There is a lot of myth and misunderstanding that surrounds the practice of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. From fear of mind control to becoming lost in a trance, and of course the classic trope of being made to “cluck like a chicken” in front of an entire audience, it’s hard to sort fact from fiction for those new to the world of hypnosis.
For an outsider, the world of hypnotism sounds kind of scary! So we’re going to break it down for you, and explain what really happens when you are hypnotized.
Hypnosis heightens the senses and focus of the individual. Often times this helps the patient get in touch with their subconscious mind. This aids in many things, including dealing with major physical and psychological struggles.
Usually the experience is guided by a trained hypnotherapist. The hypnotherapist will guide the subject into the trance and through the session using verbal cues, repetition, and mental imagery. It’s actually quite similar to meditation.
Then at the end of the session the patient is simply asked to awaken themselves from that state.
So here are a few common myths that are actually wrong, and instead what actually happens during hypnosis that prove it’s not so scary after all.
A person can be hypnotized against their will, or fall under “mind control” and do things they do not want to do.
According to the Hypnosis Help Center, this is simply not true. A person must be a willing participant in order to be hypnotized. Someone who has been hypnotized will not do something that they wouldn’t do while in a “waking state.”
So what happens during a hypnotism at a stage show, when a hypnotist make audience members do some really weird stuff?
While under hypnosis, a person may be more open to suggestion, but they always have control over their own behavior. A participant at a stage show may go along with “performance” commands—like clucking, or barking—but only if they are willing to do so.
Being hypnotized just means you fall asleep.
This is also not true, mostly. Entering into a state of hypnosis will make the subject more in touch with their subconscious. This heightens their senses. However someone who is already tired may fall asleep—like how someone might doze-off during meditation. At that point the person is no longer in hypnosis, simply a relaxed sleep.
You can get “stuck” in hypnosis.
Because you do not lose control of yourself when hypnotized, it is not possible to become stuck in a state of hypnosis.
By First to Know What Really Happens When You Are Hypnotized Revealed
Traders are turning to a hypnotist to try to stay calm amid the market chaos.
More than ever, the markets have been like a roulette wheel this month. They have been swinging from deep losses to massive gains and back again, sometimes within hours.
The markets are led by greed and fear, but the traders who act on these emotions will get blown out by the market swings.
Some are turning to hypnotherapy to keep their decisions cold and rational, Aaron Surtees, a director at the London clinic CityHypnosis, told Business Insider UK.
Surtees has worked with employees at banks and hedge funds including Nomura, UBS, and Henderson Global Investors and said traders asked for the same thing in their treatments. Surtees said they want “to be like a robot: cold, clinical, highly efficient, high stamina, high concentration, relentless.”
It doesn’t take long either. Surtees said two to four 15-minute treatments should be enough to reprogram the subconscious and see gains. It’s not cheap, at £195 ($305) per quarter-hour session, but it has a market.
“It’s about taking away the reckless emotional trades and getting them to do what they want,” Surtees said. “Anger and frustration is quite a big one. Shoveling money in even though they know they should get it out and losing their head.”
He works with about a trader a day, though things haven’t reached the pick-up in business seen during the 2008 global financial crisis.
And for those who are worried that their newfound robotic behavior will spill over into their personal lives, Surtees said this was very unlikely.
“It’s like a performance, like an actor, so you’re in a different mindset the second you step onto the trading floor,” he said. “As long as they’ve got the desire for that change, then you can put all of that into the suggestions.”
TV veteran Amanda Redman has told how she had to have five rounds of hypnotherapy to get her to quit smoking.
The former New Tricks star, 58, has been off fags for two years but still uses e-cigs saying: “Tobacco is the best drug.”
She said: “I’ve been off normal cigarettes for two years now. But it took the fifth round of hypnotherapy to properly get me off.
“It was really good and helped a lot. Now I’m just on these e-cigs, I love them. They are amazing. Tobacco is the best drug, normal cigarettes just have all that s*** in them.”
Amanda is set to star in new ITV crime thriller The Trials of Jimmy Rose with Ray Winstone as they play husband and wife.
They first worked together 15 years ago in low budget cult classic Sexy Beast.
BarcroftAmanda Redman arrives for the press night performance of ‘Dear Lupin’ at The Apollo Theatre
Amanda admits she jumped at the chance of working with ray but that they giggled through all of their intimate scenes.
Speaking at the premiere of Dear Lupin, she said: “When we do those scenes we giggle the whole way through.
“He’s quite serious but I’m a bit of a prankster, I wind him up. We’ve worked together before and he is a dream.”
She also spoke about her ideal role and admitted she would only ever do something if it was “perfect”.
She continued: “I’ve been very busy over the last year, I’ve been directing a lot. And I do get a lot of offers to do different TV shows. But I end up turning most of them down.
BBCNew TricksAmanda with her New Tricks castmates
“I am very picky, there is no point in just doing any old thing, you have to love it. I knew immediately that I wanted to work with Ray on this show again.
“And I will take my time before I sign up to something else.”
Amanda married 42-year-old mobile phone designer Damian Schnabel in 2010. And she says he is 100 per cent supportive with her work.
She continued: “My husband is very supportive, he’s not in the business at all. But he gets what I do, and I love that about him.
“We are going to have a well deserved holiday, it’s nice for both of us to get away and enjoy quality time together.”
Rob Kardashian Weight Loss: ‘KUWTK’ Star Has Secret Plan To Get Back In Shape
According to a new report, the former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has taken on some “odd methods” of weight loss, including hypnosis, in an effort to get back to his former size.
“He’s had a professional hypnotist coming over to his house for the past couple of weeks and the results have been positive,” a source told OK! Magazine on Friday. According to Mayo Clinic, hypnosis is done to make a person “more responsive to suggestions, including behavior changes that can help you lose weight.”
As fans have seen on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kardashian has been struggling with his weight for years, and in recent months, he appears to have reached an all-time high.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (left) and singer Lily Allen (center) have admitted they see hypnotists who convince them to work out. In a recent interview, actress Olivia Munn (right) credits hypnotism for her fit physique.
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Still reeling from a painful breakup, Elena Gluhova realized that the damage caused by her lousy ex-boyfriend went far beyond a broken heart: Her emotional eating had caused her to balloon to her heaviest weight of 130 pounds.
“Quite frankly, I felt fat, ugly and not attractive,” recalls the petite 32-year-old West Village resident, who stands 5-foot-4. “I got a membership to New York Sports Club, but I only used it once a month.”
Unable to find the motivation to hit the gym, Gluhova began researching other tools to help her slim down — and after hours on Google, she stumbled upon a possible cure: hypnosis. Though it may sound like a subject offered at Hogwarts, hypnosis is a treatment approved by the American Psychiatric Association that’s used for quitting everything from smoking to biting your nails. Read more
Hidden power of the mind and the role of hypnosis
By hypnosis you can uncover the contents of your subconscious mind which helps you to heal miraculously and stay healthy.
Human awareness has three levels: the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the super-conscious mind. Each of these levels of awareness has different contents, and you access each using a different type of thinking.
Your conscious mind consists of your everyday perceptions, thoughts, attitudes and feelings – the facets about yourself of which you are very much aware. This part of your mind is with you through all of your waking hours.
The subconscious mind is a hidden storehouse of memories, deep feelings, desire and aspirations, motives, knowledge and other intensely meaningful aspects of yourself of which you are not usually aware. The subconscious mind is gigantic in size and power compared to the conscious mind. Austrian Neurologist and Psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud’s model of human consciousness looked like an iceberg, with conscious mind at the top (the part you can see above the water) and subconscious mind enormous but hidden (the part submerged under water).
The subconscious mind has numerous functions. It plays a role in guiding your bodily process: your heartbeat, circulation, immune functioning, and so forth. It also contains a library-like catalogue of your life’s experiences and the thoughts and feelings associated with your important events.
Olivia Munn has her hypnotist to thank for her new fitness drive after he used one of their sessions to convince the actress she really enjoyed working out.
The Mortdecai star claims she once complained about her lack of motivation to exercise to the therapist, and he promptly put her in a trance to give her the boost she needed.
She tells Good Housekeeping magazine, “I was going to a hypnotist to help me with my OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and trichotillomania (pulling out hair). One day I told him I didn’t work out, and he said, ‘What do you mean?’ I replied ‘I don’t know. I just kind of don’t’. He said, ‘You have to! It’s good for your anxiety and depression’. So during one of our sessions, he hypnotized me.”
Munn continues, “That was on a Friday, and by Monday I was working out every day at 6am. If I missed a session, I’d double up and do it the next day. Now I feel so much stronger. I remember running up the steps one day and thinking, ‘This is strange. I could do this a hundred times and be totally OK’.”
Now the actress has found a new source of inspiration to help her stay in shape – her boyfriend, American football star Aaron Rodgers.
She says, “My boyfriend’s healthiness inspires me. Aaron is different than every other man I’ve ever met… there’s so much I could say. Everything a good person can be, he is. “He’s in such great shape, and especially lately, he’s been eating so well and working out. Having somebody in your life like that is so motivating.”
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