This week I wish to turn our attention to a cover story in May’s issue of Psychology Today. The headline reads, “The Voice of Reason.” What exactly is the voice of reason?
It seems we have two possibilities going on in our heads all of the time. One we can think of as the voice of treason and the other as the voice of reason. The voice of treason informs us of every little limitation we might be able to think of when it comes to fulfilling our dreams. It literally evokes emotion and attaches it to negative self-talk and as a result, the physical brain processes the information differently than it might otherwise do. For example, a fearful thought such as what one might have before a public speaking event causes the amygdala (the brains seat of fear) to respond. Now if the inner talk, that stream of consciousness constantly going through our minds, were to assure us that we were ready and would knock it out of the park, our brains would respond differently. Quoting the article in Psychology Today, “By toggling the way we address the self—first person or third—we flip a switch in the cerebral cortex, the center of thought, and another in the amygdala, the seat of fear, moving closer to or further from our sense of self and all its emotional intensity.” 1
Now Mainstream Science
What used to be considered as pop-psychology for many years is now mainstream science. Indeed, through the use of some innovative research designs, the article continues to inform us that inner talk isn’t just mechanical, it is all important. According to the article, how we address ourselves, our own inner talk, is, and I quote, “a powerful instrument of consciousness itself. When deployed in very specific ways, it frees the brain to perform its absolute best!” 2
Now this should come as no surprise to those of you who follow my work. My own research together with that of many independent researchers has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of changing how we talk to our selves. Indeed, that’s what InnerTalk’s patented technology is all about. Through the use of shadowed messages presented in a dichotic masking manner (what many think of as subliminal—but not just any ordinary subliminal) we have successfully lowered test anxiety, reversed clinical depression, alleviated the symptoms of ADHD, reduced stress, prompted self-healing and so much more. The fact is, dozens of different InnerTalk titles have been put to the test in studies carried out by independent researchers and they have all demonstrated effectiveness.
The Big Advantage
Here’s the big advantage to priming your self-talk with InnerTalk, as opposed to just using a positive affirmation. When you tell yourself something your conscious sentry may reject it. So you say something like, “I deserve to be happy and prosperous,” and maybe that sentry, the one who functions out of protection to us, based on defense mechanisms, may well say something back to us like this, “Why do you think that? What about…?”
We all develop defense mechanisms in our maturation process. Perhaps we are laughed at—humiliated, for the way we laugh, so we unconsciously adapt a strategy that stops us from really laughing. Later in life our friends and family just think of us as being rather stoic, lacking a real sense of humor. We may even adapt that view of ourselves, but the real reason is we were dishonored badly at sometime early in our lives and our defense strategy, intent on protecting us, prevents us from laughing.
Now we decide to develop a sense of humor, so we begin to tell our selves with affirmations, I laugh, I am funny, I like laughing-and what happens is that conscious sentry talks back with, “Not really. You don’t like laughing. Be serious! Etc.”
Bypassing the Sentry
When you bypass this sentry with InnerTalk technology, you prime your stream of consciousness literally with the positive messages that lead to new life beliefs and a real change in behavior. Like flushing out a dirty garbage can with a hose pumping in clean water, pretty soon the negative is gone and what remains is the fully supportive positive messages. Then—when you say to yourself something like, “I deserve,” your self-talk says back, Ya’-I do. I really do!”
Thanks for the read,
NY Time Bestselling Author of Choices and Illusions