About this article
In this fun and thought-provoking article, I explore how a rubber duck and a hypnotist’s pendulum share cognitive commonalities – it’s an answer that lies deep within the intricacies of the human brain.
I also explain how my Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy service can help people transform their mental state by encouraging them to externalise, examine, and reframe their internal thought processes and find solutions to their problems to facilitate positive change.
Debugging with Ducks
By expressing thoughts out loud, programmers externalise their internal cognitive processes, shifting to a more holistic viewpoint. Often, the solution becomes clear during the explanation itself, without the rubber duck having to quack a single word.
The Hypnotic Experience
Despite popular misconceptions, hypnosis doesn’t involve the hypnotist or in my case, the hypnotherapist, taking control of the subject’s mind but rather facilitating a deep state of self-reflection and suggestibility. In essence, it is a method of communicating with the subconscious mind, enabling the subject to discover insights or address specific concerns that might have been hidden from their conscious awareness.
Linking Rubberducking and Hypnosis
1. Externalisation of Thought: Both rubberducking and hypnosis facilitate the externalisation of internal thoughts. While programmers speak to an inanimate object to elucidate their code, hypnotised individuals externalise their subconscious thoughts via a guided dialogue. In both scenarios, they often uncover insights that they weren’t consciously aware of at the outset.
2. Altered State of Consciousness: During rubberducking, the programmer enters a state of ‘flow,’ concentrating wholly on the problem at hand. Similarly, hypnosis induces a trance-like state where the individual is focused inwardly. Both states allow for deeper introspection and problem-solving.
3. Autonomous Insights: Both rubberducking and hypnosis can lead to autonomous insights, often surprising the individual with the depth of their subconscious understanding. In the case of rubberducking, the solution typically emerges through the act of explaining the problem, while in hypnosis, answers surface through guided conversation and suggestion.
4. Facilitation of Change: Both techniques can facilitate change – either in a problematic code or in personal behaviour. By laying bare the structure of the issue, they allow individuals to identify and rectify root causes, whether that’s a hidden bug or an unhelpful cognitive pattern or behaviour.
The cognitive connection becomes clear by viewing rubberducking and hypnosis through this lens. They both harness the power of self-reflection, externalisation, and concentrated focus to facilitate problem-solving and insight.
The Mind as a Debugging Tool
For instance, consider a programmer grappling with a stubborn code error. They are aware of the issue, but the solution isn’t immediately apparent. By employing rubberducking, the programmer is ‘debugging’ their mind, verbalising their thought process to gain a new perspective and highlight unnoticed patterns or errors.
Similarly, hypnosis can help a person overcome fear or anxiety. Like the elusive coding problem, the root cause of the fear may not be immediately evident. Hypnosis enables people to navigate their subconscious, ‘debugging’ their fears, anxieties, and other cognitive patterns. The hypnotist’s suggestions work like ‘code patches,’ guiding the subconscious towards a solution or a new perspective.
The Power of Metacognition, the common thread
By voicing or visualising thoughts, subjects create a self-feedback loop. In rubberducking, programmers may catch flawed logic or syntax errors as they verbalise their code. During hypnosis, individuals might encounter forgotten memories or suppressed emotions that reveal the source of their issue. In both cases, the act of ‘listening’ to one’s thoughts and examining them objectively allows for problem resolution and self-growth.
Unlikely Cognitive Cousins
I love using the cognitive parallels between rubberducking and hypnosis in my clinic, encouraging my clients to adopt a more holistic approach to problem-solving and embrace their inherent ability to self-reflect and adapt. Whether they’re talking to a literal rubber duck or exploring their subconscious under hypnosis with me, the human duck, the key lies in trusting their mental faculties and understanding the power of their minds. After all, solutions most often reside within us, waiting to be discovered in our unique cognitive landscapes.
Problem-solving with award-winning therapy and a duck like me
I recognise the importance of providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the journey to becoming the person you want to be. As an expert therapist and founder of COACHD CLINIC, I offer personalised therapy, coaching and counselling sessions, creating a safe space for my clients to progress, discuss challenges, and receive life-changing treatment and guidance. My approach to providing ongoing support significantly increases their potential for long-term success.
Why choose my Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy service?
RTT™ helps people get to the root cause of their emotional, physical, or cognitive issues. When treating clients for issues, I believe it is crucial to help them change their way of thinking, and any unhelpful beliefs and behaviour, in order for them to increase their chances of success and achieve lasting change.
COACHD hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind, helping people deal with their past trauma and transforming any negative thoughts and beliefs into positive, empowering new ones. Using Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy, my clients can transform their issues, allowing them to live the life they deserve. I believe my therapy is the most powerful and effective treatment available for people suffering from many of the issues and conditions that hold them back in their lives. Read more about Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™).