WHAT IS THE TRUTH OF HYPNOSIS?


As stated by my governing body B.S.C.H. (British Association of Clinical Hypnosis, of
which I am a full member, states hypnosis employs a natural occurring state of mind and
it may surprise many to learn that we experience trance states often during our lives, even
several times during each day. Just drifting into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance
state, typically one where our mind is becoming free of verbal thinking (left brain), and
entering a more visual state (right brain), similar to that of a dream sleep.

The experience of hypnosis is in many ways similar to the sleepy hypnogogic state: being
neither asleep nor awake and prone to imagery and association, with a pleasant feeling of
calmness and relaxation behind it all. The hypnotic state occurs normally in everyone
when certain physiological and psychological conditions are met and with the assistance
of a properly skilled hypnotherapist it is possible to use this state to make deep and long
lasting changes to thoughts, feelings and behaviour. If your problem has an emotional,
habitual or perhaps psychological origin then hypnotherapy is an excellent way to
communicate with these parts of your mind.

Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness to the normal "alert" state and you can
easily enter it so that, for therapeutic purposes, beneficial instructions may be given
directly to your receptive unconscious mind. In the normal state and a skilled hypnotist
may "seed" constructive ideas, which then change behaviour and attitudes at their source.
Thus, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self,
which is both a reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the
unwitting source of many of our habits and problems.

Therefore, in brief. Clinical hypnosis is a psychological phenomenon, which enables
communication with the conscious and subconscious mind. This enables information
extraction in order to achieve well being and a rapid, satisfactory conclusion.

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HYPNOSIS


Some people worry that once hypnotised they may be taken advantage of by a person
who is less than scrupulous. However, it is a fact that no one can be hypnotised against
their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestions offered to
them or return to normal alert consciousness at will. Hypnotherapy is actually a state of
purposeful co-operation between the therapist and subject, to obtain a specific result,
agreed upon beforehand.

Similarly, a common fear is that under hypnosis, a person could be made to reveal
personal details that they would rather keep secret, but again this is not possible. If it
were, the police would be the keenest students of hypnosis! I suspect the image of trance
created by the media is at fault here, as people expect that "under" hypnosis they will
become quite unconscious and robotic, not aware of or realising what they are doing or
saying. The truth is that you will remain quite conscious and aware, perhaps even more
so than usual. However, a skilful hypnotist will keep you at the balancing point where
critical faculty is suspended and beneficial directions can be given to your
unconscious mind.

Many people have had the experience of driving along a familiar road and suddenly
realising that several miles have gone by of which they have been completely unaware.
This is very similar to the hypnotic state; you are awake and aware but somehow not
quite there.