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Hypnosis - Where’s the Magic?

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Summary:
The word hypnosis or hypnotherapy drums up all kinds of different ideas
as to what hypnosis actually is. Is it where someone casts a spell on you
so that you are totally under their control? Is it the joker on the stage
making you do crazy things to amuse an audience? Or is it simply talking
to your subconscious mind?


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hypnosis therapy,hypnotherapy,hypnosis


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What is hypnosis and why does is it intrigue us so much?

There are many different definitions of hypnosis, the first result in
search engines is:

A trance-like state in which a person becomes more aware and focused and
is more open to suggestion.

The Oxford dictionary tells us that hypnosis is the induction of a state
of consciousness in which a person loses the power of voluntary action
and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction.

Many hypnotherapists would disagree with the Oxford dictionaries
explanation of what hypnosis means. The idea of losing power over your
actions during hypnosis is not what hypnotherapy is about in their
opinion.

Hypnotists will tell you that hypnosis is to do with relaxation of your
mind and body; however, you are in total control and can not be made t o
do anything you don’t want to do.

Hypnosis is more about making someone so relaxed that the therapist is
able to speak directly to your subconscious mind, which will have a
positive affect on your mind when you are fully conscious.

If for example you are afraid of spiders and you went to see a
hypnotherapist to overcome this fear, the therapist would put you in a
relaxed state, and speak to your subconscious mind about your fear of
spiders. They would tell you that when you see a spider, they will no
longer scare you etc.

If a therapist spoke these thoughts to you whilst you were fully alert,
it would probably make no difference at all, but by speaking to you in a
relaxed state of hypnosis, you cannot argue in your mind with the idea
that next time you see a spider you will still be afraid.
Our subconscious mind is influence everyday without us really realising.
We can hear a tune on the radio and think to ourselves, where have I
heard that before? It was probably playing in the background somewhere
where you have been.

We used to have a colleague at work who would deliberately walk into our
office, whistle a tune whilst sending a fax, no one really took any
notice as they were getting on with their work, however, a few minutes
after he had gone, someone else (normally me) would hum the tune without
really realising why and other people said they had that tune running
around their head.

Oddly as it seems, the tune was planted into our subconscious mind
without us really noticing.

That isn’t a magic trick, that is someone recognising that although we
may be concentrating on one thing, our subconscious picks up everything
that is going on around us.

The difference with us and hypnotist is that they have learned the art of
this and how this can have an affect on us.

Even the stage hypnotist would like you to believe they have some kind of
magic power, but infact, all they are really doing is talking to your
subconcious through signs so that you will be more susceptible and amazed
when they hit you with their trick.

Genuine hypnotherapists recognise that they can have a positive affect of
people by using their skill, whether it be overcoming a fear, loosing
weight, stopping bad habits or building up your self confidence, whatever
it may be, you can at least know that there is no magic involved, and it
is not a tool to make you do things you would not want to do in your
normal alert state.