Hypnosis is Scientifically Proven

Mar 18 09:18 2010 Jake Rhodes Print This Article

There are a lot of conflicting thoughts on the soundness of hypnosis as a type of therapy. However scientific studies appear to have found that hypnosis is not only a legitimate kind of therapy but also highly effective.

It is only to be expected that before experiencing an alternative treatment,Guest Posting such as hypnotherapy, that someone would want to be shown proof that it actually works. There have been plenty of scientific studies since the 20th century and they all seem to agree, hypnosis really does work. Within this article I will reveal just two of the many studies into hypnosis and how they show that hypnosis works.

Ahead of this though I’d like to describe how hypnosis worksas many people are unaware of this. People who have not been hypnotized often picture it to be a form of sleep where you can be controlled to perform certain actions against your wishes. This belief is brought about by stage hypnosis where the hypnotist “controls” their volunteer. The important word in that previous sentence was volunteer. A stage hypnotist will request volunteers, and merely by volunteering they’re already agreeing to do whatever the hypnotist asks them to do. It’s not hard to “hypnotize” a person into dancing around on stage but if the hypnotist then asked them to murder someone, do you think the volunteer woulddo so? Of course not since the volunteer is there to enjoy themselves, not get themselves put in jail.

Hypnotherapy (therapy from hypnosis) is quite different from street hypnotism. Prior to a therapeutic hypnosis session starts the hypnotist and the client will discuss the aims of the client and decide on the topics the session will concentrate on.

It is believed that hypnosis works basically by opening the subconscious mind to suggestion. From here the hypnotist can implant suggestions to aid the client to achieve their goal, whether it be to lose weight, overcome a fear or another thing entirely.

At this point you should have a reasonable understanding of how hypnosis works so now I shall show the evidence that hypnosis works as a form of treatment. 

Hypnosis and Weight Loss

In an experiment to test the helpfulness of hypnosis on weight loss 109 subjects (who were aged between 17 to 67) finished a behavioral treatment which included hypnosis for half the people. This therapy took 9 weeks and after return check ups both 8 months and 2 years later the subjects who used hypnosis experienced a continued weight loss rate much higher than the people who didn’t. It was also found that those who used hypnosis were much better at achieving and maintaining their ideal weight goals.

Journal for Clinical Psychology January 1985 41(1):35-41
Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Behavioral Weight Management

Hypnosis Effects Can Be Scanned

At Hull University in 2009 scientists discovered that hypnosis had a visible effect on brain patterns when examined. This means that hypnosis is not only a placebo treatment as some sceptics claim it to be.

A psychologist named Dr. Michael Heap involved in the study, concluded that the mind opens up to suggestion while under hypnosis. Not only has this study shown proof that hypnosis works it has also adequately explained how it works.

Once a mind is primed to suggestion a hypnotherapist can then help their patron achieve success with in their endeavours. I have only discussed a couple of the many studies into hypnosis however their they have been many more. There is proof that hypnosis works for blocking pain, IBS relief, skin problems, increased fertility as well as many other problems.

Perhaps the ultimate evidence that hypnosis works however is to experience it for yourself as anecdotal evidence also appear to indicate that hypnosis does actually work. Even famous stars such as Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck have gone on the record as saying hypnosis helped them to quit smoking.

If you’ve ever thought about using hypnosis but not felt sure whether it would work for you, you should now have all the proof you need to use hypnosis with confidence.

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