Understanding Anxiety and Uncomfortable Thoughts: The Power of Hypnosis and Mindfulness
We live in a world that is full of hate and fear. With each horrific event fueled by hate, we begin to question our safely each day we step outside our front door. In this blog, I want to explore the notion of understanding anxiety and uncomfortable thoughts that come from experiencing this hate.
The Emotional Impact of Global Events
In the wake of tragic events, such as the Christchurch attacks, emotions run high. For many, especially immigrants like myself, feelings of sadness, anger, and vulnerability emerge. The once perceived safety of places like New Zealand gets overshadowed by acts of cruelty and malevolence.
Authorities tirelessly work to maintain order and security, especially after such devastating incidents. In the Christchurch case, the swift response led to the arrest of three individuals, with one facing murder charges. But beyond the immediate aftermath, there’s a deeper psychological issue at play: the pervasive fear and hatred that can be found in societies worldwide.
Unraveling the Roots of Fear and Hatred
The alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch attacks, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, left behind an extensive manifesto. This document, filled with references to the rise of Islam and the perceived threat of migrants, provides a glimpse into a disturbed mindset. Such beliefs aren’t isolated to this individual. Across the globe, similar sentiments have fueled other heinous acts, from the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting to attacks in Sweden, Quebec, and Norway.
These attackers often share a common narrative: a belief that their way of life is under threat from minorities or immigrants. My research, spanning countries from India to the United States, has delved into how dominant groups perceive minorities and immigrants. It’s been observed that many, especially white Christians in the studied nations, harbor fears towards immigrants. They worry about changes in their cultural, political, and economic landscapes.
Addressing the Underlying Fears
While these fears might seem harmless at first, they can escalate into prejudice, hatred, and, as we’ve tragically seen, much worse. The rise of social media platforms has exacerbated these feelings. Online, individuals can easily find communities that echo and validate their fears, further entrenching their beliefs.
However, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate these fears and reduce the likelihood of such tragedies in the future. Conversations within families play a pivotal role. Adolescents, in particular, form many of their opinions during their teenage years. Parents, as role models, have the responsibility to instill values of tolerance and mutual respect from an early age.
Additionally, in our digital age, it’s crucial to challenge and report hateful content online. Platforms like YouTube offer mechanisms to report abusive or offensive content. Taking action can help reduce the spread of such harmful narratives.
Building Bridges Through Understanding
One of the most effective ways to combat fear is through understanding. It might sound simple, but the more we learn about different groups, the more likely we are to share that knowledge, fostering social cohesion. By understanding each other better, we can challenge those who seek to divide societies.
As a clinical hypnotherapist, I’ve seen firsthand how powerful understanding can be. Through techniques like hypnosis and mindfulness, individuals can confront and manage their anxieties and uncomfortable thoughts. By addressing these feelings head-on, it’s possible to find peace and clarity, even in turbulent times.
While the global community continues to grapple with events like Christchurch, it’s essential to remember the power of understanding and compassion. By facing our fears and seeking to understand those different from us, we can hope to build a more inclusive and peaceful world.
Release Hypnosis Melbourne Hypnotherapy
Since 2016, Lawrence Akers has been working under the name Release Hypnosis offering Hypnotherapy and ACT based work to the people of Melbourne or an online service. Based on St Kilda Rd, Release Hypnosis is an easy and convenient location to get to and accessible by the ANZAC station train and tram stop. Release Hypnosis can help with a wide range of presenting issues, and I offer a free 30 minute no obligation discovery call for those who are unsure if hypnotherapy is the right way forward for them.
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