Within science, there is divergence as to whether hypnosis exists or not. Science simply has no consensus on what it is and how it works, although as The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”
These suggestions help people make innate positive changes. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made subservient. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely helps to expedite your experience – hypnotherapy is not about being converted into a zombie, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment. If someone tells you they can hypnotise you to be obeisant, ask them to hypnotise you to rob a bank, and when they can’t, ask them to stop making ludicrous claims.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of an entrancement, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is smothered and the subconscious mind is unveiled.
The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly embedded inside of him.
The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to reinvent patterns of behavior within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and enshrouded emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be mitigated.
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more vigilant. The conscious part of the mind is sedated, and the subconscious mind kindled. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behavior and physical state to alter.
For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can ,to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror. Hypnotic therapy is cathartic and helps purge the ingrained phobias .Now progress can be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that positive or neutral responses are generated instead.
The patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important requirement is that the patient himself wants to change some behavioral habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. He must want the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so. However the patient can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can help them counter distress and help unwind themselves.
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labour and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and to help with bulimia. Children are generally easy to hypnotise and can be helped with bed wetting and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behaviour, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well.
Mandrake the magician whose work was based on an instantaneous hypnotic technique, has been a childhood comic super-hero, known to us old-timers. Mandrake gestured and summoned up all kinds of things his subjects were made to see.
But now its well established that hypnosis is no magic which can make the targeted person hallucinate. Its a therapeutic aid, which can help us solve our own psychosomatic disorders.
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Synonyms : evacuant, purgative
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Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; perceive what is not there; have illusions
Synonyms : phantasize
Contextual Meaning : noun; the use of hypnosis in treating illness, e.g. in dealing with physical pain or psychological problems
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