- 1 What is hypnosis?
- 2 How does hypnosis work?
- 3 What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
- 4 What are the benefits of hypnosis?
- 5 What are the disadvantages of hypnosis?
- 6 Is Hypnosis dangerous?
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses guided methods of relaxation and intense concentration, focusing the client's attention to achieve a high state of consciousness which is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so concentrated that while in this state, everything that happens around him is temporarily blocked or ignored by the person in the hypnotic trance. In this state of natural origin, a person can focus his attention - with the help of a trained therapist - on specific thoughts or tasks.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is generally considered as an aid for psychotherapy, because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings and memories that could have been hidden from their conscious minds. Further, Hypnosis allows people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking a pain awareness.
Hypnosis can be used in two ways, as therapy or help for patient analysis.
Suggestion therapy: The hypnotic state makes the person more able to respond to suggestions. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking or biting their nails. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in the treatment of pain.
Analysis: This method uses the state of relaxation to explore a possible psychological cause or root of a disorder or symptom, such as a past traumatic event that a person has hidden in his unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.
What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
The initial task of the therapist is to establish a good relationship with the client. This involves encouraging the client to talk about their concerns. The therapist could spend time with him first to conduct a medical history. As well as establishing a medical history, the exam helps to build trust between the therapist and the client. Feeling safe and comfortable with the therapist helps induce a hypnotic trance.
The goals for therapy are discussed and agreed between the two, and a full explanation of what Hypnosis consists of. Any questions or misconceptions about hypnosis are also addressed.
There are many different ways to achieve trance status. Usually, the client sits in a chair or recliner and the therapist speaks in a slow and gentle voice. You may be asked to imagine or visualize yourself walking along a path, or it may make you look at a fixed point, or simply listen to the sound of the therapist's voice. To deepen the trance, the therapist can count from 10 to 1 or ask him to imagine walking down a flight of stairs. You will feel very relaxed, but aware of your surroundings.
To return to full awareness, the therapist can count to 1 to 10.
The duration of the treatments depends on the problem or the symptoms and the individual circumstances. With some people a problem like nail biting can be treated successfully in a single session. Other problems like panic attacks They can take up to 5 or 6 sessions.
In the course of therapy, clients are taught to induce a self hypnosis as part of a series of therapeutic tasks for the home.
The first session usually lasts an hour and a half, the subsequent sessions between an hour and an hour and a half.
Things you should know about hypnosis:
- No one can ever be hypnotized against their will and even when hypnotized, people still remain in complete control of all suggestions given.
- The whole purpose of clinical hypnosis is to regain control that has been lost and therefore, that has resulted in the symptom or problem.
- It is estimated that approximately 85% of people of all ages will respond easily to hypnosis.
What are the benefits of hypnosis?
The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. The success of other treatments for many diseases, including:
- Phobias, fears and anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- Posttraumatic stress
- The pain for the loss
Hypnosis can also be used to help control pain and to overcome habits, such as smoking or overeating. It could also be useful for people whose symptoms are severe or who need crisis management.
What are the disadvantages of hypnosis?
Hypnosis may not be appropriate. for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. It should be used to control pain only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that may require medical or surgical treatment. Hypnosis can also be a less effective form of therapy than other psychiatric disorders.
Some therapists they use hypnosis to recover repressed memories, which they possibly believe are linked to a mental disorder of the person. However, Hypnosis also poses a risk of creating false memories, usually as a result of unintended suggestions by the therapist. For this reason, the use of hypnosis for certain mental disorders, such as dissociative disorders, remains controversial.
Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing, as has been said on some occasions. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or the person does not want to do. The greatest risk, as mentioned above, is that false memories can potentially be created and that they may be less effective than pursuing other, more established and traditional psychiatric treatments.
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