Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, educator and writer is often quoted by his fans as an icon of self-help and 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 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 connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you need to examine 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 produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize 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 believing can manifest in a variety of 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’re forced to rely on our subconscious mind for support. For instance, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might begin 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 behavior patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another problem and potentially another round of frustrated and angry response.
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 reflection and logic, it is also more resistant to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much 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 outside 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 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 intuitive part of the brain. Because mindful information tends to restrict our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much information at once may have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical actions to help people solve their particular 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 fact, if you feel you want 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 the best way 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 emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be dismissing the physical one either.