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What Are the Limits of Self Hypnosis?

Self hypnosis is a truly powerful tool, but it takes time to learn and its effects are not unlimited. It is important to demystify the use of hypnosis. The use of self hypnosis is quite different from that of classical hypnosis.

During classical hypnosis the subject is relying on the practitioner to guide and assist them. The practitioner is aware of the goals of the subject and therefore is prepared to use different methods and scripts to allow the subject to achieve the desired outcomes. It is important to recognise that in reality all hypnosis is self hypnosis, as the practitioner is only providing the stimulus to allow the subject to enter a hypnotic state. This classic hypnosis use is the most common and found predominately within the hypnotherapy medium. The practitioner is able to observe the subject and adjust the hypnotic process according to the requirements as presented by the subject.

With self hypnosis all parts of the classic hypnosis method are being done by the same person. That is where some of the limitations occur. It takes considerable time and practice to get these processes to work consistently. Entering a hypnotic state that is self induced is relatively simple, and the work comes in when you need to use this process. Many people have tried and not noticed any major effect and simply given up, that is wrong. Some effects are accumulative and it takes repetition and perseverance until the effect becomes apparent.

Self hypnosis once mastered is incredibly powerful, the parts of self that were considered permanent, can be altered. A common example is self hypnosis for weight loss. Now in this example self hypnosis cannot magically erase the fat on someone’s body, but it can build strong post hypnotic reminders or cues. These cues then allow the subject to say, increase their motivation to lose weight, restrict their appetite, boost encouragement to exercise more and a host of other valuable methods to assist in weight loss. The self hypnosis can be very effective at weight loss, but it does not work directly on the weight, it merely boosts and assists in the facilitation of weight loss through standard means. It must be stressed that it will not magically make people thin, but it will certainly help in getting there.

The use of visualisation within self hypnosis is another tool that can greatly assist in achieving goals. If a good visualisation of the intended goal can be created then it has been found that the self hypnotic process is more effective. Visualisations are not complicated but they must be specific to the intention. There is an increasing amount of evidence that using visualisations can have physical effects on the body, the process is not yet full understood but its value and presence is quantifiable.

It is important to understand that these techniques have merit and can assist in achieving many goals and effects; however, the goals must be realistic. Hypnosis will not affect the physical body in ways that are beyond biology, you will not gain inches in height or miraculously lose all excess weight by simply thinking about them. Self hypnosis facilitates changes that are put into place by the subject, but these changes are limited to physical processes. The predominant value of self hypnotic techniques are on the “self”, goals such as confidence gaining, weight loss, pain reduction or eradication, overcoming fears and phobias, reducing stress and achieving relaxation and sleep are realistic and achievable using self hypnosis. There are many more aspects of life that self hypnosis can be used for, and as a subject gets more versed and practiced the greater the results and the more complex the matters that can be addressed.

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