What is hypnosis?
The Mayo Clinic defines hypnosis as being an altered state of consciousness. The person is able to focus their attention in a more direct way while under hypnosis. There are many changes that occur while a person is in a trance-like state.
People are more open to suggestion, which often helps people make changes in their thought process and in their actions. While in a hypnotic state, people tend to be less critical and more believing. The Mayo Clinic believes that the purpose of hypnosis is a therapeutic technique to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, actions, emotions, or physical well-being.
Hypnosis helps people improve in the following areas:
- Overcoming Addictions
- Leadership Skills
- Public speaking
- Emotional healing
- Grief & Loss
- Release of suppressed feelings
- Creation of healthy boundaries
- Major life transition solutions
- Relationship with money
- Sports performance
- Pain management
- Implementation of organizational skills
- And still more…
Interesting Facts about Hypnosis
- Hypnosis is NOT sleep, but a natural state of mind.
- The earliest examples of hypnosis are found in tribal ceremonies of early humans.
- One of the earliest recorded descriptions of hypnosis was found in an Egyptian tomb written on papyrus dating back to 1500 BC.
- In 1892 the British Medical Association (BMA) formally recognized that hypnosis had applications in modern medicine. It was not until 1958 that the American Medical Association followed suit, and approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis.
- Hypnosis was used in World War I and II to treat soldiers with combat neuroses. It was also used to replace anesthetics when supplies were low.
The 3 Main Myths about Hypnosis:
- “The hypnotized is being controlled”
It’s difficult to get people to do things under hypnosis that they wouldn’t normally do. While hypnotized, people are still in touch with their morals and normal standards of behavior.
- “A hypnotist cured me in 1 session!”
Almost no one is cured in one session. Hypnotherapists usually insist that patients commit to 5 sessions, or sometimes 20. This isn’t profiteering, permanent change takes time. Like taking antibiotics, or doing physical therapy, continuous, regular work is required for healing to take place.
- “I’ve never been hypnotized!”
There are many examples of mild hypnosis that you go through every day. One is when you drive a long distance and start to feel dissociated from your body and the car. Your subconscious is taking care of all the mechanical aspects of driving while you conscious mind is free to float around.