What Hypnosis Is Not?
There are some misconceptions about Hypnosis:
What Hypnosis is?
Hypnosis is an induced relaxed state of mind and body where the logical, critical, analyzing aspects of our thinking process are much more lessened to allow the subconscious mind to access the memories, information and other resources it already has within to help a person change, improve, modify or correct their behaviour.
The state of mind accessed in Hypnosis is called Trance, and it is similar with a light or a deeper sleep, where the person is neither awake nor asleep – it is like being awake and asleep at the same time.
Most of the times, Hypnosis is performed by a trained Hypnotherapist in a therapeutic session working together with a client toward the same goal agreed on by an extensive prior discussion to help the client solve specific issues that he/she has.
The client feels very relaxed, safe and in full control at the same time, and is able to hear the Hypnotherapist’s voice, responds to the positive suggestions and chooses to follow them by visualizing and making them compelling to their situation.
Trance & Hypnotic states are naturally occurring mind states – people may experience trance states daily, without even knowing it.
A trance state might be triggered by watching a movie and being totally absorbed into it as it would be the reality (the person might have feelings and emotions related with the movie’s events- maybe you remember crying during a movie or having a feeling of “living the story” after even the movie finished?)
A trance can happen easily while driving and not noticing how the travel time has gone. You might not even remember your journey. (You didn’t notice that red car flashing at you, the people on the side road dancing or the amazing view of the sea, etc)
Another example of trance is day-dreaming (thinking of own issues and not paying attention to the surroundings). Suddenly we realize that we’ve been absorbed into our own thoughts and we haven’t heard or noticed anything during that time. (e.g. People talking to you, people passing by you, the noisy truck outside, etc).
These are just some simple examples of naturally occurring hypnotic states.
Other real life trance like states can happen easily when performing different activities: reading, writing, painting, drawing, studying, listening to music, dancing, walking, exercising, etc.
The state of trance can also be induced alone by choice and it is called Self-Hypnosis.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy based on induced hypnosis or a state of trance and specifically designed therapeutic suggestions used to assist a person in changing thoughts, words and actions with the purpose of changing behaviours, beliefs and attitudes and improve their life.
Firstly the Hypnotherapist has an extended discussion with the client about the issues they need assistance with and what they want to achieve from the Hypnotherapy session. They will set together expectations and goals for the session.
The Hypnotherapist will induce the state of trance using the personalized suggestions they have created for the specific issues the client is dealing with. The client will be sitting or lying in a relaxed, comfortable position listening to the positive suggestions spoken by the Hypnotherapist.
In this way, the client will respond to the suggestions by imagining and visualizing themselves in those situations described by the Hypnotherapist. This helps with building confidence and unlocking internal resources and information the client already has to overcome more easily life challenges and difficult situations.
The client is aware of their surroundings all the time during the session and normally they will be able to remember everything that was spoken to them.
In NLP Coaching we use Ericksonian Hypnosis.
Please find out more about NLP Coaching here.