There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about hypnosis. Whether because of Hollywood or from stage shows and YouTube, it is easy to get confused as to what hypnosis is, and what it can achieve.
Hypnosis is simply a state of hyper focus and increased suggestibility. It is often done in a relaxed almost sleeping state, yet can be achieved in waking state as well. Your television, driving, listening to a talented speaker or politician, engaging deeply in your work all induce trance.
Hypnotherapy is a process by which hypnosis is used to achieve change work.
A Hypnotherapist is the guide for the client to access their unconscious mind. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis as the actual work is done by the client’s unconscious mind.
Who uses hypnotherapy with their clients?
- Ministers and Clergy
- Certified Hypnotherapists – including coaches
What kinds of change can be achieved?
As you can imagine this is a varied and subjective answer. It depends on many factors:
- the confidence of the hypnotherapist,
- the trust relationship between client and hypnotherapist,
- the motivation of the client
- the personalization and vivid description of the success imagery
- the clarity of the suggestions
Changes sought include:
- Increased confidence
- Weight loss
- Smoking cessation
- Installing powerful new habits
- Reducing anxiety and rumination
- Working to manage emotions
- many more
Why is hypnosis needed to get the unconscious to make change?
All behaviour, learning and change happen in the unconscious mind. After the age of 9, we have a filter called the Critical Faculty that often gets in the way of change – especially positive change. We need to bypass this filter to access the powerful, positive potential of the unconscious mind.
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