Dehypnotizing Yourself

The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence by Dr. Robert Anthony

Every person has been hypnotized to some degree either by ideas he has accepted from others or ideas he has convinced himself are true. These ideas have the same effect upon his behavior as those implanted into the mind of a hypnotic subject by a hypnotist.

Under hypnosis, I tell a normal, healthy woman that she cannot lift a pencil that I have placed on the table. And, surprisingly, she finds herself unable to perform this simple act. It is not a question of her trying to lift the pencil. She will struggle and strain, much to the audience’s amusement, but she simply cannot lift the pencil. On the one hand, she is trying to perform the action through voluntary effort and the use of her body muscles. But on the other hand, the suggestion that “you cannot lift the pencil” causes her mind to believe that it is impossible. Here we find a physical force being neutralized by a mental force. It is a case of will power versus imagination. When this happens, imagination always wins out!

Many people think they can change their lives through sheer willpower. This is not true. Negative ideas in the imagination cause such persons to defeat themselves. Regardless of how hard they try, it’s no use. They have accepted a false belief as if it were fact. All their ability, good intentions, effort, and will-power are no avail against the powerful false belief they have accepted as truth.”


Today we see how important it is to be aware of our thoughts. It’s the doubting, limiting and often sly and very quiet thoughts that can keep our dreams as dreams. If thoughts are things, what are you thinking today?

Where do you tell yourself you cannot?

Quotes from: Dr. Robert Anthony, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence (New York: The Penguin Group, 1979), pages 1-2.

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