The Theory of Mind slideshow presented above provides a broad overview of the concept developed by Dr. John Kappas over forty years ago. The model which on the surface seems so basic, actually has complex physiological and psychological ties throughout the human body, and provides for a very powerful approach to hypnotherapy. Using this paradigm a well trained hypnotherapist can utilize this theoretical model to create successful session plans for cessation work, weight loss, habit control, and even issues such as chronic pain and other medical issues. In fact, it’s a foundational basis for virtually every type of hypnotherapy session one can conduct, and it is so important that it is taught in the very first Foundations Class lecture given at the College of Hypnotherapy.
What is important to understand about the model that isn’t readily covered in the slideshow due to the format is the way in which the association or “known” is changed. For example in the first scenario, the person who experienced extreme fear when the dog came into the room had a negative association or “known” residing in their subconscious relating to dogs. If this person was planning to marry into a family with a big dog, he or she might want to reach a place where they could objectively size up a situation where a dog was in the room, and determine their course of action rationally, instead of from this position they have now determined is an unfounded fear. In this case, the goal in Theory of Mind terms would be to create a newer, healthier association or “known.”
In the second example shown in the presentation, the person was a harmful habit who wanted to stop. This person had a positive association with the habit. If he or she were to come in and wanted to change this habit, we would want to change that positive association.
While an explanation of Neural Pathways is beyond the scope of this discussion, please understand that while the above presentation shows things on a very basic level, in most cases the hypnotherapist isn’t planning to snap the current known out of the subconscious. There are situations and habits where things can be simply suggested away, but in more complex issues what really happens is that a new pathway, to a newer, healthier “known” can be made. This newer, healthier route then becomes the path of least resistance and is chosen over the old association.
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Kappas, J. G. (2009). Professional Hypnotism Manual: Introducing Physical and Emotional Suggestibility and Sexuality (5th ed.) Panorama Publishing.