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Pavlov's dog and the hypnotherapist


OK, now I've heard it all. I do a lot of web surfing to find articles and ideas for professional and personal self-improvement that I can pass along to you. Sometimes I'll run across an idea that strikes me as pretty cool. But other times I come across something like the one I saw today, called How to be Outstanding in any Situation.

I should have been tipped off that it was written by a Hollywood "hypnotherapist," but I was trying to keep an open mind. So, anyway, to sum up, the guy is promoting a Pavlovian approach to achieving personal power in your life. (You remember Pavlov, of course, the Russian scientist known for his classical conditioning experiments with DOGS.)

Here's the human conditioning technique Jones suggests:

Step 1. Think of three times in your life when you felt very powerful and in control and write them down (one sentence describing each).

Step 2. Stand alone in a room and think of the first situation. Recall it in full color with sound and anything else that could make it real to you.

Step 3. At the moment when you feel fully back in that moment, slap your left shoulder with your right hand and say, "Power!"

Step 4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each of the three memories.

First of all, let's say you complete this part of the experiment without requiring the services of an orthopedic surgeon. Jones then says in any future situations when you need to call upon some inner reserve of strength, you should slap your shoulder again and say "Power!" Are you kidding me? Maybe in Hollywood, home of Paris Hilton and, apparently, hynotherapists, but you pull that kind of stuff anywhere in the rest of the country and somebody's going to take out a restraining order against you. I have a feeling that somewhere from beyond the grave, Ivan Pavlov is going, "Say what?"

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12 comments
nentech
nentech

Can anyone tell me if BALTHOR Has answered or responded to any posts directed to him/her Just interested to know

comjb
comjb

Hold on This is actually a legitimate theory. Sports people have a pre-match routine that gets them into 'the zone'. If practised over a couple of months you would be able to relax yourself by simply tapping your shoulder making stressful situations easier. To be fair, you wouldn't want to do it in public, but the theory is valid.

faradhi
faradhi

SERENITY NOW!!!!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Are you referring to the spaceship from the late-and-much-lamented "Firefly" television series, or the adult diapers?

Your Mom 2.0
Your Mom 2.0

He's refering to a stress-reducing technique that George's father on "Seinfeld" used that involved screaming "SERENITY NOW!". Somehow, it doesn't quite get the job done, but it did shock the kids enough to quieten them down for a moment when I tried it.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Go, go! Power Rangers! Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers! What happens if I get confused and slap my right shoulder with my left hand? Am I suddenly in the mental moment of my greatest humiliation? If I slap both shoulders at once, do I maintain the mental status quo? I do know that if I clap both hands and believe really hard, Tinkerbell won't die.

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

of the old "HE-MAN" cartoon.... "[b]I HAVE THE POWER![/b]". I tried it but I couldn't get the deep bellowing voice thing down right :(

toni.bowers_b
toni.bowers_b

Just be careful you don't inadvertently slap Tinkerbell in the melee.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

from the old "Masters of the Universe" cartoon. Wave a broadsword over your head and shout, "By the Power of Greyskull!!!"

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Pavlov is probably still in jail.I think that Hypnotherapy is done while naked.I'll take some of that power though - - -

Your Mom 2.0
Your Mom 2.0

It reminds me of some of the stress management stuff that was taught in the Dale Carnegie course. Anyone else do the Carnegie thing? If so, what was your experience like?