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Shallow Thought, Deep Mind
What you Need to Succeed, Thrive,
and Make the World Better

Table of Contents
Softcover Edition

Acknowledgements xiv
Preface xv
Introduction 1

The One Thought Solution 2
Book Contents 2
Thought Experiments 4
Checking With Your Intuition 4
Stories and Studies 6
References 6

Part 1-Tackling Big Challenges

1 Nature’s Basic Problem Solving Strategy 9

What is the One Thought Solution? 10
Wisdom 12
Parts of a Whole 15
Our Animal Friends 17
Being Human 22
Symptoms as Solutions 24
Fear and Learning 25
Protective Phobias 27
The Ultimate One Thought Solution 30
Evolution through Learning 32
Horse Sense in an Age of Nonsense 34
We’ll Determine Our Future 36

2 War Trauma and a New Psychology 39

A Country Divided 41
A Fractured Psychology 43
Freud and Psychoanalysis 43
The Rise of Rat Psychology 45
The Computer Revolution 47
The Mind-Body Problem Solved? 48
Systems Theory 51
The New Hypnosis 51
Healing with the Deep Mind 55
Meeting Professor X 58
Brief Treatment for Phobias 59
The Curse of Memory 61
Big Pharma and the Mind 64
Exposure Therapy Exposed 68
Moving Your Eyes to Change Memories 72
Evidence-based Treatment 73
Giving Memories a New Ending 77
Taking Control 80
Cognitive Control Training 85
Natural Trauma Resolution and PTSD 86
An Information Processing Model 87
How Trauma Therapy Works 88

3 Native Forest Dieback 93

Logging’s Legacy 94
The Hunters’ Story 95
Family Therapy for Forests 96
Ill-suited Labels 101
Birds Nest in Lantana 103
Glyphosate Should be Banned 103

4 Unconventional Gas: The One Thought Solution goes to the dark side 107

Down the Rabbit Hole 108
The Physical Reality 109
A Fractured Earth Responds 112
The Human Dimension 114
One Thought Solutions as Risk Management 117-135
(Risk, What Risk?; Relax, We’ve Been Doing This for Years;
I Know Nothing; Attack and Demean; Befriending Rocks and Gases;
Regulation to the Rescue; Double Standards for Proof; You Can’t Prove It;
Misrepresenting Information; Ignoring Evidence)
Economics of Gas Mining 136
An Activist’s Journey 139
Reluctant Health Professionals 141
A Community Protects Itself 143
Protectors, not Protesters 144
Practical People Power 145
Democracy’s Pointy End 146

Part 2 - Using the Deep Mind

5 The Key Mental Processes 155

The Problem Solving Mind 155
Awareness 158
Behind the Scene 159

6 Perception: Where mind meets the world 161

7 Memory and Imagination: Visions of past and future 171

Media Hypnotists 173
When Talking Harms and Silence Heals 175
Lure of the Unfinished 177
Mastering Memory and Imagination 178
Working with Imagery 178
Set and Setting 178
Using Training Memories 179
Sensory Qualities and Perspective 181
(Distance; A Matter of Size; Colour versus Black and White;
Changing Viewpoint; Don’t Shout, This is My Memory;
The Power of Elmer, Goofy, and Donald)

Adding New Elements 189
A Circus Monkey 189
Extra Characters 190
‘All’s well that ends well’ 191
Adjusting Imagery for Best Effect 192
Multistage Imagery Techniques 194
Your Inner Coach 194
Supporting Your Younger Self 196
Envision the Future 198
Guided Imagery 201

8 Beliefs to Limit or Liberate 203

Optimism and Pessimism 203
Self-esteem and Efficacy 205
Learning New Things 206
Look to the Big Picture 207
Truth and Lies 208
Attitudes to Time 209
The Predictably Unpredictable 210
Trance of the Terminal 211
The Challenge of Suffering and Evil 213

9 Language: The wonders that words work 215

Names and Labels 218
Putting Words Together 221
Word Spells 222
Words in Therapy 224
Using Truth to Deceive 226
The Analogy/Metaphor Strategy 227
Reverse Psychology Words 228
Words to Set Goals 231
Words that Bind 233
Troublesome Words 234
What Ifs 234
Failure Words 235
Pressure Words 236
Warm-up Words 238
The Alphabet Technique 238
Think the Unthinkable 239
Deconstructing Complex Information 239
Getting Your Words Out 241
New Media and email 242
Using Silence 243

10 Emotions: Reason’s judge 245

Fear and Anxiety 247
Using Anxiety as a Tracer 247
Letting Go of Unnecessary Emotion 248
Remember to Breathe 249
Anger 251
Finding Courage 252
The Voice of Conscience 255
Balancing 259

11 Intuition, Sleep, and Dreams 261

Is the Unconscious Ally or Foe? 261
Tides and Waves of Consciousness 263
The Day Shift 265
Ernest Rossi’s Problem Solving Procedure 268
The Natural Everyday Trance 269
The Night Shift 271
Sleeping Well 272
Sleep Apnoea 272
Make Good Use of Your Time 273
First and Second Sleeps 274
Use Your Bed Wisely 275
Creative Sleep and Dreams 276
The Magic Theatre of Hypnagogia 277
Night Dreams 280

12 What It Will Take 285

The Three Case Studies 286
Big Challenges Ahead 288

References 291
Index 299

List of Illustrations

The One Thought Solution 10
Beyond the One Thought Solution 15
Yin-Yang Symbol 17
Susan with Happy and Honey 20
Snake Phobia 28
Our Apple-munching Jill 33
Hyperviligence 63
Exposure for Fear of Heights, Spiders, Snakes, and Storms 69
Creek’s Bend and the Toonumbar Valley 93
Lantana Understory Choking Forest 95
A Systems Model of Forest Dieback 99
Coal Seam Gas Field in Queensland’s Darling Downs 109
Final Dawn at the Bentley Blockade 150
Awareness and the Key Mental Processes 157
The Arrow of Time 161
Many Lines Illusion 162
Logs on Road Illusion 163
Mueller-Lyer Illusion 163
Adelson’s Shadow Illusion 164
Wayne, Katie, and Rainbow 167
Duck Illusion 168
Young Woman Illusion 168
Sad Imagery, Happy Imagery 180
To the Future 200
Which Do You Choose? 204
Negative Thinking 228
Bad Habits 232
Measuring Unnecessary Anxiety 248
Cranky Cow 251
At One with the Universe 269
Bovine Insomnia 273
Bucolic Sleep 275
Sweet Dreams 282

 

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