The psychological technique known as Autosuggestion works by using self-induced affirmations that make it possible for individuals to steer their thoughts, feelings, or behaviour. They will subconsciously adopt a new attitude that will enable them to make a positive change and improve their quality of life.

Autosuggestion can be seen as a sort of pep-talk that you have with yourself. Repeating certain words silently in your mind can make you change your attitude towards something. It can give you the confidence to manage the things that you are nervous about, or give you the power to overcome your fears.

Autogenic training

This relaxation technique was developed in 1926 by the Berlin psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz. Today, autogenic training is a widely used and medically recognized psychotherapy method that works very well. It is understood as a form of self-hypnosis where the user repeats specific suggestions, such as “I am very calm” to influence his or her mind and body. These formulas involve imagining weight, temperature, heart regulation, respiratory regulation, abdominal warmth and forehead cooling.

Autogenic training is used in SonicTonic for creating a state of calm and peace in the categories “De-Stress” and “Change”.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis involve a psychologist or psychotherapist giving specific instructions to a patient that will cause a trance state in which influence can be exerted on the patient’s unconscious mind. The therapy uses various methods that are all designed to positively influence the subconscious. These include thought journeys, metaphors, stories and goal projection. Subsequently, the patient can also be taught to use certain exercises in self-hypnosis.

Imagination

Unlike in autogenic training, imagination does not just repeat sentences; it creates a place of relaxation and fantasy. It should be manifested as detailed as possible, and with all senses. This place serves to recharge the patient’s batteries.

Bottom Line

Ultimately, autosuggestion can positively influence the patient’s thoughts and create a permanent optimistic attitude that will result in more life satisfaction.

 

Autosuggestion trains the subconscious mind to influence the way a person thinks, perceives and believes. As well as implementing the power of positive thinking, it builds on such techniques as Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenic Training, Active Imagination and other tried and tested psychological methods.

Emile Coué (1857-1926) was a French pharmacist and pioneer of autosuggestion. Coué who, after reading the writings on hypnosis from the “School of Nancy” (A. Liébeaut and H. Bernheim), developed a very simple method of self-hypnosis. Every day before falling asleep and after waking up, the patient should repeat 20-30 times the now famous sentence: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.

Autosuggestion uses positive affirmations to replace negative thoughts, opinions or beliefs with good and healthy ones. For this technique to properly take effect, the recipient must first achieve an altered state of consciousness. The reason for this is that, when we are in our normal waking state, the new thoughts or ideas have to get past our critical minds, which isn’t that easy. When the idea that we want to suggest, contradicts a belief or opinion that we have previously held to be true, we immediately activate and reinforce the original thought we wanted to avoid, which is not going to give us the effect we want.

Under The Radar

“Unconscious” is the keyword; Positive affirmations, such as Coué’s aforementioned line, enter our minds under the radar. They by-pass our critical mind and create new beliefs.  It is the same thing when we are dealing with stress: in the waking state of consciousness, we tell ourselves to relax and it just doesn’t work. The more we will ourselves to relax, the more we just get tense. But when we hear new ideas or suggestions, communicated in a slow, monotonous voice, or embedded in relaxing music, they are more inclined reach our subconscious mind, and our critical minds will be distracted. The words influence us, and the effect is that we relax.

The reason that the Coué method of autosuggestion is so effective in making positive mental changes, is because it does not involve willpower. Attempting to use willpower inevitably leads to the strengthening of exactly those existing ideas, that we want to avoid.

So whether you want to reduce stress, relax or change some unwanted or disturbing mental patterns, autosuggestion will help you to switch off your critical minds in order to achieve the mental state you desire.  For best results, you should make it a habit and integrate the program into your daily routine!

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SonicTonic uses autosuggestion

SonicTonic is a revolutionary sound-based tool for providing quick and effective help to those who are having problems with sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain. It uses Receptive Sound Therapy – a balanced blend of proven auditory healthcare techniques. Purpose-targeted audio programs are available via the SonicTonic app for Android and iOS. The programmes that use autosuggestion are tagged with this icon: 

Try repeating to yourself: “I will fail. I am a bluff. I am a loser” and you will realize just how powerful your thoughts can be.

Autosuggestion uses positive affirmations to train the subconscious mind and influence the way a person thinks, perceives or believes. As well as implementing the power of positive thinking, Autosuggestion builds on such techniques as:

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Autogenic Training
  • Active Imagination
  • and other tried and tested psychological methods

It can help to relieve anxiety and stress, and provide an alternative perspective for dealing with problems.

Writer: Welz, Karl Hans
Source: HSCTI

Content:
When someone uses words that boost your confidence, surpass your fears and get you to do the unthinkable, you have been “pep-talked”. This approach of motivating someone and soothing their nervousness is widely known and is used successfully by all sorts of people – from sportsmen, to students, businessmen and public speakers. But did you know that you can also pep-talk yourself? Yes you can! Autosuggestion is a self-inflicted pep-talk that focuses your mind on specific situations in the future by creating visions of success.

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Writer: Lynn, S. J., Barnes, S., Deming, A. & Accardi, M.
Source: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (2010) Vol. 58, 2, 202-221

Content:
Autosuggestion works. In this article, the authors state that by adding autosuggestion as cognitive behavioural therapy to existing treatments, depression and anxiety symptoms could be drastically reduced.

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Writer: Pinell, C. M. & Covino, N. A.
Source: The international Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (2000) Vol 48, No. 2, 170-194

Content:
Hypnosis has been a complementary tool in medicine for quite a while. Nevertheless, many people doubt the efficiency due to the general perception of imposture hypnosis. This critical review of the research literature focuses on the empirical research on the effectiveness of hypnotic treatments as adjuncts to medical care for anxiety and highlights the facts.

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