By Stacey Lane
The Society of Psychological Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association defines hypnosis as; “A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.” This shift in consciousness enables us to tap into many of our natural abilities, allowing us to make changes more quickly.
Hypnosis can be a helpful tool if you struggle with falling and staying asleep. Hypnosis can relax you enough to get you to sleep and stay asleep more easily. Hypnosis may also be helpful if you struggle with a phobia, a type of anxiety disorder where you are intensely fearful of something that does not pose an immediate or actual threat.
According to a study from Stanford University, hypnosis stimulates specific brain activity. Researchers found three brain changes in adults who scored high in susceptibility to hypnosis and these changes occurred only while they were hypnotized. It can be prescribed for (and is a great remedy for) just about everything from quitting smoking to weight loss.
Hypnosis for smoking cessation helps you find healthy alternatives, guides your subconscious toward the new habit and trains your mind to associate smoking with undesirable feelings, like a bad taste in your mouth. It can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, sexual dysfunction, and undesirable habits.
“As with mindfulness meditation, hypnosis harnesses the brain’s natural abilities to regulate the body and control the random thoughts that ricochet through our minds,” says Dr. David Patterson, a University of Washington psychologist who has studied hypnosis since the 1980s. He participated in a series of clinical trials financed by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH).