What is Hypnosis Good For?
Other than entertainment, hypnosis is most often encountered in therapy, such as for weight-loss or smoking cessation.
People often ask me “does it work for smoking?” The answer is that it works for everything that can be controlled by the mind and where the subject is sufficiently motivated, including smoking.
Let’s look at those two things. What can be controlled by one’s mind, and what does it mean to be sufficiently motivated?
What does your mind control?
Your mind controls how you feel about things, and physically how things feel to you. Your emotional response (happy, sad, scared) and your physical response, pain, numbness, and taste can be controlled by your own mind using hypnosis.
Better yet, your emotions and often your behaviours are driven by what you think and how you react to a thing. If you’re scared of dogs, say, and seeing a dog frightens you; that is a reaction. And that reaction can be controlled by your mind, so it can be changed with hypnosis. Phobia cures are one of the most common and easiest things hypnotists can do for you.
And emotions too, if something makes you angry, such as when you get upset when cut-off while driving, then hypnosis can help you react differently, perhaps to be calm and to take things in your stride.
Your mind controls your beliefs too. This is complex and a touchy subject, but where a person believes negative things about themselves, then hypnosis can certainly help with that.
Fundamentally, it is impossible for hypnosis to make a change that you are opposed to making. This is why hypnotists are not all rich and why they don’t rule the world. Sadly you have to want the change for it to work, and that is why smoking cessation so often fails. Many people go to a hypnotist about smoking not wanting to give up, but wanting an easy out, or even an excuse to continue while telling their friends “look how hard I tried”.
A person resistant to hypnosis may become a great hypnotic subject if, for example, they are in pain from an accident, and really want hypnotic anaesthesia to work for them.
Not Just for “Fixing Things”
Hypnosis is not only useful for dealing with problems, it can help improve things you are already good at, such as being on your best form on the tennis courts, or feeling invincible when facing an opponent at sport.
Hypnosis for Motivation
Coming full-circle, hypnosis can help you be more motivated, including being more motivated to making other changes with hypnosis. Including wanting to give up smoking. Of course, you would need to want to want to give up. . .