Ian Weinberg en Emotional Intelligence, Life coaching, Healthy Living Developer and facilitator of neuro-coaching program. Neurosurgeon in practice • NeuroSurge - neuromodulation 26/7/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 4,2K

Challenging Limiting Beliefs

Challenging Limiting Beliefs

This is still one of my favorite articles. Written in 2015, it was the first article that I posted on beBee when I joined the platform in July of 2016.

Much is being said about seeking and embracing authenticity. Implicit in this authenticity is a mind state free of  limiting subjective beliefs and the identification and adoption of a universal objectivity, a connection to a greater truth. Transcending the limiting subjectivity and evolving to universal objectivity appears to be a relatively simple task when viewed from the idealized, cozy armchair perspective. At the coal face however, much blood, sweat and tears complicate the transition. For here is where the deprivation heritage determinants and the resulting limiting beliefs conspire against our best intentions.

Many studies are emerging which indicate conclusively, the profound influences that early life experiences have on adult wellbeing and success. One of the most notable studies in this regard was published in 2013 by The Centre for Economic Performance which showed that emotional health in the child was far more important for later wellbeing, life satisfaction and success than even education. Other studies have convincingly shown that compromised early childhood emotional health is an important determinant of adult inflammation, heart disease, certain carcinomas as well as several other medical conditions. Clearly then, the formative period (which includes in utero influences) can be regarded as the definitive determinant for the rest of the life path of the individual.

Fortunately all is not lost in the face of this seemingly rigid deterministic heritage. For superimposed upon this heritage is our inherent potential for neuroplasticity – the process whereby redundant neural circuitry is cleared and new connections formed. In this way the brain continues to remould according to new experiences and thereby diminishes limiting beliefs. New connections support learning and ultimately, change. Neuroplasticity appears to be mediated at the neurochemical level by dopamine and noradrenaline. At the neuropsychological level this neurophysiology manifests as mind states of curiosity and awe. Add to this gratitude and respect and you’re well on the way to establishing sustained neuroplasticity-based change. These are also the essential components required amongst others, for enhanced wellness, effective performance and inspiring leadership.

The potential for neuroplasticity would vary however depending upon the early life narrative . In regard to intervention, one assumes adequate intrinsic receptivity in the narrative at the outset. In practice however, degrees of receptivity and potential for neuroplasticity become apparent, thus setting the limits for positive change. Positive change may also be impeded by the inertia created from being embedded in a comfort zone. By this I refer to default behaviours which arise out of a deprivation heritage but which in themselves generate levels of dopamine and adequate, albeit short-lasting, moments of gratification. Examples of these would be substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders and even aspects of schadenfreude – deriving gratification from the misfortune of others (shown to generate increased dopamine activity!). To shift such individuals, the intervention-based alternatives would need to offer higher levels of gratification (and dopamine activity) to be effective and sustaining. Based on our own research and experience we have identified five specific source elements which have been shown to enhance neuroplasticity and which have therefore been incorporated into our neuromodulation approach. These source elements include - meaning and purpose, self-efficacy, reward/recognition gratification, achievement and value contribution.


1. http://www.pninet.com/articles/Surge-app.pdf

2. http://www.pninet.com/articles/Neurocoach.pdf

3. http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/dp1245.pdf

4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19213918

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Ian Weinberg 6/10/2018 · #52

#51 There is unlimited potential for neuroplasticity. But it requires belief, commitment and ongoing application. In my experience these three parameters have brought about near miraculous resolution of pathological States in many individuals.

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Preston 🐝 Vander Ven 6/10/2018 · #51

This is a topic I have always been fascinated with yet never really research much. I was injured in my youth giving myself scar tissue in my frontal right lobe of my brain. This injury has left me with seizures for over thirty years. Yet, I always believed that if I used my brain enough, it would heal itself. I would not need medicines anymore and no longer need to look into any type of surgery. My brain is so advance it would figure it's self out as long as I kept working it out like a muscle and making it stronger.

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Michaell Hog 13/9/2018 · #50


Michaell Hog 13/9/2018 · #49

good post

Cyndi wilkins 14/8/2018 · #48

One of my favorites by @Ian Weinberg...Another round for everyone...on me;-)

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Ian Weinberg 7/7/2018 · #47

#46 I guess if we've laid a broad interest base at an earlier time we'll have potential substrate to pull in at a later date @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

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#44 "the potential for neuroplasticity diminishes with age. And with this, we remain pretty rigid in our ways and beliefs."

I wonder how true this actually is, Ian. I've been making some pretty profound changes in the last several months. I'm an old bag. Perhaps it is my studies in psychology and aspects of my hypervigilance/hypersensitivity that allows for this. I know what I am doing is the best thing for me--ten years ago you wouldn't find me crossing such thresholds.

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Ken Boddie 7/7/2018 · #45

#44 Ok got it, Ian. If we keep our circuits fully charged we’ll be ex-static bright sparks. 🤗

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