• Debbie Covino, PhD

Bad Thought: People don’t change.

I often hear Dr. Phil say that the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. I’m sure this is true and that studies bear it out. And yet I know that people often can and do change for the better. I see it every day, and no doubt because the people who come for hypnotherapy are highly motivated change.

In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), it’s said that change occurs only when people have hit bottom, can take responsibility for their situation, and inwardly refuse to spend another minute living as they have been. Their mindset, according to hypnotist Mike Mandel, is this: Something has to change. It has to be me. It has to be now. So, I suppose the bad news is that you may need to experience more crud before you hit bottom, but the good news is that once you do, you’re well-positioned to end your problem. And more good news: hypnotherapy can be used to create a sense of being at rock bottom by turning up the intensity of some of the worst experiences your problem has caused, (NLP practitioner Richard Bandler calls this getting some “Never again!”), so that you’re fully in position to make the change. When I hear it said that people don’t change, I always think, Except when they do.

You're reading the Bad Thoughts Blog, which maintains that feeling good is as simple as thinking a better thought. I'm Debbie Covino, hypnotherapist, coach, and creator of the Master Your Own Mind self-hypnosis audio program and the All Day Hypnosis audio courses, available at https://www.hypnotic-wellbeing.com/digital-audio-programs

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