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Friday, January 1, 2010

Hypnosis - Unraveling The Mysteries Behind It

Posted by patrick

By Benjamin Cox

Myths have always shrouded hypnosis and its therapeutic arm, hypnotherapy. People either believe them to be falling in the domain of the occult, or don't regard them to be serious scientific endeavours. Given below are some general beliefs associated with hypnosis, and the real truth behind them.

Hypnosis has nothing to do with magic spells of any kind. It borders more on the science of the human mind and is very simple to practice for anyone who is prepared to learn it. The authenticity of hypnosis is suspected even by people who have watched it working on subjects. They say that hypnotised people allow practitioners to perform well in their art by not exhibiting enough mental strength to block the influence of their words. But that is not true at all. Hypnosis can in fact be successfully practised on people who are mentally strong and are trying their best to block the spell.

Another false belief about hypnosis that people have made up arbitrarily is that it is an alternate state of consciousness. A hypnotized person is fully alert of what is going on in his surroundings. That individual is just in a relaxed state where the concentration levels are very high and the person can accept suggestions easily.

Another misconception, which has been circulated by some scientists, claims that hypnosis can be applied on merely 5% of the human population. Although, the research has some element of truth to it, what makes it empty is the fact that the scientists used the identical hypnosis procedure for everyone. Hypnosis can't be oversimplified like that and works only if there are different approaches for different personality styles.

People also tend to equate hypnosis with meditation. But while hypnosis is a communication technique, meditation is all about a mental state and generally has no communication involved in the process. Similarly, a state of trance is also sometimes equated with hypnosis, which is not correct. Trance is again a mental state sans any communication, whereas communication forms the very foundation of the hypnosis technique.

A majority of people believe that it is not possible to bring about changes in one's appearance and behaviour through hypnosis training or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis obviously cannot attain something that is unnatural to the body. However, it can guide the body to a healthy shape through behavioural transformations like eating less, and giving up smoking and other addictions by ensuring a good amount of of inspiration in an individual.

Hypnosis, and particularly hypnotherapy, can have a significant role to play in the overall welfare of an individual, and not trying them out just because of some false notions is an act of folly.

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