Hypnosis is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination.
Hypnosis is a mental state (according to “state theory”) or imaginative role-enactment (according to “non-state theory”). It is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions.
Hypnotic suggestions may be delivered by a hypnotist in the presence of the subject, or may be self-administered (“self-suggestion” or “autosuggestion”).
The use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy“, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis” and has nothing to do with clinical hypnosis or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Dr. Oz in his recent show recommended hypnosis for weight loss. See fragment of the show here.
The words hypnosis and hypnotism both derive from the term neuro-hypnotism (nervous sleep) coined by the Scottish surgeon James Braid around 1841. Braid based his practice on that developed by Franz Mesmer and his followers (“Mesmerism” or “animal magnetism”), but differed in his theory as to how the procedure worked.
Contrary to a popular misconception – that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep—contemporary research suggests that hypnotic subjects are fully awake and are focusing attention, with a corresponding decrease in their peripheral awareness.
Subjects also show an increased response to suggestions. In the first book on the subject, Neurypnology (1843), Braid described “hypnotism” as a state of physical relaxation accompanied and induced by mental concentration (“abstraction”).
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labor and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and to help with bulimia. Children are generally easy to hypnotize and can be helped with nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behavior and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well, and even tinnitus and clicky jaws (tempero-mandibular joint dysfunction) can be treated by these techniques.
Alcohol – Drugs – Cannabis – Gambling – Shopping – Sexual – Nail Biting – Lying – Smoking
Anxiety – Stress – Phobias – Weight Control – Blushing – Low self confidence – Low self esteem – Anger Management – Worrying
Panic Attacks – Nail Biting – Assertiveness – Motivation – Anger Management – Overcoming Anger & Frustration -Bereavement – Moving on from a relationship ending
Exercise / Diet & Health
Weight loss – Bulimia – Eating Slowly – Emotional Eating – Healthy Eating – Motivation to exercise
Now also offering gastric band hypnotherapy
Phobias and Fears
Agoraphobia – Claustrophobia – Being Alone – Animals – Birds – Commitment – Crowds – The Dark – Death -Dentists
Failure – Flying – Intimacy – Heights – Injections – Needles – Rejection – Sickness – Spiders – Success – Thunder
· Travel – Vomiting – Wasps
Pregnancy, Birth & Fertility
Pregnancy& Birth – Baby Bonding – Childbirth – Coping with Abortion – Infertility – Morning Sickness
Post Natal Depression – Preparing for IVF
Erectile Dysfunction – Intimacy – Increased Libido – Jealousy – Possessiveness – Premature Ejaculation
Rebuilding Trust – Relationships – Sexuality
Assertiveness – Emotional Baggage – Emotional Calm – Happiness – Motivation – Patience – Reinvent Yourself
Accepting yourself – Peak performance – Perfectionism – Personal pride
As an author of this post I’d like to show you a simple example of hypnosis.
First read the instruction:
1. Concentrate your mind on this picture and think about Jesus Christ for 10-15 seconds. It does not matter if you are Catholic, Jewish or Muslim. It will work anyway.
2. Stare at the four black dots in the center of the image for 30 – 60 seconds.
3. Quickly close your eyes and look at something bright (lamp, white wall or a window with sunlight coming through it).
You should see a white circle with an image inside it. You will see Jesus Christ.
Now, look at this picture below: