May 182015

Overcome resistance to revision

Overcoming Resistance to Revision

An interview with Howard Crampton Jr. (succeeding through non-resistance)

Howard has a BSc in Psychology, is certified in NLP (Neuro- Linguistic Programming) gained a certification in Strategic Interventions through the Robbins-Madanes Training program and is applying to further his studies in counseling. He has worked with a variety of people to identify resistance and to move past it. This work is based on the behavioral psychology principle that one’s state of mind can powerfully lead one in an empowered direction or disempowered direction. In order to move to a positive emotional state you can use what Tony Robbins calls the “Triad” – Posture, Focus and Language.


If you frown and slump your body this will make you feel more down but straighten up and smile and you will feel more confident (remember the power poses in the last blog article?).


You tend to move towards the things you focus on (physically, mentally and emotionally). In a physical sense when you’re driving a car and it goes out of control near a tree if you focus on the tree you’ll drive into it!


There are lots of different ways of viewing an event. If you text a friend a couple of times and they don’t reply you could tell yourself that they’re upset with you or you could tell yourself that their battery may have gone flat or they are busy. The language you use in your mind can directly affect your mood.

Having introduced the principles behind his work here is the interview with Howard.


Howard Crampton Jr

Howard Crampton Jr

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Howard Crampton Jr

I facilitate on spiritual growth, emotional well-being and relationships. I use a “letting go/surrender” technique that releases resistance which leads to harmonious states of mental/emotional flow in thinking and feeling.

Questions we’ve been discussing:

Q. What revision hints, tips and techniques do you wish you had known/ followed when you were at school?

A. Howard Crampton Jr

Identify what I was resisting, understand why I was resisting, then consciously chose to let it go of the emotional block and proceed with giving it my best shot.

It would have been nice to have my parents encouragement and patience to work with me to have patience to go ahead confidently in completing my homework/test studies.

Q. What can parents and families do to help support students as they approach and take exams?

A. Howard Crampton Jr

 Discipline is a key element that should be practiced as soon as possible and consistently. Helping kids to have a schedule and stick with it is important. Parents must be the example for their kids to follow, such as helping them to understand why discipline and sticking to studying in certain environments at specific times is necessary and reinforcing them with positive feedback along the way.

Q. What did you find was the most difficult aspect of exams? With hindsight how do you think you could have overcome this?

A. Howard Crampton Jr (Succeeding through Non-Resistance)

Memory development seems to be more important than the actual test itself. Having to remember all the material for the test is difficult particularly for those who are kinesthetic type learners. In such a case, visual learners need visual cues to improve their memories; auditory learners needs auditory cues; and kinesthetic learners need to move around more while they’re studying, such as being questioned while playing a sport.

Encouragement from parents and frequent review would have helped.


Thanks to Howard for answering my questions. I will be digging a lot deeper into the topic of overcoming resistance and barriers to learning in future as this has been a key feature of my mentoring and tutoring work.


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