People perceive hypnosis and how does hypnosis work in different ways. Broadly they can be divided in two categories. First type is the set of people who are very well informed about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. They know how does hypnosis work and the benefits of hypnosis. It is also quite possible that such people have had firsthand experience of using hypnosis for themselves or someone very close.
The second group of people are those may have just heard the word hypnosis or have derived somewhat incorrect / incomplete information. They may picture a hypnotist as a somewhat mysterious magician based on what they would have seen in stage hypnosis, comic books, movies or television shows. Such people think that once hypnotized, the subject has to obey the commands of the hypnotist – no matter what.
Thankfully, the understanding of hypnosis has evolved over a period of time and it has advanced a great deal in modern times.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
To get a more insight, in this article you’ll know better that how does hypnosis work. We’ll also look at some basic definitions of hypnosis, hypnotherapy and explore the specific ways hypnotists put their skills to work. If in a hurry, you may also click to go directly to specific sections:
What is Hypnosis?
The concept and the working of Hypnosis is something that is less understood by the general public. A better way to explain what is hypnosis, would be that it is an induced state of mind, where the receptivity or suggestibility of the mind increases. This increased suggestibility is towards the verbal suggestions given by the hypnotherapist to achieve desired behavior pattern.
Contrary to the popular belief, the client remains consciously well aware of the process. Hypnosis is also the method of consciously achieving a natural state of mind. For example, when we drift into sleep at night, we do enter a light state of hypnosis in order to put to rest the conscious mind. Hence when the hypnotist is at his job, the client falls sleep or is in hypnotic trance.
What is Hypnotherapy?
The hypnotherapist and the client agree to change a particular behavior. For example, it could be client’s habit of procrastination.
The hypnotherapist chalks out a plan and informs the client about it. Then the hypnotherapist through the path of relaxation takes the client into a state of mind where he is more receptive to the suggestions. Upon reaching this stage, the hypnotherapist repeats verbally the important parts of the desired behavior, such as:
“You love taking prompt action.”
“You now complete your tasks on time”
“You are confident your ability to handle any task or responsibility”
“Even just thinking of Cigarettes will cause a stinking taste in your mouth.”
“From now on, you are going to feel confident and relaxed.”
What methodology does a Hypnotist employ?
Generally the client who seeks the help of a hypnotherapist is a well informed and an able person who wants to change a habit or improve something in life, but has not been able to bring about that change on his own.
Since there are hundreds (and more) of benefits of hypnotherapy, let us continue with habit procrastination as an example of a hypnotherapy client who wants to take timely action. The process basically consists of four steps:
1. Discussion and Probing
On the contrary, it is a very logical process, where the hypnotist begins with simple discussion to get to know him or her better. The specific aim is to understand the career goals of the clients which they wish to achieve and would like to be facilitated through hypnosis. The discussion also takes them to the problems the client is facing. For example, this could be lack of confidence which has its root in the upbringing by the parents or lack of professional qualifications. Sometimes, it could be a specific type or series of situations in life – such as divorce or the death of someone very close. A hypnotist has to be good in probing and identifying the problem or issues which are getting in the way of the client’s career progress.
At the same time the hypnotherapist has to dig and find out his clients’ strengths and the real or the imaginary role models which the client uses to inspire himself.
2. Goal Setting / Goal Identification
Some clients say in plain and simple words that they want to earn X amount of money per year, while others start with the materialistic possessions they would like to have. In the corporate world, it mostly it comes down to money. The end goal is usually translated into money – whether it is the business person or entrepreneur or a professional employee.
But that is not very right. It has to be corrected in terms of a specific amount from a specific professional or business activity and above all the individual has to be passionate about it.
3. Embedding the right values and beliefs
It is at this stage where the client is taken through hypnosis (there are other methods too) into a lowered level of brain frequency. At the lower levels the subconscious mind is most receptive as the logical conscious mind is sleeping.
Through the actual hypnosis, the clients are made to focus on the success and achievements they have had in the past and link (anchor) them with that so that they can confidently move into the future and once again claim success. Alternatively, the client is encouraged to visualize what success might feel or look like. In the present tense, they are made to experience success in their goals. This connects them to positive emotions and imagery to boost their confidence.
4. Follow up for Evaluation
In a subsequent session, the client and hypnotherapist meet to assess if the changes have occurred and to what level. Has the client successfully started taking timely action?
If so, the next strategy is to reinforce the change (or the new behavior), and make it stronger and stronger. The ultimate goal (as in this case) is to create a new automatic habit of taking decision or doing the work without any delay.
Effectiveness of a hypnosis session
Though it’s difficult to generalize – as all clients are different individuals, but roughly speaking the effects of one session with a good hypnotist lasts for three to six months.
My style of using hypnosis for career success
I usually follow all the above steps but start with a short session introducing my clients to the concept of hypnosis along with the methods and stages involved in hypnotism.
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- Change Your Attitude and Belief to Improve Your Circumstances
- How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to be Successful
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