Patricia Munhall, Ed.D, Ph.D., NCPsy.A., CHt.

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What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a valuable tool for self-empowerment and personal growth, which involves the use of hypnosis, a state of consciousness which feels very much like daydreaming or that place between wakefulness and sleep. In an alpha state, the brain wave rate slows down, opening the subconscious to suggestion from the hypnotherapist. It is a state of heightened sensitivity, which uses the natural inclination of humans to react to suggestions, enabling the change of negative patterns into positive behaviors.

Five factors necessary for hypnotherapy are motivation, relaxation, concentration, imagination and suggestion.

Have you ever passed a turn while thinking of something else? wondered where the last few minutes went? been so engrossed in a television program that you didn't hear someone speak to you? During these moments you have been in a state of hypnosis.

Understanding how hypnotherapy works can help you make changes in your life. Let us look at the relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.

The Conscious Mind

The conscious mind, only 10% of our mind, is that part of you which is aware of your actions and surroundings and makes choices and decisions.

The conscious mind is logical, analytical, and performs the following functions:

  • Analyzes and solves problems
  • Makes decisions
  • Exercises will power for a limited time
  • Contains the memory we use every day to function

The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind accounts for 90% of our mind and is similar to a computer which stores our lifetime of experiences. It controls our autonomic bodily functions: breathing, heartbeat, eye blink, immune system, organs, muscles, bones and tissues.

The subconscious is creative, intuitive, irrational and emotional. It contains your values, core beliefs, every word you have ever heard, every thought you have ever had, and every experience in your life. All of these factors have programmed your subconscious.

The subconscious mind must be reprogrammed to enable you to make important changes in your life.

How is this reprogramming accomplished?

Part of the conscious mind, called the critical factor, is like a guard protecting us from suggestions that might be threatening. The only way to bypass the critical factor is through the memory, emotions, and habits.

Memories are created from experience. Many positive experiences are needed to change the effects of negative experiences.

Habits are formed over time and require willpower. We have seen that willpower comes from the conscious mind, but it often fails and old habits recur.

Emotions happen randomly and need a change in perception and reaction. This change can be very difficult and time-consuming.

Hypnotherapy can simplify and speed up that process. When relaxation is induced, the critical factor goes to sleep for a while. The conscious mind stays awake and remains in decision-making status. But your subconscious mind is receptive to any suggestion that your conscious mind allows in.


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