Science, Black Holes & Psychotherapy

Science, Black Holes & Psychotherapy

Science, Black Holes & Psychotherapy

Professor Stephen Hawking says that if you are in a black hole don’t give up as there is a way out.  This is where Science, Black Holes & Psychotherapy are definitely on the same path.  As with all treatment during psychotherapy having hope and not giving up is a key element to the success of the therapy. An emotional black hole has often been described as a place where life becomes unbearable and it feels there is no way out of this emotionally negative place. When you are in a psychological black hole it makes you want to hit the self-destruct button, it helps you to engage in self-sabotaging behaviour and makes you exist in a negatively charged emotional state.  It is a very miserable place which supposedly has gobbled you up and from which there is no escape.

The term Black Hole comes from the scientific term associated with the same name.  According to the old theories the Black Hole is bordered by an Event Horizon which is defined as being a theoretical boundary which surrounds all Black Holes. The event horizon could be described as the prison wall over which nothing can escape.  However modern scientific theories, including one in 2014 from the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has put forward a new theory. Professor Hawking has theorised that escape is possible and the event horizon and the black hole is surrounds are not a place that imprisons forever. Hawkings is a physicist based at the University of Cambridge, UK and is an expert on the black hole theory. In his 2014 online paper he says that the theory of an Event Horizon, the invisible boundary that shrouds each black hole, which subsequently prevents anything from ever escaping, is not correct. Instead Hawkings theorises that the quantum effects which are around the black hole would cause the space-time to fluctuate too much for an actual boundary to exist. Hawkins says that instead of an Event Horizon there is an Apparent Horizon which can eventually dissolve allowing matter and energy to escape.

How to Escape from Black Hole

Although the above may seem like scientific jargon, it is very relevant in dealing with the emotional negative black hole that many of you may find yourself in.  If you believe there is no escape then you will not even try to get out.  But if, like Stephen Hawking’s theory suggests, that the old theories are wrong and there is a way out then there is hope within the realms of science and space. This theory could be expanded to include your black hole emotional dilemna. If you expand the scientific theory and transpose it onto an emotional theory, it indicates there is hope for you if you do find yourself in an emotional black hole of negativity surrounded by a supposedly impossible to escape event horizon.  

Instead if you imagine this new Hawking paradigm of an Apparent Horizon from which things can escape from a black hole, then you can imagine yourself escaping from your emotionally negative black hole and if you an imagine it, you can make it happen. This theory gives you hope and helps you to believe you can get out of your emotional black hole.  If you believe you can then you have a chance of escaping. It may take a little time but at least you know you are not doomed to stay within the black hole for the rest of your life. You have hope and having hope stops you wanting to give up clearing away your emotional baggage.

And as the eminent Stephen Hawking is quoted as saying in 2014:

“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out.” – Professor Stephen Hawking

Quick Tips to Escaping The Black Hole of Emotional Negativity

  1. Recognise an Symptoms of Self-Sabotage
  2. Take charge of your thoughts and use a mantra of positive affirmation to stop negative thinking
  3. Let the emotional drama of life go and focus on the facts of a situation
  4. Take action to break the old negative behaviour patterns.
  5. Do not ever give up hope.
Tips and Tricks on How to Rewire Your Brain

Tips and Tricks on How to Rewire Your Brain

Tips and Tricks on How to Rewire Your Brain

Thanks to advances in neuroscience it is now known that the brain is not hardwired as was thought in the past. Instead it has been revealed that you can rewire your brain to change and what changes the brain is you and the experiences you feed it. Whether those experiences are revealed by a mood, a habit or physical activity you can rewire your own brain.  If you want to change your life for the better then it is time for you to take action and understand how to rewire your brain.

There are many ways to input information to the brain and the complexity of this 3-lbs of grey matter is shown beyond doubt if you consider it takes a person approximately 14 years training to qualify as a neurosurgeon. However that level of involvement is not necessary for the type of changes suggested in this article. Instead you are going to be given some simple tools to help change your brain so that it functions at the level that you want it to, without the limitations you may have placed on it through your previous way of living.

These are tips on how to rewire your brain

Tool No 1 – Let go of old beliefs

Let go of your preconception about the brain and know that the brain is quite plastic and maleable.  Your genes DO NOT dictate your thoughts, emotions and behaviour – so you do not have to end up like your parents. The research being done in neuroscience shows that the brain can be modified by life experiences and that new brain cells are regularly formed and that the brain is in a constant state of change, even in old age. Although your genes may indicate your potentials, they do not dictate your life. 

Tool 2 – Use it or lose it

Rewire the brain through repetition of thought or movement.  If you wanted to be a good tennis player you would spend many hours practicing the sport.  The brain is no different, repetition feeds the brain and is the way to develop new brain-habits.  If you find you keep having irrational fearful thoughts, then find a way to replace the anxious thought with a positive one.  This method may be as simple as using a positive affirmation or a single positive word to replace the negative thought. If you get into the habit of stopping irrational fearful or negative thinking immediately and instead replace the negative with positive – you will be building up a good practice routine that reinforces positive thinking over negative.

About the Brain

The brain has billions of neurons that are waiting to be used. These neutrons are little cells that transmit nerve impulses and they are constantly working together forming new connections. As you learn new things these connections change .  The neurons chemically communicate with each other through a structure called a synapse. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters which is the result of one neutron getting another neuron to fire up so they can work together. The resultant feeling may be that of excitement or the opposite, it just depends on what is being chemically fed to the neurotransmitters.  There are many neurotransmitters in the brain and the synapse comes in all shapes and sizes which will change as you learn something new.  


There are a couple of neurotransmitters which are the main workhorse of the brain:

  • Glutamate – Which incites activity and enhances excitement levels.
  • Gamma-Aminobutryic acid (GABA) – which inhibits and quietens down activity.
    • GABA is used in drugs like Valium which is used for people who are very anxious.

There are scores of other neurotransmitters that have very important roles to play in your brain. However as becoming a neurosurgeon is not our aim the above simplified explanation about the brain will have to suffice.  

The brief explanation was mentioned to indicate how the brain operates – at a very simple level. It also indicates that the way you think and how you’ve your life  is based on what you feed the brain and what neurotransmitters get used the most. The more you do something, the more likely you are to do it again in the future.  If you constantly allow your thoughts to be fearful you will eventually be dominated by fear.  If you do the opposite and instead of supporting a fearful or negative thought you replace it with a powerful affirmation or positive thought – then over time you will get rid of your negativity and fear and instead become more positive.

You are what you think because the brain will keep triggering the neurotransmitters that are used the most often. If you want to become an expert in fear and anxiety then keep practicing with those thoughts.  If instead you want to become courageous and a warrior, then change your training program and start practicing more with powerful and positive thoughts. It is that simple.

Tool 3 – Think Positive

These two simple words are probably the hardest thing to maintain over a long period of time.  However knowing what you do about the neurotransmitters you have to at least make the effort.  In the beginning it will be quite difficult as the old habitual neurotransmitters will still be in control. As you try and think positive a negative thought will enter your mind – but persevere.  If you gave up tennis after the 1st day of practice you would never become any good at the game.  Use will-power, concentration and persevere with the Game of Thought as you actively choose to rewire your brain to change your life for the better.

There is a lot you can do to change your brain but in the beginning keep it simple and manageable.  If you can persevere with the above 3-Tools that will be a good start.