Altered states of consciousness

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  • 1. Altered States of Consciousness Hypnosis
  • 2. HypnosisHypnosis can simply be defined as a trancelike state in which an individual obtains heightened focus, concentration, and inner absorption, thus, open to the power of suggestion. Hypnosis comes from the Greek word hypnos meaning sleep.
  • 3. James Braid (1795-1860) is often regarded as the “Father of Hypnosis”. Indeed, it could be argued that hypnosis as we know it today didn’t exist before Braid. He removed hypnosis from the occult shadows of mesmerism, and brought the term “hypnosis” to life. The modern era of hypnosis and hypnotherapy really begins with FranzAnton Mesmer (1734-1815), the Viennesephysician who left the word “mesmerism” to posterity.
  • 4. : • Reframing the problem • Becoming relaxed, then absorbed (deeply engaged in the words or images presented by a hypnotherapist) • Dissociating (letting go of critical thoughts) • Responding (complying with a hypnotherapists suggestions) • Returning to usual awareness • Reflecting on the experienceCheck out this link for an interesting explanation of how hypnosis affects the brain Video: What Part of the Brain Is Affected By Hypnosis? |
  • 5. Because your mind is free from distraction, you generally feel calm and relaxed, focusing on one thought, feeling, or memory. This allows your subconscious to take over, and be open to moreideas, especially suggestion. This is where the term ‘power of suggestion’ comes into play.
  • 6. Power of SuggestionThe power of suggestion ideal is involved with two processes: the “trance” and “suggestablity.” The hypnotist will induce this state of clear, free thinking, and then is able to introduce suggestions, most of which to give the individual better habits, healthier lifestyles, or simply a better sense of self worth.
  • 7. Hypnotherapy is used by therapists to help individuals with certain addictions, habits, pain, and the list can go on. Hypnotherapy is a good alternative to medicines because it is using simply the mind of the individual, with no risk of side effects. Common conditions that use hypnosis include but are not limited to:
  • 8. Irritable bowel syndromeTension headachesAlopecia areataAsthmaPhobiasInsomniaAddictionsBedwettingFibromyalgiaPhobiasLabor and deliverySkin disorders [such as acne, psoriasis,and eczema (atopic dermatitis)]StressTinnitus (ringing in the ears)Cancer related painWeight lossEating disordersWartsIndigestion (dyspepsia)
  • 9. Common myths about hypnosis: Hypnosis Myth #1 – Hypnotists have special powers. Hypnosis Myth #2 – Hypnosis will only work on certain people. Hypnosis Myth #3 – People who get hypnotized are weak minded. Hypnosis Myth #4 – When in hypnosis, you can be made to say or do something against your will. Hypnosis Myth #5 – Hypnosis can be bad for your health. Hypnosis Myth #6 – You can get stuck in hypnosis and be unable to wake up. Hypnosis Myth #7 – You’re asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis. Hypnosis Myth #8 – You’ll become dependent on the hypnotist. Hypnosis Myth #9 – In hypnosis you’ll be able to recall everything that’s ever happened to you. Hypnosis Myth #10 – Hypnosis is dangerous and is the devils work! Summary The word ‘hypnosis’ usually conjures up certain images in people’s minds, and these stereotypes aresometimes hard to overturn. I hope this article has helped you to understand a bit more about hypnosis,and hopefully debunked some of the myths that surround it. The real truth is that hypnosis is a perfectly natural occurring state, and something that should be embraced for producing personal growth, and personal empowerment.Go here to learn more about these myths!
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