Why Rituals Work
Extracts: “People facing situations that induce anxiety typically take comfort in engaging in preparatory activities, inducing a feeling of being back in control and reducing uncertainty…
…While a little extra preparation seems perfectly reasonable, people also engage in seemingly less logical behaviors in such situations…
…People engage in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide set of desired outcomes, from reducing their anxiety to boosting their confidence, alleviating their grief to performing well in a competition – or even making it rain.
Read whole article by clicking here at Scientific American. May 14, 2013
Very interesting article exploring the reasons why rituals may be performed and their effectivity from a psychological and scientific point of view. In hypnotherapy we may find people looking to find closure to a loss, process and overcome a trauma, or even desiring a change of behaviour, for whom devising their own rituals can be effective.
Cases can be found where a learnt behaviour which has become subconscious, such as smoking, does not present any other benefit than a ritualistic fulfilment. In the case that the person themselves may choose to stop smoking, the devising of their own rituals in order to substitute that undesired behaviour may prove effective. Hypnotherapy provides the opportunity to test the new choice of rituals from a hypnotic state, using our imagination. The mental rehearsal and practice of those new choices can contribute to those integrating faster and easier into our daily routine.