Archive | May, 2016


28 May

I want to give  my view of Hypnosis and even if you know what it is my view of it may be different. As  in Psychology and other disciplines my thinking is probably going to be different from what most people are accustomed . A simple definition of Hypnosis is that it is the bypass of the critical factor and the establishment of  selective thinking.

One word that is not in this definition is relaxation and relaxation is not Hypnosis or a necessary part of it. Hypnosis does not even require a formal induction. People go into a state of Hypnosis naturally. Examples of this are what is known as Highway hypnosis where a person is driving down the Highway and is so focused on their driving that they miss the turn off and also coughing in Church. When one person coughs it seems to suggest to others to do the same.

There are some myths and misconceptions about Hypnosis and I will not discuss all of them. One of them is the idea that a person may not wake up but, a person in hypnosis is not asleep in the first place. sometimes people may  fall asleep during a progressive relaxation induction but, that is not Hypnosis. it is a natural sleep and they will awaken normally. Another idea is that people are not aware of their environment but they are fully aware of the sounds around them and their environment. The most disturbing myth  most people have is the fear that they can be forced  to do something against their will. In the classic authoritarian form of Hypnosis this is completely false. In the covert form of Hypnosis there is some debate on the matter. When I write about Hypnosis here it is the traditional Authoritarian kind and not the covert type.

I believe that the depth of the Hypnotic state is important. There is a school of thought that says a light state of hypnosis is all right but, the problem is the suggestions will wear off after a short while. If you have sufficient depth in Hypnosis the suggestions are permanent and they do not have to be continually reinforced.

I do not like the progressive relaxation induction and It is the most common form you will encounter. Probably nine out of ten hypnotists will use this induction. It does not take a client to a sufficient depth and some people cannot relax. It is also easy to lose people in this process if  they cannot keep up. You  may not know if the client is actually into a state of Hypnosis. if it is late in the day or early there is the possibility of the client falling asleep which is unacceptable. So why do so many hypnotists use that induction? It may be the only one they were taught or it could be that they are afraid to use another induction because the progressive relaxation induction is a no challenge induction.

Regression is not used when it should be and maybe it is because the Hypnotist is afraid of it or has not been trained in it. There are certain instances when it has to be used for example in some weight control issues. If a hypnotist does direct suggestion with some issues the subject will resume their old behavior after a while because the issue causing it has not been resolved. it takes sufficient depth to do a regression and if a client is scared or tries to hard to go into a regression it can prevent it from happening. Hypnosis is regressive by its nature and some people may go into a spontaneous regression. I think some Hypnotists may fear a client going into an abreaction. If a person goes into an abreaction it is a negative emotional response and the Hypnotist can say to the subject. the scene fades as you tend to your breathing. A regression is the actual re-experiencing of past events. Sometimes a person may simply have a recall of past events but not re-experience the event.

Hypnosis is a tool that makes change easier by enlisting the aid of the subconscious mind. The critical factor is lazy and does not want to do the work to change. Hypnosis bypasses the critical factor to implant acceptable suggestions. Hypnosis is used to make many positive changes and reach personal goals.