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Direct & Indirect Hypnosis

There are 2 approaches to hypnosis – the direct and indirect.

Direct hypnosis is literally a direct method of which the hypnotist says something that put the person into trance. Eg. In just a minute, your eyes will feel heavy and you will close your eyes.

Indirect hypnosis is a subtle and less intrusive way. It sometimes uses stories, quotes and metaphors. 

 

Eye Catalepsy

Catalepsy is a common term used in hypnosis to describe the tiredness and difficulty of movement.

So when you see “Eye Catalepsy”, it means the eyes are feeling so heavy that they just want to close.  It is like suddenly it becomes so heavy and there is difficulty in opening them.

Same Meaning

When we talk about hypnosis that is induced by a hypnotist, like in stage hypnosis or in hypnotherapy, we called it Heterohypnosis.

When a person does the hypnosis on herself, such as listening to a CD on hypnosis (self-hypnosis), it is also known as Auto hypnosis.

Do You Read?

Reading, time flies

I believe most people like to read.  It is just what you like to read about that may differ. Some people like novel, others may like fiction. But all these do not matter.

What is more important is that when you are completely absorbed in your reading and imagination, you are focusing your attention on ONE thing ie. the book in your hand. Other distraction happening around you just do not matter. 

And time flies past…before you realized, an hour has passed (which to you may seem like 10 minutes).  It appears that time is moving fast but in reality, it is your consciousness that is moving.

This is one phenomena of hypnosis.

 

Trust Nature

Do you know that Nature is a good way to hypnotize yourself?

Imagine if you are tired and your mind is clamped with so much burdened work stuff, where can you ‘rewind’ yourself? Yes, go to Nature!

Of course you know what Nature is – it can be garden, trees, flowers, forest, waterfall, sun, sand, sea, sky etc.  As long as it is some settings that are soothing, quiet and relaxing. By walking in the nature for a few minutes, your mind will quiet down.  If there is only quietness or sound of water flowing /birds chirping /leaves ruffle, that would be ideal.  It can add on to your relaxation. 

This relaxation of your mind and body is hypnosis.

Why Hypnosis Is Safe

Hypnosis is definitely safe.  How is it safe?

According to a Stanford researcher named Dr Ernest Hilgard who did some experiments on hypnosis, he found that there is a part of our mind that is designed to protect us even when we are in a state of hypnosis or hypnotic trance.  This part is called the ‘hidden observer’.

It is always doing the observation. In hypnosis, even when the hypnotist says that you cannot remember a certain number, do not be afraid, this is because your ‘hidden observer’ does not forget even though you may appear to forget during the hypnosis.

Hypnosis Tape

Tape

Some hypnosis tapes are designed to create enhanced effect of the trance state. They use binaural beats or certain type of music to specifically influence the brain waves.  They are unlike the normal peaceful music played at the background just for relaxation purpose.

Binaural not only let you relax but help you get deeper into a trance state.  This is comparable to you undergoing actual hypnosis.

Combined Approach

Hypnosis can be used in conjunction with other approaches. For instance, we may choose to use psychotherapy or counselling with hypnosis.

The two studies are inclined towards asking the subject questions and probing into deeper areas to uncover more information.  It is about getting information and analyse them to find the root cause.

Hypnosis, in contrast, does not go into lengthy asking and analysis. The subject is basically being asked a few questions and to relate their issues wthin a short 15 minutes and the hypnosis is then carry out straightaway.

For some people, they have a perception that the therapist need to find out more about them first before solving their problem. In that case, a combined approach of using psychotherapy/counselling and hypnosis is a better solution.

The Way Of Life

Hypnosis is the way of life. There is no other way that we can live.

In our everyday life, we move in and out of our consciousness. It is just like breathing. Surely you won’t want to stop breathing. Even if you want to, you can’t! This is the way of life.

Way of life

Hypnosis is part of our life. There is no other way to live.

Other Names For The Minds

We have two minds and they are commonly described as the conscious and subconscious mind.

Let us take a look what other names are ascribed to them:

Conscious vs Subconscious

Objective vs Subjective

Rational vs Irrational

Voluntary vs Involuntary

Present vs Past

Surface vs Deeper

Active vs Reactive

Controlled vs uncontrolled

Reasoning vs Non-reasoning

Personal vs Impersonal

Is Hypnotherapy Good Or Bad?

Like everything else, hypnosis has its good and bad side.

Let’s talk about the bad – Some people may feel dizzy or experience headache. Some will be disoriented for a while.

As for the good, there are many.  Some of which include the hypnotized person would feel much better than before.  This is due to mental and body relaxation for a period of 45 minutes.  You could feel more empowered after the session due to the positive suggestions taking effect.

Good or Bad

Critical Vs Neutral

Which of our two minds is critical and which is neutral?

Most of us can get it right. Yes, the conscious mind is critical. Not only that, it is judgemental and it likes to have references to other things and analyse as well.

The subconscious mind is however, neutral. It takes in what is input into it with no further analysis and judgement. It gives us back what we ask for.

 

Our Eyes

Eyes

Our eyes are one of the tools used to hypnotize people.

From my point of view, eyes can hypnotize people because:

a.   It is said that the eyes are window to the soul, as such looking into a person’s eyes can only let you communicate deeper with that person (be it verbal or non-verbal). If you look long enough you will feel as if there is no barrier between you and that person.

b.   Our pupil is small and round and darker in colour. It is set in the middle of our eye with whiteness around it. Our eyes tend to look at things that contrast in colour, it catches our attention. The sharper the contrast, the more it gets our attention.

Basically if we look at a thing for a period of time, our eyes tend to get tired with the mind then becoming dizzy. This is especially for a small thing like the pupil in the eye.

Who Hypnotize Who?

In hypnosis, we believe that the hypnotist or hypnotherapist is the one who hypnotize her client.

On surface, this may seem true. But in reality, the hypnotist only facilitate the client to relax and go through the hypnosis process from start till emerge from hypnosis.

It woukd be accurate to say the client is actually hypnotizing himself.

 

Automatic Writing

Automatic writing is a phenomena whereby a person who undergoes hypnosis is given some instruction by the hypnotist to write out something that the person himself may not even know or aware of (eg certain literature).

During the hypnosis, the subject is being told that his hand is independent and has nothing to do with his mind.  He is then instructed to write out a given topic.  The person will then scribble down on a notebook.  

Upon emerging from hypnosis, the person has no conscious memory of what had happened and is also very surprised that he is capable of writing out the given topic and find it hard to believe that it all come from him.

Automatic Writing

Two Theory Of Hypnosis

There are two theories in hypnosis. 

One is a state theory, that is, there is an altered state of consciousoness. Altered state means a change in our mind state when we move from one consciousness to another (waking consciousness to drowsy consciousness is an altered state).

The other is a non-state theory.  It is more of a psychological effect – human’s expectancy. It is like self-fulfilling prohecy – what you believe is what you get.

A Little Exercise

Close your eyes and relax!

Imagine you are at home.  You are sitting on the sofa and decided to get up and walk to where your fridge is. You open the fridge and feel the cool breezy air coming towards you.  You stretch your hand to get a lemon.

The lemon is bright yellow in colour.  It is cold.  You feel its texture. Then you close back the fridge and hear the fridge’s  ‘thuck’ sound.

You took out a knife and cut the lemon into half.  You squeeze the lemon into your mouth and instantly feel its coldness and sourness. Your eyes squeeze.

Okay…what you have just gone through is an exercise on using your imagination.  If you follow what is said, there will be sensory reaction in your body.  This is to let you know if you are capable of being hypnotized.

Never Sleep

The subconscious mind is comparable to a conscientious, loyal and hardworking worker.  It does not sleep. 

It does its job without fail.  It is loyal and gives you what you ask for. If you compare it to your conscious mind, you would undoubtedly notice the difference. 

The conscious mind is easily tired and is much more limited in its ability and capacity. In contrast, the subsconcious mind is never tired, that is why it never sleep.  Its ability and capacity is tremendous, beyond the ken of men.

The Crush Experience

Have you had a crush with someone before? I bet you have.

What happen when the person you secretly admire and love suddenly come forward to you without you being prepared or expected?

Most people will have the reaction of:

  • Shock
  • Not knowing what to say or do
  • Mind goes blank
  • Say something which you do not know what it is

This is a form of hypnosis. When the conscious mind that controls our logical thinking went out of the window, the unconscious mind comes to the forefront. The above reactions are all very natural.

Loud Noise

Imagine you are talking heartily to a friend and all of a sudden there is a loud bang. It is so instantaneous that it caught both of you off-guard.

Loud Noise

What would your reaction be?

>> Shock / Mind blackout / Don’t know what happen / Don’t know how to react

I believe everyone of us has at least one such experience.

This, my friend, is hypnosis.  When your conscious mind is lost in action, your subconscious mind takes over.

Not Easy To Measure

If you understand that hypnosis is closely linked to the subconcious mind, you will accept the fact that hypnosis is not a subject that can be easily explained, measured and proven.

The subconscious mind is so vast that till today, it is hard to prove who is saying the right thing, in particular statistics about human mind’s potential. Some sources say we use 5% of our brainpower while others indicate a 10%. This area alone is subject to debate, all because we do not really understand the subconscious mind, its working and potential.

Therefore hypnosis will always be a baffling subject to the human’s mind.

Relaxation

To many people’s knowledge, relaxation is one key element of hypnosis.

While relaxation is a pre-requisite for hypnosis, it is not essential because it really depends on the context.

If we are talking of using hypnosis as a therapy, it requires mind and body relaxation. But in stage hypnosis, where hypnotist use short induction method to get the people on stage into trance, relaxation is not a must.

Relaxation

Guided & Natural Hypnosis

There are 2 forms of hypnosis, one is guided and the other natural.

Guided hypnosis is induced by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist.  Natural hypnosis is one that happens to us naturally, like daydreaming.

Whether induced or natural, all forms of hypnosis can be considered as self-hypnosis. Though induced hypnosis may come from another person, it is still self-hypnosis. It is just an organised and step by step hypnosis.

The suggestions that is accepted by the hypnotized person become self-suggestion or self-hypnosis.

Colour Imagery

Green

In hypnotherapy, the subject may be called to imagine a colour to represent a certain emotion.

For instance, think of the colour green (green used to represent calmness because it is close to nature’s colour). When you think of green or see green, you feel calm. This is a form of anchoring. When the person has anchored in his mind green equals calm, it takes shape.

In day to day life, if the person experiences anxiety, all he needs to do is to think of green or look at green and his emotion will be transported to a place of calmness. Likewise, the anxious feeling can be replaced by superimposing the green colour on that anxiety image to at least attain a neutral feeling.

NLP And Hypnosis

NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.

It is very common that the study of NLP and hypnosis are done in conjunction. This is because NLP being the culmination of the studies of different field experts’ results and methods used, included a large portion of its study on a hypnosis expert – Milton Erickson.

Brain Waves

Here are the basic brain waves info:

Gamma (Above 40 Hz) – Burst of insight and high level info processing

Beta (14 – 40 Hz) – Waking

Alpha (7.5 – 14 Hz) – Deep relaxation, light meditation, gateway to subsconscious

Theta (4 – 7.5 Hz) – Light sleep & deep meditation, subsconscious

Delta (0.5 – 4 Hz) – Deep sleep, access to collective mind

In hypnotherapy, trance state or hypnosis occurs between the Alpha and Theta level.

Compounding Suggestions

Compounding suggestion is the use of same suggestion over and over.

Compounding2

For example, you feel calm and the water washes your feet and you feel even more calm. The soft white sand covers your feet and the softness makes you feel more relaxed and when you are relaxed, you feel so calm…. 

 

Is Temperature Important?

The temperature for stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy session may be an important consideration.

Stage hypnosis is usually housed in a performing hall with large audience. The temperature is centrally controlled and tested before the actual event. But in stage hypnosis setting, temperature may not be that important factor as compared to hypnotherapy.

In hypnotherapy session, ensuring that the clinic’s aircon is set at a suitable temperature is important. If it is too cold, the person lying on the recliner may feel too comfortable and thus fall asleep. If too warm, she feels uncomfortable relaxing and start to fidget around. The session usually takes 45 minutes and good relaxation is a key area to achieve the desired result.

Suggestibility Test

Do you know that not everyone can be hypnotized? It is.

That is why before he hypnotises a person, the hypnotist will do a suggestibility test.  There are many ways to test a person’s suitability for hypnosis. 

Arms Rise & Fall

One way is to use the Arms rising and falling method. Basically it suggests that the person raises his right arm because a big helium balloon is tied on his right hand and he is feeling the balloon’s lightness lifting his arm higher and higher. At the same time, it is suggested that he lowers his left arm because of the heaviness of a book being placed on his left palm.

The test is very simple and straightforward – and it reveals who is following instruction carefully.

It Is Mysterious

You have probably heard that hypnosis is mysterious. And it is.

Why is it mysterious?  It involves the working of our subconscious mind. Today’s science still cannot explain the mysterious power of our subconscious mind because what we have seen are but a small portion of its true capability.

Now it explains why people who are in hypnosis can produce certain magical power, such as their hand is so weak that they are not able to lift a pencil. It is an involuntary action controlled by the unconscious part of our brain.

Placebo Effect

Have you heard of Placebo Effect?  It is an effect based on self-fulfilling prophecy. It is derived from a physician Emile Coue who prescribed a sugar pill to his patient when the essential drug was not available.

Surprisingly, the patient showed improvement in illness condition. This is because his patient believed that he was being given a drug that can heal him.

Quite similarly, people who undergo hypnosis to a certain extent believed in hypnosis power and such expectancy resulted them in seeing its positive effect.

Hypnotic Induction

Hypnotic Induction is an essential process undertaken by hypnotherapist to lead the subject into a trance state.

Time

The induction could be a very short one, ie. it takes 1 to 2 minutes or a longer one that needs 20 minutes.

To conduct a proper and deeper level hypnosis, the longer induction method is preferred.

 

Mesmerize

What is Mesmerize?   According to dictionary, it says “to have someone’s attention completely so that they cannot think of anything else.”

Yes, this is exactly what hypnosis is about. During hypnosis, the person’s attention is focused on one thing (the hypnotherapist’s voice or stage hypnotist’s voice). Though she can still hear and knows what is going around her, the focus is still on the therapist’s words.

There are several occasions that we can be mesmerized. Eg. Mesmerize by a book, a person (like seeing your idol singer performs), a task and nature. This is hypnosis in action.

Pendulum

Why is pendulum used as a common tool to hypnotize people?

It is because pendulum swings from left to right and right to left. The person asked to look at the pendulum would need to keep moving his eyes left and right. After a while, the eyes become tired and the mind begins to feel drowsy.

This is when he begins to enter into a trance. And trance state is a phenomena of hypnosis.

Test Yourself

Test

Scenario 1 – You are presented with facts and you are using your logical brain to analyse them, before making a decision.

Scenario 2 – You are soundly asleep.

Scenaro 3 – You walk in nature and is attracted to its beauty.

Scenario 4 – You are responding to questions your teacher asks you.

Which is the scenario where hypnosis occurs?

(see below for answer)

Answer: 3

4 Levels Of Consciousness

There are broadly 4 levels of consciousness:

Beta Level – The wakeful state of mind, ie. when we are awake and conscious of what we are doing.

Alpha Level – The state of drowsiness, examples are before falling asleep and when we just wake up.

Theta Level – This is light sleep.

Delta Level – A deep sleep level.

Ideomotor Response

Ideomotor is a common term found in hypnosis studies. The term is such – ideo means ideas and motor refers to muscular action.

When an idea is formed in our mind, it could send some signals to various parts of our body and cause them to respond. For eg, when a person is entering into hypnosis, that impression in his mind caused his eyes to feel heavy so much so that he wants to close them.

It Is Natural

Nature

Hypnosis is a natural occurence.

It occurs usually at the alpha level of our mind. This is the level between wakeful state of mind and light sleep.

If anyone has doubt that it is very natural, ask them these questions:

Is wakeful moments natural?

Is light sleep natural?

Is deep sleep natural?

And the answer will be obvious.

 

 

 

Our Brain

To understand hypnosis, we must know about our brain. We need to know the structure and functions of our brain.

It is important to probe into the left and right hemisphere of our brain as well as the conscious and unconscious mind.

If we left out these, we will never really know hypnosis.

Magical

Hypnosis is magical. It can resolve a wide range of issues and it can be done within a short period of time.

Though it is magical, it is not magic. It is a very real and effective therapeutic method which also takes time to show its effectiveness. 

However, in comparison with other methods, its effect is still much more positive and encouraging.

Can Hypnotist Be Fooled?

Yes, even an experienced hypnotist or hypnotherapist could be fooled.

The reason being the phenomena of hypnosis does not necessarily mean you must be in a state of hypnosis. In other words, you can exhibit some hypnosis phenomena by being in a normal conscious state of mind.

The person being hypnotized can deliberately not follow the hypnotist’s instruction but just string along, blocking out what is being instructed and then pretend to act out what is being told.

There is a choice in hypnosis – it is whether you wish to co-operate that determines hypnosis’ effectiveness.

Advertisement

Do you know that advertisement could also be a form of hypnosis? It is.

Some advertisements use flash eg flashing their brand image that we may think is  nothing unusual but can have an effect on our mind.

The repeat flashing is to appeal to our subconscious mind so thatt we receive the message at a subconscious level. This is similar to suggestions made to a hypnotized person at a subsconscious level and there could be some unconscious responses to the suggestions from that person.

Highway Hypnosis

Highway hypnosis refers to a person driving a vehicle and has no recollection of having consciously done so.

It is like the brain activity of someone who is asleep. In most situation, it occurs when the driver is tired and feeling drowsy.

Do not perform this dangerous act!

Pyramiding

One reason why hypnosis can be so effective is the use of  pyramiding.

The suggestions given to the person receiving hypnosis are positive and empowering. They are then, like pyramid, one build on top of another until a desired height is attained through the use of words that have quite similar meaning.

Example in this statement:

“You feel calm and when you feel calm, you are more peaceful, and when you feel peaceful, you are in harmony…..”

Compounding

Can You Concentrate?

You must be able to concentrate in order to receive hypnosis.

When the hypnotherapist gives the instruction, your mind must be able to follow. For eg, imagine yourself walking in a quiet nature. If you cannot concentrate, your mind can be either blank or drifting to some other images that have no relevance to what is being told. 

There is nothing wrong with mind drifting. It is just that you may not be able to achieve the desired effect of hypnosis.

Do Not Exercise

If you are undergoing hypnotherapy session in an hour’s time, try not to do any form of exercise or things that have any physical demand.

Walking a long distance and climbing staircase are activities that are like exercising. Avoid this if you can. Try also not to get too excited about things or else your heart will start beating fast and some other effects will take place on your body.

 

Can You Imagine?

One pre-requisite for hypnosis is you need to be able to imagine.

Everyone can imagine – some people can have a vivid picture formed while some the image is not so clear.

Basically, this is Ok. The fact is imagination is one important faculty of our brain and it is normal for people to exercise their imagination.

If you are not able to imagine vividly, you can improve it through practice. Start with something you are familiar with, example your laptop – see its shape, colour, texture, the sound made when it is turned on etc. Look at it for a while and close your eyes to see it in your mind’s eye. Repeat a few times. Then, proceed to practise on another object. It is very simple.

Bodily Effects Of Hypnosis

Studies have shown that there is no significant body changes on the person who undergoes hypnosis except his breathing and heart beat slows down and the metabolic rate falls. This is quite close to the state when we are asleep. The reason is due largely to mind and body being relaxed.

Body Effects

Affirmations

Is affirmations good?  Affirmations may be good but it could take a long time to see the effect.

This is because it is done consciously and will require a great deal of willpower to overcome obstacles of the old ingrained habits.

In hypnosis, we use affirmations as well BUT is done at a subconscious level. That is why it could be more effective.

Facilitator

One definition of  facilitator is someone who helps a person or organisation do something more easily or find the answer to a problem by discussing things or suggesting ways of doing things. 

Hypnotherapist is like a Facilitator.  She helps her client to resolve the issue by finding out what is the problem faced and then look for the most helpful hypnosis’ script that can tackle the issue.

Daydream

Is Daydream good?

Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. It is good for us. This is because our conscious mind is quite limited in its ability to concentrate for a long time. That is why we need a break in order not to over-concentrate.

Thus, in order to ‘relieve’ our mind from the stress, our brain automatically tune us out from the working on the left brain and drifts us to perform activities of the right brain.

One activity is daydream.

Tree

Hypnotherapy Session

In hypnotherapy session (using hypnosis as a therapy to resolve issues), there are basically 3 stages.

Stage 1 is a Pre-talk. By pre-talk, it means a talk before the actual hypnosis starts. During the pre-talk, the hypnotherapist will explain what is hypnosis and its benefits. And at the same time, finding out the issue faced by the person seeking the therapy and related history.

Stage 2 is the actual hypnosis session whereby the hypnotherapist will read from relevant script that specifically target to resolve the issue.

Stage 3 is post-hypnotic suggestion. It is suggestion given to the person after the hypnosis session.

Hypnosis’ History Simplified

In the initial early days,  “hypnotist” was not being used to describe person who does hypnosis work, it was rather known as “mesmerist”.  It came from one of the pioneers in hypnotism, Franz Mesmer, an Austrian physician in 1734-1815. The theory founded was known as “animal magnetism” – about channelling  animal magnetism to overcome ailment.

It was James Braid, an English physician in 1795-1860 that proposed Mesmer’s technique and use the term “hypnotism” that comes from Greek God of Sleep – Hypnos.

Hypnosis gains more traction during the time of Milton Erickson, a psychiatrist 1932-1974,  who used hypnosis as a form of communication.

Critical Factor

One of the key word used in hypnosis is the term “Critical Factor”. What is Critical Factor?

It is an imaginary line that separates the conscious mind and unconscious mind. As we know, there is no actual barrier that separates the two mind consciousness. By having this imaginary line, it helps us to know better about hypnosis.

Critical Factor

This is because hypnosis occurs when suggestions bypass the conscious mind and enter into the subconscious mind. The imaginary line or critical factor is like a gate that opens to allow data and information to freely flow into the unconscious mind as well as close to prevent too much data from seeping into the unconscious mind before the processing is done at the conscious level. 

Common Myths

The common myths of hypnosis are:

  • Hypnosis is sleep
  • Your mind can be controlled by the hypnotist
  • Everyone can be hypnotized
  • It is evil or occult
  • You can be stucked in hypnosis
  • Lose your awareness

As it is said, they are the myths or misconceptions that people have of hypnosis.  They are not true.

Types Of Hypnosis

Tbere are broadly speaking 5 types of hypnosis. They are:

Daily hypnosis – Hypnosis that we experience on a daily basis such as daydreaming.

Self-hypnosis – Using hypnosis on oneself

Stage Hypnosis – A form of entertainment on stage in front of audience, using hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy – Hypnosis induced by hypnotherapist to resolve issue on a person.

Conversational Hypnosis – Hypnosis that we used in conversations, that is in communications.

Does Everyone Experience Hypnosis?

The straightforward answer is YES! Everyone experiences hypnosis be it he is willing or not; be it she knew it or not.

Sound scary? Actually it is not. Hypnosis occurs when we are focused on one task on hand, like admiring the beautiful nature or a project. It occurs when our mind gets bored and started drifting away (eg. daydreaming).

It occurs when we have a “lost of mind” and is not sure what we are doing – press the wrong floor button in the lift and ended going to the wrong floor.

Weather

Autosuggestions

Is hypnosis same as autosuggestion?

First, we need to know what is “Autosuggestion”. It is defined as the influencing of your physical and mental state by thoughts or ideas that come from yourself instead of other people.

Hypnosis is the same as autosuggestion. Hypnosis is different from autosuggestion.

What? There is a contradiction here!

Actually not. Here is the explanation:

Why Same?

When we are talking about self-hypnosis, there is a possibility of you repeating some phrases on your own. That is, you choose the phrase and repeat them For eg. “I am getting calmer with each day.”

Why Different?

  1. In a therapy session, the hypnotherapist says some positive statements to influence your mind positively and the suggestions are not from yourself. It comes from the therapist.
  2. In self-hypnosis, you may be listening to an audio script (that is spoken by others).

Stage Hypnosis

In your opinion,  is stage hypnosis real or fake?

Though stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment that does not mean it is all fake show. In fact, it is real. 

But you may ask – why then are people made to bark like a dog, walk like a zombie, fall asleep sitting on a chair etc?

Hypnosis is about the hypnotist giving instructions at a subconscious level,  to the persons called on stage. Because there is the consideration for entertainment value, that is why hypnotist would choose certain behaviours that can create laughter from the audience so that there is much interaction between the stage and the floor. This will give the show more value.

Basic Terms Of Hypnosis

Enlarged effect

There are a few basic terms used in hypnosis:

Hypnosis – The process of hypnotizing

Hypnotist – The person who performs the hypnosis, commonly used for stage hypnosis

Hypnotherapy – A therapy method using hypnosis

Hypnotherapist – The person who does the induction of hypnosis on a subject who lies down on a recliner. In short, person who uses hypnosis as a therapy

Hypnotizability – The ability to be hypnotized

Self-hypnosis – Using hypnosis on oneself

Now you knew about them,  at least you have some foundations in hypnosis.

Metaphor

I once come across a writer who mentions that hypnosis is like a dance. In a dance, there is the elements of leading and pacing between the 2 dancers. In the case of hypnosis, the hypnotist does the leading and pacing for the person undergoing hypnosis. The person receiving hypnosis will standby and follow as instructed.

I agree with this metaphor – the process of a good dance requires understanding each person’s role and chemistry.  Soon, the dancers get into the dance rhythm.

The same can speak for hypnosis.

Tools For Hypnosis

When it comes to hypnosis’ tools, what occurs in your mind?

A pair of eyes – like “look into my eyes….”

A picture of black spirals with white background?

A pendulum?

You are right if you say any of the above. These are the common tools used in hypnosis but they are not necessarily the only tools.  There are more…and I will tell you later on.

What Is Hypnosis?

Have you heard of hypnosis?

I believe most of us have. The question is which version of hypnosis’ definition did we hear of?  If you ask people what is hypnosis, most will refer it as a hypnotist on stage hypnotizing a bunch of people. He would ask the people to behave in a certain way and they simply follow with no resistance,

People have such an impression because stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment and it is propagated through advertisement and social media.

Another group of people will tell you hypnosis is a form of therapy where the person seeking treatment lies on a therapy chair and the hypnotist sits beside her and reads out a script.

Which version is correct? Stage hypnosis or therapy?

The answer – both are correct!

Alternative Medicine

According to one of the definition of alternative medicine, it states that alternative medicine is a term that describes those medical treatments that are used instead of the traditional or mainstream therapies.

There are quite a number of medication/therapies that are classified as alternative medicine, such as meditation, herbal, acupuncture, foot reflexology, reiki healing, hypnosis, Ayurvedic, chiropractic etc.

Alternative medicine is also known as ‘integrative’ or ‘complementary’ medicine. This is because it can be combined and used alongside the mainstream treatment.  However, it can be used individually, as a standalone in some situations.

Hypnosis is one such alternative medicine.