May 23, 2009
Perception can cause a small or thin woman to see herself as a large, or an attractive woman to see herself as unattractive. It can cause a healthy person to see themselves as unhealthy, or an otherwise loving relationship destroyed.
“Full conscious awareness is where we spend most of our waking hours,” explained John Owens, certified hypnotherapist and student of Dr. Milton Erickson’s techniques.
"In this conscious state, our minds are attentive, uses logic to reason, evaluates, assesses, judges, and makes decisions. And sometimes when making life changes, the conscious mind can often get in the way," says Owens, adding, "But in the hypnotic state, the doorway between the conscious and the subconscious is opened, memories become easily accessible, and new information is stored."
In the hypnotic state, you are not really thinking in the traditional sense. You are experiencing without questioning, without critical judgment or analysis. And the hypnotist can make suggestions that are very likely to stick because your conscious mind is not getting in the way. You are not judging or being critical of the suggestions.
Hypnotherapy can help boost self-confidence and heighten self-motivation and discipline. It has been helpful in assisting in the process of behavior modification in children and adults, control PMS symptoms, increase memory capacity and recall, assists with treatment to strengthen the immune system and response to relaxation, and maximizes the achievement of better grades in school or college.
Maury M. Breecher, Ph.D., M.P.H, confirms that hypnotherapy is also noted to deal with such conditions as the pain and nausea associated with cancer and chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS.
G. Edwards Riley, M. Div., CH, Certified Master Hypnotherapist, and C.J. Newton, MA, recently published in the Mental Health Journal that hypnotherapy has also been known to deal with more serious situations. In the White Paper Empirical Findings on the Uses of Hypnosis in Modern Medicine, Riley and Newton take a critical look at the benefits for symptoms of Asthma, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea, The Pain of Cancer, Fybromyalgia, and other conditions.
In the United States, alone two-thirds of the adult population are overweight, one-third smoke cigarettes, and 70 percent suffer from some form of insomnia. Hypnotherapy can deal with a number of health and non-health related issues, such as habit control for smoking, nail biting, control of fears and phobias, addictions, depression, emotional problems, weight loss and weight management, stress management , and sports performance enhancement.
In 1958, hypnosis was approved by the American Medical Association as an ethical medical treatment. According to a study conducted in Europe and America, it was found that approximately 50 to 75 percent of the patients who visited doctors had pain that was originated from either a mental or emotional illness.
In the hands of a trained certified hypnotist one can expect to have some results to different forms of problems, says Edward J. Nichols, PhD., clinical/industrial psychologist who studied at Leopold-Franzens University in Austria. “For example, smoking cessation, weight loss, pain management and some forms of stuttering. ”On some occasions recall of traumatic events is possible, but that’s not always accurate.
"Also, panic attacks have been addressed successfully,” he says. “Essentially you can desensitize someone as a stop gap measure to the problem: e.g., claustrophobic youth placed in a jail cell has a panic attack. The hypnotist is giving the suggestion but the persons themselves are actually accomplishing it. You want to choose someone who has first gained your trust. Once hypnotized, the therapist can guide you through something by suggestion—your unconscious acceptance of the suggestion is because you want to do it. You must be a willing participant!”