The Brain’s Natural Pleasure Centre Series | Part 2
This is simple to understand and I’ll be putting things in a way that you can relate to and that makes sense to you. In this particular article we are going to be talking about why habits form, and why NLP is so effective for eliminating and changing bad habits so that you get what you want.
NLP is all about enabling you to get what you want.
If excellence is what you want then NLP will help you get excellent at what you do. If just stopping bad habits is what you want, for example a bad habit that you have might be smoking or overeating then NLP can help you with that too.
In this article I’m going to explain a little bit about how that actually takes place. How stopping smoking can happen for you and how you can work with other people to help them stop smoking, help them lose weight and that’s useful, isn’t it?
NLP Helps tap into the your brain’s Pleasure Centre
In the last article in this series I talked about how NLP techniques help tap in to the brain’s natural Pleasure Centres.
The basic pattern of behaviour is: We decide to do something, on a whim maybe, because not all behaviour is consciously thought through, is it? If we enjoy doing the behaviour or if it gives us a benefit then we repeat the behaviour in the future.
A key aspect of NLP is recognising that lots of what we do, lots of our thinking is unconscious. Lots of our behaviour is unconscious. We have a part of our brain that looks after unconscious processes, things that are out of our awareness like breathing, like some of the talking that we do.
Although as I write I am thinking a lot of this through consciously I have also allowed my unconscious mind to just set off and form sentences for me. I am not consciously thinking through every word I am thinking through parts of what I want to say.
The unconscious and conscious processes work together.
Now, think about a habit you have now or have had in the past. It might be smoking or it might be overeating, or something else.
Think about that habit that you don’t want. Did you decide consciously that you were going to go ahead and do that the first time that you did it?
You may or may not have done. The thing about behaviour is that when we repeat it, it becomes unconscious and then it becomes tricky to stop.
You can stop straightaway and you can decide to stop but what happens when you repeat behaviour is that you make a decision unconsciously to go ahead. You make a decision to carry on doing that behaviour.
Nail-biting – Stop that habit!
We could be talking about nail-biting, couldn’t we?
Let’s say you bite your nail. You look down on it and you notice that the nail has been removed pretty well at the end.
You then think unconsciously perhaps. “Oh that was effective. That got rid of that nail quite quickly. It looks okay. It looks quite neat I’m going to continue to do that nail-biting thing.”
You may think that consciously or you may just think unconsciously “No problem there. I’ll just carry on with my life” and then next minute you catch yourself biting your nails. That is how habits form.
Habit Formation – The Dopamine shower
One of the reasons habits form is because when you carry out a behaviour and you get what you want it sets off a dopamine reaction in the brain and the brain says
“Oh well done. You did it!” and dopamine is released in the brain. It releases right through the brain.
Dopamine is an addictive substance. It’s a chemical and a shower-like mechanism in the brain releases it and it flows throughout the body..
It flows down and throughout the body and it makes us feel good.