Hypnosis – What is it about?
There are so many people out there who have so many misconceptions about hypnosis, and it is really time that someone got the truth out and helped people to learn what hypnosis is really all about and why they should not be scared about self hypnosis or any other type for that matter.
The Misconceptions About Hypnosis
The reason why many people seem to have misconceptions about hypnosis is largely due to the way it has been portrayed in various forms of the media. You may have seen the much stereotyped depiction of hypnosis on television or in the movies, complete with the tall hat and the swinging watch. Stage hypnotists and some magicians add to this image by making spectators do things, apparently against their will. Even though this is far from the truth – you can be hypnotised only if you are willing at some level to go through the experience. If you are made to do something completely against your will or against your innate values, the protection mechanism in your subconscious (or unconscious) mind kicks in and you will wake up immediately.
Hypnosis – The Real Story
Hypnosis, especially hypnotherapy, is an approach that can be used in a variety of different situations. The subject or the patient’s experience can vary quite significantly depending on a number of factors – like their suggestibility, the skill of the hypnotist, how committed the subject is to the targeted change, and so on. It is important for the subjects to take the approach seriously. Or they may just be wasting their time.
Nowadays, hypnosis is used for the treatment or mitigation of a number of health conditions from cancer to dementia. It can also be used to reduce a number of physical symptoms such as pain in cancer patients. It has been used to replace anaesthesia by some dentists. It also has tremendous value in treating conditions like anxiety, panic attacks and phobias. It can also be used in tackling social issues like stage fright, social anxiety and also to improve self confidence & self esteem.
Almost everyone can be hypnotized, although there are people out there who think that they would be able to keep themselves from getting hypnotized. In fact one study shows that pre-adolescent children are in a state of waking trance 60 to 70% of the time. This is the time when they learn the maximum from their environment and their personalities get established.
If you learn how to do self hypnosis, there are a number of benefits that you can get out of this experience.
If you choose hypnotherapy as an approach to tackling some of your problems, it is important that you approach a good hypnotherapist preferably with some experience in handling your specific problem. Though it is very unlikely that hypnosis can do you any harm, you may not get the results that you are looking for if you work with a not-so-competent hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a powerful tool in the hands of an expert and can give you tremendous benefits and perhaps even change your whole life for the better.