IKEA took two identical plants, placed them in seperate clear boxes and played a different audio soundtrack to each one. One plant received positive words such as compliments, the other received negative, unpleasant comments. Plant pairs were placed in schools around the world allowing children to watch the experiment unfold. After 30 days, the results were evident. The plant which ‘heard’ only positive comments grew strong and green; the ‘bullied’ plant turned yellow and drooped it’s leaves. It’s not a joke. Negative words destroy organic life. Click on the image above and watch the short video to see the whole experiment.
Psychologists typically use the power of thought to help their own patients. Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT uses exactly the principle of thoughts have power. When new patients are presented with this therapy then they are given situational examples such as a male jock is watching the Superbowl and is high strung because his team is about to take a last point kick, while his girlfriend is completely bored beside him. The therapist uses such examples in order to illustrate two of the fundamental principles of the cognitive model: (1) it is not events in life that upset us, but rather our thoughts about these events, and (2) specific emotions are connected to specific thoughts.
Is there something in your life that isn’t working as well as you’d like it to? Maybe there is a situation that you seem to get into often. If you answered yes to any of these questions then there is a high probability that some subconscious thoughts or patterns are the culprit. Most often, they are socialized thought patterns we learned as children from our parents, caregivers and our schoolmates and teachers – people you looked up to and took for granted their best intentions.
Ready to transform your own thought patterns? Check out the short video on mental housecleaning here.
Better and better.