WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?

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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Alleviated

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; (of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear

Synonyms : eased, relieved

  • Aroused

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; keenly excited

Other Meaning(s) : adjective (of persons) excessively affected by emotion; aroused to action; feeling great sexual desire; brought to a state of great tension; emotionally aroused;

Synonyms : stimulated

  • Bulimia

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a condition in which bouts of overeating are followed by undereating, use of laxatives, or self-induced vomiting. It is associated with depression and anxiety about putting on weight.

Synonyms : compulsive eating

  • Cathartic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; emotionally cleansing.

Other Meaning(s) : strongly laxative; emotionally purging; noun a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

Synonyms : evacuant, purgative

  • Conjured

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; produced by magic

Synonyms : summoned

  • Consensus

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole

Synonyms : unanimity

  • Contention

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a point asserted as part of an argument; the act of competing as for profit or a prize; a contentious speech act;

Other Meaning(s) : Noun; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

Synonyms : competition

  • Derisory

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; incongruous; inviting ridicule

Synonyms : preposterous, ridiculous

  • Embedded

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; as an integral part of a surrounding whole; enclosed firmly in a surrounding mass

Synonyms : implanted

  • Enshrouded

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; hidden

Synonyms : covered

  • Entrancement

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment

Synonyms : ravishment

  • Exacerbated

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; increased the intensity of a problem

Synonyms : aggravated, vitiated

  • Expedite

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; process fast and efficiently; speed up the progress of; facilitate

Synonyms : hasten

  • Eczema

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; an inflammation of the skin characterized by reddening and itching

Synonyms : rash

 

  • Hallucinate

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; perceive what is not there; have illusions

Synonyms : phantasize

  • Hypnotherapy

 

Contextual Meaning : noun; the use of hypnosis in treating illness, e.g. in dealing with physical pain or psychological problems

Synonyms : spell-casting

  • Ingrained

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; (used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

Synonyms : deep-rooted

  • Innate

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development; being talented through inherited qualities; not established by conditioning or learning

Synonyms : congenital, unlearned

  • Insomnia

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness

Synonyms : sleeplessness

  • Instantaneous

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; occurring immediately or almost immediately

Synonyms : immediate

  • Kindled

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; set a fire

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; aroused or stimulated

Synonyms : invoked

  • Ludicrous

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; incongruous; inviting ridicule

Synonyms : laughable

  • Mitigated

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; made less severe or intense

Synonyms : alleviated

  • Metabolic rate

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; the speed at which the biochemical reactions of metabolism in living cells take place

  • Obeisant

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; slavish

Synonyms : servile, fawing

  • Obsessional

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; characterized by or constituting an obsession or compulsion

Synonyms : obsessive

  • Obstetrics

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; the branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth and for some weeks following delivery

Synonyms : medical care

  • Psychosomatic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis

Synonyms : psychoneurotic

  • Purge

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements; the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge; verb excrete or evacuate (someone’s bowels or body); rid of impurities; clear of a charge; oust politically; eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

Other Meaning(s) : make pure or free from sin or guilt

Synonyms : flush, regurgitate

  • Psoriasis

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a skin disease usually marked by red scaly patches

 

  • Reinvent

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; create anew and make over; bring back into existence

Synonyms : recreate

  • Sedated

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; under the influence of a sedative drug (sleeping pill)

Synonyms : tranquilized

  • Smothered

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; held in check with difficulty; completely covered

Synonyms : blanketed

  • Subservient

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; compliant and obedient to authority; abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant; serving or acting s a means or aid

Synonyms : implemental, instrumental

  • Summoned

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; called in an official matter, such as to attend court; asked to come; make ready for action or use

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; gathered or brought together

Synonyms : commandeered

  • Stammering

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to speak or say something, with many quick hesitations and repeated consonants or syllables because of a speech condition or a strong emotion

  • Therapeutic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; relating to or involved in therapy; tending to cure or restore to health; noun a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

Synonyms : curative healing

  • Trance

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep; a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation; verb attract; cause to be enamored

Synonyms : enchantment, spell

  • Unveiled

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; revealed; especially by having a veil removed

Synonyms : disclosed

  • Vigilant

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

Synonyms : alert

  • Vulnerable

 

Contextual Meaning(s): Adjective; exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Synonyms : endangered, unsafe.

  • Zombie

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or pathetic way;

Other Meaning(s) : noun several kinds of rum with fruit juice and usually apricot liqueur; a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force; a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies; (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body

Synonyms : living-dead

 

 

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