A Word on Behavior

Behavior is how a person responds to a particular stimulus or strategy used to interact with a situation. Simply put, behavior is what a person does! We display behaviors every moment of every day, like what we do when we first wake up in the morning, how we tie our shoes, and the path we take to work. Interestingly enough, all behaviors are learned from our experiences. With this in mind, “when” we learn behavior is critically important.

Did you know that all behaviors are linked to our childhood experiences? Think about something you don’t like, then remember when the experience where you determined you didn’t like it. Behaviorally speaking, our brain will do everything possible to avoid events whenever the possibility of having that experience presents itself. For example, you will avoid entering a space where a dog exists if you don’t like them because of a negative experience at five years old. Additionally, you will ensure that there are no dogs before entering any new environments that present the possibility of encountering one, like asking to have dogs put away before you arrive. Based on this information, we can look deeper at daily adult behaviors we may not have realized we have been using since childhood.

Combinations of behaviors create the strategies that you use every day. You ask people to put their dogs away before your arrival because you learned that making polite requests are effective as a child. However, they are still walking about when you arrive and approach you upon entering their space. You freeze, refuse to make eye contact with the dogs, and patiently wait for their owner to contain them because you were told to display those behaviors when encountering a dog. Once put away, you cautiously observe your surroundings for more dogs before you relax and take a seat because you were taught to always observe new surroundings for safety. Overall, this is the strategy used anytime you think you may encounter a dog, and all were several different learned at an early age.

We use those strategies because we have experienced success with them all. By nature, we seek to repeat our positive experiences because we desire them. Conversely, we actively avoid negative ones because we do not want them. Understand that this is the primary process of creating all behaviors! With this in mind, understand that you can learn new strategies to replace any behavior you desire to change.

All this information is likely to create many different questions. The answer to most of them is yes if you truly desire it. Hypnosis can help you achieve these desires because of how it works. By replacing old strategies with new ones, you will see change happen like magic before your eyes. It is not magic; instead, it is your desire to change and make yourself a better you! In short, hypnosis can help you create new behaviors and strategies to make your life the excellent one of your fondest desires!