, Mike and Peter, are both practising hypnother-
apists. Hypnotherapy For Dummies emphasises the importance of working with
a hypnotherapist to achieve your goals. Developing a working relationship
with your hypnotherapist is the key to achieving a positive outcome. We think
that this is a significant difference to many introductory books on hypnother-
apy. Many of those currently available fall into two main types:
 Specific interest books aimed at anyone interested in solving a particu-
lar problem. These books focus on a single issue, such as the application
of hypnosis to achieve weight control, decrease anxiety, develop confi-
dence, or to stop smoking, and so on.
 Scripts books aimed at teaching a DIY (do-it-yourself) approach to hyp-
nosis. Scripts are the phrases hypnotherapists use to conduct therapy,
once someone is in trance. These types of books offer techniques you
can use to hypnotise yourself or others.
In our opinion, this DIY approach cannot approach the level of trance or
range of techniques that a good hypnotherapist can provide. We have
seen many clients in our practice who have had nil, or negative results,
from amateur hypnosis learned from books alone. A qualified hypnothera-
pist has a variety of techniques to choose from, and selects the technique
uniquely suited to relieving your symptom efficiently and effectively.
We think you need this book, because unlike specific interest books, this
book takes a broad overview of the theory and practice of hypnotherapy,
examining a wide range of the most common hypnotherapy treatments and
looking at these in detail.
And unlike script books, our approach recommends self-hypnosis after you’ve
experienced a few sessions with a qualified hypnotherapist. Postponing self-
hypnosis lets you understand the depth of trance properly before you try it on
....


Table of Contents
Introduction..................................................................1
About This Book...............................................................................................1
Conventions Used in This Book .....................................................................2
Foolish Assumptions ......................................................................................2
Why You Need This Book................................................................................3
How This Book Is Organised...........................................................................4
Part I: Understanding Hypnotherapy...................................................4
Part II: Considering How Hypnotherapy Can Help.............................4
Part III: Expanding the Reach of Hypnotherapy .................................5
Part IV: The Practical Stuff ....................................................................5
Part V: The Part of Tens.........................................................................5
Appendix .................................................................................................5
Icons Used in This Book..................................................................................6
Where to Go from Here....................................................................................6
Part I: Understanding Hypnotherapy
Chapter 1: Examining Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Getting to Grips with the Basics of Hypnotherapy....................................11
Discovering the differences between
hypnosis and hypnotherapy ...........................................................12
Sliding into trance ................................................................................13
Examining states of mind ....................................................................14
Getting Past that Old-Style Hypnosis...........................................................16
Finding Help with Hypnosis..........................................................................18
Understanding the Therapy Part of Hypnotherapy...................................18
Hypnosis plus counselling ..................................................................19
Hypnosis plus psychotherapy............................................................19
Chapter 2: Techniques: The Tools of a Hypnotherapist . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Choosing a Tool from the Hypnotherapist’s Toolbox ...............................22
Giving It to You Straight and Not So Straight:
Direct and Indirect Suggestions................................................................24
Getting direct suggestions...................................................................24
Going the indirect route ......................................................................25
Blending both........................................................................................25
Safely Splitting Your Mind with Dissociation..............................................26
Minding your associations ..................................................................27
Associating hypnosis and dissociation .............................................28
Adding the Sum of Your Parts: Parts Therapy ...........................................30
Communicating and negotiating with a part of you ........................30
Bringing it all back together again: The importance
of reintegration .................................................................................32
Travelling in Time ..........................................................................................32
Going back in time: Age regression techniques ...............................33
Going forward in time: Age progression techniques .......................36
Altering time: Time distortion techniques........................................37
Scanning a Variety of Other Common Techniques ....................................38
Visualising, imagining, or pretending change...................................39
Finding out how to forget ....................................................................40
Substituting a memory .......................................................................41
Telling stories........................................................................................42
Chapter 3: Preparing for Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Keeping Your Individuality in Mind .............................................................45
Identifying Your Problem ..............................................................................46
‘I’m not exactly sure what my problem is’ ........................................47
‘I know my problem but haven’t been able to solve it’ ...................48
‘I have more than one problem’..........................................................48
Communicating Your Problem .....................................................................48
Prioritising your problems..................................................................49
Providing as much information as you can ......................................50
Setting SMART Goals and Checking Your Motivation................................51
Using your SMARTs to set your goals................................................52
Examining your motivation.................................................................54
Negotiating Your Goals with Your Hypnotherapist ...................................55
Breaking down bigger goals ................................................................56
Winning the goal game.........................................................................56
Part II: Considering How Hypnotherapy Can Help
Chapter 4: Making the Mind-Body Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Understanding the Mind-Body Connection ................................................62
Fitting up the connectors: Your nervous system.............................62
Making the connection with hypnosis...............................................64
Considering How Your Emotions Affect You ..............................................65
Depressing the effects of low moods.................................................66
Stressing about fear and anxiety .......................................................66
Fighting or fleeing: Facing the fear response....................................67
Integrating Hypnosis into the Mind-Body Connection..............................69
Relaxing mentally and physically through hypnosis.......................70
Manifesting the mind through the body............................................70
Chapter 5: Breaking Away from Old Habits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Examining Habits and How to Change Them .............................................77
Quitting Smoking............................................................................................79
Preparing to quit: What to do before
visiting your hypnotherapist...........................................................80
Addressing your fears about quitting................................................81
Using hypnosis to become smoke-free..............................................83
Managing Your Weight...................................................................................85
Taking the safe route to the body you want .....................................86
Eating yourself thin ..............................................................................87
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep ........................................................................89
Solving your insomnia .........................................................................89
Trance strategies to help you to sleep .............................................91
Sweet dreams are made of this – turning
your nightmares into nothing .........................................................92
Sorting out snoring – for both you and your partner......................93
Controlling Your Words: Stammering ..........................................................94
Stumbling over anxiety........................................................................95
Relaxing your speech through hypnotherapy..................................95
Reaching a Nail-Biting Conclusion ...............................................................96
Chapter 6: Touching on Body Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
Letting Go of Pain.........................................................................................100
Experiencing pain...............................................................................100
Perceiving pain ...................................................................................101
Relieving pain......................................................................................101
Helping Your Skin Look Good .....................................................................104
Scratching away at psoriasis and eczema ......................................105
Stop kissing frogs: Treating your warts...........................................105
Easing skin problems with hypnotherapy ......................................106
Relieving the Pressure of Hypertension....................................................108
Taking a Pregnant Pause for Childbirth ....................................................110
Conceiving options ............................................................................110
Delivering the goods ..........................................................................111
Improving Irritable Bowel Syndrome ........................................................113
Dealing with your IBS anxiety ...........................................................114
Coping with constipation and diarrhoea ........................................114
Loving the Dentist! ......................................................................................115
Drilling away at your problem ..........................................................116
Grinding down your bruxism: Teeth-grinding
and hypnotherapy ..........................................................................117
Dealing with Problems with a Psychological Basis .................................117
Obsessing about change: Obsessive
compulsive-disorder (OCD) ..........................................................118
Beating bulimia ...................................................................................119
Chapter 7: Feeling Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
Conquering Performance Anxiety..............................................................124
Playing the starring role ....................................................................124
Feeling your star fade ........................................................................125
Acting your way to a better performance .......................................125
Regaining your lustre.........................................................................126
Summing up your parts .....................................................................127
Taking the Confidence Trick .......................................................................127
Feeling ten feet tall (when you’re used to feeling like a midget).....127
Changing your self-talk ......................................................................128
Putting your confidence into practice.............................................128
Sorting Out Your Anxieties .........................................................................129
Beating the Blues .........................................................................................130
Understanding the different types of depression ..........................131
Working your way out of that black hole ........................................131
Stress Busting! ..............................................................................................132
Cooling yourself off and hypnotherapy...........................................132
Responding with stress .....................................................................132
Reframing your stressed-out world .................................................133
Making a molehill out of that mountain ..........................................134
Accessing Your Creativity ...........................................................................134
Tapping into your endless well of creativity...................................135
Unblocking your creative flow..........................................................136
Touching on Sexual Problems ....................................................................137
Chapter 8: Considering the Limits of Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141
Realising That Hypnotherapy Helps, It Doesn’t Cure..............................141
Accepting Hypnotherapy’s Limitations.....................................................142
Setting yourself up for success.........................................................142
Highlighting the importance of your motivation ...........................144
Letting Go May Be Harder Than You Think .............................................145
Facing the fact that you may want to keep your problem ............145
Overcoming your secondary gains ..................................................147
Sabotaging your own therapy...........................................................147
Examining Your Hypnotherapist’s Ethical Responsibilities ...................149
Looking at Your Hypnotherapist’s Legal Responsibilities ......................150
Part III: Expanding the Reach of Hypnotherapy
Chapter 9: Your Kids and Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155
Considering Ethical Issues .........................................................................156
Noting the Differences in Hypnotising Children.......................................157
With eyes wide open ..........................................................................158
Trance through imagination ..............................................................160
Making the decision to seek therapy...............................................160
Listening to your child’s hypnotherapist........................................161
Understanding Some Common Childhood Issues....................................162
Hiding behind sofas: Dealing with your anxious child ..................162
Solving bed-wetting............................................................................162
Chapter 10: Visiting Your Former Selves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165
Examining Past-Life Regression..................................................................165
Beliefs about PLR ...............................................................................166
Reasons to revisit past lives ............................................................167
Journeying to Your Past Life.......................................................................168
Revealing any past-life memories.....................................................168
Choosing a route ................................................................................169
Reaching a dead end..........................................................................170
What to Expect during Your PLR Session .................................................171
Setting the scene ................................................................................172
Visiting those important times .........................................................173
Being present at your death..............................................................173
Healing past hurts ..............................................................................174
Completing the journey and returning to the present ..................176
Chapter 11: Removing Your Phobias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Rationalising the Irrational: Defining Phobias..........................................179
Explaining phobias.............................................................................180
Comparing phobias to plain old fear ...............................................181
Pointing out triggers ..........................................................................182
Examining the Various Types of Phobia....................................................184
Specific phobias .................................................................................187
More complex phobias ......................................................................187
Removing Your Phobia through Hypnotherapy.......................................188
Starting with the basics .....................................................................188
Approaching the trance.....................................................................190
Picturing your life without your phobia .........................................192
Confronting Your Phobia: A Contract for Action .....................................192
Part IV: The Practical Stuff
Chapter 12: Finding a Hypnotherapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .197
Looking Out for a Hero ................................................................................197
Knowing what to look for ..................................................................198
Believing adverts – or not .................................................................199
Cruising the information superhighway..........................................199
Relying on word-of-mouth.................................................................200
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Looking Into Your Hero ..............................................................................201
Researching by word-of-mouth.........................................................201
Making sure your hypnotherapist is professionally trained ........202
Talking to a few therapists ................................................................202
Asking the right questions ................................................................203
Selecting Your Therapist.............................................................................204
Chapter 13: Your First Hypnotherapy Session Step by Step . . . . . . . .205
Entering the Office ......................................................................................205
Caring enough to pay your own way ...............................................206
Knowing how many sessions it may take........................................207
Starting Your Hypnotherapy Session ........................................................207
Getting acquainted with your hypnotherapist ...............................208
Creating a working relationship .......................................................208
Teaming up with your hypnotherapist............................................209
Supplying a Case History ............................................................................210
Going Into a Trance......................................................................................211
Inducing a trance ...............................................................................211
Homing in on what a trance feels like..............................................212
Taking you in and taking you deeper...............................................213
Experiencing the Actual Therapy ..............................................................213
Choosing the best approach for you ...............................................214
Receiving post-hypnotic suggestions ..............................................215
Strengthening Your Ego...............................................................................215
Adding the feel good factor...............................................................216
Bolstering a weak ego ........................................................................217
Waking Up .....................................................................................................218
Coming completely out of trance.....................................................219
Continuing therapy while you’re coming out of trance.................219
Doing Your Homework.................................................................................220
Chapter 14: Practising Self-Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .221
Connecting to Your Unconscious...............................................................221
Setting Your Goal .........................................................................................222
Hypnotising Yourself ..................................................................................223
Inducing your own trance .................................................................224
Deepening your trance ......................................................................226
Trusting your unconscious mind
to carry out your suggestion.........................................................227
Strengthening your ego .....................................................................227
Waking yourself from trance.............................................................228
Examining the Pros and Cons of Self-Hypnosis........................................228
When self-hypnosis is appropriate ..................................................228
When self-hypnosis isn’t appropriate..............................................229
Developing Your Own Scripts.....................................................................229
Ongoing Self-Hypnosis ................................................................................230
Making your hypnosis work..............................................................231
Establishing a routine ........................................................................231
Improving your effectiveness ...........................................................231
Chapter 15: Meeting the Family: Some
Cousins of Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233
Looking at Reasons to Use Something Other Than Hypnotherapy.......234
Asking why your hypnotherapist isn’t using hypnotherapy ........235
Making sure that you understand what
your hypnotherapist is doing........................................................235
Gazing at Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)....236
Eyeing EMDR’s theories.....................................................................237
Wagging a finger: EMDR in action.....................................................238
Tuning into Thought Field Therapy (TFT)................................................239
Feeling Out the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) ............................241
Talking about Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)................................242
Digging into the name ........................................................................243
Looking at NLP in practice ................................................................243
Part V: The Part of Tens .............................................247
Chapter 16: Ten Common Misconceptions about Hypnotherapy . . .249
Hypnosis Is Magical and Mystical .............................................................249
You’re Under the Power of the Hypnotherapist.......................................250
Hypnosis Is Dangerous................................................................................250
Hypnosis Makes You Cluck like a Chicken and Lose Control .................251
You Have to Keep Your Eyes Closed and Stay Completely Still .............251
Hypnosis Is Therapy ...................................................................................252
You May Not Wake Up from Trance ...........................................................252
You Go to Sleep during a Hypnosis Session .............................................253
Some People Can’t Be Hypnotised – Even if They Want to Be ...............253
You Don’t Need a Hypnotist – You Can Hypnotise Yourself ...................253
Chapter 17: Ten Pioneers of Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255
Franz Mesmer (1734–1815) .........................................................................256
James Braid (1796–1860).............................................................................256
Hippolyte Bernheim (1837–1919)...............................................................257
James Esdaile (1808–59)..............................................................................257
Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–93) ..................................................................257
Pierre Janet (1859–1947) .............................................................................258
Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)........................................................................258
Clark L. Hull (1884–1952).............................................................................259
Milton Erickson (1901–80) ..........................................................................259
Ernest Rossi (1933–present).......................................................................260
Chapter 18: Ten Qualities to Look For in a Hypnotherapist . . . . . . . .261
Confidentiality ..............................................................................................261
Honesty .........................................................................................................262
Well-Trained..................................................................................................262
Empathy ........................................................................................................263
Ethics .............................................................................................................263
Experience ....................................................................................................264
Tidiness .........................................................................................................264
Punctuality....................................................................................................265
Non-Judgemental..........................................................................................265
Active Listening............................................................................................265
Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Choosing a Hypnotherapy
Training Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267
Making Sure the Institution Is Accredited ................................................267
Training for Clinical Hypnosis, NOT Stage Hypnosis! ............................268
Looking at Length of Training.....................................................................268
Going through the Interview Procedure ...................................................269
Sitting Still for Classroom-Based Training ................................................269
Checking the Experience, Background, and Variety of Lecturers..........270
Getting Help from Tutorials .......................................................................270
Talking to Previous and Current Students ................................................270
Offering Continuing Professional Development ......................................271
Supporting You After Training ...................................................................271
Appendix: Resources..................................................273
Hypnotherapy Organisations .....................................................................273
United Kingdom..................................................................................273
United States .......................................................................................273
Canada .................................................................................................274
Australia ..............................................................................................274
Training Institutions ....................................................................................274
United Kingdom..................................................................................274
United States .......................................................................................275
Canada .................................................................................................275
Australia .............................................................................................275
Malaysia...............................................................................................275
Portugal ...............................................................................................276
Spain.....................................................................................................276
Useful Books .................................................................................................276
The Handbook of Hypnotic Metaphors and Suggestions..............276
The Wisdom of Milton Erickson: The Complete Volume...............277
Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis – 3rd Edition.................277
Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis ...........................................277
Training Trances: Multi-Level Communication
in Therapy and Training ................................................................278
Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques
of Milton Erickson, Volume 1.........................................................278
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children, 3rd Edition ..............278
Time Distortion in Hypnosis: An Experimental
and Clinical Investigation ..............................................................279
Ericksonian Approaches....................................................................279
Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis ................................................279
Code of Ethics...............................................................................................280
Index........................................................................281


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