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A Brief Introduction to Hypnotherapy

A Brief Introduction to Hypnotherapy

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Published by Endy Mulio
This excerpt provides some general information about the therapy by using hypnosis method.
The use of hypnotherapy is that it can make long-term changes and heightens your personal success.
This excerpt provides some general information about the therapy by using hypnosis method.
The use of hypnotherapy is that it can make long-term changes and heightens your personal success.

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Chapter 1
Examining Hypnotherapy
 In This Chapter 
Understanding the terms
Realising the evolution of hypnosis
Looking to hypnosis for help
Distinguishing the therapeutic aspects
ypnosis is a powerful technique. It can help you change negative beliefsand achieve your goals, treat serious emotional problems, and alleviatea range of medical conditions.You may hear about a work colleague who was cured of smoking in a singlesession, or a friend of a friend whose lifelong phobia was permanentlyremoved by a hypnotherapist. A hypnotherapist can also show you how topractise self-hypnosis in order to achieve a seemingly infinite variety of per-sonal goals.This chapter explains what hypnosis and hypnotherapy are about. It givesyou a clear understanding of what is involved, the difference between hypno-sis and hypnotherapy, and some of the amazing benefits possible.
Getting to Grips with theBasics of Hypnotherapy
First things first. We want to reassure you right up front that hypnosis is safe.Being hypnotised is not dissimilar to being sleepy or in a daydream. And, aswe explain in the ‘Sliding into trance’ subsection, you’ve been in a tranceprobably every day of your life; hypnotherapy is simply a method of puttingyour trance state to work solving your problems.
 
When you’re in a hypnotic trance, you are completely aware of the wordsbeing spoken to you by the hypnotherapist. And, should a fire alarm go off –or any other physically threatening situation arise – you will immediatelytake yourself out of trance to respond.Hypnosis carries an element of risk as do all therapies and activities. But, aslong as your hypnotherapist is properly qualified, and operates within a pro-fessional code of conduct and ethics (which we discuss in Chapter 12), youneedn’t worry.In the following subsections, we sort out the jargon and the basic terms usedin hypnotherapy.
Discovering the differences betweenhypnosis and hypnotherapy
The first useful thing to distinguish is the difference between hypnosis andhypnotherapy. We really want you to understand that there is a big differencebetween the act of hypnotising someone (hypnosis) and the amazing changesthat can happen with the help of a qualified hypnotherapist (hypnotherapy).We hope that after you read this section you will never confuse a stage hyp-notist (the person you see getting laughs on TV) with a hypnotherapist (theperson who helps you stop smoking, lose weight, or recover from a life-longphobia).
Hypnosis
is a state of mind connected to deep relaxation, narrowedfocus, and increased suggestibility. Hypnosis is an intermediate statebetween sleep and wakefulness.Hypnosis can be likened to the state you are in when you act intuitivelyinstead of intellectually. During hypnosis, you basically ask your innerdrill sergeant to take a break while your clever, artistic self comes for-ward. And believe us, everybody has both aspects within them!
Hypnotherapy
is hypnosis used for therapeutic purposes.Hypnotherapy applies the technique of hypnosis to encourage yourunconscious mind to find solutions to problems.Hypnosis is a state of consciousness. Hypnotherapy is a therapy. Hypnosisitself is not therapy. The therapy part of a hypnotherapy session occurs afterhypnosis has been used to induce your trance. Then the hypnotherapistmakes suggestions that help your unconscious mind achieve your goals orremove your problems. Just as there are many avenues to hypnosis, includ-ing self-hypnosis and self-induced trances (see the next section), there aremany different hypnotherapy techniques and applications. (Chapter 2 talksabout the range of hypnotherapy tools.)
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Part I:Understanding Hypnotherapy
 
 Sliding into trance
Trance
is a state of mind that involves a selective focus of attention. You arein a natural trance state several times each day, usually when you’re relaxing.Examples of times you may slip into a trance include:
Being fully involved in reading a book
Going window shopping at your favourite stores
Becoming anxious or fearful about an upcoming event
Playing with an imaginary friend as a child
Zoning out while exercising
Fantasising about an old love interestTrance states occur naturally and regularly. Hypnosis utilises these states toaccess your unconscious mind (see the next section) in order to help youmore easily achieve your goal or solve your problem.The following are the main trance states, and some of the traits a hypnotisedperson may experience while in each state, listed from light to deep levels:
Light trance:
Eyes closed, relaxed face muscles, deepened breathing.
Medium trance:
Head and body slump, reduced awareness of surround-ings, slower responses, deepening of light trance state.
Deep trance:
Deepening of medium trance state, deeper abdominalbreathing.
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Chapter 1: Examining Hypnotherapy
Stage hypnosis is not hypnotherapy
Stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment. It isnot a way to receive help for your problems or toachieve your aspirations. We do not recom-mend that you become personally involved instage hypnosis as there is no personal care foryour individual needs. It’s a stage act where themain aim is to get laughs – at your expense ifyou get on stage!Many, many people get involved in stage hyp-nosis with no bad after-effects. However, someformer stage participants have suffered emo- tional problems afterwards. This is an area ofgreat debate as to whether these people werealready predisposed to emotional problems, orif stage hypnosis had a negative influence.An interesting book that involves a critical lookat stage hypnosis is
Investigating Stage Hypnosis 
by Tracie O’Keefe and Katrina Fox(Extraordinary People Press).

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