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Different Uses Of Hypnosis - So Underused Yet So Valuable

Hypnosis is a method of sustained, focused concentration. Information is processed by the patient in a different way than when they're in a normal, alert state of mind. There are so many different uses of hypnosis and because of its power, it may be used to treat so many disorders.

Most unfortunately, even many mental health professionals, as well as members of the general public, are under the impression that hypnosis betokens mental weakness, loss of consciousness, sleep and mind control. It's also considered that women are more easily hypnotised than men. All of these theories are complete myths.

The truth of the matter is that both women and men are equally capable of being hypnotised, and that a person so treated enters into a highly alert state in which focus and concentration are both heightened. However, it must be remembered that hypnosis is all part of the overall treatment of the patient. For instance, a dentist who uses hypnosis for pain and anxiety control is merely assisting his primary calling; that of dentistry.

It's so underused, but so valuable. Just a few of its uses are; reducing panic and anxiety attacks, curing nail biting, stopping smoking, increasing self-esteem and confidence, changing limiting beliefs, sexual dysfunction, stress related problems such as headaches, hypertension, chronic pain, and weight loss.

An interesting example of how hypnosis may be used is given by a well-known hypnotherapist. Apparently, he had this patient who'd had the misfortune of becoming stuck in an elevator for many hours. This caused him post traumatic stress disorder, with flashbacks that the poor man found quite incapacitating. As an adjunct to all this, he suffered from anxiety and depression.

He came to this hypnotherapist after trying a number of therapies, even cognitive behavioural therapy. All had failed. He was able to educate this man to project his flashbacks and anxiety onto a large movie screen that they designed together. Effectively, what he was doing was to extract those memories from the patient's mind and onto the screen. When the patient needed to relax, he learned to 'flip the visuals' on the screen and go to much more pleasant images with peaceful associations that the hypnotherapist taught him.

Indeed, in a short time, the patient conquered his P.T.S.D. all on his own. All this took four sessions. Although it's true to say that psychiatrists and psychologists are probably the best people to treat patients through hypnosis, there's no earthly reason why others in the medical field shouldn't use the skill themselves.

If you have the misfortune of meeting a stage hypnotist who tells you he'll help you with whatever ails you, run very fast in the opposite direction! The stage hypnotist exercises his 'art' purely for fun.

Quite apart from all the benefits noted in this article, hypnosis can benefit you in many more different ways. Contact us to know more!

This article is originally written by Mike Bond and edited by our team. Feel free to go to his website The Hypnosis Attraction [], where you can read about how to hypnotise yourself and so many other benefits attached to this marvellous therapy.

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