LEARN HOW TO CONCENTRATE AND FOCUS WITH HYPNOSIS!!!
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Hypnosis has a unique way of organizing thoughts and clearing out the clutter. Too often, people are diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficient Disorder and are led to try different meditations to get their focus back. If you can’t seem to make a decision or are constantly jumping from one task to another, then hypnosis can work to make your concentration and focus stronger and help you accomplish more without the use of drugs.
There are many situations in which concentration and focus are imperative: driving a car, performing surgery, working on an important project, taking a test. Often we have trouble concentrating on the task at hand because there is so much more going on in our minds: did I turn off the coffee maker, I need to mail the electric bill, the kids need dentist appointments, what will I do if I don’t get that promotion. All these dialogs going on simultaneously in you head make it nearly impossible to get anything done at times.
The process of hypnosis to create better concentration and focus can be divided into two main areas. First, you need to learn how to really relax — to allow all thoughts to be put aside and no conscious thought to take center stage over another. This is one reason why hypnosis is usually done just before drifting off to sleep at night, when you can put aside other distractions. Secondly, once relaxed, hypnosis can rearrange and organize thoughts so that logical action can take place.
One way to understand how hypnosis can increase concentration is to think of your mind like a computer hard drive. If every file you ever created or every piece of information stored on your computer was just placed on the desktop, you would have a hard time focusing on paying your bills if all of your appointments and letters to everyone you have ever written to were mixed in with each of your banking transactions.
Steve G. Jones is a clinical hypnotherapist and has created a self hypnosis program called Concentration and Focus. Within 3 weeks you will be able to clear the clutter and focus on the things that will help you accomplish all your goals.
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Steve G. Jones, Ed.D., Clinical Hypnotherapist, charges $1,500 for a custom recording and $25,000 for a one-hour private hypnotherapy session at his office. but you can get all the benefits for this low price. Simply listen to the CD every night as you go to bed for three weeks and feel the changes happening in your life. You will feel more empowered, more in touch with your true self, and you will truly know that your goals are within your reach.
This is the same hypnotic technique he uses with busy professionals, Hollywood actors, and people like you who are ready for a positive change NOW!
Steve G. Jones achieves AMAZING and LASTING results!!! Hypnosis is the easiest way to affect change in your life because the positive messages go straight to your subconscious mind effortlessly so you can accomplish your goals and reach for the stars!! All you have to do is listen to the CD at night as you go to sleep!!! You’ll hear soft music, the gentle sounds of the beach, and the soothing sound of Steve G. Jones’ voice all working together to bring about positive changes in your life easily and naturally. Steve G. Jones has been helping people improve their lives with hypnosis for over 17 years…now it’s time for him to help YOU… don’t wait, do it NOW !!! you’ll be glad you did. See you at the top!
With all the distractions that we have in our day to day lives, it’s no wonder we have a hard time concentrating on even the smallest tasks. We’re constantly being bombarded by people, sounds, and thoughts.
What if I told you there was a way that you could improve your focus and concentration. Hypnosis can give you the ability to concentrate on something just with a snap of a finger. It can teach you to drown out all the distractions around you and help you really focus in on the task at hand.
There are so many parts of our lives that require us to concentrate on something. Whether at work, at school, or driving, concentration is an important part of our day. Concentration helps us remember things and retain them for retrieval at some point in the future.
Nowadays, with all our distractions and multitasking, it can seem almost impossible to really focus on one thing. We live in an age of technology and more advanced gadgets and computers than previous human generations could ever dream of. As lights flash and notifications pop up, and devices beep and chirp, we are constantly bombarded with visual and auditory stimuli that our brains have to process. None of these interruptions wait until we are finished with the task on hand, and ready to give our attention to them. At work, at school, at home, driving a car, at a lecture, or any other responsibility, it can seem like important details keep being forgotten, and only in hindsight do we realize we were not paying attention to what we should have been. Reading the same sentence multiple times only to keep not focusing properly can be very frustrating. Too many of us know that embarrassment that happens when you weren’t paying attention to what someone was saying even though you wanted to, and had to ask three times, “What did you say?”, only to still not have been able to pay attention, so we just make some noncommittal comment and hope for the best.
Even without distractions, our bodies are unbelievably busy as it is, with the brain running everything smoothly, and mediating between the different systems. A number of separate brain areas act like different agents with vaguely clear divisions of labor, and with higher order areas acting like managers who delegate and take care of the more difficult activities, but still rely on the more primitive “laboring” regions. Your kidneys are filtering out things like valuable electrolytes and proteins and your liver is filtering your blood of toxins and drugs. The esophagus brings food that the teeth and salivary enzymes have started to catabolize, or break down, to your stomach which then further breaks down ingested food. The penultimate part of the gastrointestinal tract functionality is the activity of the three-part intestines which finish with the catabolism and then distribute the nutrients for absorption. The immune system which contains the lymphatic tissue, lymph, white blood cells, and lymph nodes, is constantly on the lookout for foreign invaders, or potential pathogens. Your lungs are getting rid of carbon dioxide gas waste and bringing in air which contains the oxygen needed for cellular respiration.
Cellular respiration consists of the metabolism of the cells (which are the small mini entities in your body that make up all your parts) as they carry out their duties. Endocrine glands release hormones into the blood that are for initiating or regulating reproduction, fight-or-flight, hunger, satiation, sleep, mood, and various other processes and drives of living. Exocrine glands local hormones to a specific area in their vicinity, such as when there is a local injury event. The nervous system is like the electrical system, with numerous sensors tuned to the outside world as well as the internal environment, and also constantly sends messages around the body for things like movement. Muscles help the entire body or distinct parts of it to move, and also keeps the body upright and aligned. Sphincters move things along and prevent things from moving backwards. The blood circulates everything that needs to be circulated such as the macromolecules, hormones, white blood cells and oxygen, with the heart as a muscular electronic pump to send it all around the body. There is even a vestibular system, a specialized part of the internal ear that gives us our sense of balance, which is busy accounting for movements that occur when we are stationary, (such as when driving in a vehicle while seated,) changing orientations that are sudden or do not match what is perceived, and the sensation of vertigo. Clearly, an enormous amount is happening that the brain is overseeing, processing, and responding to, well before we even start to use our conscious attention.
Every time some information turns into a memory, it has been selected as important enough to retain (McGaugh 2013). Many people laugh about this, because they can’t believe they remember things like the recipe to an Argentinian alfajor sweet cookie but not what a boss might have said just a few moments prior. The person thought they were concentrating, but in fact the brain responded by deciding the piece of information was not important enough to retain. Short term memory is like the RAM (random access memory) on your computer, kind of like how many bits, or units, of data can be held at a given moment mentally without forgetting. It is that feeling of concentrating on a phone number you just read, trying to remember it for when you get to the keypad of the phone to dial it. The long term memories you have are comparable to the files saved on a hard drive.
This explains why most people are apt to forget a new address of a place they are going to, especially when GPS navigator or phone GPS is guiding them, making it so that they do not need to actually pay much. The address is forgotten often directly after, although sometimes it can be recalled a few hours later, and likely within a few weeks it would not only not be able to be recalled, but a person would probably not even be able to recognize it out of a list of addresses as the one they went to. However, the address you had in childhood is rarely forgotten, even if it takes a second sometimes to remember it. This is the difference between short term memory and long term memory. It is clear that short term memory is a lot like what we understand concentration or focused attention to be.
For a piece of information to become saved It is transformed from the data our short term memory temporarily holds into a structural pathway of neuronal activity that can be strengthened with further repetition and exposure (Jonides et al. 2008). This really is a physical change and an activational change as well. In other words, memories stored in the brain that are repeatedly accessed are like a path in a forest that is walked on many times until it becomes cleared and robust. Attention is the first step to make a memory change within the brain that will yield effects in both form and function. There research that has gone into learning the development and mechanisms of attention and what drives motivated attention has been extensive and complex, with many pieces of different studies compiled to make a cohesive foundation to properly understand all of it. In order to understand what we are driven to do, or what part of the brain gets us to do things, it was discovered that many things we engage in or are stimulated by will hit the reward pathway of the brain, formally called the mesocorticolimbic reward pathway. It is made up of the nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area and uses the chemical neurotransmitter dopamine as the main ingredient (Bressan and Crippa 2005).
Ergo, dopamine is only released in response to particular things, namely sensual, pleasant, enjoyable, or hedonic stimulations. The brain uses rewarding feelings or pleasure feedback as an incentive to drive the individual to anything that will promote survival and reproduction (Wickelgren 1997). This is why we like good music, delicious drinks, tasty food, sensual touching or massage, sexual relationships, immersive art, sunshine rays hitting the skin, and unbelievably beautiful displays of nature. Pleasurable things are felt as pleasurable because they all have a biological basis and serve some purpose to promote quality of life, all via the body’s natural built-in instincts and behaviors that keep us alive. The types of things typically get the strongest response in a healthy individual act directly on the reward pathway, while things like money or dating actually do not directly impact the reward pathway. Because of how enmeshed they become with the things that do have rudimentarily a biological foundation, they still have strong responses as we all know.
What kinds of things might stand out as worthy of our attention? Your mind cannot actually concentrate with your full attention on two things at the same time, but it does run a neat trick and switches back and forth very quickly, giving the illusion of multitasking. Dopamine plays a role in this back-and-forth operation which researchers have named task-switching (Rowe et al. 2008). There is a switchboard in the brain called the thalamus that directs all “incoming” messages to where they need to go, and ultimately is a crucial part of the pathway that happens in an instance to decide what is worthy of attention.
A lot of the time, novel things get special treatment, and will evoke a more powerful heightened response when found to be pleasing or enjoyable (Rebeca et al. 1996). The biological underpinnings are what increases interest, since it makes sense that we would be extra sensitive to anything new in the environment that could be nutritious food, something posing as a potential threat, or perhaps a mate. However, many times, when we do something our brain is already familiar with and has been exposed to in the past, we get reward “hits” that reinforce whatever that thing is. It has saved in the hard drive style of long term memory with the pleasurable component and satisfaction already associated with whatever that things is. This is actually the etiology for any type of addiction or compulsive behavior (Lin et al. 2012, Adinoff 2009). When addictive substances or compulsive behaviors become saved as “triggers”, or “buttons to push”, for pleasure, the person now has that saved in their brain as a long term memory that is getting stronger and stronger each time. There are a number of detrimental outcomes to addiction, one of which is that the reward pathway will actually grow unresponsive and desensitized.
Current evidence the relationship between dopamine expression and conscious attentive focus has amassed to a body of work that has been contributed to by hundreds if not thousands of researchers and their respective studiousness and work. Scientists have learned that the brain fully focuses its concentration and conscious attention to tasks and activities that are novel or pleasurable. This can happen when the brain “knows” because of prior exposure and familiarity that resulted in a memory. This can also happen when these tasks or activities are able to trigger the inherent natural biological responses (as mentioned, some examples are good food, massage, sexual relationships, and music). Therefore, as would be expected, dopamine release is in fact what propagates directed focused attention, motivated attention, attentive cognition, and concentration (Nieoullen 2002).
One theme for researchers has been to work with patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease as dopamine has the most important role for the illness. The part of the brain that produces dopamine is called the substantia nigra and is one of a group of subsections that are collectively called the basal ganglia. One of the basal ganglia’s copious functions is control of voluntary movement, making sure it goes smoothly as per the person’s intention. The fact that these are linked is unsurprising given that the nature of motivation for pleasurable, significant or rewarding activities or things frequently requires motion and movement. In the case of Parkinson’s disease, the substantia nigra is affected and this means that available dopamine is greatly reduced, resulting in the movement problems that so many people associate Parkinson’s with, including the oscillations and falls (Kucinski et al. 2015). Another feature of having low dopamine with Parkinson’s is a lack of motivation which inversely can be described as causing an increase in apathy (Mathis et al. 2014). The next problem that comes along with this illness and is the consequence of having reduced dopamine is anhedonia, which describes the nightmarish state where one experiences loss in the ability to feel pleasure (Loas et al. 2012). The last major characteristic Parkinsonian symptom is the emergence of attention problems where the person finds it hard to focus or concentrate on the things they used to be able to when there was more dopamine present (Rose et al. 2010).
The other major theme has been to work with individuals who have neurobehavioral problems that make up attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Like with Parkinson’s, it is dopamine that is the culprit for ADHD, and it is the areas in the basal ganglia again where there is insufficient dopamine, causing attention problems and behavior that is impulsive or hyperactive (Del Campo et al. 2010). Scientists sum this up as dopaminergic dysregulation which means that the production process of dopamine is defective and problematic. Many of what applies for Parkinson’s applies for ADHD and the medications for both act on dopamine.
You might be surprised to learn that hypnosis studies have made valuable and important contributions to the field, investigating a number of psychological processes. These areas of research include attention, motor control, and motivation, which is also often referred to as volition, meaning will (Ejamieson and Burgess 2014). Research studies have shown that while hypnotized the brain and its activity is changed. A group of researchers used an electroencephalogram, or EEG in a study to measure frequency bands of the wave patterns that characterize different states, such as light sleep, deep sleep and dreams, alertness, and others. They found changes in five studied independent frequency bands which shows that hypnosis alters the brain’s functioning and connectivity from how it normally is, and since one was in the alert state, it is clear hypnosis can help with attention (Fingelkurts et al. 2007). Another earlier study using EEG to measure the wave patterns that characterize mental states has also shown that hypnosis caused increased alertness, and did so for both low hypnotizable subjects and high hypnotizable subjects (Sabourin et al. 1990).
Even the early scientists actually began to see that hypnosis is a neuropsychological state of enhanced attention, or increased attentional processes since the very areas of the brain that affect attention, or focus, are affected by hypnosis (Crawford 1994). Current researchers continue to support these views with their work, substantiating claims of hypnosis having powerful effects on attention, or concentration, as well as volition and motor control (Oakley and Halligan 2013, Lynn et al. 2010). They feel that hypnosis is a very promising treatment that can have widespread clinical significance in treating ailments that cause deficits in attention, motivation and motor control (Oakley and Halligan 2013). In fact, for close to forty years, rigorous empirical data, a continuously growing body of supportive literature and meta-analysis reviews have resulted in hypnosis being accepted by many as a tool that can modulate motivation and attentive focus or concentration (Lynn et al. 2010).
The characteristic mindfulness of hypnosis is in a way really just a period of focus, attention, and concentration. It can become a way of living, where paying attention and being mindful become habitual and part of daily life. A number of researchers have even began looking into practical applications in the field for specific conditions that can be helped by mindfulness, such as depression which causes rumination that interferes with attentiveness and volition (Lynn et al. 2010). Additionally, there is increasing evidence that short term memory (often called working memory as well), self-awareness, stimulation, focused attention, motivation and processing of external information (or distractions) are all in a large part unconscious events and activities (Hassin et al. 2009, Császár et al. 2013). This is also true for distractions coming in; they are unconsciously filtered out or they are deemed significant (van Gaal et al. 2008). The brain areas associated with all of these things (along with the distractions that disrupt them) can therefore be impacted by hypnosis which provides access to the realm of the unconscious (Császár et al. 2013).
Most notably, the effect of hypnosis on the dopamine pathways have been researched quite extensively, and a lot of data seems to support its role as an influence on dopamine’s main pathways of attention, volition and movement (Raz 2006, Spiegel and King 1992, Lichtenberg et al. 2000). There are extraordinary take-aways for future research that are based on the common conclusions that these studies have converged on despite their separate and different routes (Raz 2006, Spiegel 2007). Clearly, hypnosis is a highly relevant and useful approach when it comes to improving concentration, focus, and attention.
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