What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, psychological state experienced as trance. Hypnosis can be induced through the interaction of one individual speaking to another, or an entire group as in group hypnosis; and we can learn to self-induce as in (self-hypnosis). Hypnosis and it’s myriad of uses is rapidly emerging as a highly effective science in solving problems. It’s a valuable adjunct to standard medical care, psychotherapy and psychiatry when referred by a licensed practitioner. Yet it is probably the lowest risk procedure available from the standpoint of contraindications. Among other things, hypnosis is a valuable tool in stress management. It can help develop emotional strength, and can be a powerful aid in behavior modification. With hypnotic suggestions designed to help you formulate specific internal processes (feelings, memories, images and internal self-talk) that will lead to worthwhile outcomes you mutually agree upon prior to induction.
Yet few procedures are less understood, or more plagued by misconceptions and misunderstandings. Hypnosis has long been associated with the strange and mysterious. But hypnosis isn’t the least bit mysterious or supernatural. The truth is.. you have been in a hypnotic state many thousands of times while driving, reading, watching television, listening to a speaker or to music and while daydreaming. You didn’t notice it because it seemed such a natural state of mind. And hypnosis is a natural state of mind for all human beings. Many people have the mistaken notion that hypnosis is strictly a form of entertainment or magic.
What can hypnosis help with? Hypnosis helps change attitudes, which is the key to changing behavior. With hypnosis, a person is empowered, and made independent enough to solve his/her own problems. With hypnosis a person can change behaviors that would otherwise seem difficult, if not impossible, to change. Hypnosis can also improve your essential experience of life, in all its circumstances. Only within the past 40 years have scientists become equipped with instruments, techniques and methods for accurately separating the facts of hypnosis from exaggerated claims.
The study of hypnotic phenomena is now properly held within the domain of normal cognitive science, with papers on hypnosis published in many major scientific and medical journals. Newest clinical research findings reveal, however, that hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion, when used properly, can powerfully alter cognitive processes as diverse as memory and pain perception.
Hypnosis is not talk therapy, and does not include advising, diagnosing or prescribing. That would be the domain of other professionals, usually licensed to counsel. The primary aim of hypnosis itself is self-healing, and self change. The hypnotist’s job is to assist the subject to achieve those natural states of mind where healing and change best happen. Used correctly, hypnosis is especially useful for tapping into that awesome power of the human mind. If you can think it, and believe it, hypnosis can help make it so.