Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a trance-like state of heightened awareness and concentration in which your mind is so focussed on certain thoughts or tasks that you become unaware of your surroundings. Also called hypnotic suggestion or hypnotherapy, hypnosis is brought about by guided relaxation, mental imagery and verbal repetition with a trained therapist or healthcare professional. During hypnosis you receive suggestions that can help you manage certain disorders or cope with certain situations.
When is Hypnosis Useful?
These are some of the conditions or situations where hypnosis can help you:
- Anxiety and fear
- Pain after childbirth
- Joint problems
- Post-trauma anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- Hot flashes
- Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy after cancer
Types of Hypnosis
Hypnosis is performed for two purposes:
- Suggestion therapy: Under hypnosis you are more open to suggestions such as quitting smoking, stopping nail biting, and overcoming pain.
- Analysis: Hypnosis may be performed to reveal past trauma which is hidden from your conscious memory. This may be necessary to treat a psychological disorder.
How is Hypnosis Performed?
It is important to remember that hypnosis can only be brought about with your consent and participation.
- Wearing comfortable clothes during your session can help you relax.
- Your treatment goals are reviewed, and the hypnotic process is explained
- The therapist talks to you in a soothing tone and uses mental imagery and verbal repetition to give you a feeling of relaxation and well-being thus bringing you into the hypnotic state.
- Once under hypnosis, your therapist will help you focus on certain thoughts or goals to be achieved such as quitting smoking, pain relief, stress management. This is followed by visualising yourself achieving these goals.
- At the end of the session, you will be brought out of hypnosis. In most cases, you will still remember what happened while you were under hypnosis.
Every individual responds differently to hypnosis. People who indulge in fantasies and those who have an open mind respond better. Only about 10% of adults are considered difficult to hypnotize.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is a therapeutic technique to re-programme negative patterns of thinking, communication and behaviour which you have developed through previous experiences “programming”. NLP is administered by a trained practitioner. Specific techniques are used to enhance your positive thinking and overall behaviour. It can help you overcome phobias, depression, anxiety and other negative traits.
How does NLP work?
Neuro: Your state of mind influences your behaviour and communication. You learn how to understand your state of mind and the ways to control it in a positive way.
Linguistic: Your state of mind is revealed by your language and non-verbal communication. Through NLP, you learn to overcome negative communication.
Programming: It involves enhancing your capacity to alter your mind and body state for a positive outcome.
The number of NLP sessions varies as per your requirement. You will generally have one session a week.
Outcome of NLP
With NLP, you can develop various strategies and skills to address daily life challenges and specific disorders more effectively.
Advantages of NLP
The advantages of NLP include:
- Effective communication
- Increased confidence
- Increased subconscious and sensory awareness
- Overcome phobias or fear
- Overcome negative behaviours
- Improved personal relationships
- Improved business relationships