Hypnosis – some people are afraid of it, others think it is just a gag but one thing is for sure – hypnosis has helped many people break bad habits as well as become more productive, sleep better, and relieve stress. But, just what is hypnosis, is it for real?
Whether you realize it or not, you have probably been hypnotized before. Sure, you may have gone to one of those shows where they hypnotist puts some audience members on the stage and hypnotizes them into doing funny things. But even if you were never a victim of one of these nightclub hypnotists, you might have experienced self-hypnosis and never even known it. For example, have you ever been driving home or to work only to end up at your destination and not remember exactly how you go there? This has happened to almost everyone at some point and it is similar to what happens when you become hypnotized.
Hypnosis is when the conscious part of your mind – the part that reasons, judges and evaluates, is bypassed and suggestions are made straight to the subconscious. In this state, your subconscious will do what it is told such as act like a chicken or pretend you are trapped in a box, however, your mind still has the ability to emerge from this state.
Many people fear hypnosis because they think that the hypnotize can have complete control over you but this is only the case if you “believe” that he or she does. In fact, many times when someone is hypnotizing you they will suggest to your subconscious that you are still in control of your own mind and you have nothing to fear. The truth is that you cannot be hypnotized unless you want to be.
Hypnosis is now being used more and more to treat pain, induce positive behavior, reduce stress and even to improve athletic performance. You can be hypnotized by someone else or even perform it on yourself. Either way, if done correctly, hypnosis has many positive effects.