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How Hypnosis Works

Loni Gordon

Long thought of as a stage show or act of trickery by many, and as a dangerous practice which left the mind vulnerable to some, hypnosis is finding a new popularity among people these days. The growth of the use and acceptance of alternative treatments in the use of the 21st century individual has seen a corresponding surge in the number of people who are using hypnosis to treat problems. Hypnosis patients overwhelmingly use hypnosis in areas where they need a boost in will power to achieve a specific goal. The two most common areas for the use of hypnosis are among people who want to either quit smoking or lose weight.

Hypnosis should not be confused with cartoon depictions of sinister Lucifer like characters droning "You are getting sleepy" in monotones while swinging a pendulum. There is no circling of the pupils, and in fact the subject does not actually fall asleep. Hypnosis uses a method that most people already know about, and that has been in use by various companies since the advent of radio- the principle of subliminal messaging.

Many people have seen documentaries of images of Coke or popcorn flashed too fast for the mind to register on a movie screen. The result is an increased desire for the patrons, whose eyes were fast enough to register the image but who do not actually remember it. While distracted by the movie, they were open to subliminal messages.

The same process is how hypnotism works. Anytime a person is concentrating hard on a given task - whether it be reading, driving, or watching television- she is open to messages quickly and unobtrusively projected at her. Hypnosis seeks to implant a message in the brain while it is vulnerable to unobtrusive data.

For this reason, the phenomenon of self-hypnosis is gaining in usage. It is possible to design a program wherein the subliminal message "ignore your cravings" or something along that line is planted firmly in a subject's mind. Again, this process has been common knowledge for some time, as most people have known the strategy of placing a cassette under a pillow while asleep to help achieve a certain purpose.

Hypnosis is just like any other treatment- sometimes it will work, and sometimes it will not. There are many routes to go, whether you choose self-hypnosis, clinical hypnosis, or the use of a professional showman such as Romein. Any of these usages could result in success in terms of your goal, or failure.

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