Psychologist's Tools For Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind | Nicole LePera on Impact Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about a psychologist, Nicole LePera, discussing tools for reprogramming the subconscious mind to create and maintain change, and how childhood experiences and patterns can impact our present and future.

The video features an interview with psychologist Nicole LePera, who discusses how to reprogram the subconscious mind to create and maintain change. LePera explains that our past experiences and patterns are stored in the subconscious mind, which controls 90-95% of our daily actions. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging discomfort as part of the process of change and reframing it as a sign of moving in a different direction. LePera also discusses the power of neurons that fire together and wire together, creating ruts in our subconscious that can be difficult to break. She offers tools and techniques for integrating discomfort and making small promises to create lasting change.

  • Discomfort is part of changing and doing something new.
  • Childhood experiences impact us more than we realize.
  • Upwards of 90-95% of our day is spent in autopilot mode.
  • Our subconscious creates ruts that we slip back into, making change difficult.
  • Consciousness is the foundation for reprogramming the subconscious mind.
  • Childhood experiences and patterns can impact our present and future.
  • Creating and maintaining change requires consistency and repetition.
  • Thoughts and feelings are connected and in communication at all times.
  • To create safety, we need to gradually widen the window and show ourselves through living the experience of tolerating discomfort that we can.

Psychologist's Tools For Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind | Nicole LePera on Impact Theory - YouTube

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Acknowledging Discomfort as Part of Change

  • Discomfort is part of changing and doing something new.
  • Our subconscious likes to avoid unfamiliar spaces.
  • We can reframe discomfort as a sign of moving in a direction of difference.
  • Don't expect discomfort not to be there, learn to work with it.
  • Integrate discomfort by making one small promise and focus on keeping it.
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The Power of Childhood Experiences

  • The book's subtitle is "How to heal from your past, understand your patterns to create your future."
  • Childhood experiences impact us more than we realize.
  • Most of us are operating from our past in our autopilot.
  • Patterns from childhood become the patterns of our lives.
  • Stored in our subconscious, these patterns are difficult to change.
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The Role of the Subconscious Mind

  • Upwards of 90-95% of our day is spent in autopilot mode.
  • Our subconscious is a powerful part of our mind.
  • Neurons that fire together wire together, creating ruts in our subconscious.
  • Our conscious mind has insight, but we slip back into autopilot and repeat old patterns.
  • Creating and maintaining change is difficult because of these subconscious patterns.
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Psychologist's Tools For Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind | Nicole LePera on Impact Theory - YouTube

The Tapestry of Feelings and Patterns

  • Feelings become easier to feel because of the brain's caloric conservation.
  • Our brain is a caloric monster, using 20% of our caloric intake.
  • Our brain creates a tapestry of feelings and patterns that become difficult to change.
  • Our subconscious creates ruts that we slip back into, making change difficult.
  • Understanding the power of our subconscious is key to creating and maintaining change.
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Tools for Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind

  • Our subconscious mind prefers familiarity and predictability to keep us safe.
  • We need to become conscious and observe our patterns and habits.
  • Consciousness is a practice that requires us to use our prefrontal cortex.
  • We can use hooks for our attention, such as our breath or senses, to become present in the moment.
  • The more present we are, the more choice we have to create new habits and patterns.
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Developing the Consciousness Muscle

  • Consciousness is the foundation for reprogramming the subconscious mind.
  • We can develop our consciousness muscle through sitting meditation or real-time practice.
  • Setting alarms throughout the day can help us become more conscious in real-time.
  • Consciousness can be developed in any context or activity by using our focus of attention.
  • Some people may feel overwhelmed by sitting meditation and can start with real-time practice.
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Childhood Experiences and Patterns

  • Childhood experiences and patterns can impact our present and future.
  • Our subconscious mind stores these experiences and patterns as beliefs and behaviors.
  • We need to become aware of these beliefs and behaviors to reprogram our subconscious mind.
  • Reparenting ourselves involves identifying and healing childhood wounds and creating new beliefs and behaviors.
  • We can use tools such as journaling, therapy, and self-reflection to reparent ourselves.
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Creating and Maintaining Change

  • Creating and maintaining change requires consistency and repetition.
  • We need to identify and replace old habits and patterns with new ones.
  • Self-compassion and self-forgiveness are essential for creating and maintaining change.
  • We need to focus on progress, not perfection, and celebrate small wins.
  • Creating a supportive environment and community can also help us maintain change.
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Connection between Thoughts and Feelings

  • Thoughts and feelings are connected and in communication at all times.
  • Long enough thought leads to a feeling.
  • Monkey mind and racing thoughts can lead to worry and overwhelm.
  • Our bodies can be uncomfortable due to past experiences.
  • Being present in our body can be an unfamiliar place to be.
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The Default Mode Network and Safety

  • The default mode network is worry, trauma, and thoughts about all that.
  • Living in distraction can lead to falling into the default mode network.
  • The brain employs the caloric strategy to make sure that we don't have to think about everything.
  • Our nervous system is always responding to cues, specifically around safety.
  • Our bodies need to feel safe to experience underlying sensations or emotions.
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Widening the Window and Resilience

  • To create safety, we need to gradually widen the window and show ourselves through living the experience of tolerating discomfort that we can.
  • Jumping into the deep end creates another situation of overwhelm.
  • We need to empower ourselves by creating resilience around our emotions.
  • Resilience is the ability to become dysregulated with a moderate or a mild amount of stress and then to come back into safety or regulation again.
  • Those of us who don't feel safe can actually risk overwhelm and create another trauma for ourselves if we just dive right in.
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Re-grounding Yourself

  • Re-grounding yourself into safety is a process.
  • It involves creating a safe space for yourself.
  • It involves learning to tolerate discomfort and building resilience.
  • It involves understanding your past experiences and patterns.
  • It involves reprogramming your subconscious mind to create and maintain change.
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Understanding the Root Cause of Symptoms

  • Physical symptoms can be related to overwhelming emotions in childhood.
  • Research on epigenetics shows how daily choices and events can affect our physical bodies.
  • Understanding the nervous system can help explain physical symptoms.
  • Exploring underlying imbalances can help address symptoms and diagnoses.
  • Disconnection from the body can contribute to physical symptoms.
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Nervous System Regulation Techniques

  • Breath work is a quick and easy tool for nervous system regulation.
  • Shallow chest breathing can contribute to anxiety and keep the nervous system in fight-or-flight mode.
  • Belly breathing can help regulate the nervous system and reduce anxiety.
  • Starting with a small daily promise of five deep belly breaths can help build a foundation for breath work.
  • Using hand placement on the belly can help feel the expansion and deflation of the belly during breath work.
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Building on the Foundation of Breath Work

  • Using breath work throughout the day can help regulate the nervous system during stressful moments.
  • Building on the foundation of breath work can help create a foundational practice for overall well-being.
  • Posture can affect breath work, so starting with laying down can be helpful for beginners.
  • Consistent practice is key for building on the foundation of breath work.
  • Using breath work can help create a sense of safety and courage in the face of feeling unsafe.
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Creating Lasting Change

  • Reprogramming the subconscious mind can help create and maintain change.
  • Childhood experiences and patterns can impact present and future behaviors.
  • Self-awareness and self-reflection can help identify patterns and create change.
  • Creating new neural pathways through consistent practice can help reprogram the subconscious mind.
  • Creating a holistic approach to well-being can help address underlying imbalances and create lasting change.
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Importance of Small Promises

  • Creating change is overwhelming for the subconscious mind.
  • Consistency of habit is more important than adding multiple new things to do.
  • Small promises help to build credibility with oneself.
  • Resistance is a natural part of change.
  • One small promise is easier to maintain than multiple new habits.
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Reframing Thoughts

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on reframing thoughts.
  • Expanding our thoughts can lead to new feelings and behaviors.
  • Childhood experiences can define our present, but reframing can help.
  • Reframing can help to let go of blame and understand limitations of caregivers.
  • Reframing allows for multiple thoughts and perspectives.
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Identifying Patterns

  • Childhood patterns can impact present and future behaviors.
  • Identifying patterns can help to understand triggers and reactions.
  • Patterns can be changed through awareness and intentional action.
  • Self-reflection and self-awareness are important for identifying patterns.
  • Patterns can be changed through small, consistent actions.
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Self-Awareness and Self-Reflection

  • Self-awareness is the first step towards change.
  • Self-reflection helps to identify patterns and triggers.
  • Self-reflection can be done through journaling or therapy.
  • Self-reflection helps to understand emotions and reactions.
  • Self-reflection helps to create intentional actions towards change.
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Exploring Productive Ands

  • Make space for negative emotions and also explore productive ands like compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.
  • Don't explain away experiences based on perceived limitations in others.
  • Get curious and explore whether an and can be productive or lead down an unproductive road.
  • Become intimately knowledgeable about yourself to determine what kind of and is useful for you.
  • Explore whether a reframe can create helpful space or if an and is a limitation in your life.
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Radical Self-Responsibility and Boundaries

  • Boundaries are for self-empowerment, not ultimatums or blaming others.
  • Explore what pattern you are owning and what role you are playing in a situation.
  • Be radically honest with yourself and explore your intentions and behaviors.
  • Deep level of self-exploration can give clarity on patterns and behaviors.
  • Take self-responsibility and ownership of your own change.
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Tools for Self-Exploration

  • Journaling can help get information out and look at it objectively.
  • Seek support from others who can offer observations on habits and patterns.
  • Become an objective observer of yourself and learn to see how you are participating in real time.
  • Fire up the conscious part of your mind to hear and see the patterns in your subconscious.
  • North star for people can be safety in their body or a goal they are moving towards.
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Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind

  • Childhood experiences and patterns can impact present and future behaviors.
  • Reprogramming the subconscious mind involves identifying and changing negative patterns and beliefs.
  • Tools for reprogramming include journaling, meditation, visualization, and affirmations.
  • Consistency and repetition are key to creating and maintaining change.
  • Self-awareness and self-healing are necessary for reprogramming the subconscious mind.
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