Happy New Year 2018 | Hypnity
"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was." Muhammed Ali (1942-2016) I can picture him saying that, with a twinkle in his eye and a twitch of his lips as he waits for the audience's chuckle in response. A philosopher, a wit, and a wise man, it seems, as we now know from modern brain research what he knew instinctively: that our brain cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality, so if you say it is so, then it will believe it is so. This means if we negatively forecast the future or negatively introspect about the past, the brain will think it is really happening, and will move into the primitive survival-mode of flight, flight or freeze. And because it is in survival-mode it will encourage us to continue to think negatively about a situation because it wants to trigger our survival response of getting out of there in a hurry. This can tip us into a downward spiral of depression, anxiety or anger, or a combination of all three – all are primitive op