Draft Outline of Mind Model from my Work in Progress

homer brain model

 

  • The human brain is an electro organic computer.
  • The brain is a subcomponent of the human body.
  • All actions within the brain are physiological.
  • Any action or thought in the brain has a corresponding effect upon the rest of the body.
  • Any action of the body or any stimulus to the body has a corresponding effect upon the brain.
  • The brain is made up of a number of subsystems each of which are made up of further sub-components.
  • Every system in the human body, whether or not it can exist independently of the human body, aims to maximize its own health and preserve its existence.
  • Actions and stimulus have multi-dimensional effects – the degree of this effect on various systems vary from individual to individual.
  • Emotions are a subcategory of thoughts.
  • Thoughts are physical entities that travel through the blood stream and are picked up by various neurons. When a neuropeptide connects with a neuron it causes that neuron to react. Neurons have many receptors for neuropeptides everyone unique. The more often a neuron is triggered by a neuropeptide the more receptors for that particular neuropeptide develop hence there are less for others. As such our thought patterns themselves are addictive.
  • Thought patterns, including emotions, are addictive.
  • Mind models are inaccurate but useful tools to determine how to effect change in a person. Like Euclidean geometry they cannot be conclusively proven and are inherently incorrect but work within certain scales.
  • The conscious mind is what ‘you’ are aware of at any given moment. In fact at any given moment the concept of ‘I’ and what the ‘I’ is aware of could be defined as the conscious mind.
  • The subconscious mind is all parts of the mind that are working at any given point that the conscious mind isn’t immediately aware off.
  • All thoughts, ideas, emotions begin in the subconscious.
  • The subconscious is not a single coordinated entity but rather a number of different clusters of brain mass each attempting to survive and thrive.
  • Hypnosis is a process by which we attempt to change subconscious processes directly so as to fundamentally change thought patterns.

Critical Factor

  • The various parts of the subconscious act independently but interdependently hence providing a system of checks and balances.
  • When it a hypnotic state we have bypassed the first major check  in the system which is traditionally referred to as the critical faculty. Indeed hypnosis may be defines as the bypassing of the critical faculty.
  • Once the critical faculty is bypassed it is possible to communicate ‘directly’ with various parts of the subconscious mind.
  • Information given to these parts of the mind is still subject to verification. The critical factor is never entirely turned off – it is just subdued and the further that it is subdued the easier it is to implant suggestions.
  • Even after a suggestion is accepted by a part of the subconscious, it may be retested in the future.
  • Suggestions that threaten the physical safety, moral integrity or may potentially cause the persons psyche to fundamentally reassess one of its core values or beliefs are the most challenged and those that are most likely to be retested.
  • There are primarily 3 ways in which we change behaviour, in order of those that are most easily accepted by a subject they are:
    • By reframing how new information is perceived or interpreted
    • By redefining the response to stimuli
    • By directly addressing a value or
  • The critical factor is not an objective entity trying to determine truth – the critical factor is primarily driven by a survival instinct and attempts to maintain the status quo.
  • This applies internally – we will accept evidence that supports our beliefs easily but contradictory evidence has to be overwhelming.
  • And externally – No matter how much you convince someone that they aren’t afraid of heights as they fall from a 70 story building they will revert, albeit briefly, to their previous fear.

More on the Critical Factor and Filters

  • When we refer to the conscious mind we are referring to the processes that we are aware of at the current moment.
  • There are processes that filter information as it travels from conscious to the subconscious as well as processes that filter information traveling from subconscious to the conscious.
  • These filters can be modified directly and indirectly.
  • An example of directly modifying a filter would be to direct you to become aware of an autonomous process and take control of it. If we discuss breathing or blinking simply becoming aware of them makes these processes that ‘we don’t think about’ conscious and gives us the ability to modify them.
  • A similar result may be obtained by simply focusing upon one part of the body and repeating to oneself in a calming voice ‘relax’. This will lead to a noticeable easing of tension in the muscles in that part of the body.
  • An indirect method of effecting a subconscious process is the famous lemon demonstration where you describe cutting into a ripe, juicy lemon and biting into it to somebody. This will cause a noticeable increase in salivation in the subject. This is attributed to the subconscious not being able to discern truth from imagination.
  • Generally visualization of a situation triggers a stronger response than direct suggestion -  while I can suggest someone focus on their right hand and the word relax creating a visualization where with each breath it is ‘flooded with lighter air, relaxing every muscle, nerve and fiber. Where a gentle mist surrounds it and allows each muscle to release any tension,’ etc. will be much quicker and more effective.
  • Certain drugs seem to enhance or reduce these filters abilities – SNRI’s for example allow more (unconscious) control of thoughts and hence prevent many symptoms of depression and mood instability.
  • Examples of a ‘broken filter’ while asleep or in deep trance includes ‘conscious hallucination’.

 

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