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By on October 9, 2014

If you haven’t seen the movie ‘Lucy’, you should take the opportunity. The movie shows what happens when someone begins to use the full potential of their brain, not just the 10% that we normally use.

Of course the idea that we only use 10% of our brain is an urban myth. It comes from (so the story goes) research where lab-rat hating scientists would teach a lab rat to run a maze and then progressively remove parts of the rat’s brain and see if it could still remember the way through the maze. The scientists found that they could remove up to 90% of the rat’s brain and it would still remember how to run the maze. The scientists concluded that if the rat could remember how to run the maze using only 10% of its brain, then clearly the 90% that had been removed was surplus to requirements!

What this research actually showed was the distributed nature of memory. The rat might remember how to run the maze because it kept a picture of the twists and turns in its visual cortex.  Alternatively it might remember how to run the maze based on smell. Or it might remember based upon a feeling. What the research actually showed was that our brains maintain redundant systems allowing us to reach the right answer in different ways.

Application to hypnosis and coaching

Lucy actually contains an important lesson for those of those in the hypnosis and coaching world. That lesson is that our hypnosis clients can reach the right answer based upon different sensory systems. They can see the answer, they can hear the answer, they can feel the answer, and they may even be able to smell the answer or taste the answer. Non of these systems is fool-proof by itself, but the more we use combinations of senses for decision making, the more likely we are to come to the right answer.

When  your client is stuck a great approach is simply to switch to another sensory system. So if your client feels stuck, ask them, “What have you not been seeing about the situation?” If they can’t see their way forward, asked them, “What would it feel like if you knew you were moving in the right their action?”

Questions of this sort will move them from using 10% of their brain to using 100%. That’s got to be a good thing! Below you will find a link to an article in the Huff Post talking more about the 10% myth:

It’s the neuroscience myth that just refuses to go away. No, you do not use only 10 percent of your brain. In fact, scientists say most of your brain is active all the time. Do You Really Use Only 10 Percent Of Your Brain? Of Course Not

The CafeHypno editorial team, Sarah Carson, Jess Marion, Shawn Carson

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