Finding Validation and Empowerment Within

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You’re entitled to whatever feelings you have, and you can have whatever feelings you choose.

I tell clients this all the time and I’ve surely written it in past articles too.

It is validating and empowering to be able to remind yourself of this. But where do validation and empowerment come from? I used to think their source was external, like when someone tells you “good job” or helps you develop a new ability.

This past week, the January issue of The ...

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Reward Yourself

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Do you prefer carrot or stick? Do you move toward pleasure or away from pain? Maybe it depends on the situation.

Last week was tough for me but it brought me an insight about punishment and reward.

First my motivation went MIA, then my computer melted down. Boo hoo!

Yes, I found myself dwelling on frustration and anger. That’s very rare for me. Of course I know better and help people get unstuck from unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior all the time. ...

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Sharpen The Saw

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Singing seems to ease me. Dancing too. I did both this weekend on a road trip to San Francisco to see two concerts by my favorite band, The Mother Hips. I’m really not writing this to promote them but rather to share the insight of the rejuvenation it provided. Especially the connections with many old friends.

The mental, emotional and ...

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Hypnosis In Dentistry: A Long History and New Insights

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Hypnosis has provided safe, comfortable and natural sedation during medical and dental procedures since before chemical anesthesia existed. The well-documented benefits include: less need for medication, shorter procedures, faster recovery and cost savings. Despite the long history and dramatic results, many people find this amazing or difficult to believe.

Certainly there are less extreme applications of hypnosis. For dental patients in particular, it is very common to have fear or anxiety about receiving treatment. Some people have a sensitive gag reflex that ...

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Highway Hypnosis Did Not Cause Train Crash

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William Rockefeller drove the Metro-North train that derailed and killed four passengers in New York last week. His lawyer, Jeffrey Chartier, attributed the crash to “highway hypnosis.”

This is a clever defense that greatly shaped news coverage over the past several days. By describing an experience most people have had, the expectation is surely that the public will sympathetically believe it was simply an accident that could have happened to anyone, and therefore Rockefeller can avoid punishment.

Punishment, if any, is a ...

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Free Hypnosis at Great American Smokeout This Thursday

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The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout is this Thursday, encouraging people across the country to stop smoking cigarettes, at least for that day. Using hypnosis and NLP, I’ve helped many people “kick the habit” so I’ll be volunteering my services for free from noon to 4:30pm at the Arcata Holistic Health Center, 940 9th St. across from the Co-Op. Other providers will ...

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