In essence, hypnosis is a means of
communication between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
It is a natural state of mind experienced as trance. Hypnosis
can be induced through the interaction of one individual speaking to another,
or to an entire group as (group hypnosis); we can also learn to self-induce
trance as in (self-hypnosis).
Hypnosis, with it's myriad of applications,
is rapidly emerging as a highly effective science in solving problems.
It's a valuable adjunct to standard medical care and psychotherapy; and
probably the lowest risk procedure available from the standpoint of contraindications.
Hypnosis can bring about major change
in motivation, self confidence, relaxation,
discomfort, creativity, habit control, and many other problems or difficulty
in achieving goals. Yet few procedures are less understood, or more
plagued by misunderstandings.
Hypnosis is neither strange or mysterious.
The truth is, you drift in and out of the hypnotic or trance state, on
a daily basis. It goes unnoticed because it seems so natural and normal.
And that, is exactly what hypnosis is, one of the natural states of mind
that all human beings experience.
A trance is a natural state occurring
whenever your attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions.
Your attention may be focused either internally (on self-talk, daydreaming,
meditation, etc.) or externally (on a task, reading, a movie, engaged in
an art form, intently listening to a speaker, etc.). Attention is narrowly
focused so that other environmental stimuli are ignored for a period of
or Misconceptions About Hypnosis:
what hypnosis is... it is crucial to understand what it is not. What
follows is a look at some of the misconceptions about hypnosis.
can gain control over a client against his wishes.
Such is the
myth perpetuated in through the media. Hypnosis is actually something that
the client does; the hypnotist is a teacher or facilitator who has
mastered various techniques in the art of effective suggestion and the
teaching self hypnosis. A hypnotist works in concert with the client,
teaching the client how to access the hypnotic trance.
the weak-minded can be hypnotized.
To the contrary,
the best hypnotic candidates are those who have average or above average
intelligence, good powers of concentration, and good imaginations and self-motivation.
a person may reveal his innermost secrets.
being hypnotized is always aware of everything that occurs. He/she is,
therefore, able to maintain control of each session. Nothing is done or
revealed unless the client has the desire to do so.
hypnotized, is like being asleep.
actually a state of increased awareness with deep mental and physical relaxation.
Many people, after their first hypnotic experience, question whether they
were really hypnotized because they were aware of everything that happened.
possible to become "lost" in hypnosis and not be able to be 'awakened'.
No one has
ever remained in hypnosis unable to be aroused. Since all hypnosis really
is self hypnosis, one emerges from the trance state whenever necessary.
Prior to commencing induction, a hypnotherapist should fully explain
this to clients, along with the explanation of the entire procedure,
including the reassurance, that (the client), will always maintain
The first session
often begins with an exercise to determine the extent of suggestibility
of the client, followed by a guided relaxation technique which leads into
the hypnotic trance. During the trance period, the client's goals
are sought and then he is aroused from trance.
suggestions to practice self-hypnosis
are usually incorporated to motivate the client to begin to use self-hypnotic
techniques on his own. He or she should be encouraged to practice
using self-hypnosis with positive affirmations several times a day, and/or
to begin listening to reinforcement
CDs at least once each day. As with any program of self-improvement,
hypnosis must be reinforced and given time, effort and commitment.
Are Too Strong-Willed To Be Hypnotized
not something one person "does" to another. We're all born with the
ability to enter and utilize trance. The depth of its use, deliberate or
not, varies from one person to another. Developing the skillful use
of trance can be enhanced with the guidance of an experienced hypnotist.
hypnosis truly is self-hypnosis, it is the client using his or her own
abilities, including concentration and imagination, to produce what we
recognize as "hypnotic" effects.
State of Suggestibility
hypnosis is better described than defined. It's often considered an altered
state of consciousness featuring "selective perception," a process in which
one can choose to see only what is relevant to his task, blocking out everything
else. Hypnosis involves guided concentration.
Is An Altered State of Consciousness
an altered state of consciousness; as one's awareness differs somehow from
the usual perception of reality. While often referred to as being
in a trance, for many people, being in hypnosis does not seem much different
to how they feel at other times. The most easily recognizable change
is the profoundness of relaxation the client experiences. Oftentimes,
they emerge more deeply relaxed than they've ever felt before. This
very fact has led to claims that hypnosis is nothing more than deep relaxation.
But simple research has shown that hypnosis is more than relaxation:
e.g., after hypnosis the heart rate remains slowed down longer than after
State of Suggestibility
of hypnosis holds that it is a heightened state of suggestibility. What
does this mean? That persons in hypnosis will accept suggestions more readily
than if not in hypnosis? That explains nothing. People are readily suggestible
without hypnosis -- the advertising industry attests to that. People
agreeing to be induced into hypnosis, by definition, want to cooperate.
Naturally, they will accept suggestions. In the same way one suspends
his disbelief while reading a great novel. Although, if you suggested something
that is disagreeable to them and they'll quickly stop cooperating -- just
as they'd drop a novel which they were offended by.
say that hypnosis is simply role playing. That people think or do things
in hypnosis because it's expected of them and by them. They are merely
fulfilling a role. That they want to please the hypnotherapist, so there's
no altered state of consciousness, there's simply a motivation to act as
though hypnotized. This theory might hold for stage performances
and the like but can hardly apply to those undergoing hypno-anesthesia
for dental work or surgery. Thousands of hypnotized people have benefited
from from hypnosis for surgeries performed with no additional chemical
also been defined as a form of conditioning. A person learns, through
direct experience or the media, how to behave hypnotized. Another
way to see hypnosis is as something learned, asserting that a person becomes
conditioned to a word stimulus such as "Relax." Once having allowed
himself to relax, the client is thereafter conditioned to repeat the experience
of relaxing upon hearing the trigger-word.
definition of hypnosis, one that has wide support among researchers, is
that hypnosis is a form of dissociation. Meaning, that in some as
yet unexplained way, the mental functioning of a person is compartmentalized
and one part can be isolated from the others. Dissociation is an
everyday conscious experience which begins in childhood. When a person
is engaged in conversation with someone else he is also talking with himself
and thinking ahead to his next comments. Children blithely slip in
and out of fantasy lives, temporarily adopting make-believe roles which
they discard at will. This capacity to fantasize can be retained through
practice and makes the dissociation characteristic of hypnosis less surprising.
relaxation, heightened suggestibility, role-playing, conditioning or dissociation,
whatever hypnosis is, it enables a person to experience thoughts and images
as though they were real.
like guided daydreaming: a form of relaxed concentration.
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