Memory and Confidence

Most people believe their memory is like a camcorder.

Most people believe their memory is like a camcorder. It’s NOT!

How confident are you of your memory? Would you stake your life or the life of another on it? Some people do – in court. It may be a mistake to put so much confidence in something so untrustworthy.

“The goal of memory isn’t to keep the details. It’s to be able to generalize from what you know so that you are more confident in acting on it.” (Davachi)

Elizabeth Loftus and others have pretty soundly demonstrated the fallibility of memory. I’ve become used to the idea that my memory is not to be trusted. It’s not that I’m getting older, although that, I’m sure, has contributed to my lack of confidence in it. No, it’s because memory is NOT a recording like video. It’s a mess of misconceptions, misperceptions, unreliable related memories, and emotions.

Knowing that about my memory helps me “let go” of current perceptions and judgments – judgments based on the confidence I have in my memory.

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What Your Eyes Can Tell Your RET Technician

This face is shouting something useful.

This face is shouting something useful.

What kind of information can a RET Technician gather from the presentation their client’s eyes offer during a session? Maybe quite a bit.

I worked for many years as a Rapid Eye Technician – addressing issues such as irrational fears and unproductive and/or unhealthy habits like smoking and overeating, and general and specific stress. It was common in session for my clients to show emotion in the way their eyes appeared. HOW my client blinked and the direction their eyes gazed during a Rapid Eye Technology (RET) session offered me a wealth of information, much of which my client was completely unaware.

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Join Us in The Aha Zone

We invite you to join us in The Aha Zone.

We invite you to join us in The Aha Zone.

Due to popular demand and interest, the Powerstates Blog is happy to announce its continuance.

The Powerstates Blog has been a fun and interesting ride over the past years. It has evolved from an email newsletter to a blog reporting and commenting on research into subjects pertaining to Rapid Eye Technology, Energy Psychology, NLP, and hypnosis.

To address other interests and to involve new authors, we’ve created a sister site called the Aha Zone, whose focus is “what if” and other explorations. Sometimes the Aha Zone will investigate scientific research, especially as such research inspires us to say, “Aha!”

We invite you to join us in The Aha Zone where we’ll explore body, mind, spirit, and beyond – from a new perspective.

– Joseph, editor, The Powerstates Blog

Changing Behavior in Others

How you view yourself contributes greatly to how people treat you.

How you view yourself contributes greatly to how people treat you.

Imagine that someone behaves towards you in a way that you don’t like. You have a variety of approaches regarding how you respond.

One set of approaches deals with your own area of responsibility. You might ask yourself, “What is it about me that has allowed/permitted/drawn certain people to behave towards me in this way?”

The answers to this question may reveal one of two kinds of answers. The first is the opening of opportunity. Looking like a victim often attracts predators of some description.

Another answer or approach is more metaphysical. For example, say that someone is being very stubborn and not accepting your point. Some metaphysical schools of thought would have you examine yourself, to see if you do this kind of thing to others. Are you sometimes stubborn about some things? Do you sometimes refuse to see the points of some others?

A third approach is to look at the other person. Is this a typical pattern of behavior for them? Do they do this kind of thing often, with you and/or with other people? If this is the case, then you can take steps to remedy the situation.

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Resolving Issues Using Light & Sound Technology

A light and sound mind machine can be WAY fun! And therapeutic as well.

A light and sound mind machine can be WAY fun! And therapeutic as well.

Years ago I discovered that I could use a Light & Sound mind machine while my client described their issue symptoms. At frequencies of 8.5 – 10 hz alternating, I found that clients tended to more quickly solve their own problems. One woman I worked with said she felt she could do anything in that state of mind.

For RET Technicians, try using a mind machine while doing RET Life Skills Coaching.

What seemed to work for me was to slowly adjust the mind machine’s frequency up, little by little, until the client showed a distinct relaxing of the facial muscles. Then I’d leave the frequency there for a while before inviting the client to discuss their issue with me. My job was to help them elicit further aspects of their issue or problem. “What ELSE…” “…And then…” etc. Mostly I focused on behavior, belief, and physical sensation, rather than on emotion.

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