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how three key principles of your mind relate to human behaviour

by Michael Brook, Master Hypnotist

Discover how three key principles of the mind relate to the habits you have formed.

There are there neurological principles of the mind which describe and demonstrate the way people can get stuck doing habits they don’t like.

These three key principles of the mind relate directly to how we form habits, through repetitive behaviour.They are:

  1. Habituation
  2. Maximum Efficiency
  3. Neuroplasticity

The first principle of habituation says that every behaviour, done frequently enough, becomes habit and will be attempted to be perpetuated forever. Have a think about this; when was the last time you tied your shoes differently from how you learnt to it as a child?

The second principle of maximum effort says that if any behaviour is done often enough to become habitual, then it’s worth making it better /more efficient. So your mind will find ways of making you better at doing the things you do regularly.

The third principle of neuroplasticity says that if you do a habit/behaviour often enough, it will begin to change your neurology and become the default pattern of behaviour (when the context for that behaviour shows up).

Put all these things to get and you get the following..

Any behaviour done often enough, gets repeated forever, you get better at it and you do it automatically without thinking, whenever you have to.

Doesn’t this describe the behaviour of most human beings? Doesn’t this describe how people get stuck in patterns of behaviour that once worked but no longer get them useful results, and yet they often still keep doing it?

Now while these neurological principles of the mind can be used to describe the way people can get stuck doing habits they don’t like, it also offers tremendous hope to creating new behaviours.

You see once a new behaviour is found, change can be permanent and life lasting. Consider that any new behaviour done often enough, gets repeated forever, and as you get better at it, do it automatically without thinking, that will continue to happen whenever you need it to.

This means that how we create bad habits is also how we can create good habits – so the results we get begin to change.

Time to change your habits?

Hypnotherapy is a commonly used approach to interrupt and change stuck patterns of behaviour and create newer and better ones.

If you would like to get off the roundabout of your un-useful habits, please call us at Aspire Hypnotherapy and book in for your life changing appointment.

We are available to assist you at Moorooka, Inner South Side or on Skype.. Get more information on our Hypnotherapy Brisbane services or make an appointment today by phone: 07 34117796


blog by Michael Brook, Master Hypnotist

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Hypnosis for insomnia, stress and anxiety. Aspire Hypnotherapy Brisbane

Hypnosis helps insomnia, sleep disruption and anxiety disorders

Hypnosis and Sleep

by Bree Taylor Molyneauxhypnosis and sleep

Studies are now showing that natural worriers seem most vulnerable to the negative effect of sleep loss [1].

Innate worriers — those who are naturally more anxious and therefore more likely to develop an anxiety disorder — are acutely vulnerable to the impact of sleep loss.

New studies are finding that “people who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation,” and that those with generalized anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and post traumatic stress disorder may benefit from an array of natural approaches to improve their sleep.

Modern psychopathology research is also suggesting that heightened negative anticipation or increased vigilance to a threat is an underlying characteristic in most anxiety disorders.

Hypnosis as a solution

Because of its ability to increase responsiveness, hypnosis is frequently used to alter behaviours and reactions that can contribute to chronic health problems (such as insomnia and other sleep disorders).

According to a research review published in 2007 [2], hypnosis can help ease insomnia and may be useful in the treatment of nightmares, sleep terrors, bedwetting, and sleepwalking.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy works to reduce underlying stresses, while putting measures in place for a calmer internal state which assists with everyday anxiety and panic. Many hypnotherapists will also teach self-hypnosis to clients, an approach commonly used in the long term treatment of insomnia with great success.

Hypnosis can help you reduce stress and sleep better today.



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[1] The study was published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

[2]  Graci GM, Hardie JC. “Evidenced-based hypnotherapy for the management of sleep disorders.” Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2007 55(3):288-302.


quitting smoking makes you happier. Aspire Hypnotherapy

Study finds quitting smoking improves your mood


by Bree Taylor Molyneaux

Research finds smokers are happier after quitting smoking. Many people today are turning to hypnosis as a fast viable option to successfully quit smoking, with less withdrawl.

No one disputes that quitting smoking is healthier for us physically, but until now it hasn’t been totally clear if quitting is actually better for us at an emotional level, especially since many people use it to reduce anxiety or reduce food cravings.

A new study has found that people were happiest when they were successful at giving up smoking, regardless of how long that period of ‘not smoking’ was.

Based on their results, the authors of the article published online Nov. 24 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research recommend that smokers embrace quitting as a step toward improving mental as well as physical health.

“What’s surprising is that at the time when you measure smokers’ mood, even if they’ve only succeeded for a little while, they are already reporting less symptoms of depression.” said researcher Christopher Kahler.

[1] Subjects who never quit remained the unhappiest of all, while the ones who quit and stuck with it were the happiest to begin with and remained at the same strong level of happiness throughout the entire study.

Another study [2] conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin looked at over 1,500 people. They assessed each participant’s smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial.

“Our findings suggest that over the long-term individuals will be happier and more satisfied with their lives if they stop smoking than if they do not,” the researchers were quoted as saying.

“This research provides substantial evidence that quitting smoking benefits well-being, compared to continuing smoking,” they said.
The study’s “quality of life” measures included the participant’s health, self-regard, philosophy of life and personal relationships.

Successful quitters reported that they felt they had fewer stressors by the third year, the researchers said.

With so many modern alternatives like nicotine patches, acupuncture and hypnotherapy providing additional support, quitting is no longer, as some smokers may fear, a grim sacrifice to be made for the sake of longevity and long term health.

Quitting smoking better for your health and happiness

If you have ever thought about giving up smoking, but wondered how may you will feel without this addiction, your questions have been answered. You will feel better, healthier and happier.

Hypnotherapy and the use of hypnotic techniques have been successfully employed to assist people with smoking cessation and other associated addictions for many decades. Give yourself the best chance to quit smoking and begin to see yourself as a non-smoker faster and easier than you imagined.

Compared to other psychotherapy based approaches (eg counselling) hypnotherapy has also been proven to have a the highest success rate with the least amount of sessions.

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking fast


Aspire Hypnotherapy offers appointments at various locations in Brisbane, including Eatons Hill, Redcliffe, Bowen Hills.

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[1] Article Source Published on 24 Nov in Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal.

The study involved 236 adults seeking to quit smoking, who also happened to be heavy social drinkers.  Participants took a standardized test of symptoms of depression a week before the quit date and then two, eight, 16, and 28 weeks afterwards.

[2] Smoking Cessation trial – University of Wisconsin – published in journal of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Involved over 1,500 people participating a US smoking cessation trial. Assessed each participant’s smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial.

hypnosis for menopause. Aspire Hypnotherapy Brisbane

Hypnosis for postmenopausal women

Study shows clinical hypnosis reduces hot flashes

Many women turn to estrogen and progesterone creams to assist with menopause and its not so pleasant side effects like hot flashes and night sweats. Recently this approach has declined due to concerns about potential risks, so alternative low-risk treatments like hypnosis are being researched.

A recent study was conducted involving the use of clinical hypnosis to treat symptoms among 187 postmenopausal women between 2008-2012. These women were reporting a minimum of seven hot flashes per day (or at least 50 hot flashes a week) at commencement. Participants received five weekly sessions of either clinical hypnosis or structured-attention (as a study control), and their hot flash frequency and scores were recorded for 6 weeks, and again at week 12.

Women undergoing clinical hypnosis showed an average reduction of 74.16% hot flashes, versus a reduction of 17.13% for the group who did not receive hypnosis.

At 12-week follow-up, the reduction in monitored hot flashes was 56.86% for clinical hypnosis and 9.94% for controls. And even more interestingly, the women who underwent hypnosis treatments reported a higher satisfaction with the treatment outcome; 95% compared to 8.6% for the control group.

Clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy when administered by a qualified practitioner can result in significant reduction of hot flashes for postmenopausal women.


Find out how hypnotherapy can increase your comfort during menopause.

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From: Clinical Hypnosis in the Treatment of Postmenopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Gary R. Elkins, PhD, William I. Fisher, MA, Aimee K. Johnson, MA, Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Timothy Z. Keith, PhD