Does Hypnosis Work?
Does hypnosis work? If you’re wondering whether or not it works, you may also be wondering how to apply it. There are many theories and lots of different viewpoints on whether it works and how it can be used. It is certainly not mind control the way it is often portrayed in movies, and the overall factors that create the experience can be accounted for and even reviewed scientifically.
The mind is a very powerful tool. When hypnotic therapies have been applied to help a client redirect their behaviours and make different choices the end result is often extremely positive. For instance people who want to quit smoking or lose weight may undergo hypnotic therapies in order to help gain control over their behaviour and change their lives.
Does hypnosis work? Yes. Although, hypnosis techniques may work better for some people than for others. The determining factor is usually whether or not the individual is open to being hypnotised for behaviour modification. Being open to the possibility allows the hypnotist to take the individual further into the state and thus it is more effective. Being resistant to the idea makes it more difficult for the practitioner to get the individual into a state of open mindedness to be receptive to the therapy. Basically, a desire for change and an expectation that the therapy will work is a very powerful combination for success.
Hypnosis can be seen very much like the power of suggestion with a more intense result. Suggestion, or subliminal messaging, is powerful enough that it is used in everyday advertising and even often in shopping malls to encourage people to spend money on certain items. It is so effective that it has actually been regulated so that free will is still an option when shopping or watching TV.
Taking suggestion to the next level is typically called hypnosis. Those who take a scientific approach explain that a hypnotic state is one where the pathways in the brain that control behaviour are not concrete and therefore are able to be influenced by a skilled practitioner. Those who take a spiritual approach explain that by allowing the subconscious to interact with the practitioner, behaviours and even experiences can be created, negated or influenced.
Putting someone into a hypnotic state can help improve memory of specific events, can help modify behaviours, and can help someone change their associations. Those who use it as a therapy for depression are often hypnotised in order to change their basic associations. For instance if a victim of abuse is depressed because they associate lollipops with childhood pain the association they make with the lollipop can be changed. When they continue to see lollipops they can start to associate them with good memories instead of bad ones.
Hypnosis can be applied for all kinds of reasons. Applying it is a skill that has to be learned and fine tuned. It’s not all that mysterious and the impression that many people have of swinging timepieces and getting people to act like monkeys on command are not entirely accurate. It’s a subtle way of entering the subconscious mind and helping it reach new potential.
Law enforcement has used hypnotic efforts to help witnesses rediscover their memories or to help people remember certain events. The use of such techniques is often kept quiet due to the various opinions on its validity. There are those that will insist that it simply can not work regardless of what type of evidence that they are shown. This is often a denial based in fear as some are afraid that they may not have complete control over their own mind. This stems from a misunderstanding of what hypnosis really is and how it works.
Those who truly understand what it is and how it works support hypnotic efforts and are often excited about the potential results. There is a lot more work to be done to uncover all of the mysteries that hypnotising people can reveal. As more people are open to the idea there is likely to be much more work done in this area.
What is hypnosis if it’s not mind control? It’s influence and an opening of the subconscious that allows for freer communication. It’s a tool used to unblock mental pathways. It’s a behavioural modification practice that can help people feel better and make different choices on a regular basis. It’s a great way to encourage people to make the choices you want to see them make. Does hypnosis work? What do you think? I say ABSOLUTELY!
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