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Christopher Elliott (psychcle) wrote,
@ 2004-01-05 14:58:00
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    Q: How did you become interested in Psychology?

    C: I was watching on episode of Oprah one day (don't ask me why) and I heard this guy talking named Dr. Phil McGraw. At the time my life had really hit rock bottom and what he was saying really seemed to m ake sense. I went out and bought his books and CD's and completely inhaled them. After that I became interested in guys like Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, Albert Ellis and others.

    Q: What are your current credentials?

    C: At the present time I am curren tly enrolled in college pursuing a Masters Degree in Psychology. Besides my academic endeavors, I have researched and studied literally hundreds of psychologists and their theories through books, seminars, lectures,and web-sites. Because of my willingness to dive as deep into my chosen field as possible,I have been able to learn a variety of skills that are considered to be cutting-edge as well as extremely effective.

    Q: So what is your favorite subject concerning

    C:I have two favorites: human persuasion, and behavior change. These two subjects are fascinationg to me!

    Q: What is your over-all philosophy on those

    C: As far as pursuasion is concerned, I believe whole-heartedly in Dale Carnegie's philosophy: "You can get people interested in you a lot faster by becoming interested in them. This works better than anything else you could try." The great benefit of this technique is that, besides the ability to pursuade others, you also learn alot by shutting up and listening . Most people are very poor listeners.
    As for behavioral change, I believe that human beings are slaves to two things: their habits and their beliefs. As human beings, we only do the things we do out of our need to gain pleasure or our need to avoid pain. And the way we choose to meet those needs are based on either our habits, or our beliefs about what are actions will bring. But when you change both your habits and beliefs, you create immediate results in your behavior!

    Q: Why should anyone listen to y ou in regards to changing behaviors or lifelong habits? I mean, you aren't a certified psychologist yet.

    C: This is true. And though I've learned a lot , I still have far to go. However, the techniques I describe to people aren't things that I've just ma de up of theorized. These are priciples that I've learned from professionals and experts in the field of human psychology. I've studied the techniques of guys like Dr.Phil McGraw, Robin Sharma, John Grinder, Albert Ellis, and many others.But besides study ing these techniques, I've used them personally on myself and others to make lasting changes in lifestyle! I used these techniques to techniques quit smoking, spending money frivolously, and eating poorly!

    Q: What's the number one thing that holds people back from creating the lasting changes that they want?

    C: As Anthony Robbins says, "Change is nev er about ability; it's always about motivation." When someone has a strong enough reason, they will flat-out change, period! I mean, haven't you ever been in a situation where you kept trying to change and never could and then one day you decided that you'd had enough and you just said, "That's it! No more! Never again!", and you never went back to that same old thing again? That's the day you got enough motivation! In psychology we call that "leverage".The problem is that most people , when they get a li ttle pain they want to run from it. What they don't understand is that if they allow themselves to feel how much pain their getting from that unwanted habit, then the pain will serve them! The pain will finally give them the leverage that they needed to m ake a change.

    Q: I see. So in what other ways can psychology make a difference in peoples lives?

    C: Well, after studying experts such as Albert Ellis, I've learned to become a lot more rational in my thinking. For instance, in the past, if someone cut m e off in traffic I would become instantly irritated or even enraged. But through studying Ellis's Rational Emotive Terapy, I've learned to use rational thought to better asses the situation. I say things to myself such as, "Maybe they had a crummy day and didn't realize what they were doing. Or, maybe they're old, or they're running late for something important." Even if the case is that they're simply an insensitive ass,why should I let their actions ruine my day? This type of thinking is what has given me a life of much more peace and well-being. Everyone could benefit from this type of psychology!

    Q: So what are your future plans?

    C: I plan to finish my degree, write a couple of books, and begin giving lectures. I'd like to work with corporations and businesses on effective communication, and also break into the field of personal coaching.

    Q: Good Luck!

    C: Thanks!

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