Understanding Self-Hypnosis

The word “hypnosis” brings apprehension to some people because of the negative practice a few hypnotherapists do for selfish gain. Hypnosis is a mental state of imaginative role-enactment induced by a hypnotic induction that is composed of a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions delivered by a hypnotist to a subject. Some people use hypnosis to deceive others and so this hypnosis becomes an unconstructive procedure or worse yet, embarrassing. But, this misconception was early on invalidated by studies and researchers. According to James Braid, a Scottish surgeon, hypnosis is “a state of mental concentration which often leads to a form of progressive relaxation termed ‘nervous sleep.’” In fact, hypnosis is considered a therapy, and this is called hypnotherapy.

There is a distinctive form of hypnosis, which most of us are not aware of doing. This is called self-hypnosis. Of course, you have experienced being in a trance-like state or so absorbed with your thoughts or the music you hear, or so engrossed with the book you have been recently reading. As you experience this, you also become more aware of specific motivation and suggestions which you can desire or cause to happen. If you do, then you are practicing self-hypnosis. James Braid’s self-experimentation of self-hypnosis revealed that this procedure can help relieve stress, overcome fear, phobias, and anxiety, increase personal power and self-development, and heighten consciousness and concentration.

Aside from those mentioned above from James Braid’s self-experimentation, the other benefits of self-hypnosis are relaxation to the body, mind, and soul, rejuvenation of energy, development of the power of the mind, decreases one’s high blood pressure, and reduction in deep-set depression and mood swings. You may probably observe that the benefits of self-hypnosis are similar to that of motivation. But, where to do you draw the line between self-hypnosis and motivation?

Keep in mind that in meditation, a person is required to let go of any thoughts to acquire total relaxation of the body and mind. Whatever worry a person has, he or she is expected to drop them off while meditating and just let the natural positive energies around flow within. On the other hand, a person has a specific thought or desired outcome in mind when doing self-hypnosis. A person consciously motivates himself or herself to achieve this outcome. However, although there is a difference with the actual practice method of self-hypnosis and meditation, both aim to improve the individual. Like meditation, self-hypnosis needs a lot of determination and practice in order to do it successfully.