What are the Different Types of Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is also often referred to as an altered state of consciousness. Although an altered state of mind is not well defined, hypnosis has been linked to changing brain wave patterns.

For over 50,000 years, this ancient discipline known as hypnosis has been utilized to facilitate healing! Natural hypnosis consumes almost 2,500 hours of your life each year. Daydreams account for four hours of this total each day, with night dreams (REM cycle) accounting for three extra hours.

When you grasp the essence of hypnosis as just being open to suggestions, you’ll know it may be utilized to better almost every aspect of your life. The hypnotherapist may utilize it on both individuals and huge groups. A hypnotherapist may use it successfully via the phone, television, radio, or computer.

Here are a few of the most common areas where hypnosis has proven effective.

1- Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis, also known as auto-hypnosis (as opposed to hetero-hypnosis), is a kind, method, or outcome of a self-induced hypnotic state.

Every form of hypnosis is self-hypnosis. When recommendations are made to you, if you are receptive to them, you are embracing them. 

If you are open to ideas, hypnotizing yourself, listening to others’ recommendations, or simply reading an engaging book, you are using self-hypnosis.

For example, Daydreaming is an effective form of self-hypnosis and a wonderful way to program your mind to attain your goals.

2- Hypnosis in Clinical Practice

Hypnosis may help you improve almost any aspect of your life where change is needed. The power of suggestion is utilized in therapeutic hypnosis to treat clients with a broad range of issues, including smoking cessation, pain management, memory retention, the eradication of phobias and panic attacks, and even recoding unpleasant thoughts or sensations.

Clinical hypnosis is a powerful method for bypassing the conscious mind and achieving beneficial results through suggestion.

3- Hypnosis in a Group

Although group hypnosis is not as effective as clinical hypnosis or individual sessions, it provides a less expensive way to obtain nice ideas. Most group sessions include themes like smoking cessation, weight loss, stress reduction, and even paranormal activities like past-life regression and spirit communication. The benefit of group sessions is that you are in attendance with others, which helps many individuals feel more at ease.

Individual sessions may be adjusted to the client’s needs, whereas group sessions can only be offered one way. Hopefully, the manner the hypnosis session is offered will be helpful for the majority of those in attendance.

4- Comedy Hypnosis 

This is a fascinating phenomenon in the field of hypnosis. Attending a comedic hypnosis presentation is worth your time if you have never seen one. It’s a great representation of what hypnosis can achieve, and it’s also quite amusing. The volunteers onstage are instructed to do a variety of activities with the goal of amusement and demonstrating the limits of hypnosis in comedic hypnosis.

The participants are guided through various antics, including behaving like chickens, performing the ballet, forgetting their identities, and regressing to the age of very young toddlers, thanks to their suggestibility.

Many individuals in the audience find it difficult to believe that these volunteers are under hypnosis after viewing a humorous hypnosis presentation. They frequently believe that they are simply performing or doing whatever they do to entertain the audience.

The fact is that those who engage in a comedic stage show are in a deeper state of hypnosis than they would be in a therapeutic hypnosis session. Participants in most clinical hypnosis sessions must be under mild hypnosis.

For most of the skits, participants in a comedy show are in a deeper state of hypnosis. You must be in the deepest phases of hypnosis to experience hallucinations or negative hallucinations (not seeing something there). This is the same level of hypnosis used for anesthesia.

How Can Hypnosis Work for You?

The possibilities for using hypnosis to benefit yourself or others are virtually limitless. It can work for you if you are open-minded, genuinely want to develop, and are devoted to your objective. Here are a few examples of how hypnosis may help you.

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Getting Rid of Bad Habits

This is most likely one of the most common applications of hypnosis. Smoking cessation and weight reduction account for around 75 percent of therapeutic hypnosis office business.

Although smoking is an addiction, it may be effectively overcome with hypnotherapy. Remember that you cannot be hypnotized against your will; hypnosis will only work if you want to stop smoking. Hypnosis is a good ally, but it is not a magical spell.

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Hypnosis is also often used to treat weight reduction. While the amount of weight lost each week using hypnosis may be smaller than that of many of today’s fad diets, it is a steady, safe approach to reducing weight.

During a weight-loss session, many other ideas may be made, such as raising metabolism, energy, activity, and the desire to consume healthier foods, eating slower; and eating much less. 

Nail biting, bedwetting, and laziness are frequent undesirable habits that may be readily treated with hypnosis, provided the person is willing to change. Many individuals find hypnosis highly beneficial in coping with anger problems and regulating their tempers.

Reduce Pain and Heal More Quickly

Hypnosis has been discovered to be beneficial in dealing with healing and pain management and eradicating negative behaviors. Many of the most progressive hospitals are now employing hypnotherapists.

Hospitals recognize that hypnotherapy may be a viable alternative to sedation while assisting patients in recuperating more quickly.

Working with patients in acute pain is another medical area where hypnosis has shown to be particularly effective.

Patients who use hypnosis may bring themselves or be brought to a state of great relaxation by a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis may also help people maintain a happy attitude and gain strength or vitality, which benefits the healing process.

Business hypnosis and the business community have shown to be an excellent combination. Most highly successful firms have sent their best salesmen or managers to sales and motivation training for years. 

They have discovered that if they can enhance their workers’ self-images using many of the motivating strategies taught, it will raise their productivity and income-earning potential in the long term. 

You may considerably improve someone’s sales skill, public speaking ability, productivity, confidence, aggressiveness, attitude, and so on through hypnosis.

Remove Your Fears 

Using hypnosis to treat phobias and panic attacks has had an incredibly high success rate. With hypnosis, you may go to the base of a phobia and either eradicate it or modify the way you look at or feel about it, removing the dread.

The most frequent phobias include fear of spiders, flying, bridges, needles, test anxiety, pets, going places, driving, and socializing. 

An overactive amygdala causes panic and severe terror. As a result, you will be terrified and sweaty.

Treatments, such as hypnotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, are appropriate. To alleviate excessive dread and anxiety, hypnosis employs hypnotic suggestion.

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Personal Troubles & Self-Esteem

Many personal elements of your life may benefit substantially from hypnosis. You may suggest self-improvement for success, motivation, goal attainment, confidence development, and a good mental attitude.

Other areas of self-improvement that are particularly popular and beneficial with hypnosis include the enjoyment of life and happiness. 

Hypnosis may also help with a variety of relationship concerns. You may provide suggestions to improve your patience or tolerance, be more kind, eliminate selfishness, work as a team, increase understanding, and even be more loving and attentive.

In the case of breakups, it may substantially assist in clearing your thoughts of your ex-partner by strengthening your self-confidence so you can go on with your life.

Different Kinds of Hypnosis Therapists

Hypnotists may be classified depending on the topics they work with or their therapies.

1. New age therapists use hypnosis to reveal deep truths and mystical revelations that only the unconscious mind can discern.

2. Past life therapists: They work using hypnosis to achieve past life regression.

3. Repressed memory therapists: They use hypnosis to help patients recall experiences from the past. This is particularly suggested for victims of crimes or witnesses who are having difficulty recalling specifics of an occurrence. Hypnosis helps individuals concentrate more and recall memories that their conscious mind had set aside.

4. Hypnotherapists: They use hypnosis to assist patients in recovering from physical or psychological disorders. It aids the patient in overcoming concerns such as smoking and addiction and making pain tolerable.

Summary

  • Hypnosis may be more effective if you feel it is more beneficial to engage with a hypnotherapist and get much quicker results.
  • Self-hypnosis also works if you know how to relax, quiet, and meditate. The calmer you get, you may enter a trance state. However, you may improve your results by learning progressive muscle relaxation techniques, self-hypnosis, and positive hypnotic suggestions.
  • Repetition may be used to remodel the subconscious mind. In a hypnotic trance state, the more you repeat routines, behavior, affirmations, or subliminal messages, the more likely you are to modify your unconscious mind.
  • Before sleep, suggestibility and hypnotic trance state will also rise. Your brain waves change to theta, which increases suggestibility. You may also recall everything that occurs during hypnosis.

My name is James! I'm a certified mental health practitioner with specialized training in hypnosis and psychotherapy. I hope this articles will help you.