Self Hypnosis Definition - How Does Self Hypnosis Work

uses and objective

Self hypnosis is the use of hypnotic techniques by an individual on himself or herself in order to achieve beneficial change. Use of self hypnosis to quit smoking, to lose weight, and to manage stress are the best-known uses.

Over the pages linked to this one, I teach you how to use hypnotic techniques on yourself in order to achieve goals that you set for yourself: behavioural goals like stopping smoking; physical goals like controlling your weight; personal goals like achieving a sports objective. But the same techniques can also be used for a number of other reasons, ranging from help with basic relaxation to dealing with complex unwanted habits. The purpose of this site is to provide a simple but comprehensive and practical guide to using self-hypnosis. So I have tried not to make the process too complicated.

Over the pages, in the self-hypnosis section, I cover the basics, outline the process, and teach the basic rules about creating your own hypnotic suggestions (as well as giving you a few free suggestions!). I give some guidance about how to breathe better, and also provide a few preliminary exercises to get you limbered up! I go into some detail about the main parts of the self-hypnosis process: induction; deepening; therapy; and awakening, as well as giving some ideas for dealing with distractions.

So – follow these links to begin your own life improving journey!


Self Hypnosis 'the basics'

Self hypnosis can be a fantastic tool that you can use for bringing about beneficial changes in yourself. Its uses range from reinforcing therapy carried out by a hypnotherapist to helping quit smoking or to lose weight; from helping to manage stress to removing unwanted habits or overcoming phobias. Properly used, self hypnosis can be the key to a more tranquil life for you!

At the bottom of this page is a list of some of the possible uses of the self-hypnosis techniques I teach you on this site. So when you follow the other links on this page, which take you to the comprehensive self-hypnosis instruction, you will find a manual for learning and use a process that has been proven to help create beneficial change.

Firstly, here’s a quick reminder about hypnosis. I show on another page on this site (The Unconscious Mind & The Conscious Mind) that the subconscious mind is responsible for much of our behaviour – especially our habits (of thought and behaviour), and our responsive behaviours. The aim of hypnosis (whether used by a therapist, or as self-hypnosis) is to create a trance in order to temporarily switch off the conscious mind or at least to greatly reduce its influence – thereby enabling work to be done directly with the subconscious mind.

By using the hypnosis process, the influence of the analytical conscious mind is reduced, attention is turned inwards, there is less focus on the outside world, and so people accept suggestion and imagery more easily and less critically, leading to beneficial change.

As I explain elsewhere on this site, we have all experienced states of mind similar to hypnosis - states of mind known as hypnoidal states, and we experience hypnoidal states every day. These are quite natural states of mind – it is quite natural for the balance between the conscious and subconscious minds to vary throughout the day.

Remember that these hypnoidal states are like hypnosis – they are trance-like states similar to hypnosis. The main difference between hypnoidal states and hypnosis (whether self-hypnosis or therapist guided hypnosis) is that hypnosis involves a specific motivation and suggestions towards a specific goal.


The sentence immediately above this section may sound simple, but it’s a key component in using hypnosis yourself – you need a specific goal! You need to have a very clear idea about why you are seeking this on-line self-hypnosis instruction – about what you want to achieve. You will also need the motivation to make it succeed. Your motivation for undertaking self-hypnosis must be complete and genuine. If there is any counter-intention, or any thought that might be negative about why you are doing it, or any thought or intention that might contradict the purpose, then the process is less likely to be effective.

You must be clear about what you are trying to achieve on an emotional level.There are two more very important things that you require in order to successfully use self-hypnosis: a desire for positive change (this means a real desire to change, not just a vague idea that it might be nice for something to be a bit different!); a willingness to persevere with learning and using the process and self-hypnosis techniques that I will teach you.So, before you start learning the self hypnosis techniques on this site, and before I give you the self-hypnosis instruction, you need to be very clear about your purpose in learning self-hypnosis. You need to be very clear what you are trying to achieve. You need to be clear and certain about how you want to think, feel, and behave.

Description of hypnosis/hypnotherapy

In its simplest form – or describing hypnosis and hypnotherapy in the simplest way possible, we could say that it consists of just four parts:

  1. Creation of a trance / trance-like state (this is known technically as ‘induction’);
  2. Deepening of the trance – to ensure the conscious mind is as inactive as possible;
  3. Use of suggestion and visualisation – to generate the desired effect;
  4. Awakening

This is the same process whether it’s being done by an external operator (such as a therapist) or as self-hypnosis.I go into greater detail about how to learn and use this process on other pages – use the links below to reach them!

Uses of self-hypnosis

Self-hypnosis can be used to successfully treat or alleviate the following issues, conditions, or problems:

  • weight loss;
  • quit smoking;
  • stress management and relaxation;
  • Self-esteem;
  • Self-confidence;
  • relaxation;
  • phobias (including fear of spiders, fear of flying, fear of dentists and doctors, claustrophobia, and agoraphobia) and relieving anxiety;
  • depression;
  • anger management;
  • improving motivation, creativity, sleep, and memory.

I’m sure there are other ways self-hypnosis could prove beneficial, but these are the main uses on which this site will focus. As this site is built and updated there will be individual pages on each of these uses, so read on – explore further on this site to discover and learn the self-hypnosis techniques that can help you create positive change in your life.