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Hyper-suggestibility

Hyper-suggestibility is a term used to describe a drowsy, child-like state where information is rapidly absorbed into the subconscious; bypassing the usual mental filters that information is put through.

Hyper-suggestibility

In this state of extreme receptivity, images and verbal suggestions are more likely to be accepted and acted upon (see Tom Budzynski, Ph.D., under Further Reading).

It is common knowledge that children learn faster than adults. Some researchers believe that one of the reasons for this is that young children spend much of their time with the dominant brainwave being theta or delta. But children don’t just learn words and arithmetic; they learn how to survive, and how to think. They are, in effect, building up a subconscious that will support them later in life. For example, in the first years of childhood, subconscious mechanisms need to be built to handle limb and body movement. Later comes recognition, then speech, and so on.

To fully explain it, let’s jump ahead a couple years to something you may be more familiar with: learning how to drive. When first learning you may have been nervous, having to constantly watch the road. Conversations were very distracting, because all of your concentration had to be focused on driving. But it isn’t that way any more, is it? Now you can drive to work and back and not even remember half of it. This is because driving has become a subconscious mechanism, not a conscious one.

In this same way, your subconscious has developed an action to suit nearly every situation. If you don’t like public speaking, it is because your subconscious has built up a nervous reaction to it. If you love eating pineapple, it is because your subconscious has a good reaction to it. Most of the time you will have no idea where these mental programs come from, because they were coded into memory while you were a child, at a time when your subconscious was growing faster than your long-term memory.

In the theta state, one of hyper-suggestibility, learning things and committing them to the subconscious is much faster. Since you are an adult, you generally only enter the theta state when sleeping. However, using mental tools like the Neuro-Programmer gives you a way to take advantage of the hyper-suggestibility of theta, and combine it with recorded affirmations or hypnosis (see Michael Hutchison, Mega Brain Power, 1994).

A study was done by Felipe at Yale University where attitude changing affirmations were given to subjects during various mental states. Only during drowsiness or sleep did the affirmations have any significant effect. During alert, waking states and deeper sleep stages, the affirmations had little to no effect on attitude and behavior.

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