If you want to improve your confidence and self-esteem then hypnotherapy is an excellent way to start!
Confidence is one of the key ingredients of success.
There are times in our life when we need a little bit more confidence than others, and that is perfectly fine. It may be that we just forgot how confident we naturally are, and need a gentle reminder.
Our degree of self-confidence, or the trust we have in ourself, reflects on all aspects of our lives. It reflects on how we think and feel about ourselves, how we perceive others and how successful we become.
People may be paying us compliments, we may be in a relationship with a wonderful person or enjoying a senior position in a top firm. Nevertheless, we may still find a reason to doubt ourselves, or question our capabilities.
What causes lack of confidence and self-esteem?
Reasons for low-self esteem can vary. They can depend on how loved we felt at the time of our birth and what we experienced in our childhood. It can also depend on what messages we have picked up along the way.
Young children do not have the critical faculty of the brain to question their superiors. They believe everything their parents and carers tell them, so their messages become part of their subconscious programmes.
Moreover, when parents or superiors are overly critical or protective, children may not get the opportunity to develop belief in their abilities. As a result, a sense of inferiority or inadequacy can become part of self-image.
When we become older, our brain develops the capacity to filter information. We become able to discern harmful messages and to decide which information we are going to accept. The only downside is that the critical faculty of the mind filters the new input according to our previous programmes.
Good illustrations of this are when someone says to us how beautiful we are, or how well we are doing. Nevertheless, we find ourselves unable to enjoy the moment and instead point out what is missing!
Our mind filters the incoming information according to what is known and matches it to our pre-existing programmes. Henry Fonda explained it very simply: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you are probably right!”
We may have all the skills and wonderful ideas but still struggle to act upon them.
As a powerful energy that is motivating us, subconscious mind can be our master or our servant!
How do we bypass the critical faculty of the mind?
Our subconscious mind doesn’t like change and is rather reluctant to implement new ideas. This is because often these new ideas do not match with something we have already learnt.
Due to our brain’s negative bias, every change is perceived as a potential threat. The change may be for our benefit but it still undergoes a thorough scrutiny from the mind’s critical factor.
Someone who has been told that they are skinny and weak is unlikely to perceive himself as a successful athlete. However, if an individual wants a change then a transformation is possible but first their subconscious will need some convincing.
How can hypnotherapy restore confidence and self-esteem?*
Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for restoring confidence as it facilitates the absorption and adoption of beneficial information. As the client’s intent to make a change is clear, critical thinking is bypassed during hypnosis and selective thinking can be developed. This is how our programmes are created, both good and bad.
* Results may vary from person to person