The Facts Behind Hypnosis

Hypnosis FactsHypnosis and self-hypnosis have been shown to raise self-esteem and serenity.

Just about everyone wants a happier, healthier and a more serene and stress-free life. Change and transformation are certainties of life but can be somewhat difficult to bear. It takes courage, persistence and even faith, to make the changes that will improve our lives.

For true and lasting change, we must connect to our subconscious. This is the mind that stores our beliefs, experiences and negative thought patterns often given to us by our parents, society and surroundings. They include automatic, internalized responses and patterns.

The conscious mind is where we store our daily thoughts and ideas. We try to achieve our goals with this mind, however, it’s not always enough. To create long-term healthier thought patterns and behaviors, we must access our unconscious mind. One very powerful way to accomplish this is through hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, focused attention and concentration. We all experience this trance state in our daily lives. When you drive to a location and are not totally aware of the route but since you’ve already gone that way, you just do it without ‘thinking,” you are in a trance. In those moments right before you fall asleep, you are in this state or when you are absorbed in a good book or movie.

It is a state where the subconscious mind is open to positive suggestions, called post-hypnotic suggestions. A post-hypnotic suggestion is a positive suggestion made while in a trance state that will take effect after the trance has ended. Hypnosis avoids or bypasses the censor of our conscious mind, which is quite critical and powerful.

Hypnosis is very successful for: smoking cessation, weight loss and maintenance, enhancement of self-esteem, and to help decrease impulses and anger. It works for overcoming many fears, phobias and habits that may limit or challenge you. As a dentist and hypnotherapist, I utilize hypnosis to help reduce patient’s fears and anxiety and even decrease their discomfort, pain and/or their anticipation or fear of it. Hypnosis can help with many medical and dental challenges, including: irritable bowel syndrome, clenching/grinding teeth and even for analgesia and anesthesia during procedures and surgery.

By the numbers: Fad or Fact?

Let’s take a look at some stats:

  • More than 90% success rate for smoking cessation *
  • More than 30 times as effective for weight loss **
  • Approved in 1955 by the British Medical Association
  • Approved in 1958 by the American Medical Association

Hypnosis: Myths & Misconceptions

Here are some facts:

  1. While in trance, you are not sleeping and you are not unconscious. You are simply in a relaxed state with your mind alert and focused.
  2. You will not do anything you don’t want to do.
  3. No one can take over or control your mind.
  4. You will not be amnesic after a session.
  5. You can get out of trance, if you desire. You are always in control. The more you let your thoughts come and go and the more you use your imagination and creativity, the more you will benefit from hypnosis. Practicing self-hypnosis, as well as working with a hypnotherapist (guide) can help create success.

* University of Washington, School of Medicine, 2001
** Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986

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