Under What Circumstances Should a Person be Hypnotized?
For entertainment on stage, of course! Just kidding. Hypnosis can be used to reveal or help solve problems that lie in the subconscious mind, such as addictive habits, anxiety, or deeply-rooted mental issues. It can even reduce your awareness of pain during a not so pleasant visit to the dentist.
The power of suggestion even has the potential to reduce chronic pain and a person can be taught to self-hypnotize in such situations. A pregnant woman going through labour can be hypnotized as an effective alternative to painkillers.
Hypnosis is a popular tool for Hollywood bad guys and businessmen to manipulate their enemies. Many people are wary of hypnosis for that very idea; that they could be secretly manipulated or even taken advantage of while they are 'under'. These concerns are not based on truth, however. The reality is that a person can not be hypnotized against their will. And you can't force someone to do things they would never do while awake.
Let me repeat that last statement: You can't force someone to do things they would never do while awake. Ever seen Paul Anthony or Scott Ward or any other stage hypnotists? They put a group of people into a trance and have them perform hilarious, and sometimes very humiliating acts in front of the audience. And I don't mean flapping their arms like chickens. It's hugely entertaining for a crowd to see ten people up on a stage dancing like Elvis, humping chairs or even stripping down to their undergarments and running half-naked through the audience giving lap dances.
So does good-natured entertainment count as a circumstance under which a person should be hypnotized? Well given the fact that they can't be manipulated against their will, it's all in good fun. Maybe it's an excuse for people to act even wilder than they do while they're drunk, because they can claim (maybe it's true) that they didn't remember a thing.
Hypnosis Stage Show
When do People Use Hypnosis?
Many people have found the benefits of hypnotherapy to reach far beyond the scope of manipulation and the "hilarious" factor.
Hypnotic treatment can be used for:
- Changing behavioural tendencies or habits, ie. Smoking, overeating, other addictions
- Reducing anxiety or panic attacks
- Relaxation and meditation
- Improving personal success, is. business, career, life in general, through the use of adjusting your habits which may be hindering you. (An example is procrastination)
- Helping people cope with and fight chronic pain
- When the use of painkillers is a concern, such as in the case of a pregnant woman giving birth
- Phobias and OCD
It's not fully understood how or why hypnosis works, and the success of the therapy depends largely on the expertise of the therapist, and the willingness of the patient. It is believed that hypnotherapy puts the mind into an deep state of relaxation that allows the brain wave patterns to be altered by suggestions, which alter your behaviour.
- Hypnosis: information about hypnosis and hypnotism
How to use hypnosis to improve your life. Hypnotism can help with weight loss, stopping smoking, fear of public speaking and more. You can also learn to hypnotize yourself.
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