Do Affirmations Work?

Can you get better results through the use of self-affirmations?  We discuss how they work in this episode. Want to do some extra reading about the effects of self-affirmations?  Here are a couple of bonus items: 1.  One study suggests self-affirmations reduce people’s threat response. 2.  Another study shows that self-affirmations alter the brain’s response […]

History of Hypnotism: Franz Anton Mesmer

The terms “animal magnetism” and “mesmerized” trace back to one man.  Franz Anton Mesmer was a hypnotist… but he didn’t know that.

Intention and Attention: Shaping Your Thoughts for Maximum Happiness

We’ve talked about attention as a threat assessment method for human beings in two earlier episodes, but in this third episode, we’re going to talk specifically about what you can do to shift your attention, as well as how to set an intention that guides what you pay attention to.  We’ll explain pattern interrupts, chunking, […]

Attention, Emotions, and Memories

The posterior cingulate cortex is involved with several processes in the brain.  It is part of the default mode network, which we talked about in an earlier episode.  Recently, we’ve been focusing on the concept of attention, and examining how attention works from a cognitive standpoint.  We want to ultimately get to a place where […]

How Does Attention Work?

In this episode, we discuss how attention works.  Now, this is a bigger topic than you might first think, so we’re really just getting started, but the concepts we discuss here will give you some things to think about, and we’ll follow up more in the future.  We’ll discuss attention vs awareness, then the three […]

When Hypnosis Doesn’t Work

Hypnosis is not a magic bullet.  It doesn’t always work.  Hypnotists generally don’t like to talk about this, but it’s an important part of professional development to learn and grow from the times in which things don’t go like we planned.

Is Hypnotizability Genetic?

In this episode, we discuss a 2006 study that connects hypnotizability to certain genes that work with dopamine.  You can read the report here.

Hypnosis and Confidence

Chris Delaney helps people boost their confidence and go into job interviews better prepared.  We spoke with him about what gets in people’s way and how to create confidence quickly and effectively. If you’d like to learn more about the work Chris, visit If you’d like help getting ready for your next interview, visit […]

Shame, Guilt, and Regret

We all know guilt, shame, and regret are negative states, but in this video we discuss how these emotions actually impact the way your brain works and keep you from being motivated.

Motivation and Passion

What does passion have to do with motivation?  We’re not talking about passion in the romantic sense.  It’s about how you connect passionate energy to your identity and what matters to you.