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WHAT EVER ONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HYPNOSIS
Yesterday the hypnotic power was regarded as a form of witchcraft. Today genuine hypnotism is a science like other physical sciences and is undoubtedly the most important, the most fruitful and far reaching method of experimental psychology.
In the past, only two areas of application of hypnotism were recognised, namely, in the healing arts and in the entertainment. Since its use as a form of entertainment has declined and its practical values in medical and allied arts have come to the forefront. Today it has become in effect a medical instrument. Many Physicians, Surgeons, Dentists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists are using hypnotism in their work all over the world.
There are however, applications in the other fields that are not familiar to most people such as its application in Advertising and Selling, Business Management, Personality Development, Education, Sports, Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement. When hypnotism is employed in such area it is applied more as an educational modality than a medical tool and is not considered to be governed by the restrictions of medical practice. These are called Non Medical applications.
Since in addition to medical, dental, psychological and psychiatric use of hypnotism in the hands of professional therapists, the non medical applications of hypnotism by lay-hypnotist (non-medical) have received a considerable attention and attained a certain amount of recognition.
The actual modes of employment of hypnotism in various conditions however would be similar, whether the operator is a physician, surgeon, dentist, educator, psychologist, psychiatrist, law-enforcement officer or a hypno-technician. It must be understood, of course, that professional people use hypnotism only within their own are of competence while lay-hypnotist (hypnotechnician) limit their activities to the area of competence of the referring or supervising professional.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS ?
Hypnosis refers to a state or condition in which the subject becomes highly responsive to suggestions. There are myths shown on TV and movies that the person is unconscious, unaware of what is going on, cannot hear anything and in someone else’s control and this is totally untrue. Actually, whenever we are in a daydream state and are making no conscious effort to think of anything is Hypnosis.
The application of hypnotism for the following are those that occur most frequently and are considered in the framework of professional or lay-hypnotists.
1. To attain:- Relaxation, Self-confidence, self-control, energy, will power, speaking and conversational abilities, relief from all kinds of pain.
2. To conquer:- habits of smoking, alcoholism, drugs, blushing, nail biting, snoring, over eating.
3. To remove:- Inferiority complex, stage-fear, examination fear, stammering & stuttering.
4. To over come:- Sleeplessness, blood pressure, colds & allergies, tensions, emotions, depression, anxiety, shyness, fears, phobias psychosomatic problems.
5. To improve:- Eye sight, memory recall, concentration, education, business relation, career.
6. To reconstruct:- Personality, character, ambitions, tact, poise & courage, good humor, love, & warmth, influence, leadership.
7. To get:- Slim, lose weight and stay slim for ever.
8. To achieve:- Many higher purposes, viz, meditation, E.S.P., telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, precognition, age regression, personality changes, automatic writing.
9. To train individuals in self hypnosis:- In general it is said that any effect that is produced through the application of hypnotism may be elicited in a comparable stage of self hypnosis by any interested individual.
SOME COMMON FALLACIES AND FACTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. He or she should acquire preliminary information and to what is not true about hypnosis so that his or her fears about it may be allayed. One is more apt to respond successfully if he or she is prepared properly for hypnosis by knowing what to anticipate. It is contended that the more knowledge a person possesses about the subject, the more favorable the result.
The following represents some of the more common fallacies which many people harbor. These serious misconceptions serve only as a hindrance to successful hypnosis. They came about as a result of erroneous impressions conveyed to the public via sensational stage demonstrations, over the radio and on television. Many novels and articles have been written about hypnosis which contain inaccurate information. Here are a few examples of some mistaken ideas about hypnosis .
1. A hypnotist is a person gifted with unusual mysterious magic power.
Hypnotist does not possess any unusual or mystic powers. The hypnotist is merely person who has learned or perhaps mastered the science & art of EFFECTIVE SUGGESTION. He teaches the subjects how to bring about or self induce the hypnotic state. Hypnotism has some time been called the “manipulation of the imagination”.
2. A person in a hypnotic state may not be easily awakened and may remain in that state for a long time.
The hypnotic state is similar to becoming completely absorbed in a movie or book. In other words, it represents a concentration of attention. No one has ever remained indefinitely in a hypnotic state. The hypnotist or subject terminates the hypnotic state at will, it is as simple as opening one’s. The subject eventually awakens from what is known as “hypnotic sleep or trance”. Any fear of not awakening is not warranted. There has never been a case in which the subject did not return to the waking state.
3. Hypnosis effects a cure in just one or two sessions.
In many instances one or two sessions of hypnosis may enable a person to break a habit. However, in the majority of cases if requires a number of sessions before a favorable result is obtained.
4. Many people cannot be hypnotized.
Ninety percent of all people can be hypnotized. A feeble minded person cannot be hypnotized. It takes imagination & willingness to co-operate. A willingness to accept a suggestions. Reinforced sessions make the subject more hypnotised. Reinforced sessions make the subject more hypnotizable. Children incidentally, respond well to hypnotic techniques the best subjects is the person who have a definite reason or motivation for wanting to be hypnotized. The ability to over come his or her resistance to hypnosis. The resistance may be conscious or unconscious. To be hypnotized (1) One must want to be hypnotized. (2) One must have confidence in the hypnotist. (3) One must train his or her mind to accept suggestion. (4) One must remove fear, the biggest block of all.
5. Under hypnosis one is apt to do anything-good or bad one is like a slave who obeys his or her master automatically irrespective of what one is told to do.
Under hypnosis one will not do anything contrary to his or her morale. One will not commit an antisocial act. He or she will have the power to accept or reject suggestions. According to Dr. Roy M Dorcus, Prof. Of psychology at California University- “ A hypnotized person is never in anybody else’s power. One won’t do anything unless he or she wants to, and won’t stay in trance if he or she wants to come out of it”.
6. Hypnosis means being put to sleep and not being aware of one’s surroundings.
Hypnosis does not necessarily mean falling asleep. Under hypnosis awareness is increased. If the subject does fall asleep. It is only because he or she was completely relaxed and wanted to sleep, and will ultimately awaken refreshed.
7. A person has to be put into a deep stage of hypnosis before he or she can be helped.
One need not be in a deep stage of hypnosis to benefit from hypnosis. Many excellent results are being obtained by utilizing beneficial suggestible state at light hypnosis.
8. Hypnosis will not help person suffering from deep seated sexual problems.
Hypnosis has proved effective in helping many persons overcome sexual problems. Many cases of impotence and frigidity, as well as other sexual disorders have been reported as responding successfully to hypnotherapy.
9. Persons who are easily hypnotized are weak minded.
The more intelligent and imaginative the person, the easier it is to hypnotize him or her. One doesn’t have to be weak minded to be hypnotized.
10. A Hypnotist can induce a person to commit a crime.
A hypnotist cannot induce a person to commit a crime or any illegal act.
11. Being-hypnotized means lapsing into a state of unconsciousness.
Being hypnotized, even in deep state, does not mean lapsing into a state of unconsciousness. Under hypnosis one is aware of everything that is going on around.
PRIME FUNCTIONS OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND