does anticipation lead to the opposite behaviour?

Postby Hypnoboy » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:15 am


I would like to start a serious discussion about anticipation.

From the beginning of reading about hypno you get confronted with anticipation. Anticipating behaviour of people and observing them has not always been my best focus. You really have to learn to anticipate.

What I recently read about anticipation has to do with an investigation about Anticipating Feelings of Guilt.
The subjects that were tested, proned towards anticipating about guilt and those who did most appeared to be better employees resulting in less fraud, less rude behaviour and less theft etc.

read article here:

This totally shocks me. I can't believe the human mind works like this.

Is there more evidence that anticipating at wrong behaviour actually makes people avoid this behaviour?

Could it have to do with fantasizing about things? And how important is the moral component of this fantasy?
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Postby quietvoice » Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:46 am

Hypnoboy wrote:This totally shocks me. I can't believe the human mind works like this.?

What is anticipation? Thought. What is guilt? Thought. When do we think? In this moment. What is the future? Thought.

Anticipation is thought about your own future. We always experience the feeling of our thinking every moment. If we have thoughts about what a particular action means to us, we have the feelings that go along with those thoughts. Every moment. No exception. That's how the human mind works.

Guilt-proneness? Simply habits of thought. Personality? Also nothing more than habits of thought.

Thoughts come and go. No thought sticks around but at our bidding. Let go of a thought pattern, and new thought comes along. Feelings come from thought. Actions come from thought/feeling.
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Postby Robert Plamondon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:17 pm

If you look at the original paper at, you can take the test yourself. It starts on page 62 and you score it on page 64.

They don't have any histograms or distribution curves, though. You can compare your score to the averages on page 70.

I think you'll find that the survey questions are worded with surprising sloppiness. Let's take question 15: "While discussing a heated subject with friends, you suddenly realize you're shouting, though nobody seems to notice. What is the likelihood that you would try to act more considerately towards friends?"

Well, for me, over the course of the next couple of minutes, the odds are 100%. A year later? 0%. (Also, this question is essentially a duplicate of question 11, which is sloppy in a survey with only 16 questions.)

So the research seems to be floundering in a self-generated fog of uncertainty. There's excellent research out there: this doesn't seem to be it.

As for the utility of guilt and shame, in my hypnotherapy practice, I find guilt and shame are just about always part of the problem, and rarely part of the solution.

But about anticipation. To me, this is basically a hallucinated future. Some people are really good at this, and whether they call it "planning" or "intuition" or "oneness with the universe," when they select a meal from a menu, their actual meal is usually very similar to the one they imagined when looking at the menu. This process can be applied to anything, and should be applied to everything, though of course with the understanding that one's ability to predict a meal at a place you eat all the time is better than for something new.

The problem with adding guilt and shame to the predictive mix is that many people find these emotions overwhelming, preventing them from even thinking about it. I find that once a client's free-floating negative emotions are dealt with -- fear, anger, grief, guilt, shame, sadness -- and they become purely situational, their lives improve automatically. Their emotions were like a stereo turned up too high, distorting all the music and making it hard to hear yourself think. Once the volume is dialed back to a level where you're responding to the actual music, only then does reworking the playlist pay off. I'd never encourage an increase in guilt or shame before the volume is turned down below 11.

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