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Does hypnosis really work?

ashpool

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I've seen a lot of ads for self-hypnosis or through a practitioner to relieve stress, help relax etc. etc. Does anyone actually know if these things work or just fads?
 

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If you're sitting on a chair while someone tells you about pretty places, you'll feel less stress and more relaxed.
 

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Can we get a mod to merge this thread with the acupuncture and 20-day water fast one?
 

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The first stage of hypnosis is a relaxation/meditation technique that does wonders for reducing stress temporarily. It's a good skill to know on your own so I fully endorse that. I have a long commute with morons on my subway train and an iPod loaded with a 25 minute self-hypnosis track is great. About 10 minutes into it (right before the speaker goes bonkers and starts to tell me about a spirit guide standing in my enchanted garden pouring my hopes and goals into my skull from a magical urn), I'm out cold. And I wake up refreshed, relaxed and happy.

The part where the hypnotist turns you into a non-smoker or non-fat simply by planting suggestions sounds like hooey to me.

But the self-relaxation and breathing technique parts of it are great. Especially if you have a strong imagination. You can really zone out. And usually you feel a lot better than just taking a nap. Also, you get good at it and don't need the audio track and can use the technique to relax while at work or wherever.
 

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Yes. I am a licensed hyponothrapist on the side, actually. If you paypal me $500 per hour (will need an advance deposit on the first session), I will run you through my IM-based hypnosis program. Am I pricey? Well, you tell me. If you want real results, you've gotta pay real money for them.
 

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Yes, hypnosis works.

Here's the deal. Hypnosis puts you into the first level of sleep. So can meditation and a few other somewhat similar things.

That first level of sleep is the same one you are in early in the morning when you are almost awake, but not quite. Have you ever had a noise or something in the "real world" happen, and it gets incorporated into the dream you are having? That's the state you are in when you are hypnotized.
It's sort of a combination of conscious thought (the sounds you here) and subconscious thought (your dreams).

So when you are in that state it is possible to "play" with your subconscious - and/or feed it things like "I have to quit smoking" or whatever. Those thoughts are then in your subconscious and run sort of "under the radar" for your benefit.

When you figure out just how powerful your subconscious is, it is a huge revelation.

I also understand it is difficult for some to "believe" in this stuff until they either understand it, or work with it and have it work.
 

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Originally Posted by Verno Inferno
The first stage of hypnosis is a relaxation/meditation technique that does wonders for reducing stress temporarily. It's a good skill to know on your own so I fully endorse that. I have a long commute with morons on my subway train and an iPod loaded with a 25 minute self-hypnosis track is great. About 10 minutes into it (right before the speaker goes bonkers and starts to tell me about a spirit guide standing in my enchanted garden pouring my hopes and goals into my skull from a magical urn), I'm out cold. And I wake up refreshed, relaxed and happy.

The part where the hypnotist turns you into a non-smoker or non-fat simply by planting suggestions sounds like hooey to me.

But the self-relaxation and breathing technique parts of it are great. Especially if you have a strong imagination. You can really zone out. And usually you feel a lot better than just taking a nap. Also, you get good at it and don't need the audio track and can use the technique to relax while at work or wherever.


What's the name of the track if you don't mind me asking?
 

Verno Inferno

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Originally Posted by ashpool
What's the name of the track if you don't mind me asking?

Guided Relaxation, by Kelly Howell.

You can find all sorts of similar self-relaxation things on iTunes. I'm told the key is to find someone whose voice doesn't annoy you. I kinda like Howell's tone.
 

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Dunno. Do you think these are the droids you're looking for? 'Cause they're not.
 

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A psychologist I know used to use, sort of accidentally, a little hypnotism with CBT type treatments.

Hypnotism as seen on tv or peddled by self help programmes is pretty much nonsense - the audience or consumer is expecting something to happen, they are complicit in their hypnotism. They are playing along without really realising.

Actual hypnotism does 'work' but it isn't anything like it is normally portrayed in the media, you probably can't use it to make someone believe, against their will, that they are a chicken. Whether it can help you stop smoking I am not sure, but buying a hypnotism dvd or some such definitely won't unless you are pretty damn suggestible. I think when it comes to stress and so on it probably works as well as any other intense relaxation.
 

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Part of my school sponsored graduation party was a hypnotist. It does seem that, as long as you allow yourself to do it, the hypnotist can get you to do certain things in your trance state. As a way to lose weight or something like, doubtful. It is very entertaining though.
 

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Originally Posted by dave333
Part of my school sponsored graduation party was a hypnotist. It does seem that, as long as you allow yourself to do it, the hypnotist can get you to do certain things in your trance state. As a way to lose weight or something like, doubtful. It is very entertaining though.

+1

Freshman year we had a hyponotist at our dorm. I was very much falling for it, although I consciously resisted it.

About a dozen people ended up going on stage and making fools of themselves. Including a very good friend of mine, who swears up and down that he thought his shoe was a puppy. I completely believe him too.
 

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It does work very well for stress reduction and relaxation. You can get there (trance) pretty easily yourself by making your exhalation 2X as long as your inhalation. So, breathe in 1-2-3, exhale 1-2-3-4-5-6. Do that 5-10 times and you'll feel much more relaxed. Trance is a very natural state. While driving, ever get to your destination and were unable to recall the trip? Trance state. Do NOT do the double breathing technique while driving.

I took 200 hours of hypnosis and hypnotherapy training and have hypnotized/been hypnotized hundreds of times. There are certain things for which it's useful. Look up Dr. Milton Erickson for applications to psychiatry and medicine. Erickson was the best, to the point that modern hypnotic techniques are refered to as Ericksonian Hypnosis. Look up Derren Brown for impressive street hypnosis tricks - many Youtube vids. He specializes in covert hypnosis/NLP methods.
 

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Originally Posted by fredfred
That first level of sleep is the same one you are in early in the morning when you are almost awake, but not quite...So when you are in that state it is possible to "play" with your subconscious - and/or feed it things like "I have to quit smoking" or whatever.

Damn it, you need to be at least in the third dream level for this to work. 1st dream level just won't cut it.
 

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Originally Posted by willpower
Look up Derren Brown for impressive street hypnosis tricks - many Youtube vids. He specializes in covert hypnosis/NLP methods.

+1
Derren Brown is terrific!
 

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