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What's the Deal With Hypnotherapy?

What's the Deal With Hypnotherapy?

Let's face it: It's not easy to lose weight, or quit smoking, or get your stress under control. But if you've ever struggled with any of these health concerns, you know that the best solution is simply the one that works for you! So, why not give hypnotherapy a try?

We've heard that Lily Allen used it for weight loss, and I know several other people who have lost weight through hypnosis. Though it may sound a little new age-y, the method really makes a lot of sense, since it gets to the root of your self-control.

When used for health-related matters like dieting and smoking cessation, hypnosis is usually referred to as suggestion therapy. The therapist uses guided relaxation to put the subject into a sort of trance wherein she is susceptible to suggestion. Far from mind control, the trancelike state simply makes you more responsive to ideas — like the fact that you can live without cigarettes or a second piece of pie— that you might normally reject. To hear more about it,


When you are in a hypnotized state, you will likely feel comfortable and relaxed but not really awake, almost as if you are dreaming. The hypnotherapist then makes suggestions in line with your treatment. If you are trying to lose weight, she might tell you that you should always stop eating when you are full. If you are trying to kick the smoking habit, the therapist could suggest that you think cigarettes taste yucky.

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat addiction, as well as anxiety, phobias, insomnia, and depression. The technique is often used in tandem with standard psychotherapy or, in the case of smoking, along with other cessation programs. Regardless of whether you're using it to lose weight or tackle another problem, make sure you're working with a licensed professional.

Have you tried hypnotherapy, or do you know anyone who has? If so, tell me about it below.


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ChangeDynamics ChangeDynamics 8 years
I've been practicing hypnotherapy for over 25 years, so I have the bias of having helped thousands of individuals in that time to lose weight, become nonsmokers, overcome fears, depressions, compulsions and other difficult behaviors and emotions, and to achieve higher levels of performance in school, business or sports. But don't take my word for it. It's easy enough find the clinical research that supports the effecicacy of hypnosis ( Sorry Katie225, your professor was wrong.) As for fears about hypnosis, they are based on misconceptions about hypnosis that come from movies and television, not real life. Again, it's easy enought to get the facts about hypnosis (try and listen to the audio about hypnosis)
HealingMindN HealingMindN 8 years
You know, anyone could look up this information and verify for themselves the effectiveness of hypnotherapy, but that's only head knowledge. Isn't it? What about your personal experience? Your heart knowledge? Have you ever looked at the white clouds in the sky in the spring, how they just float and change? What about a tree? You have a favourite tree that gives you shade from the hot sun and makes you feel good just to be around? What about the ocean? Imagine the constant roar and choppiness of the waves, so distant and at the same time, so near. As the sound from the waves just flood your senses feel the cool spray from the ocean breeze upon your face. There's almost a sense of rocking as you feel yourself going in and out with the waves. You feel the power, but at the same time, you feel the calm by being one with the ocean pushing in and out with so much continuity. The healing, cooling splash of the surf takes the heat of the sun from your body and runs away with it. Did you feel that? Yes? Then you were in a trance. The same fractals in nature also exists - in your mind.
prch prch 8 years
It's unfortunate, but not surprising, to see the negative and pessimistic comments here about hypnotism. Hypnotism is a valid modality for helping people increase their health and wellness, and the American Medical Association has said this since 1958. The Mayo Clinic became successful, in part, because they used hypnosis in surgical procedures back in the 1800's and it lowered their mortality rate. Go to the National Institute of Health's website and do a search for studies involving hypnosis, and you'll find positive results across a wide spectrum of applications. Hypnotists are like lawyers, doctors, and every other profession in that there are good ones and bad ones. Ask lots of questions, check on credentials, and make sure you feel comfortable with the person before giving them your business.
KateCoquette KateCoquette 8 years
I did hypnotherapy for a year. It was not the kind of hypnotherapy you see on tv or in a circus sideshow. The hypnosis was more like guided meditation and the therapy was focused on teaching self-awareness and techniques to monitor and control your conscious mind. It seems like the easiest thing in the world to control your mind and just stop repeating any negative self-defeating thought patterns and automatic behaviors. Maybe it is easy for a lot of people. But hypnotherapy helps keep a person consciously aware and in control of themselves so that on a sub conscious level the necessary neurological pathways can be canceled, repaired or created. My majors in undergrad were psychology and pre-med and I’ll be starting med school soon and I plan to specialize in psychiatry. I can understand why katie225 is so against hypnosis after she had a prof who taught her it was a scam. I'm sure a lot of hypnotists ARE complete wackos. However, the fundamental basics of hypnotherapy have been in use for SOOOOO long. There is ample scientific evidence to support the benefits. As a future psychiatrist I can recommend hypnotherapy as a reasonable alternative to traditional psychotherapy. :)
katyharper katyharper 8 years
cjklin... - Chill. We're all just stating our opinions here. And clearly, you got scammed when it came to your grammar/punctuation classes.
cjklingensmith cjklingensmith 8 years
Wow a psyc major with only one psychologist teacher? this sounds like you got scamed on you internet corse or your education is before the 1950s any way I beg you go back to a real collage or even google mayo clinic and hypnosis. hypnosis pre dates psychology in fact its is used in evey religion, with out hypnosis you could not learn we would be plants and vegetables.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Honestly, at this point in my life, I would try it to get rid of my public-speaking anxiety, just because it would make my life so much easier. That is, if I had the money to spend on it, which I don't right now. But hey, it can't hurt.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm not sure if i buy into the hypnosis thing but if it works then it works right? sometimes you just need to think that something is going to help you change even if it's just suggestive so that you can make an impact in your life.
nv27 nv27 8 years
That would be fabulous if it works, but Im not about to spend my hard-earned cash finding out.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
It's nonsense. Lily Allen gave up the booze and fags, had a difficult breakup and BINGO she lost weight. The hypnotherapy had nothing to do with it. There are places round here that charge £50 an hour. I'll charge £50 an hour and talk soothingly into your ear if you're going to fall for that...
katie225 katie225 8 years
i was a psych major in college, and i took an abnormal psych class which dealt with psychological problems and how to deal with them and all that jazz (what people typically think of when they hear psychology - diseases and treatments). our professor was very emphatic about things he considered to be scams, and hypnotherapy was one of them, specifically when hypnotherapy is used for treatment of psychological problems. please do not waste your money on expensive hypnotherapy to trick you into losing weight. rather, buy a personal trainer who can motivate you.
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