About Hypnosis




Hypnosis can help you reach your goals. It is the original mind/body medicine, used as far back as Egyptian times. Lost for many years hypnosis is again becoming reconized by physicians and hospitals as a powers healing tool of the unconscious mind.

Despite increasing recognition by the medical establishment, popular myths about hypnosis persist, such as the belief that it is a truth serum, that it causes subjects to lose all free will, and that hypnotists can erase their clients' memories of their sessions. In truth, hypnosis is something most of us have experienced in our everyday lives. If you've ever been totally engrossed in a book or movie and lost all track of time or didn't hear someone calling your name, you were experiencing a state similar to a hypnotic one.

The hypnotized person is not sleeping or unconscious—quite the contrary. Hypnosis (most often induced by a hypnotherapist's verbal guidance, not a swinging pocket watch) creates a hyper-attentive and hyper-responsive mental state, in which the subject's subconscious mind is highly open to suggestion. This doesn't mean you become a submissive robot when hypnotized, Studies have shown that good hypnotic subjects are active problem solvers. While it's true that the subconscious mind is more open to suggestion during hypnosis, that doesn't mean that the subject's free will or moral judgment is turned off.

Are some people more easily hypnotized than others? Yes, although the reason is not clearly understood. "Hypnotic responsiveness doesn't seem to correlate in expected ways with personality traits, such as gullibility, imagery ability or submissiveness. One link found is that people who become very engrossed in day-to-day activities—reading or music, for example—may be more easily hypnotized. So if you have ever found yourself lost in a book, movie, project, or your own daydream you'd experienced a form of hypnosis already.

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What Effects Does Hypnosis Have?

The experience of hypnosis can vary dramatically from one person to another. Some hypnotized individuals report feeling a sense of detachment or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state, while others even feel that their actions seem to occur outside of their conscious volition. Other individuals may remain fully aware and able to carry out conversations while under hypnosis.

Definition of Hypnosis

by Mayo Clinic Staff

Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and consentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetion and mental images. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel clam and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undersired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion suring hypnosis, you don't lose control over your behavior.