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Old 29-11-2010, 01:01 AM
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what is hypnosis really about?

Hey everyone,

I believe in hypnosis, but I really don't know much about it, how does it really work? Does it always work? Are there some people out there that just CAN'T be hypnotized? Can brainwashing be hypnotism?
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Old 29-11-2010, 01:29 AM
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Hypnosis goes into the unconscious thoughts of your mind......does it work? I dont' know. Not all people can be hypnotized. My mother who is strong willed many years ago was taking a class, and there was a well known hypnotherapist who claimed he could hypnotize anyone...my mom said he wouldn't be able to hypnotize her and he tried and to his surprise nah he couldn't. If you don't want to be hypnotized or are too scared, it won't work.
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Old 29-11-2010, 08:23 PM
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Hypnosis is just a very deep state of relaxation and when you are very relaxed your subconscious will take on suggestions. As far as I'm aware you can't be made to do anything that you don't want to. I have had hypnotherapy many times, I am aware of what is being said so if any negative suggestions were said then I would be able to get up and walk away (but I highly doubt any practitioner would do that) but I am just emphasising that you are still very much in control during hypnosis.

I highly recommend it hypnotherapy for any problems you may have
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:22 PM
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Hey everyone,

I believe in hypnosis, but I really don't know much about it, how does it really work? Does it always work? Are there some people out there that just CAN'T be hypnotized? Can brainwashing be hypnotism?

Hi Lightwithin,

Great questions! I'll try to answer them in order here.

1) It works by using the way we naturally learn anyway. We have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind. The conscious mind is that part of us that takes and evaluate information. The conscious mind can only hold 7 + or - 2 pieces of information at any given time. The unconscious mind is the other part which contains emotions, memories, thought and behavioral patterns, etc. Think of it this way. You're standing in a loud party talking to friends when all of sudden you hear someone call your name on the other side of the room and you turn around instinctively. Now in this scenario your conscious mind is paying attention to the conversation you're having but your unconscious is aware of what's happening in the space around you.

Hypnosis works by bypassing that conscious part so that you can work directly with the unconscious. There is a number of different ways to this. Some more overt than others.

2) When you ask, does it always work, do you mean does the process of having someone enter trance always work or does hypnotherapy always work, or do you mean something else? In very general terms the success rate really depends on the skill of the hypnotist. We enter hypnotic states all of the time, even people who say they're "strong willed" so a skilled hypnotist can elicit that state effectively in others when they set the right context.

3) Not that I know of. We are hypnotized all the time. People are hypnotized by school, religion, media, culture, and themselves. I have yet to hear of someone who couldn't be hypnotized either overtly or covertly. I've heard plenty of stories of people who've tried to be hypnotized and failed but that's not because they can't be but because their hypnotist didn't set right frames, didn't establish rapport, or wasn't good at reading unconscious signals. And this can happen from time to time. There is no hypnotist that I know of (and definitely not myself) who is perfect 100% of the time.

4) This depends on what you mean by brainwashing. This is a pretty catch all kind of term. So I'll leave this unanswered until I'm sure what you mean.

Hope this was helpful.

All the Best

KP
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Old 17-12-2010, 10:48 AM
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Hey everyone,

I believe in hypnosis, but I really don't know much about it, how does it really work? Does it always work? Are there some people out there that just CAN'T be hypnotized? Can brainwashing be hypnotism?

The top 3 conditions for hypnotherapy are stress, weight management and smoking cessation. However, there is a long list of conditions that can be helped with hypnotherapy. You can refer to Alfred Barrios PhD work comparing psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypno (93% recovery rate with 6 sessions of hypnotherapy)

Everyone can be hypnotised, if they are "WILLING" and if they can follow instructions.

Hypnotherapy is governed by code of ethics, and it's use to help people with various conditions. Hypnosis may have some risks if the post hypnotic suggestions are used indiscriminately.
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Old 17-12-2010, 03:14 PM
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Hey everyone,

I believe in hypnosis, but I really don't know much about it, how does it really work? Does it always work? Are there some people out there that just CAN'T be hypnotized? Can brainwashing be hypnotism?

Hello Lightwithin,

You ask about hypnosis - I am a retired fully qualified psychoanalyst/hypnotherapist/psychologist so I think that I may be able to help.

Hypnosis is a very relaxed state of altered consciousness and in the hands of a qualified hypnotherapist/psychoanalyst is a very good tool. The difference between a hypnotherapist and a psychoanalyst is that a hypnotherapist works mainly with symptomatic therapy for helping with traumas, physical symptoms of disease and helping to stop habits like smoking, drinking etc. by suggestion therapy.
A psychoanalyst helps traumas, phobias, emotional problems, nervous disorders etc. by rooting out the cause and helping the client to deal with the cause, in turn this deals with the symptoms. This is done through hypnosis.

Most people can be hypnotised, apart from someone under the influence of drink or drugs, or someone who is mentally impaired or retarded and very young children.

You have to be willing to be hypnotised because you cannot be hypnotised against your will, likewise you cannot carry out suggestions given to you under hypnosis unless you agree with them because if you are told to do something that goes against your grain you will just come out of hypnosis. There is absolutely NO WAY that it is BRAINWASHING!

A therapist has to abide by a very strict code of ethics and should display their qualifications in their office/therapy room together with their code of ethics. They should also have up to date insurance and the certificate should also be displayed. This is for their own protection as much as yours. Also this way you can see that you aren't being treated by a 'quack' and that they have been trained throughly. There are often good therapists listed in the Yellow Pages or you can find the phone number for the British Association of Hypnotherapists and they will suggest one of their qualified therapists (maybe even specialising in your aliment) that is local to you.

Many people say that they haven't been hypnotised when in actual fact they have. This is because they are aware of everything that is going on around them, in hypnosis, they just aren't bothered by them. In fact your senses are heightened whilst in hypnosis and if there were a fire for example, you would smell the smoke and come out of hypnosis long before the therapist was aware of it. There is a time displacement factor whilst in hypnosis. When the client comes up and is asked how long they were in hypnosis (providing there is no clock visible) they will probably say 'about ten minutes[', when in fact the session was an hour long.

Sometimes things cannot be treated by suggestion therapy alone, for two main reasons (there are in fact others) a) because the client doesn't really want to quit the habit and b) because the habit is an 'escape' and therefore has a psychological cause.

Phobias and some diseases are caused by repressed emotions and can only be cleared by rooting out and dealing with these repressions.

There are some diseases that respond very well to analytic hypnotherapy, like IBS, nervous disorders of all kinds. A lot of diseases, nervous disorders and emotional disorders have a psychological cause and no amount of counselling or suggestion therapy will clear these.

A hypnotherapist must have a working knowledge of psychology because there can be pitfalls. All negative elements MUST be counteracted with positive suggestions and the therapist must not ad lib (because there is a danger of slipping in negative words or suggestions unwittingly) - they must work with scripts. If negative words are used or negative suggestions give they will cause the client to take up the habit or whatever in an more intense way.

Hypnotherapy is a very good tool in the right hands and can be very effective in the treating of bipolar, schizophrenia and aspberges syndrome. If only psychiatrists were trained in hypnoanalysis people wouldn't be suffering they way they are, but psychiatrists treat the BRAIN with drugs, whereas a psychologist/psychoanalyst treats the MIND with therapy, which in turn heals the body. It is a holistic approach to disease.

I can highly recommend hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Blessings

grazier
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Old 17-12-2010, 05:41 PM
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Hi Grazier,

Very nice to meet another hypnotherapist on here

Cheers,

KP
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Old 18-12-2010, 04:11 PM
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Hi Grazier,

Very nice to meet another hypnotherapist on here

Cheers,

KP

Hi Krishna-prem,

pleased to meet one of a like mind and like experiences.

I don't suppose we are the only two here though.

Blessings

grazier
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Old 19-12-2010, 05:44 PM
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Thank you all for your input, its very interesting! Much appreciated!
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:57 AM
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hi all, nice discussion
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