By: Brady Rundel


Hypnosis: A heightened state of suggestibility, such that the suggestions given are accepted as being true and effect the beliefs, habits, perceptions and behaviors of an individual in varying degrees according to the depth of hypnosis established. "Deeper levels" of hypnosis enable the hypnotized individual to experience greater hypnotic phenomenon such as light states being able to create catalepsy by suggestion, and deeper states allowing the individual to experience amnesia, anesthesia, and hallucinations.Generally there are several types of hypnosis, 1. naturally occurring hypnosis, 2. hetero hypnosis, 3. self-hypnosis, and 4. waking suggestion.

Have you ever been so into a t.v. show that you didnt hear your mom calling until the third time and she raised her voice? If so then you were probably in a form of a trance or hypnosis. This is also recignized by marketing companies. This is how they design commercials, to offer "sugestions" to buy their products while your in a trance. Also, if you've ever been driving down the road and start day dreaming. This is also another form of self hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, it's one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health.

According to some studies, hypnotherapy may be used to:

■ Change negative behaviors, such as smoking, bed-wetting and overeating

■ Reduce or eliminate fears, stress and anxiety

■ Treat pain during childbirth and reduce labor time

■ Control pain during dental and surgical procedures

■ Lower blood pressure

■ Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy

■ Reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches, including migraines

■ Treat and ease the symptoms of asthma

■ Hasten the healing of some skin diseases, including warts, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis


Although hypnosis may be able to help with a wide variety of conditions, it's typically used as one part of a larger treatment plan rather than as a stand-alone therapy. Like any other therapy, hypnosis can be helpful to some people but not to others. It seems to work best when you're highly motivated and your therapist is well trained.

Theres always been much sceptisizim as to whether hypnoisis really works or not. Studies have found that it does work, for those who want it to. It may work great for one person, yet completely fail for another. Just something that totally depends on the person and their willingness to be hypnotized. People who are mentally against "going under" wont, simple as that. Its not like someone can swing a watch infront of you saying "your getting very sleepy" and then be able to control you.

I know from my experiences that hypnosis has no affect on me. I participated in an even where a group of us underwent a study. During this study there were roughly 30 people who voluntered. Out of this group roughly 20 actually went under, and of that 20 only 10-15 actually continued to be hypnotized throughout the entire duration(roughly 45 min). I was one of the 10 who were unable to go under hypnosis. The rest of the group, the ones that went under, performed acts according to the hypnotists sugestions. Of these acts were doing whatever the hypnotists did, or laughing as if they heard the funniest joke. Also things like jumping up but "thinking" they were stuck to there seat so were unable to move when the hypnotist said a certain word or phrase.

Goes back to the age old phrase whats good for some isnt always good for all. I do think it does have positive attributes. But they dont work on everyone.


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