While definitions can vary, the American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to performs unusual or ridiculous actions, the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits, most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety.
When you hear the word hypnotist, what comes to your mind? Real hypnosis bears little resemblance to the stereotyped images of a mind controlling act where people cluck like chickens. The hypnotist does not hypnotize the individual. Rather, the hypnotist serves as a sort of coach or tutor whose job is to help the person become hypnotized. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better expressed as a state characterized by focused attention, heightened suggestibility and vivid fantasies.
A typical hypnosis uses imaginative experiences of a subject during the process and with those imaginations the subject is directed to provide further elaborations through specific suggestions made at the time.
Does Hypnosis Work?
With Hypnosis you can reinvent and empower yourself to be the person you wish to be. Most people in life find that they need help along the way to make their life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Perhaps there is a specific goal they want to reach, or a bad habit that they need to stop.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is commonly used to remove bad habits, or to improve on good habits (e.g., smoking or sports enhancement). The list of uses for hypnotherapy is never ending. The bottom line is if you want hypnotherapy to help you, IT WILL.