When I hear the word ‘hypnosis’, the first thing that comes to my mind is a person oscillating a pocket watch and controlling our minds. If you thought of hypnosis as I did, then I hate to disappoint you; because science and research claim that all hypnosis is ultimately ‘self hypnosis’. Confused? Let me explain. In any hypnotherapy session, you are always in control of your own mind and are not ‘made to do’ anything. Also, contrary to popular belief, hypnosis doesn’t put you into a deep sleep; it’s actually quite the opposite! Hypnosis is all about being in an enhanced state of awareness and being self-empowered.
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So those were some myths debunked. Now let’s look at how hypnotherapy actually works. When a person is hypnotized, his/her conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. The hypnotherapist then plants the seeds (suggests) for ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations for the benefit of the patient. Since our subconscious mind is deep-seated, it is this part of the mind that needs to change for us to really alter our behavior and physical state.
For instance, a person who consciously wants to overcome his fear of spiders tries everything he consciously can to do it, but he will still fail. This is because his subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents him from succeeding. In such a scenario, success can be achieved by reprogramming the subconscious mind so that the deep-seated instincts and the ‘fear of spiders’ are completely wiped off or altered.
This means we can now get over almost anything that is unhealthy for us by way of hypnotherapy! It can help you quit smoking, lose weight, forgive someone (or yourself), achieve success in the career or any other field, overcome bed wetting, overcome any fear or frustration, stop any kind of addiction etc.
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The only criterion is that the potential patient must dispel any misconception or stereotype they carry about the therapy or the techniques used. You must also be willing to help yourself. The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotized varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However, the patient can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist.
So what are you still sulking for? Consult your general physician about taking up hypnotherapy and kick your worries goodbye!