The subconscious stores our memories and experiences, good and bad. If you’ve had an unpleasant experience which you dealt with badly this experience will be stored away in your subconscious. When at some future time a similar experience is encountered, the subconscious recalls the negative emotions and triggers the fight flight response in order to avoid the experience again.
So to avoid stress or anxiety many people do not apply for a different job, never push themselves for promotion, never try a new skill or hobby, not start a new relationship and much more. This is because deep in the subconscious is a belief you need to avoid these things as they may cause ‘danger’.
Imagine however you became consciously aware of this limiting belief, this fear that is holding you back, what could you do? The fight flight response can be a positive experience it you understand what is happening, imagine you could face up and confront an issue hoping for a different more positive outcome.
Hypnosis can help by uncovering your hidden negative beliefs then suggesting new, more positive ones for you. And through visualisation, stressful or anxious situations can be rehearsed so new positive beliefs can be imbedded into the subconscious to ease the sense of danger.
So, look at what might happen to a perfectly competent teacher during an observation:
Belief – What if my lesson is bad? I hate people watching me… a colleague had a bad one last week… they don’t like me… what if the children misbehave?
Response – teacher feels anxious, fight flight response triggered, feelings of tension, breathing increases, voice quickens, mouth feels dry, children sense something up, noise increases, teacher snaps at children and loses focus.
Result – observer witnesses rambling lesson in noisy classroom.
Run through again after hypnosis, the teacher has rehearsed this situation, experienced through visualisation the scene and recognises the physical aspects of the fight flight response, they harness the increased arousal and perform in their usual confident manner. So the inspector walks in:
Belief – the observer is just another visitor to my class. I am a competent teacher who has many visitors without me or the class being affected. I know, I really do know, I am good at what I do.
Response – teacher remains calm, continues with lesson as planned, children work as normal and lesson proceeds as on every other school day, just another lesson.
Result – observer witnesses confident teacher delivering planned lesson.
This example could be applied to any potential stressful situation.