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How can hypnotism help people?

How can hypnotism help people?

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How can hypnotism help people?

For a lot of people just being able to go in to relax in a hypnotic meditative state would be a great benefit. But from a hypnotherapy point of view, that is simply the beginning. So once they are in this relaxed state there are a couple of things that we can do for them that fit broadly into two categories. There is suggestion and imagery. Now suggestion for someone who for example was feeling very anxious or not very confident in themselves would be that you feel calm, relaxed, confident, and comfortable. Now if I just said that to that person as they walked through the door, they might think "Well, actually that is not how I am feeling." But at a certain point in your relaxation process is what is known as the critical faculty of your conscious mind. The part of you that judges everything that has been said to you relaxes a bit. So suggestions are absorbed more easily than they otherwise would be. It works in a very similar way to advertising. If you imagine someone coming home from work, they relax. Their shields go down. They put the television on. Exposed to all of this state-of-the-art audio technology advertising and before you know it only that particular brand of corn flakes is good enough or whatever product it is. We know that works because that is why companies spend so much money on that type of thing. The difference here is that the suggestions are designed specifically to help you to achieve goals that you want to achieve. Now, the same applies with imagery. Imagery can be quite abstract. It can be dream like. It might not be directly connected to what you think we are working on but be connected in a kind of subtle way. It could be in the form of a metaphor or story. Storytelling is probably the most ancient form of teaching and healing and helping people to shift their perceptions. So sometimes I will use that kind of format. But it will also be very down to earth. I will ask people to imagine themselves in situations where perhaps in the past they haven't felt confident or relaxed. But this time they are feeling relaxed. They are feeling confident. Everything is going exactly the way they want it to. Now the reason that kind of imagery is effective is because our subconsious minds do not differentiate between real and imagined experiences. This is why dreams feel like real experiences, because they are real. They are not physical but they still feel real. So if you can imagine something well enough by the time it comes to being in that situation physically it is not a problem, because you've already done it. You have already broken the pattern. Now it works the other way around as well. So if you are thinking, for example, "Oh my god I have got to do that speech in a couple weeks time" and you start imagining it going really badly and you are hot and sweaty, and you are stumbling over your words before you even get to deliver the speech you are already anxious and it becomes almost like a self fullfilling prophecy. Hypnotherapy can be a very simple process and if you are thinking about something in a way that makes you feel bad then the answer is don't think about it like that. Then it is not a problem anymore, which is obviously very easy for a therapist to say but not neccessarily easy to do. If someone has gotten themselves stuck in some kind of pattern or mode of behavior, that might have gone on for years. But there does have to come a point in time where they say, "I have had enough of this" and they start to turn it around. The whole point of hypnotherapy is to create the framework, the space, which speeds that up and allows the person to make those changes very rapidly and very easily. That is the idea of it.


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