Using an individual's natural suggestibility, inappropriate or obsolete behaviors are replaced with others which are healthier and more beneficial.
The definition of hypnosis that appeals most to me is "Bringing people out of the trance they are normally in."
Dr. John Kappas, of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute defines hypnosis and anxiety as basically the same, except for one characteristic: "hypnosis is a pleasurable state within a controlled environment, whereas anxiety is a worried, fearful state within an uncontrolled environment. When overactivity of the senses takes place, causing extreme receptiveness, the hypnotized subject is guided with positives, while the anxious person is guided by his own negativity."
What Can It Do?
Here is but a partial list of situations which have been improved or alleviated by means of hypnotherapy:
| FEARS, PHOBIAS
Who Can Be Hypnotized
Until recently, it was believed that up to 60% of the population was unhypnotizable. With the discovery of PHYSICAL/EMOTIONAL suggestibility, we have recognized that virtually everyone is suggestible. Upon determining to which category of suggestibility a client belongs, I can present the images and suggestions which will be most effective for the individual. This is facilitated by a carefully designed personality assessment questionnaire, completed by the client at the beginning of the program.
Building Your Sane Asylum
A state of anxiety causes our entire being to react - often with debilitating results. Through a relaxation/self-hypnosis technique, we can learn to quiet the discomfort and tension, so that a controlled, positive environment of safety is created from within. Our sense of humor can be restored. In this way, the client is empowered in the discovery of his/her ability to construct this peaceful environment, and to implement it later.
Am I Conscious During Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not an unconscious state. Physical sleep is an unconscious state, and our conscious mind is not receiving anything at that time. It is allowing messages to flow into the subconscious, and venting them through dreams. When a person is in hypnosis, he/she is aware of what is happening in the external world; they are not "under someone else's spell". Basically, all hypnosis is some form of self-hypnosis.