concentration. Drawing from this definition, one can infer that hypnosis can be a tool for achieving relaxation. With the mind in a relaxed, and attentive state, it becomes open to suggestion. This state of mind can be achieved either with the help of a professional hypnotist, or with a little bit of practice, by one’s own efforts. The latter is termed as self hypnosis.
Hypnosis, unfortunately, has a lot of bad press going for it, primarily because of the misconceptions surrounding it. So what are these misgivings that make people reluctant to give these techniques a try? Many people believe that they lose their control when under hypnosis. That statement is a tricky one. While hypnosis is about what may seem like surrendering your control to the hypnotist, it is only possible if you choose to do it. In other words, the choice is with us, the control is with us. We can choose to “give” the control to the hypnotist; and we can snap out of hypnosis anytime, by choosing to “take” that control back, when we want to. And in case of self hypnosis, the question of giving up control to “someone else” doesn’t even arise.
“A hypnotist can’t make you do anything you don’t really want to do. There is nothing spooky about it.” -Business Week
In reality, self hypnosis has the potential to be an excellent self improvement tool. At the very least, it can be used to calm ourselves. Akin to meditation, one can experience the restorative effects of relieving our stress, and calming ourselves using self hypnosis techniques. And because of the focus and openness to suggestion when in hypnotized state, self hypnosis can offer other potential benefits in the area of personal development. Some of these include using self hypnosis techniques for improving our self confidence, handling our fears, and anxiety control. Using hypnosis techniques for quitting smoking and for weight reduction are also quite popular.
Self hypnosis is a natural technique. It is a relaxation technique. It is a self improvement technique. And like many techniques, it requires practice and patience, to get it working for you initially. While professional help is always available to help get you started, many people successfully use specific audios developed by professionals, to achieve the personal development results they seek and desire in themselves.
“The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well-being.” -The Mayo Clinic