Episode 24 – How to Anchor Your Emotional State

Welcome once again to the latest episode of BrainTree Podcast!

[00:53] Rocky starts off early with a quote

“Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts and you are a slave to your emotions.”

He then introduces today’s topic which is managing your emotional state. Rocky introduces a technique to do this called anchoring, which is mentioned in Rocky and Prue’s resource Be A Better Learner.

[02:56] Prue and Rocky jump in to explaining what anchoring is. Rocky gives us a few examples of anchoring that we use every day. First the link of smell and memory and certain smells strongly evoke specific memories. Also a particular song or sound that reminds you of a moment or an experience.

[04:52] Rocky tells us of the growing evidence and research that we are unable to learn effectively if we can’t manage our emotional state. Anchoring can help you do that. It is a conditional response that links to an emotion. He goes on to tell us a saying from the field of neuro-plasticity which is “neurons that fire together, wire together.” So essentially we can program our emotional response to learning.

[10:16] Prue volunteers to be used as an example to rewire her feelings towards completing her Ph.D and Rocky explains the process of rewiring anchors. First, we must choose the emotional reaction we desire in any given situation. Prue tells us how she would like to feel and Rocky asks her to recall times when she has experienced those emotions. She thinks about this while Rocky explains the process further.

[14:05] Rocky suggest that a previous overseas trip might be an ideal memory for this exercise and Prue tells us that even recalling those memories changed how she felt. Rocky tells use that we want to access our visual, auditory and kinesthetic senses of that memory. Prue recalls a time on a recent trip where she felt most focused, enthusiastic and energised. Rocky wants Prue to anchor this memory to a subtle and unique physical touch. Prue chooses to press her thumb to her finger.

[18:10] Now we’ve chosen the memory and the action, we need to anchor the two together. Rocky asks Prue to recall her visual memory of the memory and anchors it to the action. Our hosts then move on to the auditory senses and anchor them to the action also. Rocky then moves on to the feeling and the emotion of the memory and Prue anchors it to the action. Rocky then asks Prue to practice and test the result, which has a small effect and Rocky tells us that to get a stronger connection and more effective result, we will need to repeat the anchoring process. Rocky suggests that constantly exercising this muscle and anchoring for a few minutes every day will make this process more effective.

[25:36] Rocky tells us his experience of teaching this technique to his young daughter and tells us about the anchors that we might have already without even realising it. At this time of year many retail spaces will be playing seasonal music, Rocky tells us that this in an auditory anchor that they use to put customers in a seasonal purchasing mode.

That’s all for this episode. Don’t forget to leave any comments or questions!

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