What is Biomagnetic Neuropsychology
Biomagnetic Neuropsychology is a pioneering technique. It is a transcranial form of stimulation which uses biomagnetic neuro induction technology to stimulate the development of new neural pathways in the brain. This enables our brains to better process thoughts, emotions and feelings.
Transcranial means ‘passing through the skull’. This means that the induction is non-invasive – that is, it is applied from outside the skull, on top of your hair/head.
The stimulation is carried out with a small, hand-held inductor. The stimulation is created by a low-level magnetic field, generated by an electrical current inside the inductor. This stimulation is so gentle that it cannot be felt. The brain is made up of many different parts. Usually, only certain areas of the skull will be stimulated – and where those areas are will depend on each individual person.
What causes certain points in the brain to benefit from stimulation is neural inactivity in the brain. These are sometimes referred to as neurological gaps. A neurological gap can render part of the brain unable to rationally process or cope with a certain thought or issue. Common examples include fears of public speaking, going to a swimming pool, seeing spiders and driving a car. It is usually trauma or conditioning that causes neurological gaps. Trauma can be chronic or acute, meaning long term (for instance as a result of long-term abuse) or short term (for instance as a result of a recent car accident). Some irrational thoughts and fears can be caused by either negative experiences or by conditioning. An example is that one person can develop a fear of driving a car after an accident (trauma) or, having never driven a car, as a result of conditioning, for instance by a parent because that parent had a fear of driving a car. Therefore, how fears are caused depends on the circumstances. Some of us may not even realise when we think negative thoughts or feel negative emotions and feelings, or even carry out negative behaviours, especially when they are chronic (long-term).
When parts of the brain are unable to cope with certain irrational thoughts and issues, increased electrical currents are generated in those parts of the brain.
This is done in order to attempt to process those particular thoughts/issues. However, those increased electrical currents place the relevant part, or parts, of the brain under increased stress, causing them to ‘overheat’ and effectively shut-down – analogous to an electric circuit ‘tripping’. This is the neurological inactivity or gap effect.
Sometimes, some of us have the cognitive ability to analyse and rationalise of our negative experiences which have led to psychological problems. Sometimes we refer to them as a ‘mental block’. To return to the car accident example, a person may develop a fear of driving or even getting in to a car following a road traffic accident, yet they may be able to rationalise the fact that because s/he had an accident once, it does not mean that it will lead to them having another accident in the future. This is not the same as to say that they will definitely not be involved in another road traffic accident. Similarly, it does not mean to say that the person cannot benefit from psychological or skills support to refresh their skills or contribute to increasing their confidence once they have experienced a negative event. However, the logic is that it does not follow that being involved in one negative experience will lead to another. This principle can be applied by analogy to many psychological issues e.g. a horse-riding or bike accident, a negative experience of performing in public, poor exam results, relationship break-down, redundancy – the list is endless and personal to each individual. Some of these fears, however, may not be ‘self-contained’ and can lead to limitations on our lives – sometimes subconsciously self-imposed, that restrict our development – personal or professional – and may even harm us. Examples of symptoms include:
- Anger, irritability and frustrations
- Negative beliefs
- Thoughts going around and around in our head
- ‘Comforting’ habits such as smoking, drinking or eating too much, or
- Just generally not feeling ‘ourselves’
Even though some of us have conscious understanding of our fears and irrational behaviours, we may not be able to modify those fears and behaviours – certainly optimally – and that can be because our fears are so deeply rooted in the emotional rather than the rational brain. We generally use less than 10% of our brain consciously with over 90% of our brain being used subconsciously. We learn through repetitive behaviour – ‘motorised’, as it were, by either rational or irrational conditioning or thoughts. Therefore, those repetitive behaviours could be rational or irrational, depending on the conditioning or the thoughts. But when we have neurological gaps, we become resistant to changing those irrational repetitive thoughts and behaviours, even though they may limit our lives, restrict our development and ultimately harm us. Therefore, the reason why some people have some self-awareness of their limiting thoughts and behaviours, yet may be challenged to change those thoughts, is because they are not ‘only’ cognitive issues, but rather, neurological issues.
Biomagnetic Neuropsychology gives us the technology and the technique to both neurologically and psychologically improve and indeed remove some of the causes of our ‘mental blocks’, notably the neurological gaps, and their symptoms. It allows us to achieve this outcome through the use of the biomagnetic inductor, which enables us to stimulate the brain, or more usually, parts of the brain, from a state of neuroplasticity to a state of hyperplasticity. Children’s brains are in a state of hyperplasticity naturally until the age of about 12. This means that the neural pathways are flexible and more adaptable than in adults, whose brains have reached a stage of neuroplasticity. Being in a state of neuroplasticity does not mean that adults cannot learn or adapt their thoughts and behaviours at all, simply that it is possible to do so more easily in a state of hyperplasticity. Once the neurological gaps are identified and inducted (stimulated) in a person, the neural pathways become more receptive to be re-conditioned or re-trained. This is when coaching takes place. The coaching is specific to the neurological gaps identified. This coaching, whilst the client is in a state of hyperplasticity, enables the client to replace ineffective thoughts and to process new, effective thoughts where previously, neurological gaps inhibited that development. In turn, the new thought processes will enable the development of new, constructive behavioural patterns.