Mental Health is Rapport Between the Conscious and Unconscious – Mastering Mondays 1

In this episode, we explore Milton Erickson’s claim that mental health is rapport between the conscious and unconscious minds. This is an idea tossed around by many, but usually discussed in an abstract way. I wanted to discuss how the idea that mental health is rapport between the conscious and unconscious mind relate to individual people. Hence, this video.

This is the first episode of my new weekly show, “Mastering Mondays”. I’m very excited about it and not just because I’ve already shot some good upcoming episodes! I really think this series offers value and I hope you all follow it weekly

The concept is to offer a small piece of advice or something to think about for your week. As I’ve worked (and am perpetually working) through my own personal development, something I’ve realized is that often the gap between where I am and where I want to be has been created by a small perception-based issue. I want to help people to make those perspective shifts.

Mastering Mondays Episode 1: Mental Health is Rapport Between the Conscious and Unconscious


Hi there, I’m Joshua Howard. Welcome to Mastering Mondays, where we help you to master Mondays so you can begin to conquer the rest of your week.

And in this first episode, I want to talk about something that’s near and dear to my heart, which is a deep belief from one of my teachers, Dr. Milton H. Erickson. And he writes, “Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their own unconscious. Patients are people who have had too much programming—so much outside programming that they have lost touch with their inner selves.”

Now without going into a long boring lecture about constructivism and how identities are created and blah, blah, blah, I want to tell you what’s important about this quote. What’s really important about this idea is that people who are having problems or issues in their life are not destined to be that way. It’s not as if God just said, (snaps) “And you have anxiety.” Rather, throughout your life, you’ve learned from outside sources or internal workings to build up patterns that cause anxiety when you’re going through your daily life.

And so what we would do together is to help you to unpack that and understand why you have the anxiety, where the anxiety is coming from, and in what ways it’s going to be realized for you over and over and over again. What some other therapists would call your “triggers”. The reason that it’d be important for you to understand and unpack these things is because once you know where it’s coming from, why it’s happening, what reasons it exists in your life, it’s much, much easier to unpack and to start to deconstruct.

So, something to keep in mind for this week is to really start to look at the places in your life where you’re having problems and issues and think to yourself, “Why is this happening?” “What’s going on for me?” “What is it that’s creating this kind of issue?” And sometimes, you’ll be able to really understand what it is. And once you understand it, you can go, “Well, that’s silly” and move on.

And sometimes, you can find yourself blocked on it. And when that happens, just keep looking and see if you can get further. But sometimes in those issues, you’ll need to reach for outside help.

So, I hope this has been helpful for you. Something to keep in mind for yourself is that rapport is really that—or sorry, mental health is really that rapport between your conscious and unconscious mind. So, start thinking about how you can open up that level of communication and get going.

Looking forward to talking with you next week. Here’s to you having a great week.

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