Hypnosis is a process of the interruption of an individual’s level of consciousness to a subconsciousness level, making them less aware of the things or people around them and making them more receptive to suggestions made. It is not in any way connected to magic. During hypnosis an individual’s mind focuses on suggested thoughts by a Hypnotist-someone who carries out hypnosis-without being easily distracted by what is happening around them. Although it is believed that hypnosis was in use way before the 18th Century by the Hindu, Egyptians and Chinese, it is Franz Mesmer who continued the practice into the modern world in the 1700s.
Hypnosis is used for a number of reasons. When used for medical reasons in physiotherapy, it is referred to as Hypnotherapy. It can also be referred to as Clinical Hypnosis which is usually classified under Traditional Hypnosis. Learning exactly how to hypnotize someone isn’t an easy task. It can takes years of training. This simply involves telling someone under hypnosis what to do. Hypnotherapy is only used by certified medical professionals who are in this case referred to as Hypnotherapists. It is used to treat the following disorders:
Apart from Hypnotherapy or Clinical Hypnosis, there are also other types of hypnosis. These include:
1. Stage Hypnosis- usually used by hypnotists who are non-medical professionals in theaters to hypnotize volunteers and instruct them to do certain acts as the audience watches. While some of their shows are regarded as real, most are believed to be staged for popularity purposes.
2. Self Hypnosis – this is the act of hypnotizing oneself which is usually believed to help with scenarios like overcoming fright and to control disorders such as smoking, stress or overeating. This is ususally achieved with the help of a hypnotherapist.
3. Ericksonian Hynopsis – this is best used on people who think they cannot be hypnotized since it does not involved being told what to do directly; rather it involves metaphors or patterns. They simply tell a story which is very easy to be bought and used by an unconscious mind.
4. Nero-Linguistic Programming (NPL) Hypnosis – Usually used with self hypnosis, it influences the behavior of the brain using different ways of communication and language to achieve desired results from someone.
Any willing person of any age can be hypnotized. It must however be noted that people who are out to prove that they cannot be hypnotized, might actually not be in a position to be hypnotized. Even though you are in a subconscious level, you are still in control of your mind and can easily choose to respond to a question or not. A common myth is that the hypnotist or hypnotherapist is in control of your mind. Other myths include:
1. Hypnosis is a simple form of sleeping.
2.You will never remember anything that happened during hypnosis.
3. Hypnosis is not safe.
4. You will not be able to come out of hypnosis.
5. You can do anything suggested to you under hypnosis.
6. Being hypnotized is a sign of weakness
7. You will not lie during hypnosis.
8. Anything can be cured with just one session of hypnosis.
Hypnosis does not seem to be coming to an end anytime soon as many people are undergoing training’s and establishing their own practices. –