How to Use Self-Hypnosis for Behavioral Change

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy Treatments

Today, I’ll be discussing the difference between hetero-hypnosis and self-hypnosis.  I’ll also discuss the efficacy of self-hypnosis cds.

There are a lot of misconceptions about what hypnosis is and how it works.  Some people still think hypnosis  it’s a form of mind control, where the hypnotist forces the subject to do something embarrassing against his will, such as bark like a dog, or cluck like a chicken.  In reality, the job of a hypnotherapist is to help you gain more mastery and control over your mind, so that you can make desired behavioral changes with little or no effort. During hypnosis, your body is deeply relaxed and you are able to concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, or sensation, while blocking out all other distractions. No one can force you into a state of trance.  It is up to you to allow yourself to enter this state. In fact, one could say that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because you and only you can create relaxation in your body; and you and only you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory or sensation. No one else can do this for you.

Self-hypnosis (hypnotizing yourself) is often more practical as a stress-management tool than hetero-hypnosis (being hypnotized by someone else), as you do not need to have a hypnotist present.  Although self-hypnosis is not difficult, it might take quite a bit of practice before you can do it with ease. Don’t get discouraged if at first you don’t succeed because this is a very powerful way for you to manage stress and retrain your mind.

If your goal is to break free from a stubborn addiction or habit or if you’ve tried using self-hypnosis and you’re not getting the results that you seek, you may want to consider hiring a professional hypnotherapist to help you achieve your goals.  A trained professional can help you discover and overcome any conscious or unconscious obstacles that may be preventing you from realizing your desired outcome. Another alternative to using self-hypnosis is to listen to self-hypnosis cds or MP3s.  The benefit of these is that you can take a more passive role, allowing yourself to relax and be guided along rather than formulating the suggestions yourself.