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Abridged version of talk delivered to UKGHE Conference 2010, Scarborough.

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  • Rather than gallop through all the theory… I just want to give you a small flavour… to get you thinking about this fascinating topic…
  • This is the model that I came up with… although even the work model implies something perhaps too formulaic for my purpose here… It’s almost as if we need a POETIC IMAGE, a metaphor for this process… But we need a way of talking about it that is useful and so that it can be put into practice… My suggestion is that writing can behelpful as a process because it can help us to LET GO of more conceptual ideas of the self, some of the unhelpful narratives that we have formed about ourselves.. .it can help us to get out of endless analytical thinking and into the body, into the felt and bodily.. Rhythm, metaphor… MAKING: Once we have done this, it is easier for us Make something new. Writing also consists of making objects… finding a form for our felt experience which is the right ‘fit, ’ which feels right to us… And in so doing, this made object - a word, a phrase, a poem, a short story, a novel - acts as a kind of lever, a fulcrum ( I am borrowing this from the philosopher, Elaine Scarry) which works back upon us and transforms, RENEWS, our understanding of ourselves.
  • This is the model that I came up with… although even the work model implies something perhaps too formulaic for my purpose here… It’s almost as if we need a POETIC IMAGE, a metaphor for this process… But we need a way of talking about it that is useful and so that it can be put into practice… My suggestion is that writing can behelpful as a process because it can help us to LET GO of more conceptual ideas of the self, some of the unhelpful narratives that we have formed about ourselves.. .it can help us to get out of endless analytical thinking and into the body, into the felt and bodily.. Rhythm, metaphor… MAKING: Once we have done this, it is easier for us Make something new. Writing also consists of making objects… finding a form for our felt experience which is the right ‘fit, ’ which feels right to us… And in so doing, this made object - a word, a phrase, a poem, a short story, a novel - acts as a kind of lever, a fulcrum ( I am borrowing this from the philosopher, Elaine Scarry) which works back upon us and transforms, RENEWS, our understanding of ourselves.

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  • Hypnotic Journaling Sophie Nicholls This is an abridged version of the talk and workshop delivered to the UKGHE Annual Conference 2010.
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    • flow
    • (see ‘Flow: The psychology of optimal experience, 1990, M. Csikzsentmihalyi)
    • ‘ the zone’
    • mindfulness
    • trance- like state
    • hypnosis
  • What happens there?
    • We connect with our own felt sense.
  • writing from a felt sense
    • To get there, I think we need to ask:
    • What’s my story and is it really mine?
    • How do I get my feelings into words?
  • the research
    • Antonio Damasio’s work with patients with impairment to memory, language, etc - the ‘core self’
    • Our sense of self is felt and bodily and it develops very early, probably before we are born…
    • See Antonio Damasio, (1999) The Feeling of What Happens,Body. Emotion and the Making of Consciousness.
  • your body is always finding its way into language
    • conceptual metaphor theory
    • Lakoff & Johnson: (see L & J 1980. Metaphors We Live By )
    • SAD IS DOWN;
    • HAPPY IS UP;
    • Kovesces: BODY IS CONTAINER FOR
    • REAL SELF/ EMOTIONS (see Kovesces 2000. Metaphor and Emotion )
  • So what is Hypnotic Journaling? A way of remembering, (re)connecting with felt self writing as self-hypnosis
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  • Exercises for Letting Go: something beginning with…
  • free-writing write anything, however it comes, without editing or pausing…
  • speed-dating for hypnotherapists! five minutes of free-writing, circle five words, use these as starting-point for next five minutes of free-writing… … and so on…
  • other ideas: dialoguing (with a feeling,a part of the body, a person) using hypnosis/self-hypnosis to allow a beginning word, metaphor or image to coalesce… …and then free-writing from that
  • contexts for practice: James Pennebaker and Expressive Writing psychoneuroimmunology Gendlin and focusing
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  • Making, Being Remade… (Hypnotic Journaling ebook guides you through these stages of the process in five days.)
  • Hypnotic Journaling
    • What do I need to Let Go of?
    • What is my felt truth (or what are my truths) right now? Where is my felt sense of who I really am?
    • Who do I feel that I am or might become rather than think I should or ought to be?
    • What new possibilities can I Make out of this felt material?
    • How does this knowledge Remake or transform my sense of my self?
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