For many people, the New Year is all about new starts and new thinking.
But it can be difficult to change any feeling or behaviour that has become ingrained.
According to Michael McGuinness, of the Mayo Hypnosis Clinic, we can use willpower but it feels as though there is a power inside, forcing us to do the opposite.
“Unless we change those automatic responses, we will stay stuck in the unwanted feeling or behaviour,” he explained.
“We may become motivated to over-ride ingrained habits temporarily, but we tend to revert back to old patterns as though they are part of our identity.
“When we learn something that has become automatic, we tend to develop a closed mind about the feeling or behaviour. We find it very difficult to open up to change because the mind tends to protect automatic behaviour and emotions from change.”
This is what hypnosis or trance focuses on.
“Trance is a state of mind where we become open to change,” continued Mr McGuinness.
“Communicating with the mind in trance is the fastest and most powerful way possible to create desirable behaviour and transform limiting emotional responses.
“The big drawback of conventional methods for weight loss, smoking cessation, et cetera, is that they are limited in how they can transform old established patterns of emotional responses and behaviours.
“No matter how dysfunctional the emotional response or habit is, there is a positive intent behind it - it serves some important emotional need in the person.
“Unless this need is changed or met in some other constructive way, the person will revert back to the dysfunctional emotional response or behaviour.
“The effectiveness of hypnotherapy is due to its ability to access and transform the subconscious needs. You are then free to create new emotional responses and behaviours without having conflict in your mind.”
For an appointment, contact Michael McGuinness at the Mayo Hypnosis Clinic. Telephone (094 ) 9060226 or (086 ) 1612301 or visit www.mayohypnosis.ie