Age Progression - a state of mind where the client sees himself or herself in the future. Age Regression ? a state of mind where the client relieves past events of his or her life while in a hypnotic state. If the client reacts as he did when he was at that younger age but views the subject matter with his present maturity, it is called behavioral regression; on the other hand, if the client feels that he is actually at the younger age, it is called revivification regression.
Alpha - people tend to phase in and out of this brain wave multiple times a day. If a person closes his or her eyes, the brain wave component of alpha (and also theta) increases. When we daydream, we enter this stage. These brainwaves function at around 8-13 cps (cycles per second).
Amnesia ? loss of memory. Amnesia which frequently occurs in hypnosis may be either spontaneous or induced by suggestion.
Anesthesia ? a chemical or hypnotic suggestion designed to relieve pain. One must be in the deepest state (somnambulism) of hypnosis to reach this phenomena.
Automatism ? refers to actions performed unconsciously, reflexively. When you learn to drive, you are learning dependable habit-responses that will eventually be automatic functioning with little active participation by your conscious mind.
Beta ? a mental condition where we are fully awake and under pressure to complete tasks. This state is the one where we are most logical, problem solvers, and most active. These brainwaves function at around 14-28 cps (cycles per second).
Behavior Modification ? or ?lifestyle change?. The process of changing one?s behavior by using different techniques based on learning a new way of thinking and behaving.
Brainwaves ? the brain's spontaneous electrical activity studied by electroencephalography (EEG).
Catalepsy ? medium depth of hypnosis. With catalepsy, the hypnotherapist will be able to control large muscle groups (arms, hands, and legs) of the client.
Conscious ? the part of the brain that allows us to be critical and logical (beta). When we are in this state, we will reject many direct suggestions, even the ones that may be good for us.
Critical Area of Mind ? an area of mind that is part conscious and part subconscious.
Daydream ? when a person is reflecting on a past memory or imaging the future, he or she is in an alpha state or is daydreaming.
De-hypnotization ? a process of removing a person from a hypersuggestible state called blocking or sealing.
Delta ? this is the slowest of brainwaves. When we sleep at night, we are in delta. This brainwave function at around .5 to 4 cps (cycles per second).
Deepening Technique - The process of using words to intensify the hypnotic experience.
Direct Suggestion ? an authoritative or paternal suggestion given to a client while in hypnosis.
Dissociation ? the loss of feeling in different areas of the body (usually the arms and legs) while in the state of hypnosis; being more aware of the mind than the body.
Endorphins ? a group of substances formed within the body that naturally relieves pain. Similar to morphine, endorphins are thought to be involved in controlling the body's response to stress. These chemicals can be released into the blood stream during exercise or any other strenuous physical activity.
Fight or Flight ? defense mechanisms that triggers during danger or anxiety situations in order to protect oneself or to escape from danger.
Hallucination ? a mental image taken for a reality whether it was suggested via hypnosis or through some drug altering experience.
Hypnoidal ? a light stage of hypnosis. It is also used to describe the state between sleep and awake.
Hypnosis - is the disorganization of the inhibitory (conscious mind) system by overloading it with information from the external environment, conscious, subconscious or the body.
Hypersuggestiblity ? a state of waking hypnosis. If a traumatic event occurs in someone?s life, this person will go into a waking trance because the conscious mind would have been overloaded with negative information and would be vulnerable to the trauma. This is possibly the greatest cause of all mental and emotional problems.
Indirect Suggestion ? a permissive or maternal suggestion given to a person while in hypnosis. This type of suggestion could be used when a client is not under hypnosis because it could by pass the conscious mind with its permissiveness.
Induction ? this is the technique of hypnotizing a person. There are many ways to induce a person into trance.
Lacrimation ? when the eyes become glazed over or tearing from relaxed eye muscles. This is a good indication that one is entering trance.
Left Brain ? the critical or logical (beta) part of one?s brain.
Post Hypnotic Suggestion ? one of the most phenomenon parts to hypnosis. This suggestion is given to a client to be carried out after he or she has awakened from the hypnotic state.
Rapport ? the hypnotherapist/client relationship in which the client has faith and confidence in the hypnotherapist and the hypnotherapist has concern for the client?s well being.
Right Brain ? the creative part of one?s brain (between alpha and theta).
Self-Hypnosis ? when a person induces hypnosis on himself or herself to achieve minor goals.
Somnambulism ? the deepest stage of hypnosis where the client responds to amnesia, anesthesia, negative and positive hallucinations and completes control of the senses.
Subconscious Mind ? the part of the brain that allows us to be creative and imaginative. This part of the brain if tapped into will allow us to accomplish the goals we didn?t think we could.
Theta ? this is a state of deep, potentially creative thinking. When a person becomes tired or bored, his brain may begin bursts of theta. These brain waves function at around 4-8 cps (cycles per second).
Triggers ? when a person, event, situation or establishment reminds a person of a past behavior, experience or thought that could be detrimental. There are also positive triggers that could be placed into a client?s subconscious by a skilled hypnotherapist.