Hypnotherapy what is it, where does it come from? How does hypnosis work?
These are some of the questions I asked when I first started learning about hypnosis as I was studying psychology at University of San Diego. I had heard that hypnotherapy was an excellent method of making positive changes, quick and significant shifts in thinking that were long-lasting. I had hear that a classmate of mine was a hypnotist and asked if she would work with me.
Being a professional hypnotist she agreed. Not only that, she recommended books to me about hypnosis that started me on my path to become a professional hypnotist.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is actually the use of hypnosis in a clinical setting. The word “hypnos” comes from the ancient Greek Hypnos who was the god of sleep. But hypnosis isn’t a form of sleep. It’s actually a mental state where you can easily absorb new ideas into your subconscious mind.
I have read definitions of hypnosis that defines hypnosis as “a condition of artificially induced sleep.” But this isn’t true because when a person is asleep they are oblivious to everything that’s going around them. For example, if you spoke to someone quietly while they were asleep the chances are they would not hear you nor would they remember anything you said.
Hypnosis just isn’t like that.
While in hypnosis you are aware and can hear everything that’s going around you. Hypnosis actually invokes the state of mind where you are highly focused but open to new ideas.
Levels of Hypnosis
There are varying degrees of hypnosis. Becoming engrossed in a good book or movie is a type of natural hypnosis. You tend to tune out everything and become mesmerized by the story.
Hypnosis works so well in tuning out external stimuli that it’s now an accepted method of anesthesia in some types of surgeries, blocking out the pain.
Science and Hypnosis
The use of hypnotherapy has been studied in the Western world for over 200 years. Sigmund Freud actually used hypnosis in the early part of his career. He advanced the theory that hypnosis gives accesses to a less sophisticated part of the mind, what we now call the subconscious mind.
Innovations in science have been instrumental in helping us determine what happens in our brains during hypnosis.
Your brain puts out different electrical signals for different mental states, whether it’s agitated, alert, in varying stages of relaxation, or asleep.
Research in the U.S. in the 1970s sought to measure the electrical changes that occur in the brain during the hypnotic state. It was found that hypnosis did alter the brain wave patterns and also the chemistry of the nervous system. This research allowed the researchers to determine which areas of the brain control which functions and determine which parts of the brain became more active while in a hypnotic state.
Research carried out in the former Soviet Union also established a link between the state of hypnosis and changes in a person’s physical and psychological state. They also used electronic equipment to measure the brain’s electrical waves and through this research concluded that hypnosis was a different “state” then sleep.
Recent scientific investigation has shown definite physiological changes take place while a person is in a hypnotic state. While in hypnosis the parasympathetic nervous system is switched on which slows breathing, heartbeat and causes the muscles of the body to become very relaxed. It’s in this relaxed state that hypnotherapy becomes useful.
These tests corroborate with scientific methods that during hypnosis we can virtually bypass the limiting beliefs of our conscious mind to relay our desired ideas and behaviors directly to our subconscious.
Once our subconscious accepts these new ideas, it can then direct our thoughts and actions to conform to the new data, attitudes, or beliefs.
Measuring Brain Waves
What is this electrical activity we’re talking about? It is the electrical impulses, measured in cycles that your brain puts out as it does the tasks you ask of it. For example, as you use your conscious mind the electrical waves your brain puts out are somewhere in the range of 15-40 cycles per second. This range is known as your normal waking state. You experience this when you are reading, writing, speaking, calculating, using a computer or phone, analyzing, editing or planning. This is the state you are in most or all of your waking day.
When you are in what are known as trance states you are using your sub-conscious mind. This is when your brain wave pattern is in the range of 4-14 cycles per second. Trance states occur naturally as you begin to fall asleep or wake up. They occur when you are intensely focused or when you are distracted or daydreaming. Trace states also occur when you are lost in music, a good book, meditating or practicing martial arts or yoga.
A hypnotic state also occurs in the 4-14 cycles per second range. It merely uses this natural pleasant state of sub-conscious activity to cause positive changes in your habitual thinking that help you make quick and lasting behavioral shifts.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Over your life you have learned certain beliefs and behaviors. These behaviors are also known as habits. While habits like brushing your teeth are good for you and the people you talk with regularly, habits like picking your nose may not be as well received. The key point here is these habits, like much of your behavior, is learned, and if one behavior can be learned another can be learned to replace it. That’s where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis helps you learn new empowering behaviors. That’s the secret. Hypnosis helps you learn new and empowering behavior. It helps you program your mind for success.
In a hypnotherapy session the hypnotist helps you relax your mind and body. The reason for this is in this state the limiting beliefs of your conscious mind are subdued. At the same time the imagination and creativity of your subconscious mind are enhanced. You tune out all distractions and focus sharply on the thoughts and ideas you are working on. This process allows your subconscious mind to be highly accepting of new, positive ideas. This can help you experience change in your thinking that can causes quick and lasting shifts in your behavior.
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About the Author
Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.
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Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.
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