Earlier in the course I touched on what Coincidental Reinforcement was, but not so much on how to respond to it. Throwing aside the issues about it messing up your energy consumption, there are some general rules on how to deal with it:
1) It’s a lot harder than it sounds, but try to avoid frustration. Refer to the Relax section about that. Coincidental Reinforcement tends to largely correspond to your frustration, so a good way to control it is to avoid getting frustrated.
2) As an alternative to just relaxing (which you might not always be able to do), find a way to bend the ‘screwed up’ results to fit what you want. You feel frustrated and make the problem worse *because* you see it as a problem. If you try to make it no longer a problem, things will become much better. In my experience this was a big problem in micro-tk. When I was rolling a dice, another number would get forced instead of my intended number. I figured out that it was a response because I was expecting not to have a successful test, and once chance had laid the seed that another number might come up a lot more, the effect kicked in to fulfill my expectation. This died down though after I started taking the Coincidental Reinforcement results when they were really high and counting them as a significant result and walking away happy with the test. Now this problem still can happen but its a lot less common now that I did that. Also the plus with this is even if the problem continues like it did a little for me, you’re no longer letting it get to you smile.gif
3) This one will probably not work for some people but it is worth mentioning, Coincidental Reinforcement also comes from the idea that you’re expecting it to happen but think you can’t stop it from happening. However, if you start experiencing this problem often, you should be able to look at it and see that you do have some level of control, after all at the base level you are expecting something to happen and it happens like you partially wanted. Ignoring the fact that its routed through your subconscious you are in a way controlling things (you can even sometimes purposely start the Coincidental Reinforcement process, and that definitely is controlled). You have to realize that your lack of control is an illusion. Although not being able to stop something is not *good* control, it is not no control at all. If you had no control over the situation you would not be able to anything at all, the fact that you can effect it shows you have some control.