In his best-selling books Buddha’s Brain
and Hardwiring Happiness
, Rick Hanson challenges psychotherapy’s focus on all the pain, trauma, and suffering that are so endemic to our human species. His clinical premise is that we therapists are too drawn to exploring the deep muddy of whatever psychic mess clients bring in. Instead, he believes we should be turning our attention to providing “antidote experiences” that directly address their deeper, unsatisfied needs. But how?
In this video clip, Rick talks about how to activate positive mental states and help clients embody them so that they become permanent resources. In the Networker Webcast series Why Brain Science Matters
, Rick goes to demonstrate systematic clinical procedures that enable clients to overcome their brain’s natural negativity bias.
In his recent article
in the Networker
magazine, Rick warns, “Too often, therapists tend to spend a lot of time hashing over why and how a client feels bad and too little time picking up those vagrant moments, in therapy or out, when he or she has experienced something positive—and trying to get those positive experiences to sink in, become part of the person.”
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