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What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an effective and relaxing type of therapy that requires little from a client. Hypnosis, or "restful awareness" is simply a relaxed state of mind. Most of us are unaware that we naturally enter the hypnotic state every day, for example during study, driving, reading or listening to music. As we drift off to sleep, and just before awakening fully, we also cycle in and out of hypnosis.
At any time in this state, we become more suggestible, and hypnotherapists utilise this to help clients make lasting positive changes in their lives.
What is the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind?
There is actually no real difference, as they function simultaneously.
This photo, however, represents the extent to which the 'subconscious' influences our daily thoughts and actions.
The conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg, managing the complexities of everyday life, organising, evaluating, critiquing and making decisions. The powerful subconscious, on the other hand, governs our emotions, our memories, dreams and desires. Crucially, it also contains our perceptions and beliefs about who we are, what we offer to the world, and what we deserve to receive. If that information is largely negative, it affects our behaviour, emotions and thoughts, in ways that we are not consciously aware of.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy replaces negative thoughts and beliefs with positive ones. In the relaxed state of hypnosis, the conscious mind takes a step into the background, effortlessly allowing access to the subconscious which absorbs everything it hears without criticism or analysis. Thus, the positive suggestions given during therapy are extremely successful in leading to the replacement of maladaptive behaviours, thoughts and beliefs with useful, healthy ones.
Is Hypnosis mind control?
Definitely not. Many people have seen a movie or show where someone acts foolishly under hypnosis, which suggests that it is a way of controlling another person, or making them disclose private information. In truth, nobody will say or do anything that contradicts their personal values or morals. Using their knowledge, stage hypnotists take a lot of time eliminating would-be participants from a large initial group, leaving those they recognise as having already given themselves permission to embarrass themselves. Often very entertaining, such shows have nothing in common with a hypnotherapy session.
HYPNOTHERAPY is SELF-EMPOWERMENT