“Hypnosis is simply making a change in the subconscious mind.”-Laura Brynton King
Hypnosis is very similar to daydreaming. When a person is daydreaming, they alter their state of consciousness. The same occurs when a patient is put into a hypnotic trance. The patient remains conscious and aware enough to hear, talk and make decisions, but are unaware of all outer distractions.(King) The patient concentrates on a specific goal they would like to achieve using hypnotherapy. This process allows the patient to set their mind on the addictions and overcome their problems.
Hypnosis is a state of mind that is induced by a hypnotist. This state of mind is a process that must be done carefully in order to keep your patient relaxed. The patient remains conscious throughout the entire process, but is not affected by outside distractions. This allows the subject to be open about a specific problem they are having difficulty with. For example, if a patient was having a problem with addiction, this would be the topic of discussion. The hypnotist would carefully ask questions and get the patient to confront their problems head on. This would make the patient much more aware of their problem and the effect it has on their life. Although this process seems easy, a hypnotist must be careful how they work the discussion.
The Process of Hypnosis
The process of hypnosis is not simple and can easily fall apart if the patient is pushed to far. Undoubtedly, the most prominent influence in modern hypnosis is the work done by Dr. Milton H. Erickson. Dr. Erickson realized that the most efficient way to help patients during hypnotherapy was not to tell them what they should change, but rather to use suggestions for self-betterment. He uses countless strategies and guided imagery to help his patients access their individual internal abilities to heal themselves. He discovered that the subconscious mind could be accessed and involuntary healing was possible. This method of hypnotherapy became very important in helping patients to help themselves.
Dr. Erickson did not tell his patients what they were feeling. As an alternative, he suggested that they might be feeling a certain way. This method of using suggestion with the patient was very important because it gave them the feeling of personal freedom and control. When a person feels in control of a situation, accessing the subconscious mind becomes easier, thus allowing the patient to...