The 5 Things You Should Be Aware of When Considering Hypnotherapy
Have you considered trying hypnotherapy for overcoming an obstacle or changing a bad habit? If you haven’t you may want to reconsider.
Whether or not you “believe” in hypnosis, or not, hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool for making changes in your life because, as we all know, thoughts become things.
The reality is we are all hypnotized by advertising and marketing, we just aren’t consciously aware of it. The subconscious mind basically rules our lives, whether we believe it or not. Those patterns that we repeat, become the patterns that form the fabric of our lives.
The subconscious mind absorbs everything. Everything you have ever done or even seen gets stored in your subconscious mind, good or bad.
The truth is the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind are always competing.
The conscious part of our mind is all about logic and rational decision-making. The subconscious mind, however, is a much different beast. The subconscious mind makes up nearly 88% of our total brainpower, and the truth is we are barely aware of it because these thoughts are happening on an unconscious level.
That is where something like hypnosis comes into play. Using various relaxation techniques, the hypnotherapist is able to access the part of your brain that builds positive, associations. When you relax, your brain shifts into the alpha brainwave state, which is a very pliable state of mind. In many ways, hypnosis is simply another tool you can use to reprogram your software.
Imagine if you never took the time to update the software on your cell phone or computer? Eventually, the system would get bogged down with old information and programming. The brain operates in a similar mode.
If you don’t take the time to update your software, by some kind of means, your operating system will get jammed up. So, having said all of that, what are some things that make hypnotherapy truly effective you might ask?
When it comes to looking at factors that make hypnotherapy effective, there are 5 key things you should be made aware of.
5 Key Things That Make Hypnosis Effective
One of the most important things you should be made aware of is the fact that the process of hypnosis is nothing like what you may have seen on a stage show.
1. You are always in control.
Stage shows that feature famous hypnotists are set up for entertainment purposes. While they may be real, on some level, it’s all for show. A reputable therapist would never make you cluck like a chicken or do some funny dance on stage. It goes against everything they stand for. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are in charge of whether or not you choose to relax. That is the most important thing to remember. Hypnosis is a very relaxing, gentle process and is nothing like what you see on stage.
2. Hypnosis is NOT a Magic Wand.
The great news is that hypnosis is highly effective. However, it’s not a magic wand or quick fix. You wouldn’t go to therapy thinking you will be “cured” in one session. The same thing applies to hypnosis. It’s a process you have to be committed to. It takes on average 21-days to create a new habit, and a minimum of 3-6 weeks of consecutive, sessions to yield the optimal results. Anyone who tells you differently is not being entirely truthful.
3. Almost everyone can be hypnotized.
The state of hypnosis is a willing state. In other words, you cannot be hypnotized against your free will. It is a co-creative process. If you don’t believe that hypnosis will work, then it simply won’t work because you have already made up your mind. If for some reason you don’t develop a trusting rapport with your hypnotherapist, you probably won’t be able to properly relax. This goes back to the adage of all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Having said that, there is a small percentage of people who for one reason or another have difficulty being hypnotized. According to Dr. David Spiegel, MD, and research done at Stanford University School of Medicine, approximately 25% of patients cannot be hypnotized although research has not identified specific reasons why.
4. Hypnosis is NOT the same as sleeping.
While hypnosis is a very relaxing state of mind, it’s very different than sleep. Some people will remember everything that happens during a hypnosis session, while other people may drift off to a twilight state and “wake up” remembering nothing. That doesn’t mean you were sleeping.
The mind may drift, but for most people hypnosis is very similar to the process of daydreaming. We’ve all experienced the sensation of being relaxed but still being aware of everything that is happening all around us.
This is similar to drifting off while the teacher is lecturing or even missing an exit on the highway because your mind was thinking of something else. You may have also experienced this state of mind falling asleep watching a movie. You can still hear the movie, but your body is locked into a mode where it doesn’t want to move.
5. Hypnotherapists are NOT doctors.
Hypnotherapy is not a therapy that is meant to replace a medical diagnosis. It is a therapy that is a wonderful complementary therapy. If you have an open mind, hypnotherapy is a great option to consider alongside your normal medical care.
Most physicians and doctors have heard of hypnosis and there is a lot of robust research that has been done that has proven its effectiveness.
In the end, one of the most important aspects for hypnotherapy to be effective is your mindset and your belief in the process. If you set the intention that you are committed to the process of healing or overcoming your issue, then hypnosis is a tool that can be highly effective similar to the results that you would get taking a placebo pill.
Living a highly stressed life can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Using tools like hypnosis, mindfulness or meditation can go a long way to helping you on the road to healing.
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By Leslie Riopel