NP0023 The Emotion Revolution: Harnessing Mind, Body and Soul in the Consulting Room

This blog focuses on discussion regarding the course The Emotion Revolution: Harnessing Mind, Body and Soul in the Consulting Room.

Our Brain's Negativity Bias: Taking in the Good with Rick Hanson


The Emotion Revolution: NP0023 - Session 4

In this session, you'll learn why positive emotions are often an underutilized resource in treatment and why people are vulnerable to negative biases. With Rick Hanson, you'll explore the benefits of helping clients internalize positive emotions.

After you hear this presentation, please take a few minutes to comment about what you found most interesting or relevant. These comment boards will be a valuable way to share your thoughts, opinions, and questions throughout the series. If you ever have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org and our Support Team will help you.

08.15.2012   Posted In: NP0023 The Emotion Revolution: Harnessing Mind, Body and Soul in the Consulting Room   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar Maureen 08.17.2012 17:18
    Rick was just what I needed today! He brings such powerful, research based practices to the accessible level of beginners like me with such simplicity and clarity. The distinctions between positive THOUGHTS and positive EXPERIENCES is well stated. As therapists we need to interrupt the client's spill of negativity by inviting them to splash around in and enjoy the slippery little positive experiences of their lives long enough to remember them. And the EXPERIENCE of the splashing around during a session is yet another positive experience. The garden analogy is easy to remember. Thanks!
    I will check out Rick's books and website.
  • Not available avatar John 08.19.2012 00:59
    Thank you Rick for the sensitive, thoughtful and useful synthesis. What comes to mind in translating words into positive experential change is the work of David Grove's work with metaphor ("clean language"and Eugene Gendlin's Focusing.
  • Not available avatar Carol McDermott 08.20.2012 15:44
    Good and helpful metaphors,Rick, included in a clear, well stated presentation. You reminded me of what my therapist said when I asked her about homework, "be kind to yourself and pay attention to your feelings." That was so foreign to me and it activated my puzzled attention, then and for much of my time between sessions. For now, years later, you reminded me of another simple phrase which helps me in troubled times, from Ticht Nacht Han (spelling?: "In this moment there is happiness". Again, my thanks to Rich for bringing you to me.
  • Not available avatar Debbie 08.21.2012 04:18
    Excellent presentation! The optimism of your approach is uplifting and refreshing, dragging us out of the pathology that pervades the therapeutic world. It reminds me of a wise thought shared by a friend: We cannot rid ourselves of darkness by beating it with a stick; we can only add light.
    Your approach to activating positive experiences seems similar to that of Tony Robbins - bringing them up with our physical senses and experiencing them repeatedly so as to integrate them into our physical bodies, making them a dominant part of our lives. Your method, however, seems to have more of a gentle touch.
    Thank you
  • 0 avatar Marilyn Scholze 08.21.2012 10:45
    Wonderful presentation. What if the client needs to work on all three areas of antidote experience. (trauma, loss, not feeling attuned to) Is there a priority in approaching them? Can they be built up simultaneously or do they need to be separated and approached one at a time? Thanks.
  • Not available avatar Sneha Nikam 08.21.2012 11:51
    Thanks to both Rick and Rich Sir. It was a wonderful and stimulating conversation to listen to. Enjoyed it.
    Best wishes to Psychotherapy Networker.
  • Not available avatar Frances Bello 08.23.2012 14:35
    Loved the research backing to Rick's talk. Also loved the explanation of how the brain works and why we attach to the negative so much easier than we do to the positive. Thanks guys!!
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