Scientists have found that hypnosis is a distinct form of consciousness.
Mainstream science used to view hypnotherapy as a goofy stage trick or a pseudoscience, but this is no longer the case. With science increasingly open-minded to hypnosis techniques, people are using them to help with weight loss, addiction issues, anxiety, and countless other problems.
Hypnosis involves a state of relaxation where it’s believed that one has an increased capacity to respond to suggestion. In this relaxed, suggestible state, it is believed that people can alter their behaviors and even their beliefs.
If you’re mesmerized by the idea of being hypnotized, come with me and let’s dive into the fascinating world of hypnotherapy!
Common Types of Hypnotherapy and How They Work
Hypnotherapy is not one particular therapeutic technique, but there are several different schools of thought. Some of these techniques are considered more invasive than others, with invasive hypnosis carrying more risks to know of.
Some of these types of hypnosis are still seen as pseudoscientific by the mainstream scientific community, while others are considered reasonable and effective techniques to incorporate into therapeutic practice.
1. Behavioral Hypnosis Techniques
Behavioral hypnosis focuses on helping a client change their current or future habits and behavior. A relatively non-intrusive form of hypnotherapy, this is often the first kind of hypnosis a hypnotherapist will try with a client.
Before beginning hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist and client will create a plan for which behaviors should be modified. Using hypnotic suggestion, these behavioral changes will be supported and embedded in a way that helps the client better stick with them later on.
2. Analytical Hypnosis Techniques
Rather than trying to change behavior directly, analytical hypnosis (also known as hypnoanalysis) searched for the root cause of the patient’s issues.
Calling upon the ideas from the analytical school of psychotherapy, hypnoanalysis seeks to understand why a patient acts the way they do in the hopes that it will help them change their behavior.
3. Cognitive Hypnosis Techniques
The cognitive hypnosis approach stems from the idea that our thoughts and beliefs often dictate our behavior.
This form of hypnotherapy doesn’t try to change our behavior or determine the root cause like behavioral or analytical hypnotherapy. Instead, it helps people update their beliefs on a subconscious level in a way that alters their behavior positively.
4. Past Life Regression Hypnosis Techniques
Past life regression hypnotherapy is more intrusive than the others previously discussed. Sometimes clients believe that their behavior or troubles stem from occurrences in past lives.
A past life regression hypnotherapist will help guide a client to uncover past life experiences and memories.
The quantum healing hypnosis technique is a particular type of past life regression hypnotherapy.
5. Ericksonian Hypnosis Techniques
This type of hypnosis is named after Dr. Milton Erickson, a 20th-century psychiatrist and psychologist. Known as the father of scientific hypnosis, Erickson’s approach tends to be more accepted by those skeptical of hypnotherapy.
While Ericksonian hypnosis is essentially a combination of several therapeutic approaches, it is mainly known for its use of indirect suggestions and metaphors as opposed to direct suggestions.
There’s a Type of Hypnotherapy for Everyone
Whether you want to quit smoking, you have a deep fear you want to overcome, or you have trouble sleeping, using hypnosis techniques could help you reach the outcome you’re looking for. It’s worth it to try out different methods and take the time to find the best hypnotherapist for you.
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