Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. It is a highly focused state of attention in which one is able to access a wealth of unconscious resources for self-growth and change. Hypnosis is a state of mind characterized by an extreme concentration of attention and is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. Finally, hypnosis is a state of mind characterized by relaxed brain waves and a state of hyper-suggestibility.
When you experience the wonderful sensation of being gently directed how to use your mind and to create an incredible state of internal calm, you will learn just what hypnosis is, and why you can do it.
In clinical situations, some people exit from the hypnotic experience astonished to have felt a state of mind so vastly different from their normal waking state, where others talk as if nothing unusual had happened. In the former case, the vivid impact of the experience will serve to facilitate further hypnotic work through the subject's conviction that some tangible phenomenon has indeed taken place.
During the deeper stages of hypnotic experience, participants may be asked to talk about or to notice how they feel. A slowing of the breathing rate can be observed in individuals within the deeper dimensions of the hypnotic experience. Descriptions of the subjective experience of the hypnotic trance often include alterations in the perception of time flow and sensations of relative removal from the ties connecting the individual to reality.
The meditative trance is similar in quality to the self-hypnotic experience. The experience of how the body feels during the normal waking state is often changed during hypnosis. For example, a chronically depressed patient at age 54 could not recall any instance during his life when he experienced such feelings of happiness. The ability to experience feelings of joy and freedom become progressively easier, and gradually start to integrate into your everyday life, coloring your existence with more joyfulness.
Hypnotists use rhythmic words or stories called a hypnotic induction, to focus your attention and concentration so you will go into that natural, normal hypnotic state.
Crazy news stories, stage hypnotists and gossip have led many people to believe that when you are in hypnosis, you are under someone else's control. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis.
We know that hypnotic subjects are not turned into zombies and are not controlled by their hypnotists. The subjects of clinical hypnotists are usually people with problems who have heard that hypnotherapy works for relieving pain or overcoming an addiction or a fear, etc.
The hypnotherapist may communicate with one part of the subject's self, then with another, but there remains an interpersonal bridge, regardless of the clinical approach of the hypnotist, which may be very permissive, choice-giving, and open-ended in the manner that suggestions are presented. In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.
Hypnosis is a process involving a hypnotist and a subject who agrees to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is merely a state of relaxation and heightened mental alertness that helps people easily achieve their amazing goals. Many of the misconceptions people have about what hypnosis is or what happens during hypnosis are result of it being portrayed unfairly by Hollywood and television.
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