Hypnosis works

I know that hypnosis works. Brain Activity and Functional Connectivity Associated with Hypnosis, a Stanford study, documents that hypnosis works. The scientists also tell us how it works in your brain.

I’ve been studying hypnosis for 47 years. In my full time private practice I have been using hypnotherapy for almost 20 years.

Because of my own personal experience, I know that hypnosis is a powerful and effective therapeutic tool. I have had the honor of teaching self-hypnosis to hundreds of clients and students.

You too can learn hypnosis.

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Hypnosis Myths

For many people, all they know about hypnosis are the myths popularized at the State Fair and in movies. I have also heard some really big misconceptions that are told by people who have never studied or experienced hypnosis.

Hypnosis is not sleep or being controlled by someone else.

In fact, hypnosis is the ultimate display of control.

As an example, if you eat too much food to fast, you are out of control and in the speed-eating trance.

You can learn self-hypnosis to eat slowly, mindfully and be in control of what you eat, how much you eat and ultimately your weight.

Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I keep it easy and I do it well.

You are always in trance

I tell all my clients and teach all my students that you are always in trance. You are never not in trance. And, that hypnosis is learning to take control of the trance that you are in.

In addition to the speed eating trances there are stress and anxiety trances. There are driving trances, elevator trances and relationship trances.

You can be giving yourself hypnotic suggestions that this is too hard and I have too much to do and stress yourself out. Or, you can give yourself the suggestion that this is easy and that you calmly accomplish your tasks. It is your choice.

So you might as well choose for it to be easy and to do it well.

Hypnosis is all about being mindful, being present in this moment. Again, hypnosis is the ultimate display of control.

You're getting very curious: Scientists discover how hypnosis actually works

CNBC, by Robert Ferris, July 28, 2016: “The team published its findings Thursday in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Stanford psychiatry professor David Spiegel hopes the research will push forward the use of hypnosis as a clinical technique.

“This is showing that hypnosis is not a parlor trick or a magic show,” Spiegal told CNBC. “It is a neurobiological phenomenon.”

He added that hypnosis is underutilized in health care, and that hypnosis can be a viable alternative to the use of painkillers, which have proven to be addictive to millions of people.

“I think this illustrates the reality of hypnosis as a phenomenon,” he said, “and the fact that this is not a way of losing control, as a lot of people fear. It is a way of teaching people to enhance control over their brains and bodies.”

Read You’re getting very curious: Scientists discover how hypnosis actually works

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