What is Hypnosis and How Does it Work?

Filed Under Hypnosis, Self-Improvement 

Hypnosis is made possible because all human beings are suggestible.

SUGGESTION is the key to hypnotism.

We are all susceptible to being influenced by other persons in varying degrees. Consequently, hypnotic phenomena can be demonstrated in practically everyone. In some instances the person has to be conditioned to techniques of hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Everyone is influenced by his own thinking. It is this autosuggestible component in all of us that also makes self-hypnosis possible.

Because of everyone’s susceptibility to suggestion, Emile Coue, the French psychologist, gained wide recognition and popularity as a result of his “Day by day in every way—I am feeling better and better” approach to problems.

We have all heard the expression “You can talk yourself into or out of anything,” depending upon what you really want to do. In the same way you can think yourself into or out of anything, depending upon the kind of suggestions you give yourself. Self-suggestion is the magic key to self-improvement.

There is nothing mysterious about hypnosis. Its application is based solely on the known psychological relationship between the conscious and the subconscious minds. The subconscious, having no power to reason, accepts and acts upon any fact or suggestion given to it by the conscious mind.

The hypnotist asks the subject to accept suggestions uncritically so that the reasoning, analytic qualities of the mind are suspended and the suggestion goes unchanged to the subconscious.This technique of hypnosis is the method used to bypass the conscious mind. It is strengthened by concentrating the conscious attention upon a single object or thought.

The depth of hypnosis is dependent upon increased suggestibility. The hypnotist requests the person to concentrate his attention upon a whirling disk, a flashing light or some object that will tire his vision. He then suggests that the subject relax. He tells him his lids are becoming heavy and his eyes will close. With each suggestion the person accepts without a conscious challenge, the hypnotist can more directly establish a contact with the subconscious mind.

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