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Change Techniques By Nadeem Khan

Change Techniques By Nadeem Khan

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Published by: Nadeem Latif Khan on Nov 13, 2008
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C
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ECHNIQUES
I'm Mike Reeves-McMillan, ahypnotherapist and health coach. Ihope you benefit from this free ebookon techniques of personal change,based on a series of posts from myblog
.I blog mostly about lifestyle changes which benefit your health, andhow to make them. This ebook concentrates on the "how to makethem" part. Watch out for my companion ebook,
The Seven Key HealthBehaviors
.
C
ONTENTS
looks at why your brain resists change, and how you canwork around that by paying attention.
talksmore about attention and awareness.
,
and
all deal with simple but powerful techniques for becomingbetter at coping with life and laying a foundation for positive change.
discussesthe timing of change, while
and
look at thepractical basics of planning and executing a life change.
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HOWYOU
 
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You may have heard that we only use 10% of our brains. (You mayeven have seen the saying incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein.) Of course, it isn’t true; we use all of our brain at one time or another,though usually much less than 10% of it at any one time. And this isone reason that it’s sometimes hard to change our behavior.
 
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No part of the brainremains unused for long.
From the point of view of thebrain’s neurons, it’s likeworking in a busy kitchen;the moment you finish onetask, someone nearby willgrab you to work onanother. Nobody is allowedto stand around idle.Scientists who investigateneuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change) have pointed out a paradox here. Because of thisneural ability to swap tasks, and the requirement for each part of thebrain to keep doing the task it has as long as the demand for it exists,change is actually quite difficult sometimes.It’s like having a bookshelf that is crammed with books; in order to puta new book on the shelf, you first have to take one of the existing
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ones off.Or, in terms of real estate,think about wanting to builda new building in the innercity. To do so, you first haveto knock an existing buildingdown.
 
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What this means is that if you have a habit, for example, that habit istaking up a certain amount of space on the mental bookshelf, a certainamount of real estate in Downtown Brain, and in order to create a newhabit you have to do something to shift the old one.Something like what?Something like
paying attention
. An excellent book on brainplasticity for intelligent laypeople is
, which discusses the power of attention extensively. It
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describes, for example, afascinating experiment withmonkeys.You take your monkeys, andyou set them up withheadphones through whichyou play sounds, and littledevices which gently strokeone hand of each monkey.Every monkey gets the samesounds and the same handstimuli.Now, you reward half themonkeys with juice whenthey make responses that coincide with changes in the sounds, but notwhen they respond to changes in the hand stimuli, and the other half of the monkeys you reward the other way round. Monkeys are smart,and they love juice. Pretty soon, half the monkeys are paying attention

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