A special psychological state with certain
physiological attributes, resembling sleep only superficially and
marked by a functioning of the individual at a level of awareness
other than the ordinary conscious state.
What Can Hypnosis Be Used For?
The following are just a few of the applications for hypnosis that
have been demonstrated with research:
The treatment of chronic pain conditions such
as rheumatoid arthritis.
The treatment and reduction of pain during
The reduction of the symptoms of dementia.
Hypnotherapy may be helpful for certain
symptoms of ADHD.
The reduction of nausea and vomiting in
cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Control of pain during dental procedures.
Elimination or reduction of skin conditions
including warts and psoriasis.
Alleviation of symptoms association with
Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Hypnosis is used in real life to help people with
depression, gastro-intestinal disorders and other health problems.
Because hypnosis can help people manage and, in some cases, recover
from illness, it is becoming a more common part of treatment plans.
How it Works
Successful people rarely spend a lot of time
dwelling on how things will go wrong. Instead, they picture, think
about and visualize things going right. Of course, things don't
always go right, but when they go wrong, successful people are able
to throw off those disappointments and move right on to the next
This is a skill, not something inborn (unless you're really lucky).
As humans, most of us are naturally programmed to dwell on the
negative aspects of life, and anticipate them. This seems like a
good way to prepare for disappointments, but in reality it actually
draws disappointment and failure.
Hypnosis is a set of techniques designed to enhance concentration,
minimize one's usual distractions, and heighten responsiveness to
suggestions to alter one's thoughts, feelings, behavior, or
physiological state. Hypnosis is not a type of psychotherapy. It
also is not a treatment in and of itself; rather, it is a procedure
than can be used to facilitate other types of therapies and
treatments. People differ in the degree to which they respond to
hypnosis. The key to becoming hypnotized is the extent to which a
person is hypnotizable, which is a very reliable and stable
individual difference trait that indexes one's openness to hypnotic
suggestions. Research shows that hypnosis works as part of a
treatment program for a number of psychological and medical
conditions, with pain relief being one of the most researched areas.