What Are Hypnosis and NLP?
Some common questions about hypnosis, hypnotherapy and NLP
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does however involve the induction of a relaxing ‘trance-like’ state, but when in it, the patient is actually in a heightened state of awareness (HSA), concentrating entirely on the hypnotherapist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is in neutral and the sub-conscious mind is revealed.
The hypnotherapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which can become firmly planted.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand creative side is made more alert.
The conscious control of the mind is relaxed (day dreaming), and the subconscious / unconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s habits, behaviours and physical state to alter. For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their sub-conscious mind retains this terror – thus preventing the patient from succeeding.
Progress can only be made by re-programming the subconscious / unconscious landscape of the mind so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are challenged, abolished, dissolved, altered or even re-routed to something healthier.