The latest changes appear at the top. This page records all major changes since 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s an excerpt:
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:
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:
Here is what starting a session now looks like. Note the four tabs.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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:
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.
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