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What Is The Difference Between Hypnotherapy And Hypnosis?

Feb 12, 2008
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy? The difference is that hypnosis is a natural state of mind. When you're under hypnosis, you feel relaxed. It's a lot like that wonderful feeling of high that you feel when you're lying in your bed after a long day's work. You feel so overcome with comfort that you just want that moment to e able to last forever.

Through some simple relaxation techniques, you can attain that same state. With the assistance of a trained hypnotherapist, you can get back into that state of well being and reach goals such as weight loss, quitting smoking and realizing a happier life.

Hypnotherapy is also known as self-hypnosis. This can be a very powerful and effective tool to help yourself change and experience a higher quality of life. You can begin to ask yourself certain questions such as;

1. What do I want my life to be like 1 , 2 or 3 years from now? Make sure you are detailed and honest with your answers here. You don't need to be reasonable, its about what you really want!

2. What changes do I need to make in order for this to come about? Again, logic is not your friend here. Be creative, be outrageous, and have fun. What changes do you think you'll have to do in your way of thinking?

3. Could anything negative come about from making these changes? Can you think of any drawbacks from making these changes?

4. How much do I really want the things I want? This may make you realize that some things you thought you wanted, you really don't want, but instead you may want something different.

Try to spend a few hours or even the rest of the day thinking about these questions. When people are anxious or stressed, they often think about negative things all day long. So why not begin to also give those things you want in your life more room to think about. This is a much deeper way of thinking and this is the level at which hypnotherapy has shown to have proven results.

Some people may claim that they have never been hypnotized or that they cannot be hypnotized. These people may not fully understand what hypnosis is all about. Just about everyone has drifted off while being in a class room. Just about everyone has daydreamed or drifted while driving somewhere and forgot where they were driving to. And just about everyone has gone somewhere else while being absorbed in reading a book. These are all perfect examples of hypnosis. The great thing about hypnosis is that with a trained professional, it will not produce any damaging side effects and can help provide positive changes.

What is involved in hypnotherapy? There is a two step process that goes on between the client and the therapist or professional. A person cannot be hypnotized against their own will. That means he or she has to agree to cooperate. While being hypnotized, nobody can make you do anything that you don't want to do. Even people on TV or in movies that are barking like dogs, or hopping on one foot pretending to be Napoleon are doing it because they want to do it. They have chosen to participate in that hypnosis. Also, those people on TV are doing something that is called "stage hypnosis". This type of hypnosis is very different from clinical hypnosis.

The first phase of hypnotherapy involves a consultation. In the consultation you'll probably answer some questions that are posed by your therapist. They are to establish the nature of your problems and issues. They will also help the therapist to craft a plan to deal and work through them. The next step is hypnosis. This can be done in a variety of ways. Most likely, you'll be gently lead by your therapist voice into a state where your entire body and mind become deeply relaxed. You'll be so deeply relaxed as to almost be asleep. To someone looking on, you may seem as if you're totally asleep, but in fact you will be awake although very relaxed. In addition, the parts of your mind that your therapist will be working with will also be awake and listening. It will feel much like a daydream. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you have the option terminating the session. Remember, the hypontherapists job is to help you.
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