Is Hypnosis the New Magic Pill @ Reward Me

Is hypnosis the new magic pill?

Hypnosis looks like the easiest solution to your problems yet. But is it just too good to be true?

The popularity of hypnosis (or hypnotherapy, the term given when hypnosis is used in a therapeutic setting) as a tool for emotional, physical and professional improvement is growing steadily.  Hypnotism used to be seen as the last resort but not any more. It is on the increase especially for issues such as smoking and weight loss or life issues (wavering concentration, building self-esteem, overcoming crippling phobias of everything from snakes to lifts).

How does it work?
Hypnosis is the acceptance of acceptable suggestions. Because these suggestions are put to you while in a trance-like state that hovers somewhere between the conscious and the unconscious, you’re more likely to accept them.

The "acceptable suggestions" bit is key. If something is suggested that would not be acceptable to you morally or rationally while you’re "awake", then it won’t be acceptable to you while you are hypnotised. Getting to the point where you’re willing to accept these suggestions is the first step.

During a session of hypnosis, your practitioner will help you relax through one of several methods:

  • Getting you to tense, then relax all your muscles.
  • Asking you to picture a calming scene.
  • Providing you with an object to concentrate on (this is where the clichéd image of the swinging pendulum comes from).

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Once this trancelike state is achieved, it’s thought that the conscious part of your brain is put on standby, allowing the subconscious part to come to the fore and take on the suggestions of the hypnotist. It sounds very foreign, but it actually isn’t. Think about how many times you’ve driven home without consciously thinking of where you’re going. That’s highway hypnotism, a quick, almost daydream-like state where you just go to another place in your brain.

Sessions with a hypnotist just channel that state to a place where the mind and body interact in a way that can heal both.

You’re in control
Hypnosis is not a cure-all requiring little effort from you. You are not a passive participant, as you have to apply your mind. You’re the one in control because you decide whether or not to follow those suggestions, and 90% of people will follow them to some level. Research has shown that only around 10% of people are unable to enter this trance-like state.

Science says…
You’d think that scientists would give a blanket "no" to hypnotherapy. But this isn’t the case. The British Medical Association approved the use of hypnotherapy as a treatment method back in 1955, and the American Medical Association approved its use in 1958. And hypnotists and scientists share a pivotal belief: that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. But while there has been some buy-in from the medical profession others maintain that the power of suggestion is little more than the workings of the placebo effect.

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