Emile Coue method – Conscious Autosuggestion
This article is about Emile Coue’s method ”Conscious Autosuggestion”.If you want to read his biography as well check out the link: Emile Coue Biography,
Emile Coue developed the method of self-suggestion also known as Coue method. This method of inspire so many people especially in America and the UK, it also inspired many psychologists and psychiatrists, But it recieved criticism in the future. Emile Coue’s method one of the creators of positive thinking.
Coue has two basic theoretical principles.
1- )All suggestion is autosuggestion.
2- )Internal conflict occurs between the will and imagination, but the imagination is always stronger. (q.v., Coué, 1923: 19)
1- Concentrate and Attention
Conscious autosuggestions must repeat with mental focus, and with certainty and faith.
2- Auxiliary Emotion Law
“When, for one reason or another, an idea is enveloped in a powerful emotion, there is more likelihood that this idea will be suggestively realised.” (Baudouin, 1920: 114).
“Negative ideas stick in our minds because of the powerful emotions attached to them, especially the emotion of fear. “
3- The Law of Reversed Effort
“When an idea imposes itself on the mind to such an extent as to give rise to a suggestion, all the conscious efforts which the subject makes in order to counteract this suggestion are not merely without the desired effect, but they actually run counter to the subject’s conscious wishes and tend to intensify the suggestion.” (Baudouin, 1920: 116).
4- The Law of Subconscious Teleology
“When the end has been suggested the subconscious finds means for its realisation.” (Baudouin, 1920: 117).
The Method of Conscious Autosuggestion
- The General Method
“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” You should repeat this at least 20 times every single night, eyes closed as to make one relaxed before drifting off to sleep. Coué even suggests using a rosary to count the repetitions, a practice similar to the mantra yoga of Indian. However, he shrewdly adds the caveat, “Say it as many times as you like; just don’t let it become an obsession.” (My Method: 148)
- The Specific Method.
I advise English-speaking people to stick to the French version: it being much easier to say “ça passe” quickly than the longer and more awkward expression “it is passing” or “it is going.” (Coué, My Method, 1923: 31)
The Law of Converted (Reversed) Effort
Voluntary effort presupposes the idea of a resistance. It comprises both action and reaction. The two notions are simultaneously resent at the moment of the effort. If, then (and this is a matter of the first importance), I concentrate voluntary attention on an idea, which implies my making an effort, I am simultaneously conscious of an action toward this idea, and of a resistance in consequence of which the idea continually tends to escape me, so that I must unceasingly recall my wandering attention. (Baudouin, 1920: 123)