Autosuggestion is a type of self-induced suggestion technique that can help individuals to improve their confidence and way of life. The idea is to let the people guide their own thoughts and feelings with repeated positive words and suggestions. This psychological technique is said to have been derived from the placebo effect where the patient is made into thinking that the treatment is helping him, but in reality, the treatment is ineffective. Similarly, autosuggestion guides our subconscious mind to think what we want it to think. It is one of the techniques mostly used in self-hypnosis.
What is it?
Autosuggestion was first introduced and used by Émile Coué in the 20th century. He was a psychologist, who believed that people cannot be hypnotized unless they want to and therefore, he introduced a method in which a person suggests himself to do something. This is directly linked to our subconscious mind. If you can convince your mind that a certain medicine will work on you, then it most likely will. The process involves feeding positive words and thoughts to our mind to change its perception about something.
How does it work?
Those, who have just heard about this term, may wonder how autosuggestion works. Let me tell you how. It actually works by placing convincing ideas into your mind to make it believe they are true. It targets your subconscious mind which is majorly responsible for creating and storing recent memories. In this, we feed an idea or a new suggestion to our mind that we would like to change in ourselves. This may include getting rid of a bad habit or developing a good one.
For this technique to work, we first need to identify the things we want to change. Then, we need to come up with a suggestion which is actually believable. It must truly connect with your feelings and should really matter to you. Finally, autosuggestions are for you and you only, so make one that can help you become better in your own eyes.
Since it involves making a suggestion to your subconscious mind, it can work really well when combined with positive thinking. Although this process is completely harmless, one can consult a psychologist for better results. It is not usually an easy task to convince your mind to accept something as such. The success of this technique depends on how well you can convince your subconscious to believe that an idea or action will work.