Hypnosis is a misunderstood therapy technique. This happens because of stage hypnosis. This is where individuals are brought up on stage and made to perform like chickens or become stiff as boards. It ia an experience helped along by the audience and the desire to please which is exploited by the performer.
Clinical hypnosis is a therapeutic tool that can allow you to use the resources you already have available in your own mind. If you have got in your own way or worked against your own best interests then you already understand the value in this technique.
The thing to remember is that a hypnotic state is a normal and natural state to find yourself in. A state you experience many times throughout the day. If you've gotten lost in a book or absorbed in a hobby and lost track of time, you have hypnotized yourself. If you were deep in thought on the way home from work and suddenly found yourself pulling onto your street or into your driveway then you've hypnotized yourself. Remember, it isn't some special trick, it really is a natural state of consciousness you move in and out of in your day-to-day life. Clinical hypnosis simply harnesses that state to help you in a more intentional manner.
MISUNDERSTANDINGS TO CLEAR UP
There are many, but here are the core concerns individuals typically worry about the most.
You can't be forced to do something you don't want to do. It isn't mind control or a way to get into your mind and plant thoughts or behaviors you don't want. You can however, have post-hypnotic suggestions to support your goals and desires.
You're always completely aware of what you're doing. You do not lose consciousness or lose awareness of your surroundings. You don't have to close your eyes or even lay down. You can be awake, alert, and responsive.
It's not used by any competent professional to discover repressed memories. A controversial activity that has now been clearly discredited. The brain does not operate like a tape or video recorder so memories are not stored somewhere, frozen in time, ready to be retrieved. They change over time and are effected by new memories and interactions we have.
SOME WAYS HYPNOSIS IS USED
Medical hypnosis is used in surgery with those who are unable to have anaesthesia. This is one of the more dramatic uses of this technique. It is a powerful reminder of the function the brain has over the body's pain receptors.
You can go back in time to remember a positive and successful experience; then imagine all those constructive feelings and beliefs about yourself are present in a future experience you plan to have like speaking in front of a large group.
You take a memory of an incident and imagine that you acted differently. That you were able to speak to that person you never got a chance to do and allow yourself some closure.
These are just a few things that are open to you as you explore the subconscious process of the mind. The more conscious part of you typically strives to control your behavior and feelings, but when it gets stuck, knowing there are side paths that, while meandering or even seem to be dead-ends, are available and can surprisingly take you right were you wanted to go all along.
Maybe you've already had such an experience when temporally lost while driving or taking a shortcut walking in your neighborhood. You're feeling completely confident you'll will find your way. Just close your eyes and relax . . .
When have you lost track of time? Has a solution to a problem suddenly occurred to you while being absorbed in another task?