WHAT IS HYPNOSIS? HOW DOES IT WORK? WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
IS IT LIKE GETTING LOST in a GOOD BOOK or IS IT….
People displaying strange behaviours, clucking like chickens? Biting into onions as if they
were eating apples?
Is it mind control?
Ermm..not really.( well only one of the above)… Notions and perceptions of hypnosis are often preconceived and coloured by what we see on t.v. films, and stage shows most of which are unrepresentative and quite misleading.
In reality , hypnosis is a powerful tool for delivering therapy and bringing about positive and permanent change in people’s lives.
“Hypnosis is perhaps one of the most misunderstood methods of psychological treatment. The myths and misconceptions that surround hypnotherapy mostly stem from people’s ideas from stage hypnotism. The truth is that stage hypnotism has as much in common with clinical hypnosis as many Hollywood films have with real life.The fact is that clinical hypnosis is a genuine psychological phenomenon that has a valid use in clinical practice”
Clifford N Lazurus, Phd, Psychology Today
HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK and WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS INVOLVE?
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy seek to access the unconscious mind. The conscious mind is our active waking mind and has the function of having us act and respond with awareness, intention and purpose. The unconscious mind is associated with dreams and reflection and controls automatic activities and actions such as breathing, blinking, blushing and controls our heart rate and blood pressure and other functions. It also where we store all our memories, fears, beliefs and values and is the place where all learning takes place.
Scientists think that hypnosis partially subdues the conscious mind and in a deep state of relaxation and trance, the unconscious mind can be accessed allowing for the subject’s desired change in negative habits and attitudes
Hypnosis involves the subject voluntarily entering into a trance state guided by the hypnotherapist. The trance state is characterised by relaxation, heightened suggestibility and heightened imagination but with the client’s sense of safety and morality maintained.This trance state is an altered or parallel state of mind , where the subject has a narrow focus but is also aware of their surroundings. Trance is a very natural state and we all experience it at some point during our day. For instance, have you ever driven to a destination and not remembered anything about the journey? Or lost yourself in a good book becoming less aware of the world round about ? These are trance states. As you read, you may
(depending on the skills of the author) begin to experience changing emotions; fear, happiness, suspense and even tears. This interaction with words and information being relayed to the brain can alter your state of mind and that in itself becomes an hypnotic process.
With carefully chosen language to address the client’s issue(s) and a soothing tone, previously agreed positive suggestions or through the use of metaphor to break down barriers, hypnosis employs a similar approach to achieve a desired change in a subject’s mood, ideas and ultimately how they live their life.
An hypnosis session can typically last between an hour to two hours and will involve a period of talking therapy prior to a period of trance.
Hypnosis can help you become the author and hero of your own life book or what Muhammed Ali called you “future history”. Or perhaps the director of your own movie where you cast and act out your desired role.