Intrapersonal Communication: the hidden language

Patrick Jemmer

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This article is the first in a series of five which seeks to site scientific psycho-hypnotherapy on a firm linguistico-philosophical foundation. We find that for consciousness, both 'hardware' (the brain's prefrontal cortex) and 'software' (psychological mechanisms such as imagery and inner speech, as well as the content of self-reflection), are necessary. Crucially, it is found that part of the filtering process which takes place in the transfer of information from the external world to the internal or psychic world via the sensory channels, renders the information in the form of language, and this leads to the establishing of a 'self-talk.' We find that in terms of the 'psychological software' for self-awareness, internal dialogue is immensely important. We then go on to summarise the scientific background to our understanding of the nature and prevalence of self-talk and its relationship to self-awareness, in terms of meaning-making and shaping reality, both private and consensual. At this point we turn to Wittgenstein who believed that 'philosophic-linguistic therapy' could be at the heart of clearing up many of life's conundrums, and we sketch out, in practical terms, how such therapy might be applied to facilitate creative psychic change and personal development. We aim, at the conclusion of these discussions, to show how a 'therapy for self-talk,' as engendered in the tools and techniques of Neuro-linguistic Programming and Psycho-chaotic Semiotics can produce apparently 'magical' results in the creation of unfolding, positive realities of choice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-49
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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