Uses for Hypnosis
Hypnosis is used by those in the mental health field in an effort to help those suffering from anxiety or phobias, chronic pain, alcoholism, smoking, sexual problems, weight issues, and other psychologically-based concerns. Additionally, it is also used for strengthening and improving memory, sports performance and self-esteem. Both the medical and dental field also use hypnosis to address patient issues and as a means of anesthesia and pain control.
Is Hypnosis Real?
A research team led by Stephen Kosslyn, the Lindsley Professor of Psychology, has found that hypnosis is a mental state that has been proven legitimate. In fact, those who are considered highly susceptible to being hypnotized have a genetic trait that is consistent among all of them, and can be tested using specific methods.
Research conducted by Kosslyn and his team has shed additional light on hypnosis, showing that the suggestions given during a session induce neuronal activity, showing that the brain actually responds to the suggestions, rather than being “tricked” by them.
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. The process does not cause you to lose consciousness or control of yourself, and participating individuals can’t be forced to do anything they don’t want to do or to reveal their own secrets. While the person is in a highly relaxed state, he or she is fully awake and conscious.
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