Hypnosis has been successfully used in clinical and private settings as a short-term therapeutic treatment to address a whole host of stubborn complexes and anxieties that have proven resistant to other therapies, and is often combined with NLP for lasting results. In fact, hypnosis is a natural state all individuals encounter during particular sleep phases and while in deep concentration. During a hypnotic phase, the conscious mind is temporarily suppressed and information is absorbed through the subconscious mind.
The hypnotic process involves reprogramming the mind with different thought patterns and perceptions, by directly implanting them into the subconscious for lasting, automatic and natural results. Past and present clinical studies continue to substantiate the efficacy of hypnotherapy as it penetrates the conscious mind and directly stimulates the subconscious, although hypnotherapy is decidedly not foolproof.
A series of hypnotic sessions begins with creating a goal of healing and wellness and working towards achieving that goal gradually during the course of the sessions. A common misconception about hypnotherapy is that it involves inducing the patient into a deep stage of sleep. Clinical, and not stage, hypnosis in fact involves keeping the patient in a heightened state of alertness, open to suggestion. During the entire period of hypnosis, the conscious mind is placed into a neutral state and replaced with direct access to the subconscious, but the patient never relinquishes his or her control over the situation. The patient responds to, and fully understands the hypnotherapist, who acts as a facilitator implanting ideas into the subconscious using the power of suggestion to encourage thought and behavioral changes.
Hypnosis is often wrongfully regarded as a “quick fix” or simple solution to a complex problem. While it is true that hypnotherapy is largely successful where other conventional treatments fail, success in hypnotherapy depends largely upon the co-operation, will and willingness to change on the part of the actual patient.
The hypnotherapist only acts as a catalyst to assist with change, prompting suggestion, while the patient’s will remains intact. The power of suggestion is only effective if the patient is willing to accept the ideas the hypnotherapist offers, and then subsequently utilize same for their benefit.
Effectiveness Lies With the Patient
On the one hand, this may seem disappointing to those patients who lack willpower or who have difficulty surrendering themselves to the care of the hypnotherapist, yet on the other hand, the desire to accept subconscious suggestion is highly effective in those who truly desire to change their thoughts, behaviors and actions, yet find themselves subconsciously succumbing to a compulsive thought or behavior.
Hypnotherapy can also be effectively practiced at home as a self-treatment, as it is a state that is fairly easy to induce and does not require a doctor’s care or participation. Well-known hypnotists, such as Michael Peak, who combine both hypnotherapy with NLP practices, sell highly successful CDs which can help individuals overcome a whole host of ailments in the comfort of their own homes.
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