The Sensory Power of Metaphor and How We Can taste Them


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So accustomed are we to metaphors related to taste that when we hear a kind smile described as “sweet,” or a resentful comment as “bitter,” we most likely don’t even think of those words as metaphors. But while it may seem to our ears that “sweet” by any other name means the same thing, new research shows that taste-related words actually engage the emotional centers of the brain more than literal words with the same meaning.

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A Realistic Approach To Dealing with Trauma


I read this today and found it a very touching , heartwarming and realistic approach to the traumas we experience through life and wanted to share it with you. It may well clear up some doubts you’ve had about what is expected/normal in response to trauma and you can make up your own mind about what’s right for you.

The Trauma of Being Alive
nytimes.com
by Mark Epstein

Talking with my 88-year-old mother, four and a half years after my father died from a brain tumor, I was surprised to hear her questioning herself. “You’d think I would be over it by now,” she said, speaking of the pain of losing my father, her husband of almost 60 years. “It’s been more than four years, and I’m still upset.”

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Johari For Personal Change


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  1. The public area contains things that are openly known and talked about – and which may be seen as strengths or weaknesses. This is the self that we choose to share with others – what is yours and are you selling yourself short by not sharing some other aspects of yourself, or, are you overdoing it and need to reign some aspect in?
  2. The hidden area contains things that others observe that we don’t know about. Again, they could be positive or negative behaviours, and will affect the way that others act towards us – do you take comments well about these parts of you that others recognise about you and you don’t. If not take some time to reflect on why you feel the way you do about those comments and how you feel about those parts of you that others comment on.
  3. The unknown area contains things that nobody knows about us – including ourselves. This may be because we’ve never exposed those areas of our personality, or because they’re buried deep in the subconscious – what do you do when you discover new things about yourself that you had not known before? Have you discovered good and bad things about yourself and how do you respond to finding out negative aspects of your behaviour?
  4. The private area contains aspects of our self that we know about and keep hidden from others – what do you keep hidden and why? What effect do you think sharing them would have on other people and what effect would sharing have on you?

Conversational Hypnosis: 4 Stages To Hypnotise People Through Conversation


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Progressive conversational hypnosis is not just some mysterious mumbo-jumbo or Internet con. It’s the result of thousands of years of sociological progress plus generations of medical research and proper case study. It utilises tested hypnosis practices as well as the latest linguistic methods. It is far from a stunt or the work of the gods, it’s a technique that could be mastered by anybody able to commit the time to doing it. The individual being hypnotised need neither believe in hypnosis or even agree to it, for it to work.

Due to the use of covert hypnosis by ordinary people within their daily lives, there is a growing conversational hypnosis community who will swap and exchange new ideas and tactics. Hence the methods you must know to make conversational hypnosis work, are consistently evolving and being updated. It is this exchange of guidelines that has seen this form of hypnosis grow to be an ever more effective method in recent years, until today it’s certainly the most efficient hypnosis technique ever employed.

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Research in Neuroscience Battles Depression at The Molecular Level


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Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment options for those who suffer from depression.

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Hypnosis Increases Restorative Slow-Wave Sleep (SWS)


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Deep sleep promotes our well-being, improves our memory and strengthens the body’s defences. Zurich and Fribourg researchers have demonstrated how restorative SWS can also be increased without medication – using hypnosis.

Sleeping well is a crucial factor contributing to our physical and mental restoration. SWS in particular has a positive impact for instance on memory and the functioning of the immune system and our ability to handle stress. During periods of SWS, growth hormones are secreted, cell repair is promoted and the defence system is stimulated. If you feel sick or have had a hard working day, you often simply want to get some good, deep sleep. A wish that you can’t influence through your own will – so the widely held preconception.

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Ideas For Living a Happier Life


1. FREE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE PEOPLE.

Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded. Relationships are meant to help you, not hurt you. So surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness and life out of you. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU – and being YOU is the only way to truly live.

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