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871  Self Improvement / Brainwave Synchronization / What scientific research has been done into entrainment? on: February 08, 2008, 01:56:04 PM
It's interesting reading discussions and personal testimonies, but I wonder if anyone can recommend any technical papers or serious research that has been done into brainwave entrainment.

I admit to being a sceptic (NOT a cynic, however), but am willing to be persuaded. I suppose what has put me off is sales spiels and gushing reviews on the Web, with little or no serious scientific explanation. Suggestions?
872  Chit Chat / The Coffee Shop / Suggestions for Areas of Discussion Forum on: November 22, 2007, 01:50:04 PM
It may come as no surprise that I discovered this forum from subcribing to Steve Gillman's newsletter.

While there are many interesting topic areas here, my particular self-development interests include:
  • Vocabulary/verbal facility building
  • Increasing mathematical/computational skills
  • Development of practical/life skills
  • Study skills
  • Memory techniques
  • Critical thinking/logic skills
  • Improving one's perceptions
  • Boosting IQ in general

Just a few ideas.
873  Chit Chat / The Coffee Shop / Re: "Instant Test: Are You Creative or Logical?" on: November 01, 2007, 12:41:12 PM
I've looked at this picture several times and she is always rotating clockwise. I can't get her to go the other way at all.

Is this unusual for a right-handed person?
874  Self Improvement / Hypnosis, NLP & Subliminals / Re: Bullet-Proof Yourself Against Unwanted Subliminals on: September 26, 2007, 11:34:48 AM
Hmm...interesting way of tackling the question: using subliminals to prevent subliminals?

Perhaps I've missed a trick, but to my thinking this appears like using the same problem to prevent a problem.  Rather like: "We get so many emails going around the office, we're getting swamped. What shall we do?" "I know, we'll send an email, saying..."

I shall quote what I posted in Terril's Clearing Technology thread, which I hope is a concise enough explanation for other posters to understand where I'm coming from:

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Clearing Technology works on the principle of getting rid of unexamined and unconfronted incidents containing pain and unconsciousness (called engrams) from a certain portion of one's mind, called the reactive mind. There is an exact procedure on how to do this, which is described in Hubbard's book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

Scientology grew out of Dianetics, and although the technology has become much more sophisticated since the book's publication in 1950, this is a good way for two people to team up and start applying the technique to each other (you can't do this on yourself). There is also a DVD available which sets out very clearly the principles and their use. You could try looking for these on Amazon.

The application of Dianetics and Scientology is an art. However, the subjects are based on scientific principles.

There seems to be a trend on this board to go for "subliminal" type technology. Personally, I would be very dubious about this, as subliminals/hypnosis are addressed to the reactive mind, which relies for its power on its engramic content.

The aim of Dianetics is the "Clear" - a person who no longer has his own reactive mind. In plain English, that means that all the attention units (or mental capacity) which in a "normal" person is tied up in crazy computations involving pain in the "subconscious" is now freely available for thinking.

It stands to reason that a "Clear" as described above wouldn't be susceptible, as there is nothing for hypnotic-type techniques to work on. Most people obviously are not Clear, hence the need for some kind of immediate defence until or unless this can be achieved.

In the meantime, I have been giving some thought to the following:

Advertising which relies on material being flashed up very fast on a screen etc: In the second world war, experts did drills using a machine called a tachistoscope which gave them the ability to identify enemy aircraft after seeing their image projected for fractions of seconds. If a person can be taught to speed up their perception in this way, perhaps there is scope to develop and market a gadget or software which the public can afford that they can practise on?

With regard to NLP-type "leading" techniques: perhaps we all just need to gen up on this so we can recognise what is being done, when the person does it, and thus choose not to be drawn in.

I have no suggestion at the moment how to recognise music/nature sounds with embedded commands.
875  General / Post your Problem! / Getting space to think on: September 25, 2007, 02:05:10 PM
I've been increasingly feeling that I don't have any time or space to think, and it's sending me up the walls. I probably started feeling this way when my partner said he was the one who "works everything out" (we like philosophising, but each in our own way).

Well, I work full time and he doesn't. He has hours during the daytime when he can read, research stuff, daydream, work stuff out etc.  When I get home he wants to talk endlessly about his latest theories and I feel my own thought processes are being crowded out.

I am not accustomed to living with someone else and surprised myself when I fell in love for the first time well into my middle years. So I am used to having my own space and plenty of time to read, study and think on my own.

Sometimes I say to my boyfriend I want some time to read a book or whatever, and he agrees to leave me alone in the next room. But it's an unusual occurrence that I would actually get to have some time to really dig deep into some subject and have some reflecting space to digest it properly. More often than not, after 10-20 minutes there will be a "Listen to this", or a "Come and watch this", or a "I want to talk to you", or a "Will you come and help me do the..."

Now I'm torn between not wanting to be selfish to my boyfriend, but at the same time feeling frustrated that my academic side is not being serviced.

We have talked about the possibility of me carrying on with my distance-learning degree, but without having a bolt-hole where I can lock the door and shut off the phone I don't see how I can realistically study. People with children must have it even worse.

Are there any returnees to further or higher education here? How did you cope?
876  Chit Chat / The Coffee Shop / Re: CLEARING Technology in the Freezone. on: September 21, 2007, 01:10:15 PM
Clearing Technology works on the principle of getting rid of unexamined and unconfronted incidents containing pain and unconsciousness (called engrams) from a certain portion of one's mind, called the reactive mind. There is an exact procedure on how to do this, which is described in Hubbard's book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

Scientology grew out of Dianetics, and although the technology has become much more sophisticated since the book's publication in 1950, this is a good way for two people to team up and start applying the technique to each other (you can't do this on yourself). There is also a DVD available which sets out very clearly the principles and their use. You could try looking for these on Amazon.

The application of Dianetics and Scientology is an art. However, the subjects are based on scientific principles.

There seems to be a trend on this board to go for "subliminal" type technology. Personally, I would be very dubious about this, as subliminals/hypnosis are addressed to the reactive mind, which relies for its power on its engramic content.

The aim of Dianetics is the "Clear" - a person who no longer has his own reactive mind. In plain English, that means that all the attention units (or mental capacity) which in a "normal" person is tied up in crazy computations involving pain in the "subconscious" is now freely available for thinking.
877  General / Post your Problem! / Re: Job search on: September 19, 2007, 01:06:15 PM
I was asked to leave a company when they decided not to make the position permanent after the 6 month trial period.

In the beginning, I started as a temp and by the end of the week they were falling over themselves to get me to stay permanently, suggesting my distance-learning degree could be put to use etc. etc.

Because I work so quickly and efficiently, it soon became apparent that two of the veteran employees of the company felt threatened.

My story is different from yours in that I did not commit any specific mistake which caused the company to ask me to leave.  Instead, they gave me a very lukewarm performance appraisal and said that they would not be confirming the position permanently. It didn't take a genius to work out what had happened.

I applied for other jobs but simply didn't give their details as a reference. I was lucky because I have other referees who I know will be a bit more truthful about my performance as an employee.
878  General / Post your Problem! / Re: Tests and Exams on: August 28, 2007, 12:13:43 PM
Just thought I'd post the outcome here.

I passed my driving test. My boyfriend did everything possible to relax me (bath with scented candles etc.) beforehand. I was lucky in that I had a friendly examiner who put me at my ease and everything seemed to line up for me on the day (no horrendous traffic situations).
879  Self Improvement / Hypnosis, NLP & Subliminals / Defence against unwanted subliminal messages on: August 14, 2007, 12:36:40 PM
I suppose this post is the "flip side" of most of what is being discussed under this topic. Obviously, those of you who go and buy subliminal CDs, try things like NLP, hypnosis and other "suggestion-type" practices WANT the effects that these bring.

I can think of instances where one wouldn't want any form of subliminal persuasion, e.g. advertising or a crafty salesman trying to get you to buy on impulse.

My question is: is there any effective form of defence against any or all of these?  Such as, how would you know when there are embedded sounds/words/pictures in music or a video? How would you know if someone is trying to use some subtle subliminal method on you?

Once recognition of the method is established, it should thereafter be easier to ignore what the person/advertisement is trying to get you to do.
880  General / Post your Problem! / Tests and Exams on: August 07, 2007, 01:04:15 PM
I have my driving test coming up soon, and I'm really stressed.

I have never done well in tests and exams because I get too anxious and flustered. I've tried every type of therapy, so don't even go there.

My driving instructor says I'm a good driver and should have passed years ago. But I didn't. And it didn't help that the examiner I had on the last test that I took in 1995 was a complete head-case (I realised years later it could've been drugs). The fact of him writing in his report something that there was no way that I did on the test put me off so much, that I am now only trying again because my partner persuaded me to. And it doesn't help that the Government has made the tests much harder since I last took one in 1995.

I want to know if there is anything natural I can take that will neutralize all the adrenaline and slow my heartbeat down so that I can concentrate. Rescue remedy isn't strong enough.
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