By : Pierre Benoit
Learning problems can be reduced or eliminated through the use of hypnotherapy.
Contributing factors – Two major factors are low self-esteem and lack of motivation. Additional factors are:
- poor study habits
- poor memory
- absence of reward
- medicine and drugs
To get an accurate picture of your learning problem, check each contributing factor.
Poor study habits.
Poor study habits involve both internal and external conditions. Internally, your sense of how to manage your time or how to concentrate may be poorly defined and difficult to put into action. This results in a drain on your energy and emotions.
Time management is not a complex, tedious process. It simply involves breaking your whole project into workable segments. Your learning project can be compared to an ice cube that you cannot easily swallow whole; broken into pieces, it goes down easily.
The external factors of your study habits have to do with the physical location of your study area and your association with it. A psychologist working with students who had poor study habits found that when the students followed the three rules below, their learning experience was markedly improved.
- Designate one particular location for study and use that location consistently.
- Eliminate any external distractors.
- Leave the location as soon as you’re no longer able to concentrate.
Hypnotherapy can help directly with the last two factors. Some external distractors will never be easy or even possible to eliminate.
The last rule can be regulated by specifying a timeframe for your activity. This involves designating a starting and stopping time that corresponds to your normal attention span and then working within those limits. Without a time limit, you could program yourself for exhaustion.
On the other hand, don’t stay bound to your stopping time if you can no longer concentrate. When you can’t focus your attention on your material, it is time to quit and leave the area. This practice will permit your association with the study area to remain a positive one. You will see it as a productive place where you can succeed at what you’re doing.
We all have three types of memory, which seem to represent three separate compartments in our brains. The first, sensory memory, involves remembering the way something looks, smells or feels. The second is motor-skill memory, which involves remembering how to perform physical activity. The third type includes words, ideas and concepts. It consists of everything you have ever thought, heard or read.
The first to memory types are for more retentive than the type that deals with words, ideas or concepts – which is the one which plays the most vital role in academic learning. To make this compartment of your memory function to its fullest, there are several simple procedures that can assist you in both retention and recall of material.
- Self testing.
- Periodic review.
- Break between tasks.
- You sleep as a “sealer.”
In your lifetime you will be able to restore billions of bits and pieces of information. Facilitating any process of retention is the meaningfulness of the material to be learned. You will be able to learn any type of material if you perceive it as meaningful in some way. When presented with a learning task, the first thing you can do to make your job easier is to organize material into meaningful wholes. Memory can also be aided by organizing the material into some sort of logical pattern.
Absence of reward.
It is difficult to think of doing anything voluntarily without anticipating some kind of reward, however small. If it seems like nothing will be gained from learning, the task is made more difficult. If you can anticipate a reward, your resolve to learn is reinforced and strengthened. So, if you do not already expect a set reward, you will benefit by making up your own payoff.
Rewards don’t have to be elaborate in order to have enough power to draw you through the learning process. You know what kind of rewards will work for you. Dole them out to yourself and don’t cheat.
Medicine and drugs.
A long list of prescription drugs can inhibit your ability to learn. The best ways to determine if medication is contributing to your specific learning problem are to discuss it with your physician or your pharmacist.
Fear is an invisible but powerful force, which can, if extreme, seem to erase loads of material that you thought you had successfully committed to memory. The fear which obstructs learning is a prime candidate for hypnotherapy. By learning to relax, experience feelings of confidence, and cue yourself to succeed, you can defuse a fearful situation. Your cue can be in the form of a word or phrase that gives you moral support. With such a suggestion in your subconscious, you are fortified for success.
Pinpointing the inhibiting factors
To expect optimum results in your learning experiences, you first need to deal with self-esteem and motivation. Without self-esteem, it will be very difficult to be highly motivated, and without strong motivation, the learning process suffers. Make sure that you have examined these conditions before you set out to improve your learning.
Your first step in changing your learning situation will be to decide which of the factors mentioned above has significantly affected your learning in the past. You will then say that factor and describe it briefly. After these negatives have been spelled out, the next step is to transform them into positive suggestions.
Setting up your plan
Once you have pinpointed the factors that contribute to your particular learning problem and have created positive suggestions for changing the problem, you need to look at your overall objectives. These are the same for everyone, regardless of the specific reasons for their learning difficulties. The objectives are:
- To perceive the learning experience as an opportunity and to gain a positive attitude about it.
- To change habits and procedures that are detrimental to the learning experience.
- To improve confidence and self-esteem.
Hypnotherapy for results
Hypnotherapy will help reprogram your subconscious by offering positive, constructive suggestions to accomplish those objectives listed above. Specifically, you will need to:
Approach learning with a positive attitude.
Reprogram your subconscious to replace all destructive and detrimental habits with new successful habits and procedures.
Improve your confidence and self-esteem.
When choosing a hypnotherapist, it is important to be sure that he or she is qualified. Pierre Benoit, CHt, RCCH, is a member of the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists of Canada (ARCH) and of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and can be reached at (514)472-3535