Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his supporters as an icon of self-help and physical 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’s best known 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 shows how our thought processes are connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how opinion can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you need to look at how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we think, our brains release chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for organizing all our thinking, communication and bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are produced by these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our mind and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in many different 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 are forced to rely on our subconscious mind for help. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we may 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’re back at square one, with another issue and possibly another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this portion of our mind is much more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it’s also more immune to negative manipulation. This means that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and effectively than we could 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 ready to go beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an additional 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 proposes is to develop 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 information at once may have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers 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 cannot afford or don’t want to spend money on counseling sessions. In actuality, if you feel that you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a terrific source of inspiration and support.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice on how best to solve problems. In addition, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the emotional problem or concern. And he believes both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.