We can program our subconscious | Interview with Nikos Vopis PhD

Nikos holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. He started his career in the field of sports journalism but then turned to the field of psychology. Nikos Vopis will speak at the Leading Minds conference on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 21.00 at Stage A.

Nikos Vopis

Mr. Vopi, your CV is impressive. From sports journalism to psychology. What led you to this turn?

Thank you for your kind words. My bachelor was in Philology with a specialization in Linguistics. There some interesting horizons opened up for me with which I fell in love. One of them was the science of language not as a human instrument but as a tool of communication. From how it makes its appearance in its first steps to its absolute functionality. Being a professional athlete I loved the communication part and finishing my bachelor I immediately wanted to get into the work part. Because I had an appeal in communication I wrote the field of sports journalism in writing and orally. I spent a few years in it, I climbed but I realized that even if I reached the apogee again I would not be happy. I wanted to follow a piece that would leave a more “resounding” footprint in the world and would help in practice to change lives for the better.

So, I decided that what I really needed to do was learn how to do it right, but I did not want to go into psychology and neuropsychology. Through my PhD I was able to enter the neurosciences and the most practical parts of the field of psychology. I was tempted by the field of the subconscious and how it relates to and interacts with people’s daily decisions both through the human brain and through human psychosynthesis. But to complete my answer to your question what led me to this turn was my inner need to leave something behind that would potentially take human psychology one step further and make it easier for the next generations to deal with. the specific science of having a few more tools in their hands ”.

Nikos Vopis

What is modern psychology and mind training?

Modern psychology is the branch of psychology that does not focus on traditional psychotherapeutic methods such as Freudian but uses techniques that are quite helpful to man in most cases to fight situations faster and more effectively, such as a case of post-traumatic stress. Mind training is a part of modern psychology through which the therapist teaches the person with whom he talks how to use specific “tools” that help him to better and more effectively manage his thoughts when they try to act as a deterrent to its goals.

There is a lot of talk about the subconscious. Can you explain to us what it is and what its purpose is?

At regular intervals there are several therapists and researchers who try to give a definition of what exactly the subconscious is. According to my reasoning, I imagine the subconscious as a lake that has no bottom. Its capacity is inexhaustible and there are and will always be memories and feelings that man has received from the first moment of his birth. The purpose of the subconscious is to keep our minds, our brains in balance through the realization of stimuli in images and emotions to which we are exposed on a daily basis.

Nikos Vopis

What is the reason that is often an obstacle to our happiness?

All the negative emotions we experience on a daily basis are recorded in our subconscious. It is like giving him contradictory messages. We may have an idea in our mind, a goal that we want to achieve / realize and with our conscious thoughts it is as if we cancel it. Our desire conflicts with our imagination because of all the hypothetical fears that we create ourselves in the idea and only the realization of our idea or our dream and believe me every time the desire enters the ring with this imagination that in in the end, the winner is always the imagination.

Imagine planting a seed in order for it to bloom and become a tree. This seed is your idea. But after a while you go and dig it up because your negative thoughts lead you to the conclusion that it is not going to become a tree because you do not deserve it, because you are not capable etc etc. Well, as long as you dig it up it will never bloom and become a tree .

The title of your speech at the Leading Minds festival is “Subconscious, friend or foe?”. Do you think it is really possible to program it and intervene in the subconscious?

It does not matter so much what I think. It has nothing to do with any of my personal beliefs but with the whole science of neuropsychology and neuroscience in general. Of course it can be programmed, of course we can intervene in it, if this did not happen there would be no reason for the existence of an entire science and several other branches of psychology. But what I said does not matter what I believe, it matters how a person can reprogram his subconscious in such a way that he lives the life he wants and his thoughts are not an obstacle to achieve everything he dreams of achieving and has not yet found the way. To me that is my purpose. To help people live the life they want and be able to achieve anything that fills their soul.

Nikos Vopis

Can you give us a simple tangible example of this possibility?

“A very simple example of being able to reprogram one’s subconscious is to bring to mind what one wants to achieve shortly before going to sleep and immediately after waking up. The neurons in the brain at these times work completely differently from the rest of the day and every time we think about our goals in detail this next step is to want to reach them a little more intensely and the next step is to do practically steps in this direction. As it has been said very nicely in Zoroastrianism “good thoughts, good words, good deeds”. Through good thoughts come good words and then good deeds. If we transfer this triptych to our action regarding our goals and dreams, then we have automatically made a good start to achieving them “.

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