What Is Hypnotherapy and How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. The term may also refer to an art, skill, or act of inducing hypnosis. The term “hypnosis” comes from the ancient Greek word ὕπνος (hupnos) “sleep” and the Greek word ἡπίωσις (hypoiosis) “condition”.

Powers Of Mental Control

Hypnosis is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It is often associated with powers of mental control. In this sense, it could be thought as a temporary altered state of consciousness induced by either hypnosis, meditation, prayer, or music. During hypnosis, most people are not aware of what is happening around them; they are generally absorbed in the experience of the suggested state. Someone who is not hypnotized usually brings back memories of common events that took place during hypnosis. This is one way to tell if someone has been under hypnosis, though it is not foolproof. People under hypnosis do not always act in accordance with the hypnotist’s suggestions.

Responsive to Suggestion Under Hypnosis

Although some people are highly responsive to suggestion during hypnosis, most people can be hypnotized to a lesser degree and become more responsive to suggestion under hypnosis. This suggests that it takes only a fraction of a second for a suggestion to be acted upon, although the length of time it takes for a person to reach a deep state of hypnosis varies. Hypnotic phenomena can vary from person to person, and from one context to another. There is no single “standard” hypnotic experience; therefore, reactions will always be extremely individual. Hypnosis is considered to be a powerful tool for producing rapid changes in psychological state. Hypnosis has also been used as an adjunct therapeutic method, including the treatment of severe phobias.

What Is Hypnotherapy and How Does Hypnosis Work?

What Is Hypnotherapy and How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnotherapy is Often Confused with Hypnosis

however, they are not exactly the same thing. While under hypnosis, it is common to become more easily influenced by hypnotists, which is what occurs during hypnotherapy. This can be done with or without a professional hypnotist. Someone who is not under the influence of hypnotherapy will normally remember everything that happened while in a trance state. Hypnosis has also been used to help improve memory function and it continues to be studied as a potential treatment for dementia.

Hypnotherapy is credited with helping to improve stress and pain management, insomnia, psychosomatic disorders, mental disorders including psychoses and neuroses, habit disorder and addictions such as alcoholism and smoking. It has also been used to treat anxiety and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder (formerly known as “manic depression”).

Suggestions Given to a Person

Hypnotic suggestions given to a person when they are in an altered state can produce positive changes in behavior and physiological functions. Some examples of this include: the ability to overcome phobias, enhanced motivation, improved concentration, better athletic performance, reduced stress, inhibition-reducing effects, improved memory and increased creativity.

The American Psychological Association states that a person under hypnosis usually experiences a heightened sense of concentration and focus. The imagination can be particularly vivid for people in this state. For those who practice self-hypnosis, suggestions may include: feeling relaxed, seeing images from the subconscious or unconscious mind, increased heart rate or breathing, experiencing pleasure from pleasing

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