Changes to Self-Rewiring

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Self-Rewiring therapy is improved constantly, here are the latest changes.

The latest changes appear at the top. This page records all major changes since 2017.

What’s being worked on right now?

  • Refining the speech recognition (Google Chrome only).
  • Refining all techniques to see where improvements can be made (such as clearer wording, simpler layout, and so on).

What’s planned for the future?

  • A brand new facility to perform sessions offline for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 users using the new “web workers” technological standards (you can already do sessions offline on Apple iOS but this uses an out-of-date technology).
  • Articles relating real-life experiences of using the therapy.
  • A video lecture series talking you through the tutorial to be hosted on a dedicated YouTube channel.
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July 2019 — Toxic people

New lists: Toxic people.

These four new lists are all about what influence toxic people can have upon you. They work in the same way as all the other lists.

Why were they added? The negative influence of toxic people has been missing from Self-Rewiring for a long time, yet it’s an important subject as many emotional problems were caused (or heavily encouraged) by the toxic influence of people with personality disorders.

Read the full explanation in the new tutorial chapter.

The Emotions button has moved.

You can now find it inside the dark blue Feelings category, and it’s been renamed to Emotions chart. This is because having two buttons on What do I need now? called “Feelings” and “Emotions” were too similar and confusing. Also, moving it made room for the new Toxic people button.

Additional changes:

  • You can now collapse/expand the lists of sessions on your My sessions page to hide a list if it’s too large or if you don’t wish to see it for some reason.
  • The “I will get a positive feeling” list has four new items:
    • acceptable
    • valid
    • sufficient
    • equal
  • You are now prompted to type in your own interpretation into all the Desires lists.
  • The icons on the site have been upgraded. They are now larger and quicker to load.
  • Saving sessions when your internet connection goes down is now better handled.
  • Added a “Return to session” button on the “End session” menu. This is so you can continue your session even after setting homework. Previously there was no way to do this without clicking “back” repeatedly and erasing whatever homework you had set yourself.
  • Added “Night mode” and “Sepia mode” options at the bottom of all pages.
  • Layout improvements on smaller screens (e.g. smartphones).
  • Technical improvements have reduced some page download sizes by as much as 63%.
  • The terms and conditions were updated. They’re now easier to read and more clear about how the therapy can be, and should not be, used. It’s also clearer about how we manage and secure your personal data. You must now also agree to the terms and conditions when logging in.
  • The “I fear...” list has been updated. Some items were slightly reworded, and the following were added:
    • punishment
    • mistreatment
    • exploitation
    • abuse
    • being belittled
    • being controlled
    • humiliation
    • attack
    • destitution
    • being disparaged
    • pain
    • burden
    The idea behind adding these is to move away from only listing “deeper” fears (such as “fear of my emotions”) to more realistic, practical fears.
  • Added to the “I will get (negative)” list: “disapproved” .
  • The “Cultural Expectations” lists have been refined, especially the “for everyone” list which has been almost completely rewritten. They also now have a box where you can type your own interpretation.
  • The “Toxic people” lists were refined and tidied up by renaming a few things and reordering them.
  • The last chapter of the tutorial has added advice about needing extra sleep when using the therapy.
  • You can now edit planned sessions by clicking the cog icon next to it, then ‘Edit’.
  • Added an optional “Narration mode” to the speech recognition feature (only supported by Google Chrome) to make it easier to type in text boxes. You can say “start narration” and then everything you say will be typed until you say “stop narration”.
  • Suggestions on the Senses techniques are now clickable. Click them to add them into the text box immediately below.
  • You can now apply/unapply tags at the end of your sessions instead of just at the beginning. The design has also been simplified.
  • You can now click the headings of each technique you’ve performed in the session overview, and it will scroll the session page to that part of your session.

June 2019 – Planning sessions

You can now plan sessions on the My sessions page.

The tutorial has been updated to reflect this change, and now everyone is encouraged to keep a list of planned sessions for every event, individual, situation, or personality trait that you wish to rewire one day.

The idea is that every emotional problem has been created from various events in your past, plus the actions of individuals, past or on-going situations, and clashes between your personality traits and your environment. If all of these are rewired, the emotional problems can improve or disappear. Your Self-Rewiring account should essentially become a repository of every negative influence you have experienced and need to resolve.

A new chapter in the tutorial, “Planning Sessions”, describes this in depth.

Additional changes:

  • The articles on depression and bad memories were removed to consolidate and simplify what needs to be kept updated.
  • Some of the tutorial chapters have been renamed.
  • The tags feature now has its own tutorial chapter.
  • One of the tutorial chapters teaching Finger-Testing was split in two to make it shorter (1.3 and 1.4).
  • The tutorial is now several separate HTML pages instead of one gigantic page. This makes it quicker on older devices and easier for search engines to index.
  • The technique, Look at a flashing light now alternates the chosen colour with white instead of black, so you’re not seeing yourself in the reflection of your screen.
  • Unfinished sessions are now listed separately at the top of your My sessions page.
  • Performance of the My sessions page has been improved tremendously, especially on older devices. On a test account with over 400 saved sessions, load time decreased from 3.5 seconds to just 0.42 on a nearly ten-year-old computer.
  • “My saved sessions” is now called “My completed sessions”.
  • The Emotions technique has been simplified. It no longer has a list of possible reasons for the emotion, and it asks for an interpretation after finding just one word (and related words) instead of asking for this after optionally finding numerous words.
  • All lists (such as the Feelings lists) now have a box in which to type your own interpretation of what your chosen items mean to you. These will then appear in the session overview window.
  • Speech recognition on the session page (currently only supported by Google Chrome) had several improvements, such as typing text more gracefully, being able to select tags, and the instructions being more visible.

May 2019 – Personal notes area added

On the My sessions page there is a now a “Notes” area where you can type personal notes for your own reference. Like everything in your account, these notes are securely encrypted in our database, partly using your own password as the encryption key – so nobody except you can read them.

May 2019 – Tag goals removed

The ability to add a “goal” for the number of times you wish to use a specific tag has been removed. Tags themselves are still here, and remain a vitally important feature.

Why were the goals dropped?

Tag goals effectively asked peoples bodies to “predict the future” or take a wild guess as to how many sessions would be required on a particular topic. This never worked, as it is impossible. Also it added a level of complication to something that should be straightforward – creating tags.

The tutorial has been updated to reflect this change.

May 2019 – A different approach

You are now encouraged to rewire events, individiuals, situations.

Rather than concentrating on rewiring problems and brain areas, the strategy is now to rewire emotional blocks in your mind that prevent you from healing naturally.

Rewiring an emotional problem directly tends to mostly encourage rumination or moaning about how a problem makes you feel. Or, perhaps, it changes how you feel about having that problem rather than removing the problem itself. Instead we wish to remove the blocks that have prevented you from growing out of that problem already.

As those emotional blocks are removed one-by-one, you will gradually grow out of your issues at your own natural pace.

This is further explained in lessons “Introduction” and “Choosing your subject” of the tutorial which have been updated to reflect this change.

Here’s an excerpt:

Don’t attack the problem itself!

The quickest, easiest, and best way to treat an emotional problem is not to attack the problem directly. Instead we attack the reasons why you haven’t grown out of it or overcome it naturally.

The human mind is great at “getting over” problems and mistakes. You can “overcome” or “grow out of” all sorts of problems. Most people will naturally grow out of all kinds of fears, anxieties, obsessions, and other problems with time. A problem that seemed huge at age 16 may seem trival by the time you’re age 60.

The real problem is that we have blocks that stop us from growing out of our emotional problems. Self-Rewiring works best when used to remove the blocks to growing out of problems naturally.

Once the blocks are removed you will gradually and naturally grow out of your emotional problems in your own way and at your own pace. Your brain knows how to grow out of a problem better than anyone else, better than any therapy or therapist.

That’s the correct way to use Self-Rewiring. Attack the blocks to healing, not the problems themselves.

It is also explained in this graphic:

Blocks that stop you growing out of emotional problems. Specific events:
Past insults, traumas, or any memory that will not go away. Some events may be forgotten but still influence you. Individuals:
The influence of a person, particularly a toxic person or someone displaying toxic traits. Situations:
Something that is still on-going or was on-going for a long time. It can be the situation at home, school, or somewhere else. My personality:
Your innate personality, partly genetic in origin, may make it more difficult to cope with various situations in life.

This change means the brain areas are no longer the most prominent thing we rewire in sessions. Now it is equally spread among troublesome (1) past events, (2) people, (3) situations and (4) personality traits. This last item, the personality traits, is still based on the brain areas.

The way you choose a subject for sessions was changed.

In addition to the “specific event” (see below) more categories were added. Now when starting a session, you are prompted to rewire one of four things:

  1. A specific event (bad memories)
  2. An individual (especially toxic persons)
  3. A situation (a negative long-term situation)
  4. A personality trait (based on the brain areas)

Here is what starting a session now looks like. Note the four tabs.

February 2019 – Rewiring specific events was added

Starting in February 2019, when starting a session, you are now prompted to choose between performing a session on a brain area or on a “specific event” from your past.

These past events are times that you go over and over again in your mind. For example, an argument you had 20 years ago, or a time when you were humiliated or insulted.

Such specific past events help to form who we are today, and why we have the emotional issues that may bug us continuously. Rewiring the effects of these events helps us to be the person we want to be — without the influence of these past troubles.

February 2019 – “Body personality traits” were dropped

The six “body personality traits” have been dropped for lack of use.

These were suggested subjects for sessions, based on the observations of physiologists and massage therapists who observed specific personality traits and muscle strength patterns in their patients.

According to our volunteers who were surveyed, these subjects were used in less than 1% of sessions. Therefore it was felt that teaching everyone about them was a poor use of time.

They have been removed from the session page and tutorial. If someone still wishes to use a body personality trait for their session, they can enter it manually into the “Something else” box when starting a session.

Descriptions of the body personality traits can still be found here.

November 2018 – Speech recognition

The ability to perform sessions entirely using speech recognition was added.

As of writing, this feature is only supported by the Google Chrome browser. If available, a link saying “Enable speech recognition” will appear at the bottom of the session page.

It works best when you have a proper headset and microphone to minimise any background noise. It is also optimised to work with a British English accent, however American accents work well too.

When enabled, scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of all the possible speech commands.

To stop the speech recognition, say “stop listening”.

April 2018 – A new technique

A new visual technique, Imagine a scene, has been added.

This new technique allows you to imagine a past, present, or possible future scene, and play it out in your mind.

It was added because there was no techinque which allowed a completely free-form use of the imagination.

So far this new technique has proved popular.

April 2017 – Goodbye courses, hello tags

In the past the website required you to create a “course” on a particular topic, which you then completed by performing a certain number of sessions. Many people found this confusing. Also, it made it difficult to see your progress chronologically since your sessions were grouped by course, not listed by date.

Courses are now gone. Instead, you can label your sessions with different “tags”. And all of your saved sessions are simply shown in one big list, ordered by date.

You can apply multiple tags to a single session. For example, if your session touches on your fear of spiders and love of doughnuts, you may want to add two tags: Spiders Doughnuts.

March 2017 – New tutorial

The tutorial had to be rewritten anyway because of the changes to sessions. However, the tutorial now teaches Finger-Testing in a completely new way that most people find easier and quicker.

In the new tutorial, you follow-along many short videos to train your brain how it should work (see example video above). Then, later, once your brain has “got it” you follow along with other videos that are designed to see if your body is reacting from instinct yet.

Also, the new tutorial is written in simplified English to help non-native speakers.

March 2017 – Terminology dropped

The therapy had some confusing and unique terminology that had to be learned and remembered. All of these terms have gone. They were replaced with simpler terms. For example:

Indicate which...” has become “Reveal which...”

“Are your fingers indicating?” has become “Are your fingers reacting?”

March 2017 – New website

The old website had a dull pastel-like colour scheme, an unfriendly-looking font, and much of the text was hard to understand for non-native speakers of English.

This has been replaced with bright, vivid, colours, and a softer font with a larger size. All text has been rewritten to be simplified and easy-to-understand.

Technically, the old website was built in an outdated and slow computing language, and hosted on an expensive hosting platform. This was entirely rewritten from the ground up in a new computing language, and moved to a faster and cheaper hosting provider. Costs have reduced 75%.

Some parts of the website now take 90% less time to load.

It also requires much less bandwidth, potentially saving you money if accessed over the cellular network.

March 2017 – Sessions redesigned

The way we perform sessions completely changed. For example, here is the “What do I need now?” menu before the change:

And here is what it looks like now:

What do I need now?

Test, “Reveal what I need...”

All the buttons were reorganised. You can get to every part of the therapy with just two clicks. The separate ‘Techniques’ menu was removed.

Also, many techniques that were rarely used were removed. Others were merged together. For example, the 20 Senses techniques were merged into just 2. The rest were simplified and rewritten.

Finally, instructions were added directly into the session page. They say how to perform each technique – so you don’t need to exit your session and look at the tutorial again.