Control Your Reactive Mind!

Uncontrollable or constant negative feelings or irrational thoughts come from your reactive mind. This includes feelings and attitudes such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anger, resentment, continuing grief, shyness and extreme introversion. 

Have there been times you felt you couldn’t control your own thoughts, emotions or what you did or said? That you were a powerless bystander to your own actions and feelings?

Have you wondered why it’s hard to get rid of unwanted feelings despite anything you try? Why you stayed sad, anxious, introverted, resentful, angry, feeling low self-esteem or stuck in a breakup, betrayal or other trauma? For days, months or even years?

The answers lie in your reactive mind, the part of your mind that remains hidden from you, but that can affect and control you when triggered.

At South Coast Mission we use Dianetics counseling. It delves into your reactive mind and discovers the root cause of your unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Read on to learn more about the reactive mind. 

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What is the Reactive Mind?

The mind has two very distinct parts. One of these—the part that you consciously use and are aware of—is called the analytical mind. This is the portion of the mind which thinks, observes data, remembers it and resolves problems. It has memory banks in which your experiences are recorded. The analytical mind is logical and rational.

However, in moments of intense physical or emotional pain and some degree of unconsciousness, fleeting or prolonged, the analytical mind cuts out and the second part of the mind, the reactive mind, takes over.

Reactive vs analytical mind

The reactive mind lies below the level of your awareness. It exactly records all the perceptions, feelings and pain during the time the analytical mind has cut out, including what happens or is said around the person. This data is stored in the reactive mind’s own memory banks where it is unavailable to the individual’s conscious recall and is not under his direct control.

The reactive mind is the discovery of L. Ron Hubbard, a result of research spanning more than two decades. The exact nature of the reactive mind is described in his bestselling book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, first published in 1950.

Dianetics Book

How the Reactive Mind influences you

Most people have large quantities of recordings stored in their reactive mind that are capable of reacting against them.

The reactive mind is the mechanism used in animals to prevent dangerous circumstances happening again. For instance, a fish that has had its tail bitten by a larger fish while swimming in very salty, dark waters, will record this incident in its reactive mind. Later, when it approaches similar salty, dark waters, its reactive mind will activate and send a compulsion to swim away from danger, even though there are no big fishes nearby. It will also feel pain in its tail.

In a human being, the reactive mind will attempt to “prevent a person from getting himself in danger” by enforcing its content, including negative emotions, fears, pain and irrational behaviors. As a result, a person can feel compelled to feel or act in a certain way, even though the situation doesn't call for it. 

Fish being bitten Fish escapes

For example, a two-year old boy is bitten on the leg by a big dog while at the park. He records this in his reactive mind, along with all the perceptions at the time. He records the hot day, the pain of the bite, the grogginess from the shock of the pain, the sounds of children playing in the playground and the smell of hamburgers being grilled. He also records his mother shouting at him “you stupid boy, you should never go near dogs!”

cartoon of a kid being bitten by a dog

Later, when he is older, he goes to the park and encounters similar circumstances. It’s a hot day, people are barbequing hamburgers and kids are playing in the playground. A big dog is running around nearby. The circumstances are similar to the incident recorded in his reactive mind, and the content of this recording activates. As a result, the boy feels a bit groggy; he feels scared of the dog; his leg hurts a bit, and he feels stupid.

From then on, this incident is easily reactivated and its content is forced on him. The boy starts a pattern of feeling stupid and starts to fail at school. He often suffers from unaccountable pains in his legs, and he has an irrational fear of big dogs. As time goes on, this pattern only exacerbates as more and more “similar” things trigger the reactive mind recording. As an older man, he might be more prone to develop arthritis in his leg where the dog bite occurred, or he might develop a fear of more and more dogs until all dogs are frightening to him.

A person has many such incidents in their reactive mind, constantly putting pressure on them and causing them to act irrationally and feel and think things that are not really their own feelings and thoughts.

The reactive mind is the source of your irrational fears, emotions and behaviors. These can be gotten rid of by addressing the reactive mind with Dianetics Counseling.

a kid is scared of a dog
Person getting counseling

South Coast Mission Dianetics Counseling

Dianetics counseling is done while you are fully awake. In a process called “reverie” you are returned by the counselor to a traumatic period of your past and you are able to view and recount what happened during the previously hidden and unavailable moments of physical pain, emotional pain and unconsciousness stored in the reactive mind. Through this process, people have been able to record far back into their childhood and even times when they were fully unconscious, such as during an operation.

The previously hidden recordings are erased from the reactive mind and placed into the analytical memory banks, where they are “filed” as normal memories without force of compulsion or negative emotion.

We have helped thousands of people restore control over their own thoughts, emotions and behavior. These people are living happier and more fulfilling lives.

You can book a Free Consultation to learn more about Dianetics counseling and get any questions answered. Call (949) 652-8200 or click here to schedule a free consultation.

Self Analysis 

The procedures contained in the book Self Analysis deintensify content in your reactive mind. They are designed to discharge the negative emotion from times of mental discomfort or pain contained in your reactive mind. You can do Self Analysis in your own home. The book clearly lays out the steps and provides the theory behind it. 

Buy your Self Analysis book here

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Success Stories

“My anxiety has drastically decreased and I feel I have much more control over my life.”

"I cannot begin to explain how much counseling from South Coast Mission has helped me to improve my life emotionally and mentally. After receiving counseling, my anxiety has drastically decreased and I feel I have much more control over my life.

"My thoughts are clearer; my outlook is brighter and I have so much more ability and desire to live life and make it everything it can be."

Dr. Vanessa Smith, DACM
Dana Point, CA
Success story - Vanessa
"I was quick tempered, and would get angry and annoyed at the slightest little things."

"Prior to my counseling program, I was quick tempered, and would get angry and annoyed at the slightest little things. I would keep a lot of these things inside, and it made me generally unhappy and often grouchy.

"The program I did at South Coast Mission has helped me to be calmer, happier and have a better outlook on life. It has allowed me to think more clearly and not react negatively to situations that arise around me. I'm definitely living a better life as a result of my counseling!”

Tustin, CA
Lance - testimonial
The Reactive Mind
Dianetics: An Introduction

Written by L. Ron Hubbard
Includes: The Dianetics of Grief