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Hypnotism - have any experience with it?

  1. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 5 years ago

    I'm trying to use hypnotism (downloaded hypno-routines, like tapes) to overcome a couple behavior problems and lose some weight.  I need to stop eating sugar and start eating low-carb diet.  Do you have any experience with using hypnotism for lifestyle changes or dieting or quitting anything?  Positive or negative, I would like to know what other people have experienced.  Too soon to tell for me, personally.  But it seems like it might work.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I went to a doctor (psychiatrist) who did hypnotism. I went to overcome stage fright. It did work for a long while but had to keep up with the exercises she gave me. Self hypnosis was one of them. It's supposed to reinforce the suggestions she gave. After many years, I guess it wore off. I never really noticed it wearing off but I don't have stage fright anymore. Don't know if it was a Catch 22. The power of suggestion allowed me to be comfortable on stage and the more I did it the less fearful I was.

      My sister had it down to quit smoking but as soon as she was under stress she started again.

      1. mega1 profile image80
        mega1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I'm wondering if the longer and more you used a certain behavior or substance (sugar - all my life!) then the more difficult it will be to be hypnotized not to do it or use it?  How much longer is it going to take for me to give up sugar since I have never in my life not eaten a lot of refined sugar foods?  I know it probably is all relative to situation and person.

        I'm glad you got the results you wanted with hypnotism.  Since you still don't have stage fright anymore, I guess it really worked.

        The hypnotist I'm using has a great voice with a Scottish accent, and he kind of makes me laugh, but that's good because it relaxes me.  I may keep using these recordings just to relax because that part of it has been very effective, even better than meditation, for me.

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      JaxsonRaineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Not for anything like that, but I did want to get hypnotized once just to see what it was like, at one of those school events, but I didn't want to get up on stage and act like a goofball. Well, I did get hypnotized, but I still chose to stay on stage. I could definitely understand though, all of the suggestions were like a doorway that I could choose to open up if I wanted, but I didn't.

      I could see it having real power to help with changing behavior.

    3. Shinkicker profile image96
      Shinkickerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I tried it years ago with a therapist to help self-confidence and it worked a real treat fairly quickly. Undergoing hypnosis in person is far more powerful than recordings.

      But I kept it going through tapes he gave me so it became part of my lifestyle and helped me relax.

      So I wouldn't say it's necessarily a quick fix but it can have great effects if you persevere.

  2. Paradise7 profile image85
    Paradise7posted 5 years ago

    I tried hypnotism (along with everything else) to quit smoking.  It didn't work.  The hypnotherapist said I had a lot of other issues and that's why it didn't work.  My nerves were just not in good shape.  I was subject to nightmares and bruxism, as well as being very easily startled.  I had (and still have, a little) some deep-rooted insecurities because of childhood issues.  I was a battered child.

    I think it might depend on your background, and how well-adjusted you are overall, whether hypnotism works for you or not.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago


  4. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 5 years ago

    thanks everybody.  Like every other self-help program I've ever started, it is slow going.  I conveniently forget every evening to leave on the computer and listen to the tapes-  that is, I get into bed and then remember I didn't listen and vow to do it tomorrow night!  Its like I buy the program and then don't use it so what good will it do.  Tonight, for sure!

  5. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    We all have our vices.  smile


    1. Druid Dude profile image60
      Druid Dudeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's a forum pertinent comment if ever I heard one!

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Especially if you are referring to the right thread!!!  lol


  6. WriteAngled profile image85
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    I went to a hypnotist after an episode where I nearly died through not breathing. I was diagnosed with a rare condition, retrosternal goitre, where a part of my thyroid had migrated down into my chest and grown there over decades to the size of a small (and rotting/bleeding) melon.

    Getting rid of it involved a sternotomy, namely having my breastbone sawn open to remove the rogue tissue.

    I am very squeamish indeed. I went to a hypnotist for a couple of weeks before entering hospital. Subsequently, I was able to cope with this surgery and with the ensuing drain, which I think otherwise would have left me on the point of insanity.

    1. mega1 profile image80
      mega1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for telling me about this - that's what I wanted to hear - some success stories.  I am amazed at the power humans have of using their voice to calm or motivate or incite or anger each other.  And definitely sometimes being reassured in dulcet tones with positive suggestions offer a way to help us overcome behavior or resistance we feel.  I know it works for anxiety.

  7. Black Lilly profile image61
    Black Lillyposted 5 years ago

    I've had a couple of self-hypnosis tracks (downloaded as mobile apps) that I've been using more or less regularly. Must admit, they REALLY work, but it's a slow process.
    Our brain is a very complex structure, which also has a few built-in safety mechanisms. One of them is to avoid a sudden change. Example - a drastic weight loss. It's widely known that the only safe way to lose weight is gradually changing your habits, - anything done in one go (e.g. "no more sweets from tomorrow" or similar) have a huge risk of cravings and falling back to old behaviour.
    Same can be said about quitting smoking - I know a few people who have actually decided to quit on a certain day, and kept to that. For a few months. Then something, - increased levels of stress, presence of other smokers around, etc - took their toll, and both of them are happy full-time smokers again big_smile

    The secret behind hypnosis is regularly injecting small amounts of certain affirmations/thoughts into your brain, until it starts accepting them as its own. Normally it takes 2 months to change a habit, so I believe 2-3 months of regular listening to e.g. self-hypnosis track is the right way to go. And do NOT stop after you feel the first results (this might happen even after a day or two)!

    I personally LOVE listening to self-hypnosis tracks that have a feature of "no wake up". You just fall asleep after listening to them, and the quality of sleep after that is normally SIGNIFICANTLY better (sleeps like a baby for some 7-8 hours straight smile)

  8. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 5 years ago

    From the giving up sweets tape and eat healthy tape - I have had only the result that meat now smells really bad to me!  chicken and fish are ok, if they're really fresh, but red meats really stink!  funny, eh!

    I'm going to keep trying, because I do not want to get any more unhealthy than I already am.

  9. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 5 years ago

    My friend tried it for weight loss and had some kind of back lash reaction because she started to crave all the foods that she was trying to stop eating.  It didn't really help her with her diet, but another friend used it to quit smoking and it seemed to work very well.  I think the outcome mostly depends on the individual.

    1. mega1 profile image80
      mega1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure you're right - it probably depends on your personality, how you use the hypnotism and maybe your mood.  I bet like anything else related to trying to lose weight - you have to be motivated.  The calming sound of the guy's voice is great for relaxing, so that's a plus.  If you have enough discipline to actually play the tapes regularly like you should, you probably have enough self-discipline to quit the bad behavior - I don't seem to have enough self-discipline to make things work  - it sounds so easy to just listen to the guy every night - but, like I said, I turn off my computer before I remember that the hypnotist is on there, and I'm too lazy at that point to turn the computer back on.  BUT, this next week I'm taking a vacation - I'm putting the hypnotism on my Ipod and I'm going to try to remember to listen at least once a day.  In fact, why didn't I just do that sooner?  duh.

  10. SomewayOuttaHere profile image58
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago

    yup, i've been hypnotized a few times...it worked...cool prof at a university was into it...so....i let him experiment..his students were skeptical at first...he had the most soothing voice..

    i had periodontal work done that normally required lots of freezing and gas...and at discounted cost...but, i had to let several other folks watch...lol

    i'd do it again too!

  11. mistyhorizon2003 profile image95
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    Tried it 3 times, once for nail biting and twice for smoking. It failed in both cases, although thankfully I found better ways in the long run to break both these bad habits/addictions, (I should add the hypnotists were different ones, so it was not simply the result of a bad hypnotist)

  12. ALUR profile image67
    ALURposted 5 years ago

    I think whatever form of therapy one chooses, the person must want it. That's half the success of anything. But will alone is not enough, it takes a whole level of mindfullness and changing habits to reach a goal. I know this as I struggle with smoking, depression and all the man made toxins of today's world.