Hypnosis is a powerful and medically endorsed method of creating positive change and healing emotional issues that has been proven by multiple clinical studies to be faster and more effective than many other types of more “traditional” therapies. One of the most comprehensive studies showed that Clinical Hypnotherapy had a success rate of 93% after 6 sessions as compared to psychoanalysis which had a 38% success rate after 600 sessions and behavioral therapy which had a 72% success rate after 22 sessions.
People most often think of trance as an extraordinary state. In fact it is a naturally occurring experience everyone accesses on a daily basis and is not some special mental property occurring only as a result of being hypnotized. For example, if you’ve ever experienced any of the following you have been in hypnosis:
- Have you ever been driving somewhere and been so focused on your thoughts or distracted that you drove there automatically, not consciously making the choices of when and where to turn and often not even remembering much of the drive? If so, you were in a state of hypnosis. You were so internally focused that your subconscious took over and did the driving for you.
- An example everyone has experienced is being so engrossed in a book or movie you don’t hear someone speaking to you or are oblivious to events going on around you.
- Daydreaming is another great example of light hypnosis. As you become more focused on your internal thoughts and dreams, the immediate outside world tends to shrink into the background.
- If you’ve ever been driving and passed your exit because you were so lost in thought, that too is a mild state of hypnosis.
In the movies it appears as if hypnosis is like sleep and you are mentally unresponsive and unaware while not remembering what happens during your session . In reality hypnosis is a state of mind where our normal everyday awareness is reduced and attention is directed internally toward a specific thought, problem, physical stimulus, fantasy or insight in a way that establishes access to the subconscious mind.
Hypnosis can be described as being on a scale of detachment from external stimuli from our five senses and our intellectual evaluation of that stimuli and on a scale of degrees of internal focus of attention and absorption. Hypnosis is not a state of reduced awareness, it is a state of hyper-awarness, it’s just that our awareness is turned inwards.
When we are wide awake in our normal conscious state our perceptions and responses are normally focused towards maintaining our orientation in what we believe to be ‘the real world’ and the physical constraints we have come to accept as “realistic”. Once we reorient away from those perceptions, those previously believed limitations are bypassed and we tap into a greater ability to solve problems, increase willpower, reinterpret trauma to find emotional healing and eliminate psychosomatic causes of illness.
One of the most common misconceptions and myths about hypnosis is that it’s like mind control. This is completely false. Hypnosis cannot be made to make you do anything that violates your moral principles. As previously discussed, unlike in the movies you are consciously aware of and remember everything that happens and can choose to consciously reject any suggestion that you don’t want. Of course the reason you are typically engaging in professional Clinical Hypnotherapy is because you do want those suggestions as they are designed to allow you to reach your goals and are the ones discussed in advance with the therapist.
So if it’s not like it is in the movies, what does the experience of hypnosis feel like? The truth is that there is no one single answer for this. Just like everyone has a different internal experience of what it’s like to daydream, focus, motivate themselves and create different emotional states, everyone’s experience of hypnosis is uniquely theirs. The only truly universal experience of hypnosis is that once you have a conscious experience or being in touch with your subconscious, you will have access to internal resources for self-improvement that you typically don’t have access to in your everyday conscious state. Sometimes these resources come in the form of new information that you were consciously unaware of previously, access to more powerful and motivating emotional states or the ability to reinterpret past or present situations in a new way that provides healing, emotional relief and the ability to move forward with your life in a positive emotional state. Usually it is a combination of all of these things that is as unique as the individual.
If you would like to find out more about how Clinical Hypnotherapy with Asher Fox, CCHt can help you overcome issues that are keeping you from reaching your full potential call 407.717.9007 today for your free consultation session.