When it comes to hypnosis, there seems to be conflicting information on what works and what doesn’t. As a result, people are not quite sure what to believe anymore and usually go by things that they see in movies, which may not necessarily be the truth. In this post, we hope to set the record straight and really explain how hypnosis works.
Let me start off by saying that hypnosis is NOT putting people in a strange spell and controlling them to do something. This definition of hypnosis is only true in the movies! Hypnosis does not happen that way. It is important that people understand this simple truth so they do not give up on hypnosis, in the event that it doesn’t give them these “mind control” results. For the process to work, it takes effort and time.
So how does it work?
Being able to hypnotise someone is actually all about reeducating his or her unconscious mind. The process is able to reach one’s habits and instincts and may change them if that is the desire of the patient or the person undergoing hypnosis. For example, if seeing someone makes your feel anxious, then it only means that your mind connects this person with the emotion. Hypnosis can make your mind disregard that connection and learn a new one.
Hypnosis is mostly used to change a response. This is really the fundamental thing to know about it. It targets a person’s emotional reaction to other people, places, things, and even habits or vices and seeks to change that. In turn, that person’s behaviour may also change.
Not quite sure what I mean? Here are a few examples. A hypnotherapy session can change:
- The way a smoker feels about cigarettes
- How a person on a diet feels about fatty and unhealthy food
- How a person who hates public speaking feels about speaking in front of a crowd
- How a person who loves to gamble feel about casinos
When Can We Say That The Session Was Successful?
Another common misconception about hypnotherapy is its measure of success. Many think that if the patient is able to go under the trance or the spell then the whole thing was successful.
Hypnotists really look at success in a different way. If the situation changes, for example, a person who was once addicted to cigarettes refuses to smoke any longer, then it can be concluded that the session was successful, regardless if the smoker went into a trance or not.
Why Does Hypnosis Work When other Methods Don’t?
If all the treatment does is tell the mind something new, then why do we need hypnosis to do that? Why can’t we try other methods?
It is best to remember that the mind needs a clear message. There may be other methods to send a message along, but we are not quite sure if the mind will perceive it clearly. With hypnotherapy, the mind is made to relax and really focus on that particular message, so that it has a better chance of getting through.
Another thing that hypnotherapy uses is repetition. The hypnotist repeats the message often enough so that the mind really hears it. And to add to that, the hypnotist also uses emotion. Emotions are very powerful and once something is attached to an emotion, it sticks more effectively in the mind. Hypnotherapists know this and they use this information to get the message in the clearest way possible.
This is why hypnosis works. It is able to get past all the distractions, all the clutter, and really re-educate the mind. This is why you should give it a chance!