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What Do You Think About Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis claims to help people quit smoking, stop snoring, overcome fears, and lose weight, but how does it work?

I did a little research and found out that the brain operates in 4 different states: Full Conscious Awareness, the Hypnotic State, the Dream State, and the Sleep State. We spend most of our waking hours in the Full Conscious Awareness state, and as we drift into sleep, we pass through the 3 other states. The Hypnotic State is a place where you are not really thinking, you are just experiencing.

When you are hypnotized, the therapist can then make suggestions to your subconscious mind without your conscious mind getting in the way so you can overcome whatever fears or habits you want to get rid of.

When you are hypnotized, you're in an enhanced state of awareness so if you're contemplating going under, don't worry about doing things you aren't comfortable with -- you are actually fully aware of what's going on.

While it did help my friend quit smoking for a short period of time, I'm still a bit skeptical. Have any of you experienced hypnotherapy? Has it worked for you or do you think it's just a big scam?


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nessabum nessabum 10 years
i'm a total skeptic when it comes to hypnosis. and it's just too scary.
ManicMauritian ManicMauritian 10 years
Hypnosis is definitely NOTHING like they show on telly. As part of my uni course, we had to work in small groups and hypnotise each other. I thought I wouldn't manage to hypnotise my classmate but of all our group, it was the most successful, I was A-M-A-Z-E-D. When it came my turn to be hypnotised, i tried to resist ... it was strange, i felt every alert and yet it seemed my body didn't want to listen to me! What we tried was hypnosis for destressing/relaxation. I don't know of anyone who's tried hypnotherapy for other purposes though!
divalicious23 divalicious23 10 years
I think it can help but you need to want to do it too. I know it's expensive but it's worked for so many people!
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 10 years
Hypnosis is real, and not what the movies/TV/etc. portrays it to be. But I'm not sure about hypnotherapy. Or even therapy... haha. I'm probably in the minority for the last one.
fab4 fab4 10 years
I'm too stubborn to be hypnotized.
katie225 katie225 10 years
as someone with a bachelor's degree in psychology (not an expert, but it's better than nothing, no? lol), i can tell you that everything i was taught in my classes said hypnotherapy does NOT work. it is a scam. don't waste your money, go to a therapist or a psychiatrist.
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I have been trying to get my friend to try Hypnotherapy for his fear of flying. I have heard that this could actually help. But who knows really!?
desodaro desodaro 10 years
I'd seriously be afraid to try it...some secrets I don't want coming out! However I might like them helping me stop doing certain things...but still afraid. :p
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I did a project on hypnosis last year. Although I think that some people truly can get into our heads, I also think there's a lot of people out there who aren't professional and don't truly know what they're doing. I would put a lot more trust into someone who does it in conjunction with therapy than someone who does the XXX hypnosis shows.
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