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How Does Hypnosis Work And Where It Can Help You
You have heard of Hypnosis before, but you wonder how hypnosis works and how it can help you?
Hypnosis has a surprisingly robust scientific framework and is used to cure a lot of psychological or physical health problems. However there are still many misperceptions and myths about hypnosis out there. These misperceptions have been shaped through years of inaccurate but fascinating depiction of hypnosis in books, plays, and movies. When thinking about hypnosis, many people imagine for example a clock-swinging magician or a comedy act that forces a clueless volunteer with an authoritative commanding voice and piercing eyes to make embarrassing public admissions on stage.
Therefore, we want to summarize briefly for you what hypnosis is, how hypnosis works, and how hypnosis can help.
What Hypnosis Is
Hypnosis, also called hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion or hypnotic affirmation, is a state of deep relaxation and focused concentration. It’s a type of mind-body medicine. In a state of hypnosis, a person has focused attention, and has increased suggestibility.
“The hypnotized individual appears to heed only the communications of the hypnotist and typically responds in an uncritical, automatic fashion while ignoring all aspects of the environment other than those pointed out by the hypnotist. In a hypnotic state an individual tends to see, feel, smell, and otherwise perceive in accordance with the hypnotist’s suggestions, even though these suggestions may be in apparent contradiction to the actual stimuli present in the environment. The effects of hypnosis are not limited to sensory change; even the subject’s memory and awareness of self may be altered by suggestion, and the effects of the suggestions may be extended (post-hypnotically) into the subject’s subsequent waking activity.” [Encyclopædia Britannica].
And the American Psychological Association Division of Psychological Hypnosis provides a more detailed definition for:
- Hypnosis: A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.
- Hypnotic Induction: A procedure designed to induce hypnosis.
- Hypnotizability: An individual’s ability to experience suggested alterations in physiology, sensations, emotions, thoughts or behavior during hypnosis.
- Hypnotherapy: The use of hypnosis in the treatment of a medical or psychological disorder or concern.
How Hypnosis works
How hypnosis works isn’t completely understood. However, it’s commonly believed that in hypnosis state, you’re your conscious mind is quieted. You’re able to tap into the part of your brain where your thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, sensations, emotions, memory and behaviors originate – and you’re more open to gentle guidance from your hypnotherapist to help you modify or replace the unconscious thoughts that are driving your current behavior.
Like meditation practice, many people are capable of doing hypnosis on their own. With the help of provided recording, a person can be guided into a hypnotized state, after which they’re given suggestions or statements that lead them toward a goal the person selects before the session.
Process of Hypnosis
With some flexibility, there are basically four stages of hypnosis that are applied during one hypnosis treatment session: Induction, Deepener, Suggestions and Emergence.
Hypnosis usually begins with an induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions. You begin to relax, focus your attention and ignore distractions. The second stage is the deepener stage and continues the first stage, taking your relaxation and focus to a deeper level and aiming at easing your openness to suggestions.
The suggestions stage is the third stage and the stage for actual change in experience, behavior or perception. Your hypnotherapist will use imagery and carefully chosen language. The suggestions are usually symptom focused or exploratory. Suggested changes may be in perception, sensation, emotion, memory, thought or behavior. And the last stage is the the emergence, during which you come out of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy may take many sessions. There’s no typical length. Treatment varies depending on what and how severe the issue is.
Who benefits from Hypnosis
The person most likely to benefit is the person who’s highly motivated to overcome an issue. Like any other treatment, hypnosis may be helpful for certain conditions or in certain people, but it can also be unhelpful.
Please not that not anyone can be hypnotized as each person differs in their ability to be hypnotized. A person’s fears or concerns about hypnosis may interfere with their ability to be hypnotized.
Where Hypnosis Can Help
Hypnosis is usually used along with other therapies and treatments, as part of a complete total treatment plan. The decision to use hypnotherapy in a clinical setting as a sole treatment or as an add-on treatment in psychotherapy or traditional medicine is made in consultation with a qualified professional who’s trained in the use and limitations of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy according to the Cleveland Clinic may help treat any number of medical conditions in which psychological factors influence physical symptoms.
Common mental health uses include:
- Stress and anxiety, especially before medical or dental procedures; panic attacks; and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
- Phobias, Anger Management
- Behavior control issues, including losing weight, giving up smoking and enuresis (bedwetting)
Common medical uses include: Insomnia, Asthma, hot flashes during menopause, gastrointestinal disorders (including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)), Pain control, including after surgery, childbirth, cancer, fibromyalgia, burns and headaches (migraine and tension), skin conditions, including warts and psoriasis, side effects of cancer chemotherapy or radiation treatment, including nausea and vomiting.
Hypnosis continues to be explored for use in these and many other medical conditions.
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