What is Hypnosis and What Can it do For You?
While the definition of hypnosis may vary from person to person, this definition of the American Psychological Association seems to be the most precise.
It’s true that hypnosis has become popularized thanks to well-known stage acts – people performing unusual or even ridiculous actions (running around the stage like a chicken), there is so much more to hypnosis than just entertainment.
More importantly, this process has been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits. Most notably, it has been used in significantly reducing pain, anxiety, as well as toning down the symptoms of dementia.
The Process of Hypnosis Explained
When you hear the term ‘hypnotist’, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For many and, perhaps, for you too, such a word may bring up images of a sinister-looking person, performing on the stage, swinging a clock or pendulum back and forth, and ultimately, making other people do their dark bidding.
However, real hypnosis bears very little resemblance to these Hollywood portrayals and stereotyped images.
According to J. Kihlstrom, the hypnotist does not really put the subject or person under hypnosis. Instead, the hypnotist acts more like a coach…a tutor. Her primary job is to help the person become hypnotized.
Many have defined or described hypnosis as a trance state very close to sleep. But a much better characterization of hypnosis is that it’s a state that results to sharper and focused attention, vivid fantasies, as well as increased suggestibility.
Hypnosis – What’s In It For You?
What you can experience during hypnosis differs, sometimes dramatically, from others. Individuals who were hypnotized reported feeling a sense of detachment from what’s happening around them. Others experienced extreme relaxation. Plus, there are cases where subjects feel that their actions while under hypnosis is outside of their consciousness. On the flip side, there are also individuals that are fully aware… even able to carry out conversations while under the power of hypnosis.
The bottom line is this: your experience under hypnosis can vary… can be rich and very beneficial.
Throughout the years, hypnosis has been elevated from something mystical and unknown to a very useful tool in the field of psychology and medicine. Here are just some of the few applications of hypnosis that have been utilized and thoroughly vindicated through research:
- Treating chronic and painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
- Surgery-free treatment and significant reduction of pain during and after child-birth.
- Significant reduction of the effects and symptoms of dementia.
- As for ADHD, a condition that can plague children and adults alike, hypnosis can be very helpful in toning down its effects.
- Patients who underwent chemotherapy and are suffering from nausea and vomiting can be significantly reduced through consistent hypnotherapy.
- Reduction and even total elimination of skin conditions that almost everyone is suffering from like warts, psoriasis, and more.
- IBS symptoms and effects can be toned down to a very low level through hypnosis.
Now, don’t get me wrong here… Hypnosis is not the Holy Grail that will cure every problem of mankind. However, if you haven’t considered hypnosis as a powerful option for improving your life, then you are missing out!
Perhaps it’s time you looked at hypnosis in a better light and tap into the amazing power of your own mind.