Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and author is often quoted by his fans as an icon of self-help and physical fitness. Born in 1906, Bruce Lipton obtained his medical degree from Harvard University and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for over twenty years. He is best known for his research 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 linked to the physical body. In this book he explores how opinion 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 think, our brains release chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for coordinating 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 isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our thoughts and subconscious 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 does not always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we are forced to rely on our unconscious mind for help. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we might begin by using logic and logical thinking. But as soon as we get caught into our own”logical puzzle” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another problem 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 immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and efficiently than we can with logic and rational thinking alone.
Bruce Lipton recommends using several problem solving techniques along with his classic ones. He says you need to be willing to go beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an extra tool. Intuition comes into play as it helps us connect what we know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections to the unconscious mind. Another tool he proposes is to create an inner filter to get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the instinctive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to restrict our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once may have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their particular issues. 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 want to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you believe you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a great source of support and inspiration.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice on the best way 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 simply a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be dismissing the physical one .