Pain and Pleasure – Subconscious Mind Training

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As a Master NLP Practitioner and Hypnotist I’ve helped hundreds of people that have come to my San Diego Office shift the way they feel in the moment, and in the future using the power of advanced hypnotherapy or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP. How? By helping these people understand the effects of pain and pleasure and how they can use it for their benefit.

Pain and Pleasure

As Tony Robbins says, everything you do in life is a result of how you feel about something. In fact, psychotherapist since the time of Freud have discussed that as a human being, you try to avoid pain and find pleasure.

If you actually stop and think about it, from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night, every thing you do comes as a result of you trying to avoid pain and seeking pleasure.

The Link Between Your Senses and Your Emotional Brain

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Just like everyone else in the world your subconscious mind has been receiving training about what gives you pain and pleasure since you were born.

For example, babies learn to smile at their mom and other people.

Why?

They smile because they receive a smile back and sometimes get picked up, changed, burped or talked to. They heard, saw and felt that smiling at people can give you lots of pleasure.

Now when someone smiles you get a good feeling. You have associated pleasure with smiling.

But you can also associate experiences to pain.

Painful Associations

There are many ways to associate pain from your early experiences. I’ll give you a personal example.

When I was a small boy I was very active. I hallucinate (imagine) that my brother and I running around and getting into things all the time must’ve made my mother a tiny bit anxious (okay, maybe more than a tiny bit).

As a result, when I did something she didn’t appreciate she would yell at me and sometimes (often) give me a swat on the bottom. After a while I associated her yelling with the pain of the swat on my bottom. Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP calls that an association or anchor, in this case between my active behavior and what I heard and felt.

I remember in kindergarten my teacher once (at least once) called my name loudly and I jumped. I didn’t realize it at the time but my emotional brain had been trained to associate being yelled at with pain.

I remember that my teacher asked me why jumped. I didn’t know the answer to that one for many years afterwards.

How Has Your Subconscious Mind Been Trained?

Over the years your emotional brain has received a lot of different inputs, sights, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells. Your subconscious mind has learned to associate some of these with pleasure and others with pain.

For example, when you hear a song that reminds you of an early romantic experience you get “feelings” of love. Your head “feels” a certain way and you get a “feeling” in your stomach. Even though you’ve long forgotten why, you love listening to this song.

You’ve associated this song with pleasure.

But maybe you had a different type of association. Maybe you had a song in a different relationship but that relationship turned out to be a unhappy one. When you hear that song you get “feelings” of rejection and disappointment. You “feel” angry and “feel” all broke up inside. You actually “feel” like crying even though you’ve forgotten why.

You’ve associated this song with pain.

There is Pain and Pleasure in Everything You Do

The reason you either do or do not do anything in your life is because what you’ve associated or linked up to it.

Why do you brush your teeth? Is it because you don’t want your breath to stink and your teeth to rot out or is it because you want to have nice breath and healthy teeth?

Same behavior – different association.

Why you love Chocolate Cake

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Let’s say your grandmother gave you a piece of chocolate cake every time she was with you and you fell down and skinned your knee. After you ate the cake you felt better.

Falling down is painful and that chocolate cake made the pain go away.

You associated chocolate cake with feeling better.

Now twenty years later you’re wondering why you’re 30 pounds overweight and why you “can’t resist” chocolate.

It’s your associations!

How to Shift Your Emotional Brain’s Associations

The good news is you can shift the associations your subconscious mind has stored up, training it to respond differently. You can learn to associate good feelings with anything you choose!

Let me give you an example of how you can improve your ability to learn by making an association using an NLP technique called anchoring, quickly and easily:

Your Learning Anchor

1. Close your eyes and imagine or remember a time when you felt curious about learning. Think of a time when you felt positive about learning. Maybe it was a specific subject in school or something at work that fascinated you and that you were very curious about.

When you get into your peak state (this is when you feel your absolute best about being curious about learning) touch a spot on your forearm.

This is your curious anchor spot.

2. Do the above again.

Close your eyes and imagine or remember a time when you felt curious about learning. Think of a time when you felt positive about learning.

When you get into your peak state (this is when you feel your absolute best about being curious about learning) touch the same curious spot on your forearm.

This is called stacking your anchor.

Note: This is simply a form of self hypnosis. You are learning to “hypnotize” yourself to feel good about learning.

3. Open your eyes and think about what it’s like to brush your teeth. You are breaking your state.

Your Fun Anchor

Now you are going to install an anchor for having fun, powerful fun, any time you’d like.

Think about what’s fun and exciting for you.

1. Remember a time when you were excited and having fun. This might have been a time as a child, as an adult, a playful happy, fun time. Really feel the feelings, see what you see, hear what you hear.

When you get into the peak state (when you feel the absolutely best and happiest) touch a spot right above your wrist.

This is your fun anchor.

2. Stack your fun anchor.

Again, remember a time when you were excited and having fun. This might have been a time as a child, as an adult, a playful happy, fun time. Really feel the feelings, see what you see, hear what you hear.

When you get into the peak state (when you feel the absolutely best and happiest) touch the same spot right above your wrist.

You have stacked your anchor.

3. Open your eyes and think about what it’s like to wash your dishes. You are breaking your state.

Making the Association

Now you want to associate learning with fun. The way you do this is to fire both the anchors simultaneously.

Close your eyes and touch your right above the wrist with your pinky finger and your forearm with your thumb at the same time. You have combed these two peak states into one.

Now learning is fun!

Using Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP) to Develop the Life of Your Dreams

Just the way you combined learning with fun you can develop a combination that overcomes any barriers or blockages to things that, in the past, have held you back. You can live the life of your dreams. Start using this technique to help you train your subconscious mind to start living that life today!

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is a Master NLP Practitioner and Hypnotist who lives in San Diego, CA.  He is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach© and the founder of Total Mind Therapy© a fusion of advanced hypnotherapy (hypnosis) and Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP). He is the world’s leading authority on using Total Mind Therapy© to help people achieve their goals and dreams, teaching thousands in both private and business settings how to develop the life they desire.

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