By Phil Rosenbaum
A recent article in the New York Times states that a great number of studies demonstrate the effectiveness of hypnosis or hypnotherapy. The article explains that hypnosis can be beneficial for anxiety and depression, as well as many other issues. These include treatment for sleep problems, pain reduction, and quitting smoking. It can even be helpful with surgery.
The problem, they point out, is that hypnosis “can’t seem to shake its reputation as a stage gag.” The article explains that hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and focused attention, where the mind is more receptive to changes in feelings and behaviors. The article likens the experience of being in a hypnotic state to that of being absorbed in a good book or movie.
The article goes on to describe specific individuals who have benefitted from hypnosis. One individual had chronic pain, anxiety, and a loss of self-confidence. This person expressed that with hypnosis, she felt much more comfortable. One researcher stated that hypnosis is effective in helping people deal with both acute and chronic pain. Other individuals also noticed it reduced stress and anxiety following their hypnotic sessions.
The article states that most individuals can be hypnotized and that 10% to 15% are “highly hypnotizable.” Another 10% to 15% have more difficulty entering a hypnotic state. However, the author explains that individuals with extreme mental illness, such as schizophrenia or other forms of psychosis, are not good candidates for hypnosis. These individuals have much greater difficulty going into a hypnotic state.
While the New York Times article was an excellent introduction to hypnosis, there is much more that hypnosis can do for individuals. For example, it can help people, especially young people, do much better in school. It can improve one’s recall of information and help one perform better on exams. Hypnosis is also very effective for improving sports performance. One well-known hypnotist worked with a professional golfer who was constantly hitting the ball into sand traps. After a few visits with the hypnotist, the golfer rarely had that problem again.
Many individuals who fear going to the dentist are greatly helped after just a few hypnosis sessions. It can also help people with a terrible fear of public speaking, which is one of the most common fears people experience. Hypnosis can also help one overcome procrastination and motivate one to complete a challenging task. There are, in fact, so many areas where hypnosis can be valuable that this short article cannot cover them all. Let me name a few more:
- Developing self-confidence.
- Eliminating fears and phobias.
- Increasing sales success.
- Improving memory.
- Overcoming addictions.
- Helping one to achieve one’s goals.
If you want to learn more about hypnosis or experience a session, please call Phillip Rosenbaum at 248-688-6469. I am located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Just a few sessions can greatly enhance the quality of your life.