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Nov 2018

One evening, a wise shaman of the Cherokee Indians sits with the young warriors around the campfire. A young warrior asks him a question, “How does evil come into the world and how can I always choose the good?”  

The wise shaman answers with the following story:  In each of us lives two wolves, a white and a black wolf. The wolves are constantly fighting each other for their dominance. The one wolf is the black wolf. His character is greedy, jealous, egocentric, jealous, angry, arrogant, and pretentious. The other white wolf has the character of love, compassion, kindness, humility, joy, is honest and generous.  

The young warrior then asks his elder, which of the two wolves wins? The elder answers, the one you feed.

Which wolf do you feed?

Oct 2018

„Depression is usually nothing more than fear-suppressed anger and repressed grief.” - Günter Jursch  

To suffer from depression means much more than just feeling sad, unmotivated and low-spirited. Most of the time, we associate these phases, that everyone knows, with upheaval or change in our lives. However, these phases usually pass quickly.If the feeling however leaves us with helplessness with little or no ideas or resources to overcome it, it can evolve into a depression.

Depression is characterized by a feeling of low-spirit and disinterest. Things that used to be valuable and important to us are no longer important nor do they make us happy. It seems that the ability to enjoy is lost. There is little or no motivation at all.  

On a physical level, we then feel very tired and weary; we either have an increased need for sleep or suffer from sleep disorders. This can also go along with the loss of any sexual interest. The person begins to feel overwhelmed and sad.  

A vicious cycle begins. Thoughts like:
"I'm not  good enough for anything."
"People are mean and you can’t trust anyone"
"I am incapable, no one likes me" "I will never ...."  
begin to dominate the way in which we think. Depressed people often interpret the world very negatively, respective to their inner feelings and views. 

In addition to conventional treatment, it is important to approach the problem holistically on several levels in order to achieve lasting health.  

According to Albert Ellis, an American psychologist, depressions are our own construct which is why we can also deconstruct them.   Understanding how the suppressed feelings like anger and grief have played a role in our lives is important to create a conscious change. This is often based in our beliefs and construct of our interpretation of how we believe things ought to be, stemming from parental and societal influences to name a few.  

With Psych-K, we look at the current situation and begin to change those limiting beliefs that no longer serve into life affirming positive ones.

Sep 2018

Communication is the most important component of our daily social life and relationships. It is impossible not to communicate. Whether our communication is verbal or nonverbal, we communicate constantly consciously or unconsciously, on different levels with our environment. Often we are not clear about our feelings or what we really want to express. This leads to conflicts and arguments in relationships.  

"Misunderstanding is normal, understanding is the exception."  -     Friedrich Schulz of Thun  

Additionally, thoughts are translated to speech, and the recipient of this message has to translate the message back to his or her thought processes. Everybody uses different language images to convey feelings. Therefore, communication is not what we speak, but what the other person understands.  

We, as humans, have the great desire for congruence and authenticity, but the implementation of this requires clarity, that we often lack due to our education, or the image of how we would like to be perceived. This leads to internal tensions. In addition, we regard the expression of some needs as inappropriate or are afraid of rejection. Feelings of perceived shame and guilt additionally complicate and burden communication in our relationships.  

“The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.”  - Paul Watzlawick  

Working with Psych-K helps us recognize our own thought patterns and enables clearer communication. Psych-K makes it possible to clarify and harmonize relationships. Harmony and understanding, in the communication is possible, even if we were convinced until then that no common level can be achieved.

Aug 2018

Did you know....

Scientists from the Salk Institute and the University of California, San Diego, have for the first time ever been able to profile chemical modifications of DNA molecules in individual neurons. Neurons are brain cells that store and transport information. These chemical modifications differentiate one cell from another. By using molecular and chemical markers, scientists were able to group neurons with different functions into subtypes.

This break-through opens a new segment of research to better understand how the brain works.

Jul 2018

Every human being constructs his own reality.

A young student is invited to a wedding party and notices among the guests a very attractive young woman. He really wants to meet and get to know her. However, as a shy person, he needs a while to get the courage to speak to her. He then bravely goes to her and starts a conversation. The young woman is puzzled and gives her girlfriend a questioning look. The young man interprets that look, gets a red head, apologizes and mingles in the crowd again.

How did the young man interpret the situation?
Why did he interpret the look as negative?
Can he really be sure that he has interpreted the look of the lady correctly?

We interpret events in our lives very quickly and apply specific meaning to them.  This gives us the impression that what we see and experience are actually one and the same. Because our imagination is so incredibly fast, we feel that the outer experiences are as we experience it, overlooking the fact that often outer experiences are a construct of our imagination or previous experiences. This construct is based on experiences and meaning we have attained and believe in. Ques of new experiences are grouped together based on the correlations of similarities, giving way to similar interpretation and meaning.

In the end, we never react to the world itself, but to our own reactions. In reality, the man did not respond to the bewildered look of woman, but to his own interpretation, the meaning he gave that look. If we change these habitual meanings, then we also change our world. If he interpreted this view differently, or did not attach any importance to it, he would probably have remained and continued conversation. Who knows what could have developed from there….

Jun 2018

Henry K. Beecher was the first to write of the Placebo Effect in „The Powerful Placebo“ in 1955. Placebo stems from the Latin term meaning I shall please. It is a substance or treatment with no active therapeutic effect.

The Placebo Effect is a phenomena in which the participant’s condition improves based on perception, expectations and feelings rather than treatment. 

Today many scientist world-over have specialized in the research of the power of thought and its effects.

A leading researcher in this field is Dr. Amir Raz, Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention, has conducted numerous studies of the impact and effects of the placebo effect.

One such study was conducted to see if the participant in his experiment could get drunk on a virgin drink. The participant, a psychology student, was told the experiment was on the effects of alcohol.  He was put under a scanner to monitor his brain activity and then told to drink the given gin and tonic. What the student didn't know was that the gin and tonic was in reality water and tonic and contained no alcohol. Drink after drink the brain scan showed typical brain activity as from someone who is intoxicated. The student’s physical symptoms also were noticeable in which he became giddy and giggly, his speech was slurred and finding the right words to say was difficult. 

After having drunk four glasses of water and tonic, he was asked to walk. He could hardly walk straight and felt weak.
In conclusion to the experiment, Dr. Raz informed the student of the content of the experiment and let him know that he in fact had no alcohol in his drinks. Almost immediately, the student was able to talk clearly and the symptoms of the „alcohol“ were gone. 

Did the subconscious memory of being drunk cause the student to have similar expectations for his body to react in the manner that he did? Were the suggestions of Dr. Raz enough to create a similar experience?

Expectation, belief and suggestion played a role in the chemistry of the student’s brain resulting in his bodily experience.

May 2018

The power of thought has been gaining attention in many areas with great success.
In the sports world, coaches often recommend their athletes to visualize specific moves that they use while performing the actual sport.
Studies have shown that training visually is comparable to the "real" training in the physical world. The subconscious mind cannot differentiate between that what is „real“ and that of a vision. These studies have also shown that physiological changes occur within the body just by repetitive thought alone.

Could you imagine creating life affirming situations based on positive input rather than ones based on fear and failure?

Are there situations in which you would have liked to have acted or behaved differently? What prevented you?

Psych-K helps you identify old beliefs that are the basis of unwanted behavioral patterns and to replace them with positive, life affirming beliefs.