Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and author is often quoted by his supporters 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’s 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 opinion can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you will 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 all produced with 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 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 subconscious mind for support. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we may 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 are 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 subconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is much more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it’s also more resistant to negative manipulation. It follows 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 must be willing to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an additional 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 suggests is to develop 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 can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical actions to help people solve their own issues. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for those who cannot afford or don’t want to spend money on counseling sessions. In actuality, if you feel you want 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 tips 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 these two parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be dismissing the physical one either.