Addiction isn’t a pretty word. It’s, unfortunately, so often visually associated with junkies and emotionally tied to rebellion. Compassion is a helping hand never fully extended because, let’s be honest, assumptions keep us hesitant to fully committing ourselves to helping those who can’t help themselves.
In early years of development, our frontal lobes aren’t fully formed. This means all we know is adopted from the environment surrounding us. If those who influence us have unhealthy ways of coping, we might also. Addiction, contrary to what is thought, can be a learnt behavior. In a family where words are kept behind glasses of Bourbon, there’s a chance drinking could occupy the space reserved for conversation. Drugs are used for coping with the stress of family, work, identity, and everyday life. Addictions are a physical manifestation of an inner mewing. For many addicts, the use of drugs was a form of self-medication, but mutated into self-mutilation.
Some addictions aren’t even drug based. There can be addictions to sex, love, compulsions, and gossip. Imagine the inability to keep a secret. Addictions are more psychologically than neurologically rooted. Meaning they’re more mind than brain based. Compulsions are usually neurological. I have had tremendous success integrating Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy through neuroplasticity, but it’s important to identify the underlining irritations. So many problems can be solved and resolved with hypnosis.
Whenever people think of what it takes to make them happy, they conjure up images of things like their family, being in the woods, or eating a delicious meal. But no matter what they imagine, their fantasies almost always have one thing in common: it’s always in the real world.
People spend most of their time on the Internet, yet whenever they imagine “happiness” it’s never in the virtual world! This is a great problem! While I’m not the most tech-savvy person in the world, I’m also no Luddite.
A life coach, like any other person, has to get with the times. I’m not here to tell you that your cell-phone is killing your humanity and wasting your time. Technology itself doesn’t do that; only the abuse of technology does that. It’s all about balance. So I think imagining your own happiness can include reconnecting with an old friend on Facebook, or just Googling around on a topic that interests you for an hour.
If, however, you find yourself abusing technology, like you would alcohol or drugs, you can come to me for hypnosis that treats all forms of technology addiction. But as your life coach, let me tell you that it’s okay to embrace technology—as long as it’s in moderation.
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