Mental Laws of Effect


We are naturally equipped with many great things, including a mind and choices, and yet many people don't feel empowered to create significant, desirable change and aren't taught how to effectively use their inner resources. The following Mental Laws of Effect are helpful concepts in re-programming your own mind so that you can bring about the changes that you desire and choose the quality of your life experience. 

(These Mental Laws of Effect are an adaptation of a handout provided at The Hypnotherapy Academy of America located in Albuquerque, NM, and are credited to Tim Simmerman-Sierra.)

1. Psychological Law of Repetitive Effect - "The more often a person is exposed to a specific input, the more likely it is to be accepted and acted upon by the subconscious." Repetition is one of the ways in which our subconscious minds are programmed. This includes our own inner voice. How positive or negative is your inner voice? What are your dominant thoughts? How do your most prevalent thoughts make you feel? Practice and repeat thoughts that are beneficial to you and to others. 

2. Psychological Law of Dominant Effect - "The strongest emotional urge tends to override intellectual reasoning. The stronger emotion always dictates behavior." This is because emotions are an aspect of the subconscious level of awareness, which is more effective than conscious will, volition or analysis. I like to use the analogy of an iceberg: The smaller portion floating on top is the conscious level of awareness, while the tremendous portion hidden beneath the surface is the subconscious storehouse that is running the show. Often people need to heal emotions that originated in the past before they can feel empowered enough to create their bright future.

3. Psychological Law of Reverse Effect -"The greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious responds. Being in a state of stress reduces effectiveness. If you can't swim, relax and you will float to the surface. If you struggle, you will sink." Sometimes people try very hard to effect positive change, but their ambitious striving becomes a source of stress. In this case, the subconscious will rebel and work against them. Think of the person who is trying so hard to lose weight, but the more they try, the more they fall back on old habits that impede their progress! The best analogy is already given - relax so that you can float to your heart's content.

You are powerful and effective. May your life reflect this truth about you.