Surprising scientific experiments are revealing that what we think we’ll do and what we will actually do can be very different.
Our unconscious mind is often calling the shots, influencing the decisions we make, from who we fall in love with to what we eat.
A recent study by Horizon demonstrated the mind’s tendency to favour positive information over negative, the latter being tacitly edited out. So, when we say things like, “we just have to be positive and keep going” we may be expressing a deeper truth about how the mind has evolved to persuade us that the future will be better than the past.
Research has unveiled that the human mind is programmed for positivity, and it is this deeply ingrained positivity that has allowed us to survive and thrive against other species over thousands of years.
This innate ability to expect the best regardless of circumstances has allowed us to take risks as a species that have ultimately led us to conquer the world.
It seems that even considering pros and cons, possible obstacles, likely challenges, fearful outcomes… our “go for it” tendencies have led us to massively and quickly evolve as a species.
However, when it comes to health and weight loss, our overly optimistic views may be contributing to making us the fattest and unhealthiest species to walk this planet.
Studies show that it’s this positivity that keeps smokers smoking, even though they are fully aware it will kill them. It’s the same positivity that leads us to choose to eat foods our bodies are not designed for, knowing the negative consequences.
This same optimism leads us to eat cake when we know perfectly well it will sabotage our weight loss efforts. Fully aware of the pros and cons, we think “ah sure, it’ll be fine” and tuck into the piece of cake.
Scientists have shown that most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behaviour depend on the 95% of brain activity that is beyond our conscious awareness, which means that at least 95 % of our life is ruled by the programming in our unconscious mind.
As soon as we forget to be conscious, the unconscious is back in charge again. It seems the term “unconscious eating” is more a rule than an exception, and it’s because of this that we continue to sabotage our own health and weight loss efforts.
But, does this mean we have no say or control over our health or our size?
Thankfully, studies in Neuroscience have shown that Neuro-linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Meditation can help re-wire the brain structure by creating new neural pathways, reprogramming the unconscious mind and building new more useful patterns of thinking that will lead to better decisions when it comes to cake, or anything else for that matter.
Anna Aparicio is a Life Coach and Self-image expert at http://www.delite.ie
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Anna Aparicio is one of Ireland's most sought after Life Coaches. A Self-image and Confidence Expert, she uses Neuro-linguistic Programming, Hypnosis and cutting edge coaching tools to develop massive changes in her clients' lives, fast.