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Hundreds of runners went 800m out of their way following a cyclist in a high-vis jacket who they mistook for a race official in a 10k race in Newcastle!!

London Metro 14th November 2012 reports.

Isn’t it funny how we can jump to quick conclusions and think that they are right and it can take us a while to realise that maybe they weren’t.

At an evolutionary level, we are programmed to jump to conclusions and make assumptions particularly when our emotions are involved, which they usually are. Weighing up situations and people quickly has enabled us to survive when we lived in caves. If we didn’t make quick decisions, it could mean life or death for our ancient ancestors. You need to act quickly when a sabre tooth tiger is looking at you as its next meal!

Most of the time, in the moment, these quick conclusions can work for us but as in the case of the runners it didn’t! What’s more interesting is in moments of pressure how easily led we can be, like sheep almost. This is another mental short cut that, again was helpful to our ancestors. If my neighbour is doing something, it makes it safer to follow. So it’s less of a risk, so I’ll do that or he knows something I don’t, so I’ll follow him. Most of these decisions happen out of our awareness, unconsciously

In the instance of the runners above ,the consequences of this are not that significant- unless of course you are going for the record time on the run!

I work with many clients for whom this quick decision-making goes disastrously wrong. Anxiety can result in catastrophising and imagining negative consequences, even life threatening danger or even death. It can seem crazy consciously, but these quick decisions don’t come from the rational,l logical mind, they come from the instinctive unconscious mind. This is why we don’t realise we are having these thoughts or feelings. We usually experience the physical symptoms of panic attacks, bad backs, IBS or in extreme cases depression without considering what is happening unconsciously to drive these patterns or habits.

If the world is perceived as life threatening all the time, the unconscious will drive a pattern of behaviours to protect you that forces you to be on constant alert which exhausts the body and mind. This results in less and less interaction with the world, poor sleep and a behavioural pattern which can result in severe depression.

When you retrain your mind and get it back under your control with Cognitive Hypnotherapy, it’s amazing the difference that can make even with severe patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.  You can then become the master rather than the servant of your mind and body – and that’s a powerful thing that can really open up a different future for you. Now that’s worth considering isn’t it?

Jill Tonks

Jill Tonks


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