Hypnotherapy: How does it work?
hypnotherapy actually work?
is no complete agreement about how hypnosis or hypnotherapy actually works.
The most commonly accepted theory focuses on two aspects of the mind, the
conscious and subconscious minds.
Most of us are aware of the
conscious mind as it is used to make everyday decisions. However, the
conscious mind is said to be ruled by the desires of the much larger
subconscious mind which is also involved in all mental and physical functions,
from regulating blood pressure to actually storing memories. Subconscious
desires are believed to be so strong that they will always triumph over
conscious desires. For example, if you make a conscious decision to stop
smoking but your subconscious does not want to, you will usually not stop.
Hypnotherapy is based upon
the belief that the subconscious is the source of human energy and power, and is
actually the core of your personality and desires. Some therapists also believe
that if you do not learn to understand your subconscious you'll never understand
yourself, and if you do not learn to use your subconscious mind, you also will
never realize your full potential. Another belief about the subconscious
mind is that it will believe anything you tell it. Hypnotherapy or
hypnosis sometimes exploits this mental submission by putting the conscious mind
to sleep temporarily to reach the subconscious, where you can replace negative
beleifs with positive ones and introduce constructive emotions in the place of
those which are believed to be destructive. The reprogramming associated
with hypnotherapy is done by suggestion, which means that the therapist suggests
to you targets or beliefs aimed at counteracting your problems. For
example if you want to give up smoking, the therapist may tell you that you will
never want to smoke again. This plants a seed of belief in your
subconscious mind, which if regularly reinforced will eventually accept the
anti-addiction suggestion. Every time you want a cigarette your
subconscious will remind you to act according to your new belief.
Hypnotherapists reach the subconscious by introducing what some describe as a
trance in the subject. The trance can be light, medium or deep depending
upon the individualís needs and suitability. Deep trances are rarely
induced, partly because only about 10% of individuals are believed to be
susceptible to them, and partly because they are often unnecessary for
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