The Science Behind PSTEC And How PSTEC Works.

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PSTEC™ has been called "an eraser for the mind" and was very carefully developed to allow you to solve emotional problems quickly and easily. It comes to you as a completely free download and it takes just 11 minutes to target a negative emotion for removal.
PSTEC surprises almost everyone, so remember to tell you friends about it and share your experience on social media. If you're here for the very first time then visit the PSTEC homepage first. There you will find an introductory video, also a powerful, easy to understand overview of PSTEC, a list of common uses, and also lots of real user feedback. Starting there will help you to understand what this can do.

The Subconscious Mind, Pattern Recognition, Deep Learning And PSTEC

IMPORTANT: This page offers a detailed scientific explanation as to why PSTEC works as it does. You do NOT need to understand the theory in order to use PSTEC. If you simply want to know what it is and what you can do with it then go to thehomepage.
What follows here is for the curious so they can see exactly what went into creating the PSTEC tools and why they work so amazingly well for so many people.

It is not a coincidence that Tim, the creator of PSTEC is not just interested in people and the human mind but he has also long maintained an interest in machine learning and artificial intelligence. (Amongst other things Tim is a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society). PSTEC is a fusion of several disciplines in order to create tools to help people.

Behavioural psychology began more than 100 years ago and it demonstrated predictable patterns and almost computer like handling of information within the brain. Artificial intelligence through the use of neural nets has been seeking to mimic aspects of the brain for decades. AI research has shed light on the way the brain almost certainly functions and has inderectly indicated ways in which the subconscious can be encouraged to create rapid change. PSTEC is a fusion of a special form of suggestion, psychological principles and also things drawn from machine learning principles all rolled together. This was been done in order to create something truly amazing. Do try the free self help system because you will almost certainly be amazed. Many people wonder how it is that PSTEC can eliminate such things as phobias in minutes and also with such astonishing predictability. Below is an explanation.

First I will need to discuss computer learning and also to explain at a very high level how the subconscious learns and makes changes. (For more information study PSTEC Level 1 and also the Advanced PSTEC tutorial.)

You may not know it but recent advances in artificial intelligence have spawned something called "Deep Learning". Deep Learning is a huge leap forward for machine and computer learning and it has particular relevance here. With the application of Deep Learning, computers now have the ability to make sense of language without being taught, and also to do such things as describe the contents of previously unseen pictures in words. This had never been possible using other techniques but it has recently happened because of the advent of the Deep Learning methodology.

You can think of Deep Learning as being the most successful attempt yet to mimic the way the human brain learns and understands. Rather than using complex highly job specific computer code, Deep Learning applies a relatively simple generic learning algorithm to huge quantities of data.

Essentially it is a way to allow computers to identify patterns in complexity and to make sense of that complexity. Pattern recognition allows for new data to be quickly classified and "made sense of". In a similar way the human subconscious uses powerful pattern matching methods to make sense of huge amounts of sensory, linguistic and other information. This is how we build our internal realities.

Deep Learning uses a relatively simple learning algorithm combined with what is called "Big Data". Big Data is essentially a lot of input. It is supplied in large quantities so that the patterns can be most fully identified.

PSTEC does something similar. PSTEC delivers a lot of patterned information to the subconscious in a short time. The subconscious makes sense of the patterns contained within the PSTEC audio, and from that it creates a new understanding. This is one reason why PSTEC can very quickly eliminate emotional and other problems.

PSTEC is of course designed to work with people so it also combines a variety of existing and well researched psychological principles in a highly focussed, and very particular way. These well known and well documented psychological components are primarily, pattern interrupts, conditioned responses and suggestion but many other psychological principles are incorporated too. (Attached below is a list of scientific studies and psychological research papers which will help you to understand some of the the structures on which PSTEC is based)
The particular mix, precision timing, skilful integration and minute attention to detail in the construction of the PSTEC audios is what sets PSTEC apart from ALL other ways of changing beliefs and emotional states. All of this is combined and delivered as Big Data for the subconscious. Added to this Tim is also an expert on hypnosis and suggestion and so he has maximised the potential of very word within the tools. They even make use of pauses and silences too. This is how PSTEC was put together in order to create the fastest and most effective tools possible. Tim has continued push the boundaries with PSTEC in order to help people as fully and as much as possible and if you explore the comments from people all over the world who use it, many of them clearly believe that PSTEC borders on the miraculous in terms of results. Despite this, he is currently working on other tools and further enhancements which will do even more.

As such and before I explain further, I do advise you to study the user feedback on the site. You'll get an end user perspective on just how powerful this combination really is and why you can expect it to work for you too. Because of the way PSTEC is set up, anyone can confirm for themselves that PSTEC works and this validation can be done at no cost.

The explanation here just covers the standard free tracks. There are even more powerful tracks and some have already been mentioned but there are a number of others. The PSTEC EEfs, Click Track 2015, PSTEC Negative, (The Belief Eraser), Cascade Release, and the PSTEC Accelerators are even more sophisticated and they use additional but similar principles.

The basic PSTEC audio combines a conditioning of responses* with pattern interrupts* and a unique form of deep suggestion to create a rapid and lasting release from any problem feeling or emotion. We call it Deep Suggestion because of it's relationship to machine Deep Learning.

(*Anyone wishing to know about conditioned responses* should read about the Nobel Prize winning research of Ivan Petrovich Pavlov.)

(**Pattern interrupts interfere with conditioned neurological responses in order to open up new possibilities. For a reasonably clear explanation of pattern interrupts, Edward de Bono's classic book "Mechanism of Mind" is a good place to begin.)

Please bear in mind that a process similar to Deep Learning process is under-way at the same time as all that follows. Firstly, the PSTEC Click Track audio technology provides a very powerful and repetitive pattern interrupt. This can be helpful of itself in dealing with anything "ingrained". This pattern interrupt creates a search for meaning in the subconsious and highly activates it. This is however just the first step. There is much more to the process and it works on many other levels (not all of them covered here so as to keep this explanation relativelty simple.)

The percussive sounds on the audio perform very specific functions the most important of which are listed below.
1) They create a concentrative and essentially emotionally neutral state at very specific points on the track.
2) They repetitively condition the concentrative mental state being experienced (at the appropriate times) and those conditioned responses are then used as a direct means to obliterate the problem feelings (at other points on the track).
3) The percussive sounds are designed to maintain a level of user focus on the problem in a specific way and by very careful timing this also provides an effective critical factor bypass at important moments.

There are three primary sounds and these all perform the function mentioned above. Having three working in unison means that each one backs up the functioning of the other.

The tone is actually two tones played together as one. This has been done for two reasons. This is partly to make it easier for anyone with a hearing impairment. The second and more significant reason is so as to provide at least one stimulus which is completely outside of conscious awareness.

You will notice that what we are describing here is the delivery of a lot of data (Big Data) for the subconscious mind to process. Rather than being supplied completely unstructured it is highly patterned in its delivery so as to allow the subconscious to make sense of it quickly and easily.

The frequency of the clicks was initially optimised by educated guesswork and then fine tuned by means of experimentation. I now use an algorithmic process to determine the precise timing for each sound in relation to the spoken content. This careful timing is absolutely crucial for the tracks to work in the way that they do, and successive generations of the track have become ever more powerful as the algorithm has been improved.

The primary reason for using sounds to trigger physical actions, aside from the reasons already mentioned above is that the process is not just acoustic. It is also tactile and muscular. There is another very important reason for using sounds rather than something such as a visual stimulus and this relates to the speed with which the brain processes these relative types of information. A visual stimulus would be too fast.

The suggestions on the track are given in very specific way so as to deliver the maximum new linguistic programming to the subconscious mind in any given play of the track. (Whilst most people do not realise it, the interpretation of language is fundamental to the way in which people build their internal realities.)

The suggestions are cyclic and are used in such a way as to create what I would describe as being a "leak proof linguistic matrix". This language is much like a contract in as much as it specifies things comprehensively. Processing is enhanced by the fact that the user experiences what is being suggested which provides direct and immediate corroboration.

I have considered carefully what neuroscientists believe to be required for new neural connections to be made and this has been factored into the structuring of the process. Because people vary significantly there are additional repetitions over and above what should be required.

The reasons for the specific frequency, duration and the timing of particular click/tone combinations is just far too complex to explain here. The relationship between the sounds and the language is extremely precise. I use an algorithm to determine the optimum spacing, frequencies, and dispersion relative to spoken content.

To most people this probably sounds extremely complicated which is why I haven't gone into more detail. Despite this the explanation given here is far from complete and highly simplified. The timing aspects are the most complex of all, and there are other aspects to the process which are not covered here at all.

Some of the other factors which would also need to be explained to fully comprehend why PSTEC is so hugely powerful, include the concepts of "overload", "overflow", "diversionary language", "retrospective frames", "subconscious interpolation processes", "buffering of language", "linguistic parallels", "experiential conversions to belief", "repetitive confirmations", "linguisitic compression" and also the concept of "stacks" which is explained in the advanced audio. There is a lot to understanding how the Click Tracks work in what can seem to be such a miraculous manner.

There are a number of other PSTEC audios and techniques which utilise similar, but on the other PSTEC tracks they are combined in different ways and some additional techniques are used. This simplified explanation just covers the standard free process.

Understanding how PSTEC works is not necessary in order to get results. You will discover it works anyway and this can be determined by using the free process. The above explanation has been given mostly for anyone who wants to understand why so many people find PSTEC so astonishingly effective.

The latest research on PSTEC
87% of therapists, counsellors and coaches rated PSTEC as being VERY effective.
(Survey undertaken August 2011). Full survey details here

PSTEC is based on well known and well documented psychological principles and research. Anyone wishing to further their knowledge can consult the extensive literature and psychological papers on the psychological principles in use, some of which is listed below. The Deep Learning methodology can be explored via a number of highly informative YouTube videos. /b>

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