Hypnosis And The Psychological Aspects Of It

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What is psychological hypnosis; rather it is what we have perceived it to be since we were young children. Some think of hypnosis as swinging a pocket watch back and forth in front of someone’s face and they automatically fall into a deep sleep. Hypnosis is one of the most misunderstood and controversial methods of psychological treatment. The myths and misconceptions associated with hypnotherapy mainly come from people’s ideas about what we know as “stage hypnotism”. (Barrett, 2001) Hypnosis can produce changes in perception, memory, thoughts, and behavior. Most often, speaking in a calm, monotonous voice, suggesting that the person is becoming drowsy, sleepy, and progressively more relaxed, induces hypnosis. Someone being…show more content…
Even though this technique seems simple, there are many factors to it. One factor is the client’s susceptibility and willingness to use the approach. Another factor is the experience and skill of the hypnotherapist. The last factor is the extent of the problem and the severity of it. (Ryder, 2010) Although hypnosis seems very simple and always worth trying because, there are no “down-side”, there are limitations to the technique. (Ryder, 2010) The first limitation is that one cannot be hypnotized against ones will. Second, hypnosis cannot make one perform behaviors that are contrary to ones morals and values. So overall, one is very unlikely to commit criminal or immoral acts under the influence of hypnosis, unless of course one finds such actions acceptable. Hypnosis also cannot make one stronger than his or her physical capabilities or perform new talents. Although hypnosis can enhance ones physical skills or athletic skills only if, the hypnosis increases ones self-confidence and concentration. (Hockenbury, 2012) A hypnotic trance is not therapeutic in itself, but specific suggestions and images spoken to the clients in a trance can alter their behavior. As they rehearse, the new ways in which they want to think and feel they lay a base for these changes in their future actions. Barrett gives one example of this technique. He states, “I often tell people who are trying to quit smoking that they will go hours without
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