Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) October 12, 2007
Hale Dwoskin, founder of The Sedona Method and a featured teacher in the #1 blockbuster bestselling book and movie, "The Secret," discusses what to do if Impulsive Behaviors are harming a person.
We all indulge in impulsive behaviors from time to time, such as overeating on Thanksgiving or having too much to drink on New Year's Eve. It seems this tendency to reap a reward while we can may have been engrained in us for our very survival.
Consider the ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors. When they came across a morsel of food, it behooved them to eat it right away because they didn't know when they'd find anymore.
An experiment with blue jays, conducted by a team of University of Minnesota researchers, also confirmed that animals tend to act impulsively when it comes to food, presumably also for the sake of survival. (Interestingly, a recent study on chimps by researchers at Georgia State University in Atlanta found that they can resist acting impulsively, as humans can, particularly if they're distracted with toys.)
But while impulsive behavior may have been beneficial for our ancestors, in modern times acting impulsively - in regard to food, shopping, sex, gambling, drinking, etc. - can be devastating.
"Impulsiveness is considered a big behavior problem for humans," said David Stephens, a professor of ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences. "Some humans do better at binary decisions like 'a little now or a lot later' than others. When psychologists study kids who are good at waiting for a reward, they find those kids generally do better in life. It looks as though this is a key to success in the modern world, so why is it so hard for us to accept delays? The answer may be because we evolved as foragers who encountered no penalties for taking resources impulsively."
Today, of course, there are penalties for being impulsive. Too much overeating will lead to weight gain, obesity and related health problems like diabetes. Alcohol in excess can lead to alcoholism or worse, turn one into an alcoholic.
Being impulsive with shopping or gambling, meanwhile, can send one into financial ruin. And acting too impulsively about sex could destroy a personal relationship or result in a sexually transmitted disease.
People who act impulsively are also at an increased risk of alcoholism, according to scientists from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Children who act impulsively are also at risk, as they're more likely to engage in substance abuse or have behavior and learning problems.
Releasing the Feelings That Cause Impulsive Behaviors
"Any strong feeling that we do not release can cause us to react impulsively instead of act proactively," says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of Sedona Training Associates.
This is why it's so important to let go of the urges for self-sabotaging impulsive behaviors using The Sedona Method.
The Sedona Method - studied and verified effective by Harvard Medical School - can help a person learn how to tap their natural ability to release impulsive urges immediately, on the spot.
According to Dwoskin, the most common feelings that cause a person to over-shop, gamble, drink or engage in other impulsive behaviors are:
The lust for more and for a different experience
The feeling of incompleteness that one often tries to fill up with impulsive activity
The fear of living life fully and wanting to escape instead
The feeling of wanting to lose control
The feeling that somehow if there is more or one wins all will finally be OK
As one begins working with The Sedona Method, these are the feelings that can be the focus of releasing so that one's able to regain full control of their actions and their life.
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For more insights on the topic of impulsive behaviors, Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, featured expert in the film and New York Times bestseller "The Secret," and CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, is available for interviews. Sedona Training Associates is an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by Hale Dwoskin's mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. For over a quarter century, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit http://www.Sedona.com