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Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy.....So what is it? .....
.......Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. There have probably been many times when you will have been in a natural state of “Hypnotic” trance, and may not have realised.
For example, have you ever become totally engrossed in a film or piece of music, reading a book, or playing a sport? So much so, that you have blocked out all distractions? Have you ever felt like, no matter how briefly, you are "in the zone"?
.......Well, in a nutshell, this is it! Hypnosis is a natural state of human consciousness involving focussed attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. The person can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out sources of distraction.
.........Hypnotherapy is a guided state of hypnosis where the therapist leads the client into a state of hypnotic trance, This facilitates a "focussed experience of attentional absorption that invites people to respond experientially on multiple levels to amplify and utilise their personal resources in a goal directed fashion." (Michael Yapko).
......That is, hypnotherapy facilitates/enables us to discover/rediscover the necessary resources within ourselves, to be able to heal/deal with the issues holding us back in our lives.
Hypnotherapy can be described as a state of deep focus that allows us to direct attention and concentration to enable the client to, on a subconscious level, work towards their personal goals. It bypasses the conscious, questioning part of our brain, that can interfere and undermine change.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help to modify a person’s thoughts or feelings about a situation/object and this can then therefore have an effect on their resulting behavior, emotional content, and attitudes. This is helpful when addressing a wide range of conditions including dysfunctional habits, phobias, anxiety, stress-related illness, pain management, and personal development”
Hypnosis generally receives a mixed reaction from people, with curiosity being most common, possibly mixed with skepticism and sometimes anxiety. Anxiety can be fuelled by misrepresentations and misconceptions portayed in the media and on stage shows. "Magic" and "Mind control" are terms used which suggest the person has no control or free will, and this couldn't be further from the truth.
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