Advanced Tactical Hammering
Perception of Fear:
When confronted by a threat, your brain reacts instantly by flooding
your body with 'fight or flight' chemicals. You can alter the release
of the chemicals by changing your perception from seeing danger to
One trick is to reinforce thoughts which point out other possible
meanings to go with the situation; meanings other than that of peril.
It is very important to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
There are things that you should be afraid of, but if it goes too far
there can be consequences to your health.
So first you need to consider the situation that brings about the
terror. Then, whilst holding this situation in mind, you will explore
other ways of looking at the situation; ways that make it seem
not-so-bad after all. When you find one: reinforce it with the Hammer
on the spot.
As you work towards finding the proper Hammer, do not reinforce a
thought unless you can really tell that it makes a difference. Often
it will take some time and creativity to find the right one. The
thought you select should extinguish the feeling of anxiety like a
bucket of water on a candle. Take no prisoners.
Here is a real-life example that worked splendidly: my wife Jane had a
fear of swallowing pills. For no apparant reason, the thought of one
getting stuck in her throat loomed over her. It made her life, for a
few minutes a day, a miserable, living hell as she followed her
vigorous routine of eating vitamins. Sometimes it was so bad she took
five minutes just to get down a pill. My secret worry was that her fear
might actually cause her to choke; there were a few scary incidents.
One day Jane had enough, and she considered the situation well. She
thought of it from the angle that, over the course of the years, she
had swallowed thousands of pills successfully, and not ONE of them
had ever gotten stuck. For some reason this was the thought that did
the trick. Her fear evaporated when she looked at it that way, so she
hammered it into place.
Jane conquered her fear that day (without my help, I might add), and
the problem has never been back. These days, when she thinks about
swallowing pills, she feels power coursing through her veins instead
of terror. Case closed. Women rock.
Another example: a person we know was in terror of another person.
Realizing that the scary person was actually an idiot who could be
easily manipulated did the trick.
Reaction to Fear:
During a reaction to danger you need to be smooth, fluid and have
your wits about you. You need to quckly and clearly formulate a
strategy for avoiding, or dealing with, trouble.
I am reminded of an experiment with rats and electric shock. The rats
were housed in a cage that had a colored pad underneath the food dish.
Every so often the rats heard a tone that was followed by a shock
coming from the under-foot pad. The rats quickly developed a fear
response when they heard the tone. When they learned, however, that
moving off the pad upon hearing the tone saved them from discomfort,
the fear response disappeared. Learning the proper action was all it
took to eliminate the fear.
A healthy fear in most of today's societies involves vehicles on roads.
If you know what to do and follow precautions everything should be
fine, but mistakes can be costly in the extreme.
As an example: Imagine a person who, due to being run over as a child,
is deathly afraid of cars. When a car comes this person freezes in
fright, an act which actually adds additional danger.
So to affect a cure the person considers and plans a solution; get out
of the way quickly and carefully. Watch for cars. Look both ways, etc.
Adding a hint of anger towards cars would also be of use; anger is a
(1) Reinforce Angle from Which Danger
Does Not Exist
|Consider a situation in which you
have a strong fear reaction. Think of the situation from different
perspectives until you find one that wipes-out the anxiety.
Reinforce this perspective.
||Think of a scary
||See the situation
from a non-threatening viewpoint
(2) Model Someone Who Skillfully Escapes
the Feared Situation
|Like with almost any situation
there are a variety of Hammers to use. In this case we will look at
a strong unconcious-motivator type.
Think of the scary situation. Think of a person who is very
impressive and deals well with this kind of scenario.
On the STR (right) hand, feel envy of this person and a desire to
be like them.
On the other side pretend for a moment that you actually are this
||Feel envy and desire to
emulate the skilled person
||Pretend to be the