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■ Affirmative Statements of Certifications Questions
This is a list of statements from which certification questions will be drawn. This is a study guide for those seeking certification in Subliminal Therapy (2-21-12)
1 We have the capacity to heal, both mentally and physically.
2 Conditioned responses can take the form of conflicts in the subconscious domain.
3 Identifying the problematic parts and then reconditioning them to support current needs and values is the core of Subliminal Therapy.
4 The three levels of mental functioning in Subliminal Therapy are: conscious, subconscious, and a level of extra-conscious capability.
5 Unrealistic expectation of our ability to control our lives and behaviors become limits to our conscious abilities to do so.
6 Our conscious abilities are limited.
7 Learning and re-learning is possible in the subconscious domain.
8 Self-prompted action is not within the capacity of the subconscious domain.
9 The influence of direct hypnotic suggestions can be limited by the subconscious domain.
10 The extra-conscious domain of the mind seems to have self-awareness, but lacks proactive capacity.
11 In Subliminal Therapy, Centrum is the name of the extra-conscious domain.
12 Phase One of the Subliminal Therapy process is building rapport with the patient, educating the patient about the technique and clarifying the goal(s) of the therapy.
13 Phase Two of the Subliminal Therapy process is establishing communication with Centrum, determining Centrum’s willingness to support the conscious goal, and ensuring Centrum’s ability to do the work.
14 Phase Three of the Subliminal Therapy process is the actual application of Subliminal Therapy to treat the presenting problem.
15 Centrum is engaged and guided by the therapist to take the necessary steps during Phase Three of Subliminal Therapy.
16 Phase Four of Subliminal Therapy is the process of determining if the previous work is complete.
17 Phase Five of Subliminal Therapy is follow-up.
18 In Phase Five of Subliminal Therapy, where all indications are that the work is complete, it is important for the patient to recognize that recurrence of the problem simply indicates that the work is not complete.
19 Subliminal Therapy is a technique in which unconscious “thinking” abilities are accessed and utilized.
20 An assumption of ST is that our lives are largely determined by conditioning from life experiences.
21 Patients must be aware that it is possible to change conditioning.
22 Patients must be motivated to change as a condition of relearning values, beliefs, and behaviors.
23 Our mental functioning is mostly unconscious.
24 We possess a higher domain of intelligence.
25 The subconscious domain is fragmented, consisting of “parts” representing continuing influences from experiences.
26 In Subliminal Therapy, our subconscious domain consists largely of “parts.” These “parts” can represent a skill, value, limitation, or anything else that has been learned.
27 The parts of the subconscious domain can be re-conditioned by recognizing their existence, establishing communication with them, and educating them about our current reality, needs and values, thereby persuading them to exert their influence in ways that support current life.
28 An assumption of ST is that people are conditioned by experiences in life.
29 Another assumption of ST is that a higher level of intelligence (Centrum) can communicate with the conscious domain of our mind.
30 Another assumption of Subliminal Therapy is that the subconscious domain consists largely of subsystems that may function autonomously. In Subliminal Therapy, these subsystems are called “parts.”
31 Another assumption of ST is that there is a mental entity that may best be described as a “higher” intelligence, a domain that has been named “Centrum.”
32 At least in the beginning of the work, the therapist should pose questions to Centrum in a direct, first-person format.
33 During communication with Centrum, the patient will probably begin to demonstrate the “signs” associated with the trance state of hypnosis. Examples of these signs are diaphragmatic breathing, eye roll, and flaccid muscle tone.
34 Questions to Centrum should be posed in a direct, concrete, non-ambiguous, format, with no implied or double-meaning elements.
35 The therapist should consistently preface questions to Centrum by saying the name “Centrum.”
36 In the interactive process of Subliminal Therapy, the therapist is informed by responses from Centrum.
37 If the patient has found he cannot use the “chalkboard,” the therapist should not abandon the use of the chalkboard completely; it may work later.
38 The therapist, while speaking to a resistant part, should acknowledge the part as being well-intended.
39 Using authoritative tones when trying to resolve, bypass, or overwhelm a resisting part can be effective, yet it risks the stimulation of anger and resentment..
40 In the model of Subliminal Therapy, it is understood that a distinct “part” of the subconscious mind can hold opinions that disagree with the patient’s conscious opinion.
41 The disappearance of the chalkboard is the most frequently encountered evidence of unconscious resistance.
42 Defining the goals to be achieved is one of the first tasks to accomplish in Subliminal Therapy.
43 In Subliminal Therapy, the patient provides the problem; the therapist provides the means and guides the process.
44 The concepts of Subliminal Therapy should be presented in small segments by the therapist, explaining each in adequate detail to ensure accurate understanding.
45 While employing Subliminal Therapy, the therapist is encouraged not to be involved in the content of the issues the patient is addressing.
46 When employing Subliminal Therapy, the therapist is more divorced from content than in traditional techniques of therapy.
47 To better guide the process, the therapist should never make premature assumptions about the probable causes of problems presented by patients.
48 With exceptions, the role of the therapist is to guide the process of the therapy, remaining as uninvolved in the content of the work as is possible.
49 As the therapist employing Subliminal Therapy, your overall objective should be to teach the patient the necessary skills, then guide the patient to use those skills to accomplish his or her goal.
50 To be effective, psychotherapy must be patient-centered.
51 In Subliminal Therapy, the patient consciously defines the direction of the work of therapy.
52 Often the patient has initially defined a general objective, such as “I want to be happy,” but has not defined the specifics of the changes that will be required to achieve the objective.
53 It is necessary to identify the specific barriers to the patient’s happiness if they are to be removed.
54 Life experiences are responsible for the conditioning that results in psychogenic problems.
55 An undesired consequence of conditioning can best be resolved by reconditioning.
56 The essential function of Subliminal Therapy is to accomplish change by reconditioning.
57 The subconscious causes of an illness can be uncovered and resolved by using Subliminal Therapy.
58 Subconscious conditioning limits our conscious ability to control our behavior and experience of life.
59 In order to guide the process of Subliminal Therapy, the therapist must be able to communicate with Centrum.
60 Centrum is usually aware of present circumstances, and so is aware of what the therapist is saying.
61 In addition to using the “chalkboard,” other techniques such as using an inner voice, ideomotor responses, or Chevreul’s pendulum can be engaged to communicate with Centrum.
62 Ideo-motor responses are limited to the “Yes-No,” concrete type of answers.
63 It is more time consuming to use a pendulum instead of the “Chalkboard” method.
64 When instructing a patient in Subliminal Therapy, the therapist’s use of the word “chalkboard” means the patient is free to choose any imagined representation upon which Centrum can write.
65 Assuming the patient is able to visualize the “chalkboard,” the therapist should ask Centrum to indicate willingness to communicate by writing the word “yes” on the chalkboard.
66 After the patient can visualize the “chalkboard,” the therapist can teach the patient how to validate a response on the chalkboard by inviting the patient to try to erase the response.
67 Validation of the reality of communication from Centrum is of value to both the patient and the therapist.
68 After defining the goal of therapy, educating the patient about the concepts of Subliminal Therapy, and establishing communications with Centrum, the therapist should obtain commitment from the patient to comply with the “Guiding Rule.”
69 The sequence of questions and requests to Centrum should follow a logical, decision-tree format, once the goal of therapy has been specified and communication with Centrum has been established.
70 If the therapist is unable to confirm that Centrum is aware of the problem, the therapist should ask Centrum to listen and ask the patient to verbalize his or her concern, thereby explaining the problem to Centrum.
71 If Centrum is not willing to cooperate in achieving the goal of therapy, the therapist must explore the reason for the refusal and persuade Centrum to cooperate.
72 If you, as the therapist, elect to read and follow the Flow Charts during a session, it is important that you read in a voice that does not reveal that you are reading.
73 One of the most common problems in the administration of Subliminal Therapy is that patients will sometimes persist in responding with conscious opinions in lieu of the responses from Centrum.
74 If Subliminal Therapy is to proceed productively, the clinician must be sensitive to statements by the patient to differentiate between conscious opinions and the communications from Centrum,.
75 The patient usually becomes willing to conform to the Guiding Rule if the clinician points out that conscious opinion has not resolved the problem.
76 The therapist should interrupt when responses from Centrum are delayed (exceeding a minute or more) by asking Centrum a question such as “Centrum, are you still engaged in the task I requested?”
77 The proactive action of one or more parts in resisting change occurs because their conditioned beliefs are contrary to the goal of therapy..
78 One of the manifestations of unconscious resistance is interfering with or preventing communications with Centrum.
79 During Subliminal Therapy, the apparently conscious fabrication of distracting stories by the patient is a common manifestation of unconscious resistance.
80 Obstacles in the course of applying Subliminal Therapy are manifestations of unconscious beliefs that were once logical and functional.
81 One basis for unconscious resistance is the fear of the consequence of change.
82 If a resisting part is preventing or interfering with communication from Centrum by preventing the patient from visualizing a chalkboard, the therapist should establish an alternate method of communication.
83 An inner voice, motor signals such as ideo-motor responses, and using any of the senses are alternate methods of communicating with Centrum.
84 Subliminal Therapy, even though Centrum has the ability to “think,” Centrum still lacks pro-active capacity.
85 When a patient reports a continuation of one or more symptoms that have already been treated by Subliminal Therapy, the therapist should affirm that the recurrence only means that the work is not complete, not that the patient or the work is a failure.
86 If a patient expresses conscious confusion about a response from Centrum, the therapist should temporarily disregard the expression itself, but reassure the patient that the answer will probably become clear.
87 Centrum may respond in the first-person, communicating orally with the therapist.
88 During the process of Subliminal Therapy, if a patient is confused and you believe it to be in the patient’s best interest to understand, a request to Centrum to provide clarifying information to the conscious satisfaction of the patient is usually adequate.
89 When the patient wants to remember the content of the work, and doesn’t receive that information, your first step is to determine if it is Centrum or some other part that objects to conscious memory.
90 The use of Subliminal Therapy for the treatment of depression, addictions, and chronic pain are areas of high potential value.
91 For patients that have not had previous exposure and training in Subliminal Therapy, or if Centrum needs to be educated about the theory of Subliminal Therapy, the process of Subliminal Therapy may take longer.
92 The use of Flow Charts is an essential tool for Phase III of the Subliminal Therapy process.
93 Phases III and IV of the Subliminal Therapy process have an average completion time of 3-6 hours.
94 The real test for the completeness of the Subliminal Therapy process takes place post-treatment, when the patient is in the real world.
95 In Hypnotic Age Regression, the patient is necessarily consciously aware of, and involved in, all of the steps of the protocol. This is a primary difference between Subliminal Therapy and Hypnotic Age Regression.
96 The treatment of choice for a wide variety of psychogenic disorders is Subliminal Therapy.
97 It is true that most of our mental functioning takes place without conscious awareness.
98 In Subliminal Therapy, “parts” exists in the mind that were learned, such as a skill, influence, fear, or value.
99 Centrum is in a position to communicate with, influence and educate subconscious parts.
100 All “parts” of the subconscious domain are intelligent to the extent of being capable of learning.
101 Most “parts” of the subconscious domain are positively disposed toward the welfare of the individual.
102 The “parts” of the subconscious domain are not aware of the patient’s conscious opinion.
103 Subliminal Therapy may be effective and adequate as a sole treatment.
104 We must conclude that resistance is present in the subconscious domain when someone consciously wants a change and yet it does not spontaneously happen.
105 The goals of the work as defined by the patient should be prioritized based on the patient’s sense of importance, yet with consideration for the therapist’s judgment.
106 If effective cooperation is to be possible during the application of Subliminal Therapy, the therapist must adequately inform the patient about the theory and process of Subliminal Therapy.
107 Patients commonly believe that they know why they have the problem they present.
108 Many disorders and illnesses are mediated by the action of smooth muscle under the control of unconscious process.
109 Subliminal Therapy is usually not necessary for treating acute pain, since there has not been opportunity for secondary gain to set in.
110 Subliminal Therapy has been evolving over the past three decades and continues to evolve through research and development.