Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his fans as an icon of self-help and fitness. Born in 1906, Bruce Lipton received his medical degree from Harvard University and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for over twenty years. He is famous for his studies into the human mind and the world of human consciousness.
In his book The Biology of Belief: Research on the Changing Self, Bruce Lipton reveals how our thought processes are connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can control and shape our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you will need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we believe, our brains release chemicals called neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for organizing all our thinking, communication and physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our body, including our mind and unconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in a variety of ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, anxious and angry.
Because our conscious mind doesn’t always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we’re forced to rely on our subconscious mind for support. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught to our own”logical puzzle” we revert to our emotional memory and behaviour patterns. And before we know it we are back at square one, with another issue and potentially another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this portion of our mind is far more difficult to influence than reflection and logic, it is also more resistant to negative manipulation. This means that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much more easily and effectively than we can with logic and rational thinking alone.
Bruce Lipton recommends using several problem solving techniques in addition to his classic ones. He says you need to be willing to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he advocates using intuition as an extra tool. Intuition comes into play because it helps us connect what we already know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections into the subconscious mind. Another tool he suggests is to create an inner filter to get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the instinctive part of the brain. Because mindful information tends to limit our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their own problems. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for people who can’t afford or don’t need to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you feel that you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a terrific source of support and inspiration.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice on how to solve problems. Furthermore, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the psychological problem or concern. And he believes both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.