What is Hypnosis
From time to time the question how does Hypnosis work comes out, especially after having seen a stage shows when sometimes guests are made to do very strange things or behave in somehow questionable ways. Or after a commercial stating how many benefits it can have as a therapy. After hearing the word Hypnosis most people almost immediately will start imagining someone with strange eyebrows swirling a pocket watch while saying things like “Obey me”. The truth is that real Hypnosis is never like that, those are shows and you know that almost everything is prepared.
Not that a pocket watch can’t be used successfully to induce a trance but probably a common metronome is even better and less old-time style. And forget the strange gaze. In shows a subject can be made to behave like a chicken but people under Hypnosis actually have free will to do whatever they want to do, even open their eyes and walk out of the room. Exceptions to this are those under certain drugs, very suggestible subjects and those willing to do it for the sake of the show.
While under Hypnosis even if very apt to absorb suggestions you are also very attentive, otherwise your subconscious wouldn’t catch what’s being said as it should. It’s true that you can receive instructions even when sleeping but for Hypnosis to work at its best the way to go is having both the Conscious and the Subconscious Mind to connect and cooperate. Even if Hypnosis can be dated back to ancient Egypt and if it has been thoroughly studied and used there is a lot more to know. We don’t even know everything about how our brain works, how can we about the mind?
Hypnosis is relaxed attention, or attentive relaxation.
While in a trance state the mind is much more ready to listen and accept suggestions being relaxed but at the same time alert. It may resemble sleep but it’s definitely not. It’s not uncommon for the subject to remember everything that has being said, only that under Hypnosis he listens with attention. It is a state much similar to daydreaming, you’re not dreaming as you’re not sleeping but you’re not fully awake. Good examples are Highway Hypnosis or Book Hypnosis.
Hypnosis works by connecting the Conscious Mind with the Subconscious so that their powers get merged together thus making it a snap to get your desired outcome, be it confidence with people, happiness, memory improvement, succeeding in life, total motivation, whatever. I used these examples because at the end of the post you’ll get five free hypnosis mp3. But now don’t rush there and keep reading.
What is Hypnosis?
Everything You Need To Know Before Using Hypnosis
Hypnosis is surely the most popular method of Personal Development around. Every year millions of people use it to manage negative emotions, lose weight, stop blushing, quit smoking, beat addictions, reduce stress, develop confidence or motivation and much more. Despite this there are still a lot of legends about Hypnosis and how it works. You see, stage Hypnotists help in spreading the word about Hypnosis, the drawback is that we Hypnotherapists have to talk a lot explaining to clients what it really is as a therapy. The most common question after ” does Hypnosis work? ” is ” will you make me to behave like a chicken? “
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and concentration which allows suggestions to be accepted by the subconscious mind bypassing the conscious mind which many times prevent us from getting positive changes in our life. The subject is usually fully aware of what’s happening, so much that if needed he can open his eyes and come out immediately from the trance state. Exceptions are those I described above. There are no proofs that someone has ever remained stuck in trance, forget stage or tv shows as they usually hit right those very suggestible individuals. Hypnosis is deeply relaxing and people usually awaken from their hypnotic trance feeling fresh, rejuvenated and full of energy.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis works by bypassing the censor part of the Conscious Mind and speaking directly to the subconscious. The conscious listenS but doesn’t interfere. If you consciously say to yourself “I don’t want to smoke” then usually that won’t work first because it’s a habit and second because to protect ourselves things can’t be that simple. Once the subconscious has accepted that something is safe and useful, whatever the reason, making it to change opinion is difficult and it must be demonstrated to it that the best road is the new one and not the old one. If changing our mind would be that simple we all would be kind of schizophrenic changing completely mood, attitudes and behaviors every other second.
We would simply get completely mad.
A typical Hypnosis session is made of five parts. To begin with the Hypnotherapist builds rapport with the client and helps him to relax. Then there is the hypnotic state induction and next the suggestions (the therapeutic part of Hypnosis) where the Hypnotherapist helps the client to focus his mind powers to achieve whatever his goal is. At the end the client is brought out of the hypnotic trance back to his normal state of awareness.
Are There Any Dangers?
As I said above there has never happened, except for shows, that someone hasn’t been able to come out of a trance. If you get asleep you will wake up, for Hypnosis is just the same. You’ll remain always aware of what’s going on and what’s being said by the Hypnotherapist, it’s just that the Conscious Mind instead of judging is just listening; even if sometimes it takes more than one session for this to happen. Should the need arise, if the room gets on fire, you’ll just have to open your eyes to be fully awake, maybe a little slowed down but awake nevertheless. Clearly being you very relaxed it’s ” forbidden ” to drive or work while listening to Hypnosis mp3 as your reflexes could be on hold for a while; it would also be a completely nonsense to go for relaxation and drive or work at the same time.
Think about this, you can do Self Hypnosis but no one is required to wake you up right?
Who Can Be Hypnotized?
Everyone except people on drugs, alcohol addicted and those who don’t want to be hypnotized. You can use Hypnosis to overcome addictions but you must not be under the influence of substances; the same goes for medical drugs who alter your contact with reality. Another category which cannot, or should not, be hypnotized are those who have not a normally functioning brain, but that’s pretty obvious.
Every human being is different so everyone reacts differently to Hypnosis, some will go into trance immediately and solve issues in one or two sessions, some others will take a couple of sessions just to relax and more to get the desired outcome. Whatever your level of resistance to being hypnotized, low or high, Hypnosis can work, it’s just a matter of time. And also of the ability of the Hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis and Personal Development
How Does Hypnosis Work?
While Hypnosis can’t help all the times it can surely help most of the times. Doctors cannot and do not give guarantees on results, they usually talk about success rates, so why a Hypnotherapist should? We can’t guarantee anything but we can say on average or on personal experience how many clients have been helped with a specific issue. As for relaxation Hypnosis has a success rate near to 100 percent and this should be a good enough reason to try it. Who doesn’t need to be more relaxed?
I know that Hypnosis works. I see it on myself every day and I see its effects on clients. Clearly everything must be kept into the “within reason” field. It is about increasing out ability to communicate with the Subconscious Mind and having it to help in reaching a goal but it’s not magic. Just like every other field there are limits to what Hypnosis can do but I’m sure that it can always help and improve the situation, whatever it is.
Hypnosis works by communicating and reprogramming the Subconscious Mind, the most powerful part of our mind. It is the intuitive, creative, and instinctive part of our mind that is responsible for our habits, fear responses and automatic functions such as our breathing, sweating and heart rate. It is a kind of supercomputer which at any given moment knows how much sugar we have in our bloodstream, if there is any virus or infection, if we need oxygen, our inside temperature and the outside one, if we need to sweat to refresh, etcetera.
Everything is automated but requires an organization and this is the Subconscious Mind. If we are able to communicate with it and show it what we want to achieve then we can have an influence on what is under the control of the Subconscious, that is our whole body and the greatest part of our Mind.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Subconscious Mind
Even if the Subconscious Mind is very powerful communicating with it is not that easy. It has the power of a Titan but understand things like a child. As an example it understands feelings, emotions and images but not words and this is why simply talking with the Subconscious, whatever Positive Affirmations you use, rarely works. After all you wouldn’t talk to an American child in Chinese or French right?
More or less everything we do is ruled by habits for the simple reason that for our mind they do not require much effort as one of the feature of the mind is to save energy every time that it’s possible. The maximum benefit with the minimum effort always rule. Habits make handling everything easier, afterall they are automatic responses to stimulus. Once something has been accepted by the Subconscious Mind as good it goes on autopilot. Changing habits, behaviors and such requires first to communicate efficiently with the subconscious then to convince it that the change we want to make is good for us. We must convince it that the better road is the new one and it wants proofs of it.
Think about having to learn to use a manual drive after having been used for years with an automatic drive.
Now, this is not because the Subconscious Mind likes to be a problem, it is that from its point of view this is the best thing to do and the best way to deal with the world. It’s more of a safety mechanism or an energy efficiency tool. This is why changing our mind or behaviors is hard, the Subconscious is like a mixture between a too zealous majordomo and a Rottweiler dog, they both work for our own benefit and to protect us from dangers (perceived or real), if we don’t understand this they are ready to decide for themselves what is better for us. Clearly sometimes our Subconscious Mind doesn’t work as it should, otherwise we would almost never get problems.
A trained Hypnotherapist is able to talk with the Subconscious mind so that it understand what we want from it and why it is for our benefit to change. The same approach works if we want to improve something in our body like self healing. Sometimes even the powerful Subconscious takes the wrong decision, think of allergies for example, so we, the Conscious Mind, must bring back the power in our hands and direct the Subconscious to the right direction. You can find more on this topic on my article about the Conscious and Subconscious Mind.
Once you can effectively communicate with the Subconscious Mind you can make many almost miraculous changes to your life like changing habits, banishing fears, improving your self healing abilities or your memory, enhancing sport performances, etcetera.
Really, once our mind gets able to work as a cooperating whole there isn’t really much we can’t improve.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Hypnosis
Ten Hypnosis Myths Revealed
There are many myths about Hypnosis, these are the ten most common and my take on them.
1) A Hypnotist might turn you into a chicken.
A Hypnotherapist won’t ever do it even if asked to. We are not on a show, we are professionals aiming at helping people. A stage Hypnotist can do it because it’s a show but this requires willing subjects or very suggestible persons found using pre-hypnotism exercises. There are legends about thieves using Hypnosis to steal in stores but reality is that they are much more using illusions and mind tricks to short-circuit staff while in seconds they take what they want. They get you to watch one hand while the other steals, so to say. Think about what Illusionists do on a show.
2) You must be weak minded if you can be hypnotized.
There are subjects easier to hypnotize and others who are more difficult. Like in every other field reactions are different. Also there are various techniques of Hypnosis and while some work better than others clients’ reaction are varied too. The most important thing in my opinion is that given that the Conscious Mind is always on duty saying nonsense randomly works as our mind kicks in and says “What is he blathering?” People suffering from Anorexia are so strong minded that they self hypnotize themselves so that even if skinny they always see themselves as fat.
The strength of your mind has nothing to do with being hypnotized, it has much more with your ability to relax since Hypnosis is a state of relaxed attention.
3) You are asleep when in a hypnotic trance.
Old time stuff and old time movies. The level of trance has very little to do with the effectiveness of the Hypnosis session. Self Suggestions, also called Positive Affirmations, like Emile Couè used them are extremely effective yet you are in a state slightly lower than normal consciousness.
4) Hypnotherapists swing a watch in order to hypnotize a subject.
I do prefer a metronome honestly especially when doing Self Hypnosis. Hypnotherapist use their voice to put clients into a trance state but you could as well use sounds or visual images. Have you ever been bored to death at school by a teacher who was talking in a very monotone voice? Have you ever experienced Highway Hypnosis when you get from one place to another without even realizing it? What about Book Hypnosis when you are so absorbed by pages that someone has to touch you to wake you up? These are all examples of trance states and they all work, some for everyone and some not but everyone can find his or her best way to go into a trance. Clearly having just to close your eyes the voice of the Hypnotherapist comes first as there are no efforts on your part.
5) People sometimes become ‘stuck’ in Hypnosis.
No, unless either they don’t want to or they are so relaxed that it would sound really unpleasurable to go back to normal awareness. You can’t get stuck in sleeping right? It works just the same.
6) You will become stuck in Hypnosis if something happens to the Hypnotherapist.
Same as above. During Self Hypnosis no one wakes you up and during a normal session you just have to open your eyes to be back at full awareness. Responses from very suggestible subjects may vary but if your mind catches a danger you get back into the here and now immediately just like when the Hypnotherapist says something you get as wrong.
7) Hypnosis is dangerous in the event of a fire or another disaster.
As I said above if something wrong happens you can open your eyes and be fully aware in seconds.
Have you ever daydreamed? Being in a trance state it’s pretty similar so as deeply relaxed as you can be you’re still aware of what’s going on around you. As an example it’s not that you don’t hear those construction workers down the road, it’s that they don’t interfere with your hypnotic session; you hear them but it’s not that important. But a fire would.
8) You are not hypnotized if you can hear the Hypnotherapist.
If you can’t hear the Hypnotherapist how can you go into Hypnosis? How can you follow instructions? And Positive Affirmations or Post-Hypnotic Suggestions? Unless you’re really sleeping, and even in this case you hear the voice of the therapist, you will always hear him, or her. Not only because it’s always said so at the beginning of the session like “Whatever happens during this session you will always hear my voice” but since your Conscious Mind is listening too how could you not hear the Hypnotherapist voice? No relation between being in a trance and hearing or not the therapist’s voice.
9) You can be made to reveal your deepest secrets when in a hypnotic trance.
Being your mind aware and awake during Hypnosis this is not possible. Your mind can be influenced during Hypnotherapy, that’s the goal of it, but you can’t be forced to say something you don’t want to say. Very suggestible persons might, and I say might, be a kind of an exception but it’s their inner desire to talk. Drugs could be used but no Hypnotherapist uses Penthotal. So, in a normal Hypnosis session you will say what you want to say; and actually usually you don’t have to say a word, just listen.
10) Hypnotherapists have special powers.
A Hypnotherapist is simply a person who has studied how to use better the Mind Powers everyone possesses and aims at helping people in their Personal Development efforts. I usually say that he’s a gardener of the Mind, and Body, who helps people substituting weeds with flowers and fruits. There are no special powers involved but clearly personal inclination has to be taken into account. Just as not everyone is born to be a plumber not everyone is born to be a Hypnotherapist. Hypnosis needs attitude, study and knowledge, no special powers are involved. Think about being a Psychologist, a Counselor or other similar professions.
Stage Hypnotists are somehow different but their abilities have been learnt and developed with practice and experience. Many Stage Hypnotists are very good Hypnotherapists but the word therapy is the line between the two.
So, there is no magic or special powers involved in Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy. It is simply a group of techniques to focus the Mind Powers to achieve the desired result connecting the Conscious with the Subconscious Mind. It transforms a common lamp into a laser beam so that almost everything in your mind or your body can be improved. Within reason of course.
You should try Hypnosis at least once to see if it’s the right tool for you. Keep in mind also that different Hypnotherapists can give different results and if Hypnosis doesn’t or didn’t work for you it might simply due to the techniques used or the therapist’s own style. You will surely prefer going to one doctor instead of another, for Hypnotherapists it’s the same thing. If Hypnosis doesn’t work try another therapist.
Hypnosis vs Self Hypnosis
The Benefits of Hypnosis
Hypnosis can be used to improve almost every field of life and this is why it is one of the best tool for Personal Development. You want to change something, you have one or more focused hypnotic sessions and those wanted changes begin to happen. Two fields where Hypnosis has almost immediate results, meaning that you can see benefits usually after just one session, are Self Confidence and Sleeping better.
Many people suffer from low levels of confidence and self esteem. This is very common as not everyone is born sure about himself and his capabilities. But Self Confidence is the fundamental ability to achieve something in life as if you don’t trust yourself who will? And if you’re not enough confident you will be at the mercy of others.
Hypnotherapy helps clients to recognize what they’re good at, what they’ve done well and what are their strong points so that being more confident in yourself is just a consequence.
Hypnosis resembles sleep so there is obviously a link between the two. At the early stages of sleep the brain “produces” Alpha Waves, a relaxed state of mind but you’re not really sleeping; Hypnosis works the same and actually when you’re into a hypnotic trance your brain is on Alpha Waves. Using this special link like a suggestion that “when you go to your bed and close your eyes you’ll feel very relaxed and ready to sleep” works like magic.
Is Hypnosis Valid as a Therapy?
There are a some conflicting opinions on the validity of Hypnosis as a a therapy. Sometimes is due simply to business: if something works then someone will try to have a monopoly on it and if he can’t he will try to have it seen as a scam at best. This is unfortunately true for many Alternative Therapies as they can pose a threat to the business of medicine and science. But we must also admit that many times with the excuse of being an Alternative Treatment really some crazy things are sold as therapies.
(As an example here in Italy Homeopathy is seen as a kind of fake with Remedies having in it only water and at best infinitesimal traces of other substances. Yet given that Homeopathy works and a lot of people use it only Pharmacists can sell Remedies and only Doctors can prescribe their use. It doesn’t work, it’s just water but given that people use it it’s monopolized by Health Establishment.)
I will always remember a Hypnotist on tv making strange sounds, subvocalizations and screams which should have been able to put a female subject into a trance, and being a show she obviously did. Simply weird, but some people would do everything to go on tv.
My personal opinion is that Hypnotherapy should be as open as it is now and not become another monopolized treatment. To be a good Hypnotherapist no degree should be needed because in reality Hypnosis is a very simple process, why should we make it complicated? For business? Please no.
But I also strongly believe that to dig into people’s mind someone has to have a degree in Psychology or similar disciplines. If a Hypnotherapist works “from now on” a serious course and practice is enough, if he or she works “from now back” a relevant degree is needed. People’s mind is not for amateurs, even professionals have difficulties and sometimes cause more problems than they solve, imagine what can happen if someone is a kind of newbie and plays with the client’s mind.
The health and safety of the client come always at the first place so better recognize our own limits.
Hypnosis works by making the Subconscious Mind open to suggestions that the Conscious Mind knows are good, needed and useful to achieve better health or any Personal Development goal. There is enough to do looking and working “from now on” so without those needed studies better keep the Ego down and let others to dig into the clients’ mind. Alternatively a Hypnotherapist can get a degree in Psychology so that he can work in both fields. This is my own opinion.
Note: if Hypnosis wouldn’t be effective Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists wouldn’t use it, if they do it’s because it works. Sometimes they don’t because they’re seen unfavourably by colleagues or drug companies. At the end if you can go to the Dentist and use Hypnosis to avoid feeling pain there is no need for using an anesthetic right?
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