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How Does Hypnosis Work

Hypnosis is thought to work by accessing the ultimate seat of control for our actions — the subconscious. Although we can use our conscious minds and ‘will power’ to direct our actions and behavior, if you’ve ever consciously set a goal for yourself and found that you didn’t follow through with actions, they you know that something else is at work.

Our subconscious thoughts and beliefs determine our actions and ultimately our path in life. You could tell yourself that you are ‘confident’ or ‘successful’ until you are blue in the face but until you subconsciously believe it then you will not take the SUSTAINED action needed to make those desires a reality.

Hypnosis works by tapping into the subconscious by inhibiting the left-hemisphere, associated with logical thinking, and stimulating the right-hemisphere, associated with creative thinking. Only by changing the subconscious thinking patterns can real change be induced.

Debunking the Hypnosis Myths

There are two myths that are often connected to hypnosis that we will take a closer look at.

The first hypnosis myth is that people under hypnosis do not have any free will and thus are slave to demands and commands of hypnotists. This is the scary side of hypnotism that may turn many people away who are afraid of losing control of their actions to another person. Luckily, the idea that someone can hypnotize you to rob a bank or harm another person is not true. While under hypnosis you still have free will, meaning that you will continue to act in ways that you believe deep down inside are ‘right’.

The second big hypnosis myth is that while under hypnosis you are sleepwalking or in a zombie like state. In actuality the hypnotic state is one with a heightened awareness of a few targets stimuli and heightened suggestibility. So rather than falling asleep, you are extremely focused on a few things, usually the suggestions of the hypnotist.

What is Hypnosis?

James Braid introduced the word hypnosis to our every day vocabulary. What it actually represents is a wakeful, focused state where the person being hypnotized is highly suggestible while maintaining a low peripheral awareness.

Some people equate this with the process of suggestion or when applied to oneself the idea of auto-suggestion as famously explored in Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”.

Isn’t hypnosis just the placebo effect in action?

The placebo effect has been used to describe the uncanny ability for people to heal themselves of illnesses when given nothing more than a sugar pill, when they believed they were getting a potent medicine. Was it the belief that changed the bodies physiology? Does belief that hypnosis works result in unexplained results for some people?

These questions are for you to explore. But before you begin your exploration into self-hypnosis and auto-suggestion remember that hypnosis does not work equally well on all people. Hypnosis requires the ability for the person to project themselves into another place and time and thus good candidates for hypnosis are creative, intelligent, independent and imaginative.

Hypnotism Mind Control Techniques

In this 5-minute video, you get to see the power of subconscious awareness as a subliminal message is used to implant an idea into this woman’s mind.

Think about all the subliminal messages you are exposed to throughout your day. Are these the messages that you want to be holding in your subconscious? Or would you like to be the one who decides what is secretly driving all your behaviors?

Self-Hypnosis Techniques

If you’d like to use self-hypnosis to imprint images and ideas that will be of benefit to you then click the link below to check out this simple approach.



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Peter Paxton

Peter Paxton

Mental Health Coach, Growth Hacker and Mindset Trainer.