Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion. Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups. Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state. (Fromm and Shor) In contrast, Non-state theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role-enactment. (Lynn S, Fassler and Knox)
Hypnotherapy is a use of hypnosis in psychotherapy. It is used by licensed physicians, psychologists, and others. Physicians and psychologists may use hypnosis to treat depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep disorders, compulsive gaming, and posttraumatic stress, (Barrett) while certified hypnotherapists who are not physicians or psychologists often treat smoking and weight management.
Self-hypnosis happens when a person hypnotizes oneself, commonly involving the use of autosuggestion. The technique is often used to increase motivation for a diet, quit smoking, or reduce stress. People who practice self-hypnosis sometimes require assistance; some people use devices known as mind machines to assist in the process, whereas others use hypnotic recordings.
Self-hypnosis is claimed to help with stage fright, relaxation, and physical well-being.
Hypnosis for stress
Stress is a normal part of life, but for some individuals, stress can become so severe that it creates serious physical and emotional health issues. Regardless of the degree of stress, the better we learn to manage it and reduce it, the better off we are.
When you are experiencing stress, your body is releasing hormones such as cortisol which can have detrimental effects on your health over time. Relaxation can help reduce this release, thus benefitting you physically in many ways. (hypnosis for stress)
Through hypnosis we will be guided through exercises that will teach us how to adapt to stressful situations, resolve existing anxieties, and create new ways of looking at the world. In a 2001 study published by Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, medical students were able to significantly reduce exam-time stress. Furthermore, blood samples revealed that these students’ immune systems became stronger the more they practiced the techniques learned through hypnosis. (Control and Conquer Stress)
At this year’s expo Michael Salerno, a Certified Hypnotist, will be having a workshop on how to manage stress through hypnosis. We will learn how to manage ourselves better. Those in attendance will experience how hypnosis can alter our thoughts about stress and how we deal with the challenge of everyday life.
This will be a great experience and I encourage you all to come and participate. This is a great opportunity you do not want to miss.
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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2004: “a special psychological state with certain physiological attributes, resembling sleep only superficially and marked by functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state”.
“Self-hypnosis as a skill for busy research workers.” London’s Global University Human Resources, ucl.ac.uk
Barrett, Deirdre. “The Pregnant Man: Tales from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch.” Times Books/Random House, 1998.
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Fromm, Erika and Ronald E. Shor. “Hypnosis: Developements in Research and New Perspectives.” Rutgers, 2009.
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