Psych-K is a process that changes our beliefs and improves the functioning of our brain. Our beliefs have a great effect on our experience. The Oxford dictionary defines belief as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.” The second definition is that “one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction.”
My beliefs have a great deal of influence over my life – my moods, my physical health, my performance at work, my relationships, and my spiritual beliefs. I have beliefs that are conscious and also have beliefs that are subconscious. I have beliefs about myself, others, and the world of which I am not consciously aware. John may think that he wants to succeed at his work, yet he may sabotage his work by avoiding important tasks. John’s procrastination is due to a subconscious belief, such as “I am a failure.”
Our beliefs come from our personal experience, our families, our culture, and the world as a whole. When I have experiences, they shape my beliefs. The conscious mind is aware of the environment. Subconscious mind is below our level of the conscious mind. Professor Emeritus Gerald Zaltman writes that neuroscience reveals that at least 95% of our thoughts and decisions originate at the subconscious level of the mind.
Tor Nørretranders writes that the conscious mind processes information at 40 bits of information per second approximately. Yet the subconscious mind processes 40 million bits of information per second approximately. Most of the common approaches to psychotherapy only work with the conscious mind, and ignore that enormous power of the subconscious mind. This is despite the fact that the subconscious mind has a million times more ability to process information than the conscious mind.
“Brain Dominance Theory” has been studied for many decades. The left side of the brain uses logic and thinks in words. Whereas, the right side of the brain uses emotion and thinks in pictures. It is best for us to identify with both our right and left sides of our brain at the same time. When we experience an event as traumatic, then one side of our brain tends to dominate. Psych-k helps us achieve a “Whole Brain State” where we are able to identify with both sides of our brain simultaneously when we think about a traumatic event from our past. A “Whole Brain State” also helps us solve our current challenges more effectively. Perhaps the best evidence of its effectiveness is that Psych-K has been used by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professional performance coaches and others since 1989.
Research in three papers published in peer reviewed journals establish the effectiveness of Psych-K in changing the physical brain. These articles concluded that there is a significant connection between beliefs, the “Whole Brain State,” and rapid change in a person’s attitudes or in other words – mindset. Additionally, in order for a therapist to be optimally effective, she will be in a “Whole-Brain State” when doing psychotherapy with a client. Please watch this video and learn about Psych-K: