Does Hypnosis Work?
Does Hypnosis Work? - Hypnotism is the act of inducing an altered state of mind, very much like sleep,
which is believed to open up the inner mind to accept suggestions. It is widely used in many therapeutic
treatments, both psychological and medical. In fact, the roots of hypnosis run centuries deep, embracing a rich
history in almost every culture and religion around the world.
Whether it is the trance-like self hypnotic state of psychic mediums; religious visions brought on by scented
smoke and incantations; or simply the swinging of a pocket watch hanging by a fine link chain; hypnotism has found
a platform in every society. In some cases, more than one. The ability to put a person into a waking state of
sleep, whether for art, science or entertainment, is a skill that takes dedication and practice.
Does hypnotism work?
The human mind is capable of many things. The waking mind only uses a fraction of its potential. For the most
part, we are on autopilot. Working, sleeping, walking, talking and carrying on with the daily pursuits of our
lives. Most of this is learned behaviour. As toddlers we learn to walk, speak, dress ourselves and so forth. These
habits carry us through our lives. The conscious mind is the easiest part of the brain to communicate with, but it
is the unconscious mind that holds our learned abilities, skills and habits.
So, how does hypnotism work? It opens up the part of the mind which holds our learning systems. It allows us to
quickly access the part of the brain that creates and stores habits, rituals, responses and patterns. Most learning
is a series of repetitive behaviours. Learning to speak; memorizing mathematical formulas; even practicing how to
drive a car. Learning requires filtering information through the conscious mind repeatedly until it penetrates the
unconscious mind, forming the automatic response or behaviour.
When performed correctly, hypnotism creates a shortcut to the underlying mind. The inner mind quickly absorbs
new instructions, new learning or new suggestions. This eliminates the need for repetitive learning through the
conscious mind. Yes, hypnotism does work. In fact, it works quite well.
Does self hypnosis work?
Many ancient religious practices involve the use of self hypnosis. Spiritualists often put themselves into a
trance-like state, therefore opening the unconscious mind. This dream like state allows them to analyze dreams,
focus on questions and make new discoveries. The extreme focus and meditation is actually a form of self
Does self hypnosis work the same for regular people? Of-course it does. Reaching a deep state of relaxation and
opening the subconscious mind, allows people to focus themselves. This concentrated level allows them to do
everything from quit bad habits, such as smoking, to overcoming anxiety. With a little practice, self hypnosis
works wonders to improve a person's physical and mental state of health, and helps them reach goals and
Does stage hypnosis work?
Using hypnosis as a form of entertainment is referred to as stage hypnosis. However, it is also commonly
performed in large groups, with a single primary focus. Using hypnosis on a group is a slightly different practice
than single hypnosis or self hypnosis and offers differed results. As a group, the level of concentration is more
difficult to control, and not all participants will respond accordingly. Usually stage hypnosis induces a light,
sedative type of state, allowing light suggestions to take hold. Usually sounds or signals are used to provoke the
hypnotic suggestion (bark like a dog when you hear the word red).
Skeptics often question whether stage hypnosis does work or not. The fact is, most people are prone to
suggestibility, and the depth of the hypnotic state does not need to be very deep for simple suggestions. It can be
compared to the act of daydreams, which might cause a person to mutter or talk to themselves while in the daydream.
Stage hypnosis has been successful not only for entertainment elements, but also for group hypnosis to help people
with a common goal, such as quitting smoking, losing weight or increasing productivity.