Nervous - Cautious - Stuck - Diffident - Fear of Change - Cut Off
When does a good habit become a restricting repetitive habit ?
A mild degree of degree of repetitive pattern is necessary to our sense of stability.
Over cautious attitudes can develop out of adverse life experience - from which we
may need to be helped to recover and rehabilitated. But where a person feels compelled
to follow a pattern which they cannot let go or change, they begin to be cut off
from the normal world. Often the idea that they could take a chance - even in minor
ways - to stand out or be different or is experienced as a threat.
The fear can make them angry and rejecting in the face of encouragement. Losing interest
in their surroundings they become cut off and end up feeling stuck, isolated and
unable to change. This anxiety then provokes deeper involvement in the ritual patterns
which sedate the system and provide a sense of security - further shutting the world
This a retreat into repetitive habit and ritualpattern displaces other useful and
healthy activity and becomes a defence against a fear of change or doing something
Once rigidly or extensively established, this is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or
OCD - a pattern which is powerfully resistant to change.
These patterns often develop out of early upbringing which has been over-critical,
over protective or which has otherwise fostered a sense of personal inadequacy or
Cognitive behavioural analysis is used in systematic identification of its components,
their meanings and function in the person’s own belief system.
A lot of ingenuity is required to free up these patterns. Often a direct approach
just evokes more powerful resistance and it is necessary to develop both conscious
and unconscious levers to shift the pattern.
Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP and paradoxical techniques are some of the most powerful
psychological tools that can be brought to bear in by-passing and changing these