The power of emotions and music

About the method

Herzog Method explained

The emotional training program consists of various elements: Harmonies, Affirmations, Relaxation Exercises, and Negative & Positive Scenes (for addiction programs only). The Harmonies are powerful emotional exercises that reduce anxiety and stress, boost self-confidence, and stimulate metabolism.
Unique: the spoken visualizations and the film music composed especially for them trigger strong emotions in the listener and lead quickly and permanently to a positive change in behavior.

Why do positive emotions work?

Positive emotions strengthen multiple resources

After crisis situations, positive emotions are important in resilient coping and protect against depression.

People who are more resilient before a crisis due to positive emotions cope better than people who were less resilient before the crisis.

Positive emotions also have the unique ability to calm the body. Negative emotions such as anger, fear, sadness stimulate a person's autonomic nervous system and cause an increase in heart rate, vasoconstriction, and blood pressure, among other things.

Experiments show that experiencing positive emotions can suppress or reverse the persistent cardiovascular effects of these negative emotions. That is, compared with neutral distractions or sadness, positive emotions produce a more rapid return to baseline levels of cardiovascular activation after negative emotional arousal.

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Who is behind the method?

Over 40 years ago (1980), Dagmar Herzog developed the first emotional training program, Mental Weight Loss Training, to help herself get away from a long-standing eating disorder. Dagmar had recognized that in every addiction, whether alcohol, cigarettes or food, the addictive substance is always experienced with positive emotions, because it is linked in the brain with ideas of love, security, comfort, reward. This is where the Herzog Method comes in. Through targeted training with emotions, the subconscious is reprogrammed. In this way, new behaviors are established and old, disturbing or even harmful patterns are discarded.

The subconcious mind

Through targeted training with emotions, the subconscious is reprogrammed. In this way, new behaviors are established, and old, disturbing, or even harmful patterns are discarded. Over the years, Dagmar developed her method further and created the Mental Sleep Training and the Anti-Anxiety & -Depression Training. In the meantime, the Herzog method has been scientifically validated and has helped over 300,000 people.

Kinder Entspannungsübungen

Spoken journeys for kids

Based on the program, Dagmar’s daughter Verena developed the Emotional Child Training together with Dagmar. As a mother of two, it is important to her to convey feelings of love, security, and self-confidence to her children, even when she cannot be there physically. Therefore, the Emotional Kids Training was developed to teach children that these feelings arise from within themselves and that emotions are generally good for us. However, if the emotions are not wanted in certain situations e.g. fear in their own bedroom at night, kids learn how they can change these emotions themselves. By experiencing positive feelings in the visualizations – which are spoken journeys that evoke emotions in combination with classical music – children learn the tools, which help them reduce stress, anxiety, and depressive moods themselves.

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