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How Google & Technology is Changing Your Brain’s Rote Memory (The Google Effect Study)

Posted by on 23 Jul 2011 | Tagged as: Brain, Brain Studies, New Brain Information

A recent study has confirmed that the search engine Google is changing your brain and altering the way it works, seriously. But then again, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise since any new technology is going to change the way that our neurons fire and brain works. Anyways, a group of people got money for a study called “The Google Effect” led by Betsy Sparrow at Columbia University. Findings from the study led by Betsy were published in the popular journal, “Science.”

How is Google changing your brain? What did The Google Effect study find?

Contrary to popular myth that using the internet is making people dumber, that wasn’t what the researchers found. What they found was the fact that using the Google search engine causes the brain to reorganize its memories for information. Instead of relying on what is called “Rote memory,” people are using new technology such as their computers and Google to get the job done. In other words, instead of people using their brains directly to pull up information are basically saying, “I can just quick go Google it instead of try to test my memory.”

Are human brains evolving with technology?

The findings shouldn’t really come as a surprise because people’s brains change as they have new experiences. If you blindfold yourself for a few days and cannot rely on vision, your brain will naturally rewire itself so that your sense of sound becomes more enhanced; this is a proven phenomenon. Similarly if you lost your hearing for a few days, you would begin to have increased visual skills.

Anyways, it makes total sense that since new technology is always being introduced that our brains evolve as we learn how to use it. These days it makes way more sense to just Google something rather than sit for an hour and try to dig a memory out of our subconscious. With such easy access to Google (via phones, computers, iPads, etc.) when people don’t know the answer to something or need to look up information, they just Google it. The study basically says that we are outsourcing our rote memory search to Google and taking the job away from our brain.

We know where to go to find information: Google

Sparrow was quoted as saying, “We’re not thoughtless empty-headed people who don’t have memories anymore.” She continued stating, “But we are becoming particularly adept at remembering where to go find things. And that’s kind of amazing.” What else is crazy is that Sparrow et al. at Columbia found that people are more likely to remember trivial facts if they think it will get erased from their computer, but will forget it if they are sure that it will be there. I’m sure I would fall victim to this as well because I rely on my computer for a lot of information. Knowing what Sparrow has done though and found through her study makes a lot of sense to me.

Losing your internet connection feels like losing a friend?

The team of researchers noted that losing your internet connection will feel like losing a friend. It doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, but people that use their computers and the internet a lot have become dependent on the technology. Seriously try going 30 days without the internet or computer and I bet that you’ll have a tough time. A lot of people spend more time on the internet than they do interacting with real people. Maybe that’s why people are more prone to developing things like Schizoid Personality Disorder. Basically what we have created is a dependency to instant access to information; we rely on Google to give us information that we cannot remember.

What are the implications for relying on Google for all of our information?

Basically it’s tough to get away from Google once we become so accustomed to using it. The scientific paper for this study states, “We must remain plugged in to what Google knows.” Now those are pretty strong words saying “we must remain plugged in.” There’s where I disagree. I think that we can remain plugged into what Google knows and it would be smart to do so because it’s convenient, quicker, and easier. However, I think that “must” shouldn’t have been used in that sentence because someone could shut themselves off from technology and their brain would likely rewire itself and the person would be able to adapt.

Is our reliance on Google to help with memory a bad thing?

What may confuse some people is that our reliance on Google for information isn’t a bad thing at all. Some people may initially get confused when they read this article and stop using the internet altogether; that wouldn’t be smart. Humans throughout history have been relying on other information reservoirs (e.g. other people) to help them out for years. Basically what Sparrow says is that before Google, humans were just asking other people that they knew to help recall information through what are referred to as “group memories” or memories that are passed on from human to human in groups. So if you forgot something about a certain place or event, you would just ask a person (family member, friend, etc.) with knowledge in that area. The nice thing about using Google is that you can quickly get awesome information without having to even pick up the phone and call someone that you know.

Nicolas Carr asks “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

Nicolas Carr is a guy that wrote an article back in 2008 which shocked some people saying that digital devices and technology may be making us less intelligent. I will say that I think we’ve gotten mentally lazier because we can outsource so many tasks to other technological outlets. With that said, I think it makes sense to just use technology for what you can because it’s quicker. For example, instead of trying to multiply 10382732 x 28723792 in your head on a homework problem, it would make a lot more sense to just use a calculator or search engine. In other words, people are using technology when it makes sense to do so and could save them time and stress.

Final thoughts regarding The Google Effect study

It seems as though using Google actually may be freeing up parts of our brain to use for other, more creative pursuits. Most people in the field of psychology know that it is easier to learn and understand complex concepts when the brain doesn’t have to worry about remembering information. So Google may be helping people out in the fact that it frees up some mental RAM and increases their processing speed of other information. Roddy Roediger (a Washington University psychologist) was quoted as saying “Why remember something if I know I can look it up again? In some sense, with Google and other search engines, we can offload some of our memory demands onto machines.”

Why I don’t think the Google study is groundbreaking

For me, this study really isn’t as groundbreaking as the media hyped it up to be, but I think other people may think that it’s pretty cool to learn about. I think it’s good that there are passionate psychologists out there interested in learning about memory and its relationship to technology, but studies like this to me are temporary news hype. Your brain will continue to evolve over time in response to the environmental stimuli that it is presented with. So finding out that Google has changed the way people remember things makes so much intuitive sense that I don’t even think we needed a study like this to let us know.

Our brains will continue to change and adapt…

Although I found the study interesting, I don’t consider it groundbreaking by any means. It just shows that the brain can change and adapt depending on what technology you use or don’t use. I’ll leave the final words regarding this study for the lead researcher Betsy Sparrow: “We’re not thoughtless empty-headed people who don’t have memories anymore but we are becoming particularly adept at remembering where to go find things. And that’s kind of amazing.”

Free Dog Health Questions and Answers

Posted by on 30 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

It is very common for pet owners to have a lot of dog health questions because sometimes our pets act funny, do crazy things, or we think that they may have gotten sick. First of all, if you want to make sure that you get professional questions and an evaluation of your pet, it is important to visit a veterinarian. If you go to a vet, they will actually be able to see what is physically wrong with your pet and come up with some ideas that you can use for potential treatment. Below I included some free dog health questions that people often ask on the internet and do my best to answer them. However, if you have more complex questions and/or want a better answer, don’t hesitate to go to a professional.

Common dog health questions and answers

How can I tell whether my new puppy is a male or a female?

Although it is fairly obvious to tell whether a fully grown dog is a male or female, it is not so obvious when dogs are puppies. With that said, if you look, you will still be able to see that the male dogs have a penis and female dogs will have a urethra near their anus. If you have a male, it will be fairly obvious, although you will not see testicles immediately. This is basic biological features 101, but some people are confused. You can always look at pictures on the internet to effectively distinguish between male and female puppies so that you get everything right.

Should I give my dog Ibuprofen or other over-the-counter medicine?

You should never give your dog Ibuprofen or any other over-the-counter medicine! Medicine that is meant for humans is not usually meant for dogs. If your pet needs medicine, always go through a vet for recommendations – don’t assume that they will be able to handle human drugs. Most human medicines that are given to dogs result in highly toxic reactions with their system. Make sure that you avoid doing this because they will be extremely sick if you give them stuff from your own personal medicine cabinet.

Are all dogs colorblind or is that some sort of myth?

This is one of the most common dogs health questions around. The truth is that dogs are not colorblind. However, they do not have as many colors in their perceptual processes as humans do. Dogs happen to have less cone cells in the retinas of their eyes, which limits the colors that they can see. Additionally, they only see a couple of primary colors (blue and yellow to be specific) because they are dichromatic. They do not see the color “red” like humans do. In comparison to humans though, dogs can see much better at night than humans can because they have more highly-concentrated rod cells in their visual processes.

What happens if my dog has a wet nose?

This is another super common dog health question, but knowing whether your dog has a wet nose really isn’t very beneficial at all. Sometimes they lick their nose, sometimes it is hot and their noses dry up, and sometimes they have a runny nose. Having a “wet nose” is absolutely no indication of whether they are feeling healthy or are sick. With that said, some people have reported that when their dog licks its nose more often (to get it wet), that the dog is feeling worse. If you suspect your dog is sick, there will usually be more symptoms just than having a dry nose.

Have additional questions about dog health?

If you have more questions regarding the health of your pet, you should always ask a vet. It is not worth looking online for information about your dog when nobody online can actually see your dog. Most people that answer dog health questions on the internet just “speculate” about what could be wrong and give suggestions based on speculation. Always get your dog to a vet as soon as possible if your dog’s health seems poor.

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Cat Health Questions and Answers

Posted by on 30 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Many people have cat health questions that need to be answered. Unfortunately, whenever you ask questions about pets on the internet, it is tough for people to come up with a clear-cut answer because they cannot physically see your pet. If you want to make sure that you are having all of your cats health questions answered professionally, then make sure that you seek out a veterinarian; they are experts when it comes to pet health. Most people have a lot of complicated questions regarding their pets, so it is not very smart to deal with people over the internet for these. If your question is fairly basic, then you may not need to go to the vet – but always go to the vet if you are in doubt or confused about something.

Cat health questions and answers

What can I do if my cat is sick with a cold?

If your cat has a cold, you should never treat them with human-based products as these may make your cat sicker. Some people have had success with canned fish food, vitamin C, as well as a substance called “Lysine.” Vitamin C is good for treating colds, but you should make sure that you purchase the pet-brand and not the type that is meant for humans. Other people have had success treating their cats by giving them fish oil. With that said, there is no need to try coming up with your own concoctions if it isn’t necessary. Many people confuse a “cold” with an infection. If your cat has an infection, you need to get them to the vet as soon as possible so that they can get the proper diagnosis and treatment.

How can I prevent my cat from using my flower bed as a liter box?

This is a very common health question, and fortunately, there are some great solutions. You can always go out and get some fencing to put around your flower bed so that your cat doesn’t mess it up; or you could completely relocate your flower-bed. Another option that you have is to clean your cat’s litter box better – most cats will use a litter box if it is clean and they have been trained properly. There are also sprays that you can use to keep cats and/or pets away from your flower bed – you can use these as a last resort if nothing else seems to work.

How can I help an injured cat?

The easiest and most effective way to help an injured cat is to take it to a veterinarian or call up a pet specialist to come directly to it. If the cat is too injured to be picked up or you don’t want to take a risk with it, call someone; don’t just let it sit and suffer. Most people want to play veterinarian, but they aren’t really equipped to treat wounds and infections right away. Make sure that you get the cat into a vet as soon as you possibly can.

Have more questions about cat health?

If you have more cat health questions that were not answered, you can always call your local veterinarian. If you give your vet a call, you will get more accurate information than you can find on the internet.

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How Does Marriage Counseling Work?

Posted by on 30 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Many people want to know the answer to the question, “Does marriage counseling work?” The truth is that it works awesome for some people, while it doesn’t work as well for others. Most people that could benefit from marriage counseling have to be willing to actually put forth effort to making their marriage change for the better. If you show up to marriage counseling expecting your counselor to do all of the work, you are going to fail miserably and probably convince yourself that it won’t work. However, if you and your spouse are both open minded to the idea of going through with counseling, you may actually have a good experience and come to realize that marriage counseling can work.

Finding a good marriage counselor

The first thing that you will want to do if you are having marriage troubles is to contact a counselor in your area. Before you contact one to set up a meeting, it would be a good idea to read reviews of various counselors and talk to other people that have seen counselors to find out whether they have any recommendations. Finding a highly qualified counselor can make all the difference in the world in comparison to one that is just “average.” Make sure that you only work with one that is good.

Targeting your problems

After you find a marriage counseling clinic and counselor, you will likely have to fill out some paperwork and then tell the counselor about your problems. You will discuss what your goals are for therapy and then work to achieve them. Counseling takes time, so do not expect to have a perfect marriage after the first few sessions. However, within a few months, you should make significant improvements if you are open to trying new things.

How does marriage counseling work?

You basically express your concerns about your marriage to a counselor, and then receive suggestions as to how you can improve your relationship. Most quality counselors will come up with a lot of good ideas, but you have to have an open mind and actually put them to the test. If you aren’t open to trying anything new, you aren’t going to get any benefit from counseling.

Marriage counseling does it work

Does marriage counseling really work? The answer is that if you know what problems you want to try to overcome as a couple, it can be highly effective. Studies have shown that counseling for marriages is the most effective for couples that are: young, still in love, and are open minded to receive counseling. If you want to save your marriage and/or improve your relationship, counseling can be a phenomenal thing to pursue. However, if you sense that you could benefit from seeing a counselor, don’t be afraid to talk with your spouse about it and get a meeting scheduled as soon as possible.

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Street Hypnosis Training Exposed: Decks and Igor Ledochowski

Posted by on 19 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Chances are that if you’ve been to Las Vegas, you’ve seen plenty of examples of street hypnosis being performed outside of casinos and resorts. Most people that don’t know how this type of hypnosis works are usually pretty impressed. A lot of people are a little bit skeptical about how it works, but most people genuinely believe that people off the street can be hypnotized by a professional. The truth though, is that you can see many examples of street hypnosis exposed by professional hypnotists. Street hypnosis is nothing more than a show put on for entertainment and even if you are hypnotized and do something crazy, it is because you wanted to do it anyways.

Street hypnosis training

In street hypnosis training, the hypnotists usually pick out people on the street that look like they aren’t afraid to play along and do something daring. All that the hypnotist will do is try to help the person get into a relaxed state. By relaxing them, the person will probably lower their inhibitions a little bit more than they usually would. When this happens, it is pretty easy for a hypnotist to put on a show for a crowd with just one person playing along as an accomplice. If you have done research on becoming a street hypnotist, you have probably considered buying what is called a “street hypnosis deck.”

Truth about street hypnosis

The truth is that this particular program isn’t really going to help you much. If your goal is to become an entertainer and street hypnotist, you are going to need to get one-on-one training with a professional in the game. Although it can be difficult to find someone to train you, that is clearly the best way to learn the trade. A lot of people though, don’t realize that street hypnosis isn’t magic and hypnosis isn’t some sort of mystical force that makes people confused and forget everything that they did. All that it does is make them more relaxed and willing to do something crazy.

Igor Ledochowski street hypnosis program

If you are interested in street hypnosis, then you may have heard of the Igor Ledochowski mater class program. The truth is that you really don’t need it to learn the trade. A lot of people have considered this entire program a scam. A lot of people in the hypnosis field flood it with lies and make people believe that certain techniques will work to manipulate people (e.g. get others to do anything), but that isn’t true. If hypnosis could be harnessed to control people on the street, these hypnotists would be super rich. All that street hypnosis does is entertain people – it isn’t magic, but can certainly be hilarious to watch.

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Best Way To Lose Weight Fast

Posted by on 11 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

There are a lot of overweight people throughout the world these days. Everyone is out to find the best way to lose weight fast, yet everyone already knows the best method. The best fast way to lose weight is to eat healthy foods and exercise. Not only that, but you must avoid bad foods and bad substances like alcohol. Additionally, you must have mental willpower to change your bad habits and you must be disciplined over a long period of time to see results. Everyone is going for the quick fix these days and the “quick fix” will get you absolutely nowhere in the long run. In order to lose weight in a safe and healthy manner, you need to maintain a routine of healthy habits.

The best way to lose weight fast: follow these guidelines

1. Tweak your diet – If you eliminate everything that is unhealthy from your diet and replace all of those foods with healthier options, you will notice quick results. Throw away your cookies, chips, and white bread. Replace those with homegrown natural foods like spinach, cucumber, carrots, apples, pears, oranges, whole wheat bread, etc.

2. Exercise every day – Don’t make any exceptions; make it a habit to get out and exercise for at least 60 minutes per day. If you sit around, you aren’t going to burn calories and you are probably going to gain weight. If you want to slim down, schedule some personal time every day (yes EVERY DAY) to work out.

3. Mentally focus – If you don’t target the mental part of weight loss, you won’t get any results. You need to keep yourself focused on your goals. I recommend meditation for at least 20 minutes per day. Yes, it can take some time to learn how to meditate, but it will be worth it because it builds your self-discipline.

4. Let time pass – As time passes, you will realize that there really aren’t any best ways to lose weight fast (through fad diets and supplements). Even if you think that hoodia weight loss products are going to work, there’s no need for them if you are staying disciplined. Over time you will see results. Don’t think of losing weight as something that needs to be instant; if you do this, you will likely fail. Think for the long term and you are going to make significant progress.

What is the best way to lose weight fast?

The best way to lose weight fast is to use methods that actually works. If you see a new product on TV that sounds miraculous or like you are going to be able to lose weight easily – it is not going to work. The best fast way to lose weight is a result of hard work and self discipline. There are no quick and easy solutions and there never will be without a cost. You can lose weight, but you’ve got to work at it.

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Menopause Insomnia Treatment

Posted by on 08 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Menopause insomnia is characterized as “the inability to sleep at night due to symptoms caused by menopause.” Although not all women experience menopausal insomnia, many cannot fall asleep due to hot flashes and overall anxiety accompanying menopause. Many women also experience major hormonal fluctuations in their bodies during menopause – and this could have something to do with it causing insomnia. So what can you do in order to overcome your insomnia during menopause? The recommended treatment is pretty much the exact same as it would be for people without menopause that want to learn how to cure insomnia.

Natural Menopause Insomnia Treatment Options

1. Relaxation techniques – If you are able to find a method of relaxation that works well for you, then you will be able to stay calm and clear out nervous tension associated with menopause. Relaxing is sure to provide some insomnia relief if you cannot currently sleep well.

2. Keep your room at a comfortable temperature – If the room that you sleep in is way too hot or too cold, you are going to definitely want to change your home’s temperature so that you are comfortable. Waking up because you are too hot or too cold at night is very common; and it leads to a poor night’s sleep.

3. Tire yourself out during the day – If you are not tired when you want to go to bed (because you didn’t get good enough exercise during the day), then you probably should start exercising more. Know your own limits and keep in mind that most people with insomnia aren’t nearly as active as they should be during the day. If you sit around and “hang out” for most of your waking hours, you aren’t burning calories, and you aren’t going to be tired when it comes time to fall asleep.

Menopause and Insomnia Are Connected

It is clear that menopause and insomnia are inherently connected, but not everyone with menopause experiences extreme insomnia. If you are still having trouble dealing with staying awake at night, you could try some home remedies for insomnia or a non addictive sleep aid. Even alternative therapies like acupuncture for insomnia may help you out. It is important to understand that what works for one person, may not work well for you. Trying different menopause insomnia treatments out is the only way that you will find out what works best in your individual case.  Insomnia is a very common condition, so realize that if you have it, you are not alone.  Look over sleep disorder statistics for more information on this particular disorder.

Christian Debt Counseling Services

Posted by on 08 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Financial healing is just as important as spiritual healing for Christians. Debt is rampant and Christians are not immune from the statistics. Christian debt counseling may be able to assist those with resolving financial debt.  If you are Christian, and need some help with your debt, you should consider working with professionals that will be able to help you get back on the right track.

Why Christian Counseling Debt Services?

One of the differences between secular and Christian debt counseling is the approach. Counselors do not judge clients but address financial debt from a biblical approach. God’s Word and principles are applied to heal more than a Christian’s credit score. The Christian debt counseling program is used as an opportunity to educate and promote permanent financial stability. The fees to set up a file (generally a set amount) and monthly maintenance (usually a percentage of the payment amount) are low cost.

What is a Debt Management Program?

Debt management programs (DMP) are set up by third- party organizations to assist individuals with getting out of debt. The words debt management program and debt consolidation plan are used interchangeably. A DMP is not a loan but a structured repayment plan. This is accomplished by consolidating personal unsecured debt; and negotiating on behalf of the client. Debt consolidation plans are tailored to fit each financial situation. Christian debt consolidation is structured like other DMPs but has a faith-based foundation. Unlike a secular DMP, part of the Christian debt consolidation plan’s foundation revolves around prayer and teaching Godly principles on managing money.

Where to Receive Christian Credit Debt Counseling

Clients have several options to obtain Christian consolidation counseling credit debt services. Information and services are available in-person, on line, and by telephone. Find a church that offers financial management classes or is able to assist in locating a Christian debt counseling service in your area.  Usually you will be able to find something if you check your local listings for people in need of Christian counseling debt services.

Family Life Credit Services (FLCS) was started in 1989 (Family Life Services was founded in 1986) and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Christian debt counseling. After thoroughly analyzing a client’s financial situation, possible options include: self payment (client pays creditors directly), debt consolidation plan, bankruptcy, and personal loans. Family Life Credit Services is a debt counseling service and does not make loans or file bankruptcy claims for clients. If necessary, FLCS can refer a client to a Christian debt counseling service in their area.

Helpful Christian Debt Counseling Service Tips

Before entrusting personal information or signing any paperwork with Christian debt counseling services, do a thorough initial investigation. For example, is the Christian debt counseling service a member of the American Association of Debt Management Organizations (AADMO)? Look for these things: counselors with current certifications; debt counseling service with current accreditation; on Guidestar’s list of nonprofits (if applicable), current member of the local Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Christian Marriage Counseling Services

Posted by on 05 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Marriage trouble is always a painful experience, but it can be even worse for Christian couples. Messages from the church often say that a good Christian won’t experience marriage difficulties or that any minor trouble that does appear can be easily solved with prayer. In reality, that’s not the case. Approximately 30 percent of Christian marriages fail, about the same rate as those marriages outside the church. Christian marriage counseling is a vital resource.

Christian Marriage Counseling vs. Secular Counseling

In practice, Christian marriage counseling is similar to secular counseling. The major difference is that in Christian counseling, participants look at their problems from a biblical point of view and consider the Bible to be an important tool in learning to work through their problems. In Christian marriage counseling, the counselor may pray with the couple and should encourage the husband and wife to pray with each other daily, as well as to stay or get connected to a church.

Christian marriage counseling (and even Christian Pre marriage counseling) begins with the premise that marriage is God-ordained and that saving the marriage is almost always the best goal. However, a wise Christian counselor recognizes that isn’t always possible. She should encourage the husband and wife to recognize the importance of the vows they took before God and commit to working on their marriage for a length of time.

Don’t Let Your Christian Counselor Make You Feel Guilty

If a couple has done that, though, and still can’t work together, no counselor should use the name of Christ to try to force or guilt a couple into staying together. If a couple wants to find a Christian marriage counselor to work with, they may ask their pastor for recommendations. Most pastors are used to receiving such calls and will have a name to suggest. If a couple is too embarrassed to ask their own pastor, since that means admitting they’re having trouble, they should call another church in the area to ask for a recommendation.

A Licensed Counselor is Probably Best

In some cases, a pastor may suggest himself as a free Christian marriage counseling service. Unless he has a counseling degree, this is usually probably a pretty bad idea. A pastor may have a thorough knowledge of the Bible, and he may have taken a counseling class, but he probably won’t know specific methods to help a struggling couple repair their marriage. It is always better to see a licensed professional even for pre marriage Christian counseling.

Are You Making Improvements in Your Marriage?

This sort of counseling may only make a couple feel more hopeless as they think they‘re working on their marriage but not getting anywhere. A couple should not settle for a Christian marriage counselor without a counseling degree and a license. You may even be able to find an online Christian marriage counseling service if you don’t want to meet in person with a counselor. Most people prefer counseling in person, but getting support with your marriage any way that you can is better than nothing at all.

Substance Abuse Counseling For Positive Changes

Posted by on 04 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Substance abuse is a problem that affects people of all walks of life. Business professionals, college students; even doctors can suffer from substance abuse problems. The fact is, those who find themselves abusing substances on a regular basis often also suffer from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and substance abuse can sometimes be seen as a compulsive behavior. Fortunately, those who suffer from substance abuse issues do not have to live their lives in pain. Substance abuse counseling has helped many thousands of people throughout the world conquer their issues and go on to live fulfilling lives.

What to Know About Substance Abuse Counselors

Counselors who deal with people that have substance abuse issues are often no different than those that deal with depressed and anxious individuals, except for the fact that they have a specialty in this specific area. More often than not, substance abuse counselors will make use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT in their sessions, as it is an extremely effective form of therapy for those who suffer from substance abuse issues. CBT teaches that actions are, more often than not, the result of thoughts and emotions. By learning to control one’s emotions and live mindfully, one can eventually learn to overcome destructive actions such as substance abuse.

Considering Substance Abuse Counseling Services

Many people worry about going to a substance abuse counselor because they are afraid that the police will be involved, since some people abuse substances that are illegal. Substance abuse counseling is extremely and one-hundred percent confidential, ensuring that nothing that is said between either party ever leaves the boundaries of the room. While it may be difficult to learn to trust a substance abuse counselor at first, most people find that after three or four sessions, a bond of trust begins to form. It is when this happens that the therapy truly becomes effective.

First Meeting With A Substance Abuse Counselor

One should know that their first session with a substance abuse counselor will usually consist of an overview of the client and his or her current issues and habits. Without a thorough background on the individual, it can be very difficult for the counselor to work effectively. It should also be noted that therapy can take a long time before results begin to show, and can be rather expensive. The fact is, however, most people who stick with therapy find that it is instrumental to their ability to change, and often go on to lead sober, fulfilling lives.

Make Sure Your Counselor is Properly Licensed

It is important to make sure that you do research and find a good counselor ahead of time. Make sure that you check for substance abuse counseling certification in your counselor – make sure that they are properly licensed. Most counselors will have to go through substance abuse counseling training before they get issued a license. Good substance abuse counseling programs should help you make a much-needed positive change in your life.

Golf Hypnosis To Improve Your Golf Game

Posted by on 02 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Golf hypnosis is the use of hypnotherapy to improve one’s ability to golf. Most people that have done it claim that it does provide them with benefit. Even the famous Tiger Woods has used variations of hypnosis to help improve his golf game. It is not going to make you a miracle golfer overnight, but what it will do is help you relax and stay focused in crucial situations while you are on the golf course. Since golf requires a lot of mental concentration, it makes complete sense to try hypnosis for golf if you are an avid golfer. Hypnosis is not only used for golf though, it can be used for many other sports, or anything requiring a great deal of concentrated focus.

2 Types of Hypnosis for Golfers

1. Self Hypnosis – This is probably the least expensive method of hypnosis and can be done by yourself in a quite environment. All that you will need is to buy a golf hypnosis CD or some sort of golf hypnosis mp3 that you can play from your iPod or through some headphones. You will then just need to lie back, relax, and follow the instructions on your recording. Usually recordings will start by giving you advice about how you can relax more deeply. When you are in a relaxed state, the tape will give you suggestions that will help you focus on improving your mentality for golfing.

2. Professional Hypnotherapy – This is done by a professional hypnotherapist (e.g. they are licensed) and usually, they will charge a commission fee for people that are interested. This is not the same thing as stage hypnosis or conversational hypnosis (which is a complete scam). Hiring a hypnotherapist can be expensive and they will basically help you relax, and then give you suggestions that will (potentially) help you improve your golf game.

Trying Golf Hypnosis

Whether you decide to try golf self hypnosis to improve your game or hire a professional hypnotherapist, you could really improve your ability to focus on the course. Who knows, if you search around online, you may even be able to find a free golf hypnosis recording somewhere. I’m not a golfer and wouldn’t know where to look for this type of hypnosis recording, but my guess is that even if you don’t find one that is free, you can get one for less than $20 from a website that sells these types of self hypnosis recordings.  It could really help you make the positive change in your golf game that you need.  People have used hypnotherapy for a variety of things such as: hypnosis to quit smoking, to reduce stress, and more.  It is worth giving a shot to find out whether it can improve your own life.

Are Conversational Hypnosis Techniques A Scam?

Posted by on 02 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

What is conversational hypnosis? Conversational hypnosis (also referred to as “covert hypnosis”) is defined as the ability to communicate or influence another person’s subconscious mind without them being aware of it. There are many different types of hypnosis that are marketed because a lot of the general public has absolutely no idea what is real and what is a complete scam. The truth is that conversational hypnosis does not really work like you think. As someone who has actually studied hypnosis, I know that applying conversational hypnosis techniques is not going to get you what you want from another person.

Basic Understanding of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is basically just a highly relaxed, focused state of mind in which you can access your own subconscious mind and implant positive suggestions and thoughts. However, you cannot brainwash yourself or anyone else into doing something that you would not normally do. No type of hypnosis or hypnotherapy is going to result in mind control. You can use hypnosis on yourself to help yourself stay focused on a goal (e.g. quitting cigarettes, eating healthier, exercising, etc.). I’m kind of disappointed that the general public does not know the truth about hypnosis because of all these staged hypnosis shows around the country for entertainment.

Hypnosis Conversational Alternatives

If your goal is to influence someone else into getting something that you want, then why don’t you just ask them for it? Even if the person says “no,” or declines your suggestion, you will probably have just as good of a chance of getting what you want as you would after testing the power of conversational hypnosis; it clearly is ineffective. The only way that it will really have any effect is if the other person that you are trying to hypnotize or influence was okay with the suggestions that you are giving them anyways – you don’t need hypnotherapy to make these either.

Stay Away From Conversational Hypnosis

Seriously, it’s a technique that doesn’t work and I don’t want you to waste money on buying a conversational hypnosis indirect book or for some guru to teach you how to use it. Think about the idea of influencing people with “conversational hypnosis.” Don’t you think that if it actually worked that there would be people using it to get the hottest girlfriend, extract money from wealthy millionaires, and talk the car dealer into giving away a Lamborghini for free? Be realistic and don’t get yourself caught up in something that isn’t real. Unfortunately there are a lot of websites out there that are pushing profits to make a quick buck off of people that are clueless about whether this actually works. Hopefully this article was strong enough to keep you away from it.

Best Natural Cures for Insomnia

Posted by on 23 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

There are tons of people that have trouble sleeping that are looking for natural cures for insomnia. Fortunately, there are some solutions that you can try to help you get a better night’s sleep. There are millions of people that are put on sleeping pills and although they can help for a period of time, many people hate the side effects associated with them. Plus, it’s way better for your body to get natural sleep instead of sleep that is induced by drugs. Sure it makes more sense to take sleeping medications if nothing else works, but there are other things that you can try before you resort to taking the most extreme measures.

What Can You Do To Overcome Insomnia?

1. Read a book before bedtime – Probably the easiest natural cure for insomnia is to simply open up a book and read. Not only will it make you smarter, but you will actually be changing your brainwaves to a slower pattern. As you get caught up in what you are reading, your mind shifts to a slower brainwave state. In comparison to surfing the internet or talking on your phone (which will keep you awake), reading helps many people start to feel sleepy.

2. Avoid the computer – The best thing that you can do for yourself before bed is to shut off your computer if it is distracting. Do you commonly surf the internet before bedtime? If so, you are going to keep yourself up for a longer time.

3. Turn off your cell phone – Cell phones are nothing more than a distraction when you are trying to fall asleep. If you take the time to turn off your phone, you won’t be preoccupied with late night texts or messages. Don’t accept calls after a certain time so that you can actually take a break from all of the chatter.

4. Turn off the TV – A lot of people watch TV before they go to sleep. Based on my own experience, I know that watching an entertaining show or movie can keep me up for a much longer time than expected. Turning off the TV will help you minimize distractions so that you can get to sleep.

5. Listen to relaxing music – Calming music or self hypnosis tapes work great when you are trying to get some sleep. I personally listen to a self hypnosis or guided meditation tape so that I can calm down my thoughts and drift off into a nice peaceful sleep.

Natural remedies for insomnia

1. Melatonin – This is probably the most well known natural remedy for insomnia that is on the market. Your body actually makes melatonin (it is a hormone) on its own, but the production can get thrown off in some people under stress. Consider taking this if you want to fall asleep quicker.

2. Kava (“Kava Kava”) – People under a lot of stress are sometimes recommended to take Kava in order to help them fall asleep. There have been disputes by the FDA about this though because it has caused liver problems when found in dietary supplements. I personally would probably not use this, but some people find it very helpful.

3. Valerian Herb – This is a less common herbal solution for insomnia that people use to help them get sleep. It is more common in European countries than the United States. Some people swear by taking this, while others don’t find it to be effective. The easiest way to find out whether it works is to give it a try for yourself.

What if you have severe insomnia?

If your insomnia is so severe that you cannot seem to find relief, then be sure to go out and talk to your doctor about what you can do to overcome it. Some people have gotten used to having insomnia and don’t mind it as much as others. The truth is that it can take a toll on your mental performance as well as your energy levels during the daytime. Anything that impedes you of getting a good night’s sleep needs to be stopped.  Do whatever works best for you, even if it means getting the Dreamate Sleep Aid or going old school and counting sheep.

Dangers of Sleep Apnea: What You Should Know

Posted by on 23 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

There are many dangers of sleep apnea that you should be aware of if you have this problem. If you haven’t already consulted a doctor or medical professional to talk about your problem, do so as soon as possible. The advice that you get from a professional is going to be much more accurate than what you read online. With that said, there are some common dangers that you should know about if you are plagued with sleep apnea. For people asking, “What are the dangers of sleep apnea?” – read some of them below to find out.

Some common sleep apnea dangers include:

Increased risk of heart attack and complications – Studies have found that people with sleep apnea problems end up having a significantly greater risk of having a heart attack than people who don’t; mostly due to low oxygen levels. Obviously this is a huge motivating factor to fix the problem for most people. Usually the dangers of things like apnea scare people a little bit and they end up making healthier changes.

Psychological disturbances – Sleep apnea can severely affect a person’s psychological state. It could lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, or stress. The ironic thing is that some of these conditions may cause sleep apnea to worsen.

Poor concentration – A lot of individuals with sleep apnea recognize that it can drastically affect their levels of concentration during the day. Having poor concentration means worse work performance and getting less accomplished; which could be considered by some as being “dangerous.”

Daytime sleepiness – A common danger of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness. If you are at a job operating heavy machinery or driving your vehicle somewhere, all it takes is one slip up and you could put your life in jeopardy.

Weight gain – Gaining weight can be dangerous in its own right. Nobody wants to gain weight because weight gain is something that can lead to health problems and put you at increased risk for more apnea. Fat can literally build up on the necks of people with apnea, which can prevent good airflow.

Sleep apnea can be fatal – The scariest thing about having sleep apnea or knowing someone with it is that it can be life-threatening. The dangers of sleep apnea in children are just as scary as the dangers for adults and both cases should be taken very seriously. Always ask your doctor for advice on what you can do about your apnea and be sure to take the time to read about some common sleep apnea remedies if you haven’t gotten any good advice yet.

Are Self Help Tapes Beneficial?

Posted by on 23 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: New Brain Information

Self help tapes are commonly used by people that are looking to improve a certain area of their life. Although they can be effective in some cases, it really depends on the quality of the tape itself. When it comes down to any tape that you are looking to get information from, it’s only as good as the content on it. If the tape doesn’t have very good information, then buying that particular self help tape is going to be useless. There are tons of self help items on the market today and many of them are not even worth getting because they contain regurgitated advice that most people have already heard about.

What About Subliminal Self Help Tapes?

Chances are good that you have likely come across advertisements for subliminal self help tapes at some point. These tapes are touted by marketers as being able to “unlock your subconscious mind” and clear out all of your limiting beliefs. The truth is that a lot of research has been done on subliminal messages and it has found that they do not work very well; the evidence in support of the fact that they are effective is miniscule at best.

Finding Self Help Audio Tapes

There are a lot of places that you can go to find yourself some audio tapes with decent information. These days, there are even free podcasts that you can listen to with things like: relationship advice, financial advice, and anger management. People that have depression and/or anxiety can also find places that offer these tapes for sale. Personal development websites like StevePavlina.com even offer free advice in the “audio” section. Not all of the information that you get is going to be free of charge, but that doesn’t mean that the free stuff is any worse than the tapes that you end up paying for.

Considering Self Help Hypnosis Tapes?

A lot of people don’t want to just hear advice from someone talking, but they would rather get the experience of trying out some self hypnosis tapes. I have personally tried self hypnosis and have had some success with it. It can be very calming and relaxing to listen to self hypnosis sessions in order to influence positive changes in your life. I usually listen to self hypnosis to calm my mind and relax, but some people find them helpful for changing their lives. I recommend giving them a try to see whether you get some benefit.

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