Psycho-Cybernetics Part 28 of 30: Reprogramming Old Thoughts

June 19, 2009 by  

eegAs many of you know, I believe that those individuals who have had less than desirable plastic surgery become obsessed with their past mistakes of having wrongfully picked their surgeon, reliving the experience, and further reinforcing that negative attitude as a present-day problem.  Maltz says that we can program our present by how we view and handle the past.  We can look at our lives like a tape-recorded show.  The more times we replay a certain event or thought, the more it becomes ingrained within our psyche and the harder to let it go.  It becomes such a powerful force that we are consumed by the negative energy that emanates from such a thought.  Maltz calls these neural recordings “engrams” that we can further etch into our soul with past unpleasantness or rather begin to erase them through disuse and instead focus using repetition on a currently happy situation.

He recalls when he attended this funeral service for his friend and was shocked at the brother who hated his deceased sibling having poured forth a glowing eulogy.  When pressed about why he gave such a warm remembrance of his kin, the brother told Maltz, “I’m the kind of person who does not speak ill of the dead.”  The sentence that begins, “I’m the kind of person who…” is extremely powerful, notes Maltz.  It sets the emotional tone of where someone currently wants to be by self-perception and opens the flood gates for the servo-mechanism to act in a positive way toward the intended goal.  This deep level of positive affirmation can be the juice to propel one toward the end goal.  Today, try to find one or more sayings of “I’m the kind of person who…” that would help you shape your intention toward the envisioned goal.

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8 Responses to “Psycho-Cybernetics Part 28 of 30: Reprogramming Old Thoughts”

  1. Nord on June 19th, 2009 8:11 am

    This is so full of great ideas. Following your directive, I have another positive affirmation.

    IATKOPW does not take counsel of her fears. (Thank you Dr. L, thank you Gen. Patton.)

  2. Nord on June 19th, 2009 8:16 am

    Oh, if you don’t mind, I wish to add: since I’ve been working especially on the Ruiz wisdom of “not take it personally”, I’ve had far fewer times I’ve needed to worry about fear. Cool how it works and I’m liking it A LOT.

  3. dr. lam on June 19th, 2009 9:18 am

    that is very cool. i had a patient who i recommended to read the 4 agreements and the power of now and he told me that they have changed his life. he said he can now breathe again like when he was 9 years old running in a field with his dad and that he can taste his food like never before. that is really amazing to me. btw, what does IATKOPW mean?

  4. Nord on June 19th, 2009 10:28 am

    Oh, I Am The Kind Of Person Who… (I guess it could be ITKOPW if using contraction.) ;) Tell you the truth, I used to think that leading sentence was usually used by somebody very full of themselves. New perspective, way to look at it here.

    I really love your patient’s description. My opinion-even when something IS directed to be taken personally, why do so? As a smart GF of mine often asks, “What’s the alternative?” May as well not let much really hurt or bother us.

  5. Nord on June 19th, 2009 3:24 pm

    Urrgh. ‘full of himself/herself’. (My error’s bugged me all day and my ancient cellphone can’t well accomodate this site.)

  6. Nord on June 19th, 2009 3:26 pm

    Apparently I still fear my bad grammar and inability to edit. ;)

  7. Heather :) on June 19th, 2009 7:04 pm

    I really like that viewpoint that the way we handle our view of the past that this can affect the way we view the present as being positive or negative. Excellent! I really like that point that the more we dwell on something that this consumes our awareness.

    Golly, I can’t get over how similar this Maltz guy is to you, Dr. Lam! You guys are just twins. :)

    I absolutely love your point about the statement, “I am the kind of person who…”. That is deep psychology and really is a huge indication as to what someone wants to do and puts that person in a state of mind to achieve the intended goal. That is really good psychology!

    Hey, thanks Dr. Lam for making all this psychology stuff easy to understand and grasp. I really really appreciate it and I know a lot of other blog buddies do to. :)

    Gee, Nord, you expect us to know just like that, all your internet savvy lingo?…lol Hey, nice to see you comment! Love ‘em!

    Okay, all you blog buddies, have a great weekend!

  8. dr. lam on June 19th, 2009 9:06 pm

    have a great weekend! monday (or tuesday will be an entirely new blog format and website. hopefully!)

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