Hypnosis is a natural and altered state of consciousness in which a heightened state of awareness and responsiveness is experienced. A good example of a light state of hypnosis is when you’re driving in your vehicle to a particular destination and your mind is drifting from one thought to another. Then, all of a sudden, you’ve arrived at your destination and don’t remember all of the details in getting there!
Part of your mind was doing one thing and another part of your mind was doing something else. What has happened in this case scenario is your conscious mind might have been distracted from driving with thought about a project at work. In doing so, your subconscious mind went into a heightened state of awareness allowing you to drive easily and effortlessly. You didn’t have to concentrate while your conscious mind was doing one thing and your subconscious mind another.
Eighty-percent (80%) of what a person does everyday is subconscious. This means there are things we think or do automatically without giving a “thought” to it. Some of these thoughts and actions are positive while others may be negative. In hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist can help a client reprogram these negative thoughts so they don’t lead to negative feelings and actions. Through hypnosis, these thoughts are replaced with positive thoughts. Positive thoughts lead to positive feeling and actions.
How well does hypnosis work?
- Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
- Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
Comparison Study – American Health Magazine (Psychotherapy Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 1, Alfred A Barrios. Ph.D.)
Is hypnotherapy effective for depression?
While cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) provided significant reduction in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness compared to baseline scores, the addition of cognitive hypnotherapy (CH) increased these scores by up to 8%
“International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Volume 55, Number 2, April 2007, pp. 147-166(20) “
Hypnosis can help you:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Alleviate anxiety
- Overcome fear and phobias
- Increase confidence and self esteem
- Create a healthy way of eating for life
- Improve symptoms related to chronic illness and disease with Holistic Nutrition
- Determine and pursue your life purpose
- Improve self image
- Improve sleep
- Improve athletic performance
- Overcome fear and phobias
- Eliminate test anxiety
- Improve job performance
- Develop better business skills
- Improve relationships
- Get from where you are now in your life to where you want to be
- …much more
The beginnings of hypnosis
- Western scientists first became involved in hypnosis around 1770, when Franz Mesmer (1734–1815), a physician from Austria, started investigating an effect he called “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism” (the latter name still remaining popular today).
- In 1958, the American Medical Association approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis. It encouraged research on hypnosis although pointing out that some aspects of hypnosis are unknown and controversial. However, in June 1987, the AMA’s policy-making body rescinded all AMA policies from 1881–1958.
- History Of Hypnosis (Wikipedia)