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Some Benefits of Hypnosis

Five Prevalent Hypnosis Myths Debunked

Over the years, hypnosis has picked up all sorts of weird associations from stage hypnotists, the media and superstition. This is a great shame, because in reality, hypnosis is your single most effective tool for change. Hypnosis is your birthright, and you should know how to use it so it doesn’t use you. Here we dispel the biggest hypnosis myths.

Myth One, All Hypnosis Is the Same

As with anything, hypnosis comes in many different variations. The most commonly recognized type is the old-style, authoritarian “You are getting sleepy, you are feeling confident” variant. Unsurprisingly, this sort of hypnosis doesn’t work well with many people. Effective hypnosis uses more subtle psychological principles and advanced communication patterns.

Imagine a football coach who thinks his players perform best if he yells at them. This is not how hypnosis works best. Great hypnosis is more like the great leader who knows that to get the best from his people, he needs to understand motivation, to cajole, encourage, and reward. Try this kind of hypnosis for yourself at Hypnosis Downloads.

Myth Two, Subliminals Really Work

“Subliminals” are words that you can’t hear that provoke a reaction. Common sense says they should not work and there’s no research proving that they do.

Myth Three, Some People Can’t Be Hypnotized

The only reason why someone would be incapable of being hypnotized is if they are incapable of paying attention due to an extremely low IQ or brain damage. However, some hypnotists work better for different kinds of people. The more flexible the hypnotist, the more effective he or she is with the largest number of people.

Myth Four, Hypnosis Is Something Unnatural That Other People Do to You

If your mind could not undergo hypnosis, you wouldn't be able to sleep, learn, or even becoming anxious from imagining bad scenarios. Hypnosis is simply a deliberate utilization of the rapid eye movement dream state. Hypnosis is not a foreign drug; it is a natural ability of the brain.

Myth Five, You Lose Control during Hypnosis

Crazy news stories, stage hypnotists, and gossip have created the illusion that you lose control during hypnosis. In fact, when hypnotized, you are relaxed, focused, and able to choose to get up and walk away at any time. If you have been scared of hypnosis in the past but you want to try again, it is the solution.

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The Scientific Proof Behind Hypnosis

Despite what many people believe, hypnosis has nothing to do with stage hypnotism. The latter is simply a performance designed to entertain, while real hypnosis is a potent and accessible tool for dealing with psychological and behavioural problems.

So what is hypnosis? It is a state of highly focused attention in which the subject is able to relax and welcome suggestions either during hypnotherapy from a qualified therapist, or through self-hypnosis materials. This relaxed state is known as a hypnotic trance and makes people more open to suggestions than they would be under normal circumstances.

The Validity of Hypnosis

According to Dr. Clifford Lazarus, Ph. D., hypnosis is a genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice. [1] The number and variety of clinical studies serves as testament to the power and effectiveness of hypnosis, often the last resort for people who have tried and failed using other methods and therapies.

It would take many volumes to contain the sheer quantity of case studies in which hypnosis has made a real difference in the quality of life of millions of people. Success stories abound where hypnosis has been used to quit smoking, lose weight, and manage pain, some of which are detailed below:

In a group hypnotherapy session among 3,000 smokers sponsored by the American Lung Association, 22% reported not smoking for a month afterward. (The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2000). During surgical radiology, hypnosis diminishes patient pain and anxiety, shortens surgical time, and reduces complications from the procedure. (Lancet, 2000). Self-hypnosis was largely successful in alleviating chronic tension headaches among 169 patients. (International Journal of Clinical Experimental Hypnosis, 2000). Hypnosis significantly boosts the activity of B-cells and T-cells, both key components of a healthy immune system. (American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1995).In a study of 16 subjects who normally experienced nausea and vomiting before and during chemotherapy, hypnosis alleviated sickness in all of them. (Oncology, 2000)

The evidence is everywhere. One study concluded that patients who quit smoking with hypnosis are twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own. [2] In another, hypnosis was shown to be 3 times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy and 15 times more effective than trying to quit on one's own. [3] A study of 60 overweight females concluded that hypnosis was 30 times more effective for weight loss. [4]

Hypnosis Proves a Popular Choice

These are not isolated cases, either. People from all walks of life are turning to hypnosis to help them improve various aspects of their lives. Speaking on the Oprah Winfrey show, actor Ben Affleck said: "I finally decided to quit smoking when I found out I was going to have a child. That was the thing that sort of put it over the top for me. [5]

Celebrity Ellen DeGeneres famously kicked the smoking habit live on her US chat show, when British hypnotist Paul McKenna hypnotized her and, according to DeGeneres, probably saved my life. [6] British pop star Lily Allen recently confessed in an interview in the Daily Mail newspaper that hypnosis helped her drop 4 dress sizes, adding "after the hypnotism, I want to go to the gym every day, otherwise I feel really bad. [7]

The list of people past and present who turned to hypnosis to help them develop positive habits, overcome limitations, or iron out personal problems includes Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Kevin Costner, Orlando Bloom, Mozart, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Jack Nicklaus, Jackie Kennedy, and David Beckham. [8]

According to the American Cancer Society, hypnosis has been evaluated and approved as an effective relaxation technique by the National Institutes of Health. The NIH also found hypnosis to be effective in reducing fear and anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures. [9]

Powerful Pain Relief Potential

The applications for hypnosis seem limitless indeed, and nowhere has it proven more effective than in the control and elimination of pain. Hypnotherapy has been shown to reduce pain and speed up recovery from surgery [10], lessen the frequency and intensity of migraines [11], lower post-treatment pain in burn injury victims [12] and contribute to the treatment of phantom limb pain [13].

Research over the last 40 years clearly indicates that hypnosis is a safe and effective alternative for a vast range of complaints, able to treat headaches, ease the pain of childbirth, aid in quitting smoking, improve concentration and study habits, relieve minor phobias, and serve as anesthesia -- all without drugs or side effects. [14] It has also been recognized by medical professionals as an alternative for the treatment of IBS, particularly recommended for patients who fail to respond to more traditional pharmacological treatments. [15]
Exploit the Power of Suggestion

Hypnosis enables a person to switch off the outside world, relax, and focus attention on a specific area with minimal distraction. Under hypnosis he or she becomes more open to discussion and suggestion, making it possible to change perceptions or sensations [16] and influence their thinking and behaviour in a myriad of ways. Hypnosis has been shown to stimulate creativity [17], strengthen the immune system [18], enhance sporting performance [19], and aid in the promotion of concentration, study habits, and the acquisition and retention of knowledge. [20]

Whether you want to improve aspects of your overall health or make changes that will allow you to live a happier and more fulfilling lifestyle, hypnosis provides a reliable and comfortable means of achieving it.


References

  1. Clifford N. Lazarus, Ph.D. The Truth About Hypnosis. PsychologyToday.com, Jan 29, 2013
  2. Wynd, CA. Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.
  3. University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.
  4. Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
  5. (PRWEB) May 31, 2010; Celebrities Turning To Hypnosis To Stop Smoking.
  6. ContactMusic.com: Hypnotist Helps Ellen Kick Smoking. Oct 17, 2006.
  7. Mail Online: Lily Allen slims from size 12 to an eight by having her 'brain reprogrammed'
  8. NaturalHypnosis.com: Further Information and Scientific Research On Hypnosis
  9. Cancer.org
  10. Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M. Hypnosis and its application in surgery. Service d'Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.
  11. Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R. Migraine and hypnotherapy. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): 48-58.
  12. Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.
  13. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW. Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.
  14. Barrett, Deirdre. The Power of Hypnosis. PyschologyToday.com, Jan 01, 2001. Updated Sept 02, 2010.
  15. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Clinical guideline 61.February 2008, Page 15.
  16. Mental Health and Hypnosis, WebMD.com, reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on June 05, 2012
  17. NaturalNews.com - Hypnosis Imagination
  18. NaturalNews.com - Hypnosis for Flu & the Immune System
  19. Donald R. Liggett. Enhancing Imagery through Hypnosis: A Performance Aid for Athletes. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis , Vol. 43, Iss. 2, 2000
  20. Theodore Xenophon Barber. The effects of hypnosis on learning and recall: A methodological critique. Journal of Clinical Psychology.Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 19-25, January 1965

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