Hypnosis has been used as a therapy for thousands of years. It can be described as a state of focused awareness – usually accompanied by a sense of physical relaxation – when a sense of time passing is absent and limitations dissolve. It weakens automatic, often unconscious, patterns of thought and behaviour and allows the subject to think and act more spontaneously and genuinely. Most people find the experience pleasant and similar to daydreaming.
Hypnotherapy can help with:
Q Is it like stage hypnosis?
A No, in stage hypnosis the performer distracts the subject’s attention and speaks directly to his/her unconscious mind. In therapy the subject’s conscious mind is engaged fully and the images and suggestions made by the therapist are relayed to the subject’s unconscious by his/her own conscious mind – the former creates a split in the psyche, the latter more cohesion.
Q How does hypnosis help anxiety?
A Anxiety is most often about fears derived from past events or thoughts about future problems. Hypnosis allows attention to focus in the present and build a connection with the subject’s resources and creative abilities.
Q How does hypnosis help stage fright and exam nerves?
A It enhances concentration and courage, the most important components of confidence. It also lessens anxiety and improves memory.