“What Is Hypnosis?” Describe the Physical and Psychological Aspects of Hypnosis and Discuss the Role of Relaxation in Hypnotherapy.

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Word count 2017 “What is hypnosis?” Describe the physical and psychological aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a very natural state of consciousness in which we are able to completely relax our mind and body, it is not in any way a magic spell that has been put on a person, nor does it hold any mystical powers or is it supernatural in anyway. Hypnosis causes the person hypnotised to display and experience both physical and psychological changes. Relaxation is the key to hypnosis it is also a direct result of being hypnotised. When we are hypnotised we experience many different physical and psychological phenomena many of which aren’t anything out of the ordinary and can…show more content…
This actually happens because everything you have learned during life is stored up in the subconscious mind, how to drive has been stored up so the conscious mind doesn’t have to work hard so it drifts off whist the subconscious mind keeps you doing what you have already learned in the past, until there is a change to the regular route and you have to stop at a red light this is when the conscious mind comes back and you wonder how you got to that place so fast. The aspects of hypnosis I have already explained all happen psychologically within the brain, when we look at stage hypnosis we see popular misconceptions we have been led to believe, everything is visual we see actual evidence of hypnosis, or we are made to believe that we are seeing real hypnosis this is all the showmanship of the hypnotist, of course the people who are hypnotised could well be but usually this is done back stage to save time and sometimes the people have been pre chosen to perform. As the hypnotist uses his ‘powers’ taps the person or tells them “sleep” for example they suddenly fall into a deep sleep, some of this could be due to conformity, the people do what they believe is expected of them. Catalepsy is a phenomena of hypnosis that we may see evidence of on stage in the
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