Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his fans 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’s best known 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 opinion can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you will need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, once we think, our brains release chemicals called neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for organizing all our thinking, communication and bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our body, including our thoughts and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker believing can manifest in a variety of ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, anxious and angry.
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 are solving a problem or developing new skills, we may start 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 are back at square one, with another issue and possibly another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious mind provides the critical information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is far more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it’s 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 along with his classic ones. He says you must be willing to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends 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 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 information at once may have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical actions to help people solve their own problems. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for people who can’t afford or do not need to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you believe that you want more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a terrific source of support and inspiration.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice on how 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 issues. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.