Psychological Blockages and Barriers


>> Introduction As we grow and develop, most of us tend to adopt certain ways of thinking. As time goes by, these thought patterns set in the subconscious, making it difficult to reach critical decisions and realize our goals. There are many reasons for this but the main question is – "how can we overcome our internal and subconscious barriers?" One avenue is offered by the Gala suit of on-line "self-help" applications. They enable us to locate and identify our physiological barriers and through a unique process, guide us towards specific solutions for specific problems.

Psychological block: a result of fear.

The basic premise of the science of psychology is that there are laws governing human behavior. Psychology maintains that ways of behavior are not random but rather the result of a system of rules. However, psychology does not know how to deal with 7 billion different behavior patterns, as every person is different and all people change from time to time. Furthermore, each person has different reasons for developing psychological blockages, even if they appear to be similar. Therefore, approaches resulting from research relating to the average as the norm determine techniques and provide partial answers and solutions that are not always efficient. For example, a person with a psychological blockage preventing him from speaking publically: this blockage may be related to shyness in this person's case, with another to "stage fright" and for a third one the same problem could be related to a childhood trauma. Therefore, we can safely say that psychological blockages are in fact behavioral expressions resulting from various reasons.

No individual is free of psychological blockages. Some are born with them, some acquire them during childhood and/or adolescence and for others, the blockage is the result of failures they have experienced in their adult lives.

A psychological blockage originates in fear. Sometimes we may be aware of this fear and its source – a crisis or failure that we remember from the past. It may be failing an exam or a driving test. After one or more such failures, we begin to fear additional failures and develop a psychological blockage with regard to this specific issue or ones similar. Another situation could involve having been left or deserted by someone who preferred something or someone over me. It's reasonable to assume that we will begin to develop barriers in our relationships – or, in other words, we'll begin to experience fear.

There is another form of barrier and this is the fear of the unknown, the fear resulting from uncertainty. This psychological blockage is not the result of previous experience but rather the opposite. It emanates from a lack of experience and the need to deal with a new situation which we have not experienced before and, as a result, do not know what to do or how to react. For a positive viewpoint, this could be a person who is given a promotion to a position for which he is not trained and therefore not prepared for. Alternatives include; a person fired without advance warning, a person who suffered a sudden accident and is now handicapped to a greater or lesser degree, somebody who has lost their property or a relation following a natural disaster and who now have to rebuild their lives, a financial crisis caused by political decisions and which means that we are unable to meet our financial commitments etc.

There is also a third kind of psychological blockage; the inherent blockage we are born with. This could be a fear of heights for no apparent reason, fear of enclosed spaces, fear of water, of insects etc. In fact, any fear which source and reason is unknown.

These situations and others like them create a psychological barrier and make it difficult for us to think or function correctly. Psychological barriers hold us back and lead to failure since we haven't developed the ability to break them down and overcome the reasons that led to their formation.

Usually, we attempt to cope with these situations in one of two ways: The first is the simpler one and that is to turn to an external source to help us break down the barrier or to find the right solution for us and for our specific problem (counseling, therapy, a friend, a partner etc.) The second avenue open to us is to bypass the problem, ignore it and not even attempt to deal with it but rather go on with our lives in the way we're used to.

Each of these solutions has advantages and disadvantages:
When we experience a blockage in our lives and turn to another person to either help us overcome it or to deal with it for us, then we extract ourselves from the situation and, for that specific period of time, the problem may disappear, enabling us to carry on with our lives as usual. For example, if I want to apply for a position or ask for a wage increase or to get more attention from my partner I could ask another person to help me out. On the face of it, I will have nothing to complain about because, bottom line, I achieved my aim. In fact, it wasn't me who achieved the goal, it wasn't me who solved the problem or overcame the barrier but rather somebody else, an intermediary. In the future, if and when I come up against a similar situation (which is more than likely to happen a few times over the course of my life) there may not always be somebody who could help me overcome the psychological blockage. As a result, I will remain in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation with no ability to achieve my goals.

When we choose the second path, like most people, we bypass the barrier and experience the illusion of security since we have not strengthened ourselves by dismantling our fear but instead, have deluded ourselves. The fear that we think we have overcome will return over the course of our lives. Each time it will be stronger and more significant. Like a snowball that grows as it rolls down a slope, so our blockage starts out small but, the more it reappears the more it grows, until eventually it becomes the most critical problem in our lives.

There are a number of stages involved in overcoming a psychological barrier:

  1. Understand that we exist in a state that prevents us from living correctly and freely
  2. Realizing that any solution that hasn’t come out of the process of understanding and confrontation will most likely not rid us of the barriers in our lives.
  3. Outside help is not necessarily the best solution. On the contrary, it could create a situation in which we remain with the problem for the rest of our lives. Outside help can be of assistance when we understand where the barrier stems from and that I am a partner to its removal rather than letting the other person do the work for me.
  4. The fourth stage is to understand that the psychological barrier is also a bio-chemical barrier; the fear or the blockage is chemically encoded within our body. So long as it isn't active it can do no harm, however, the more that we meet it during our lives, so it creates a reaction and our health begins to fail due to the chemical reaction created by the brain. When we overcome the psychological barrier or the fear, the chemical encoding is altered and we maintain our health.

The principal solution for a psychological blockage is awareness! Why does a particular blockage exist in our lives and what is the most efficient way possible to overcome it? Put another way, when we understand the source of the blockage we can find its "antibody" and negate it. In general, fear's antibody is courage, the opposite of lack of confidence is self-confidence and of uncertainty is certainty. We need to search within ourselves and locate that trait will enable us to be courageous, to be self-confident or certain and so overcome the blockage.

Nobody is born with a psychological barrier or fear for which they do not have the complementary trait of courage, however not everybody is aware that this ability is stored inside them.

There are many known examples from around the globe of people who recovered from serious illnesses once they received a dummy drug. This is known as the placebo effect. This phenomenon encompasses many varied areas: the various medical disciplines, psychology, philosophy (the question of body and mind) and others. Science is unable to state with any certainty why the placebo effect works but, in practice, what has happened amongst those who received the dummy drug and recovered from an illness, is that they found the means to overcome the disease by developing the strength to solve the problem lying underneath the illness. This strength is an inborn one, encoded into our DNA and lays dormant, waiting for our order to start operating. This "order" awoke in the patients receiving the placebo the strength and the belief that they were recovering and that they had the ability and strength to overcome their psychological barriers. This belief was so strong and so real, that they were able to defeat their illness without the assistant of drugs or of any external source.

Each and every one of us has, stored within us, the solution to our barriers and blockages. In much the same way that the belief in the power of a drug (even if it's a placebo) can give our minds the strength to defeat disease, so a belief in our inherent abilities and strengths can help us overcome those things that are holding us back in life.

Gala 12 B.V. has developed an application which helps us to find the information that is tailor made for us. Information emanating from within our subconscious and is perfectly suited to us. The application, called MY COACH, turns your attention to where your psychological barriers sit and helps classify it as an emotional or a survival blockage, as a verbal or a creative blockage and so on. Additionally the application shows us the correct solution for us – which of our inborn traits and characteristics have the potential, but are not sufficiently developed to relieve us of our psychological blockage. The solution stems from the understanding provided by the application and through the exercises it suggests for the specific solution. This, in turn, increases our ability to deal with and manage the blockages and the barrier's bio-chemical encoding is "broken off" so that our health is maintained.

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