Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer 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 is famous 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 shows 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 need to look at how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we think, our brains release chemicals called neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for coordinating all our thinking, communication and bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our entire body, including our mind and unconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in many different ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, angry and anxious.
Because our conscious mind doesn’t 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 rational thinking. However, as soon as we get caught into our own”logical mystery” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another issue and potentially another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious mind provides the critical information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this portion of our mind is much 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 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 advocates using intuition as an additional tool. Intuition comes into play as 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 create an inner filter to remove conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because mindful information tends to limit our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once may 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 people who cannot afford or do not need to spend money on counselling sessions. In actuality, if you believe that you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a great source of inspiration and support.
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 psychological problem or concern. And he believes both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.