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Self Hypnosis or Autosuggestion ?

Nov 22, 2007
Self hypnosis is probably a term that you have heard about and maybe it is something you are not very familiar with. Self hypnosis is becoming very popular and many people are interested to find out more about this. So lets take a look at this subject of self hypnosis.

The definition of self-hypnosis is that it is a naturally state of your mind which can be defined as a heightened state of focused concentration with the willingness to follow instructions.

This willingness is also called autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is used for positive or negative symptoms explained by the thoughts of a person. For example if someone experiences more pain when they think it will hurt. This influence of the mind on the body can be used in a positive way to improve the way a person feels.

Autosuggestion is a process by which someone focuses the subconscious mind to think a certain way for a given purpose. This is accomplished through self-hypnosis. The acceptance of autosuggestion may be quickened through mental visualization. Autosuggestion is most commonly accomplished by presenting ones mind with repetitive thoughts until those thoughts become internalized. Visualizing the manifestations of a belief are typical means of influencing ones mind via repetitive autosuggestion.

Hypnosis is a completely natural state. It is pleasant and relaxing. The ancient method of hypnosis is more and more used in medicine where it has proved to be a valuable alternative to drugs. Hypnosis has been used for thousands of years to effectively speed up healing and relieve stress symptoms.

The act of inducing hypnosis is referred to as an induction procedure. There is no consensus among practitioners or researchers for which method is the most effective induction procedure. Many associate hypnotic induction with a swinging pendulum, but there are many usable techniques.

Most commonly the hypnotist will use calming techniques designed to relax the subject by suggesting that their limbs are going limp, eyelids are getting heavy and so on. Relaxation is not a key factor, however, as hypnosis can be induced during vigorous exercise.

Also there are great differences in length of an induction. On one side you have PR (Progressive Relaxation), which can take up to half an hour or more. Then the other method is RI (Rapid Induction), a method to induce hypnosis in just seconds by a combination of shocking the subject and the subjects anticipation. For a stage hypnotist using RI is absolutely necessary, as using PR in a show would take more time than the audience is willing to wait.

Hypnotic susceptibility is a measurable amount of responsiveness that one can have to hypnosis. Not all people can be hypnotized, but about 10% of people respond exceptionally well. There is little evidence linking susceptibility to intelligence or personality traits, but some research has linked hypnosis to the amount of absorption and imagination in subjects.

Recent research suggests that highly hypnotizable people have high sensory and perceptual gating abilities that allow them to block some stimuli from awareness.

There is a common claim that no one can be hypnotized against his will. The counter-claim given by many hypnotists is that while it is not possible make someone do anything against his will, it is possible to change what it is that he wishes to do. This lowering in inhibitions is called disinhibition and can sometimes be found in the hypnotized subject and leads him to performing acts that he would normally consider socially unacceptable or simply would not do otherwise.
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