Someone asked me today how I came about becoming a hypnotherapist. Basically, I said it gave me a rational way to deal with irrationality. The thing about dealing with everyday craziness— from personal and business relationships to the political arena— is to know that behavior is driven mostly by deep seated beliefs and values, not reason. In spite of the Aristotelian ideals we Westerners espouse, by and large we act emotionally. Often, like children throwing greater or lesser tantrums. At least when viewed from the outside.
So, after completing my last blog post, and considering it alongside articles I’ve written over the years something occurred to me. I’ve written the same story a number of different ways, exorcising the demons of irrationality that I so often meet out and about, and way down inside. While I’ve known this intellectually for a long time, it only registered recently as I wrote something to the effect of “you can’t reason with belief.” Well, not head to head, anyway.