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How Hypnotherapy can be helpful

Today I would like to give you an answer about how hypnotherapy can be helpful. There is 145 ways hypnotherapy might help you. I think that's a decent amount and major thing that people experiencing especially nowadays.

As society presents more and more challenges that the involuntary system cannot handle well, some reactions cease to be involuntary and, instead, come into conscious control. As man expands his consciousness, his involuntary system depends less and less on itself and more and more on the consciousness to feed back information for reactions. So, the more complex society becomes and the more threats it poses, the gather the conscious control, and the fewer the subconscious reaction. As more known accumulate during this expansion of the consciousness, the tolerance of pressures increase.

Hypnosis and anxieties are brought about in the same way. It is our experience that many people who are in a high-anxiety state will escape the anxiety by entering into a trance state – a reversion to a more primitive area of mind.

The human being receives messages into his brain through four sources. The first, the external environment, sends message units dealing with such things as the weather, the news, music, television shows, jobs, interaction with partners, and anything else from our everyday surroundings that affect us. The second source is our body. Its normal tensions, movements, digestive activities, feelings of tightness, pains or discomforts, all constantly send message units to the brain. The third source is the conscious mind, which handles our logic, reason, objectivity, decision- making, and all of the influencing factors that affect us consciously. The fourth, and probably the most influential source, is the subconscious mind, which receives and holds, without accepting or rejecting, all the message units we receive from our religious, social, and genetic backgrounds and all the little conflicts that enter our consciousness daily.

Through his evolutionary development, man has acquired the ability to deal with these message units without triggering the primitive fight or flight mechanism. He has been able to accomplish this by adding tolerance to the fight or flight reaction, thereby extending it to deal with the Pain/Pleasure Syndrome that a more modern society imposed on him. This modern syndrome deals with knowns (pleasure) and unknowns (pain). A known is a unit of communication that does not represent any threat because it has been learned or experienced before; we can associate with it, understand it, and be comfortable with it. An unknown is just the opposite. Because it has not been learned before, it causes us to experience psychological and physiological reactions that we are not used to. These reactions threaten the brain and body, and the resulting fear brings us pain. What is known to some may be unknown to others; so what is pain to some may be pleasure to others, and vice versa. Even physical discomforts or negative feelings, such as depression, can be classified as pleasurable for some people, simply because they have been experienced before and the mind will accept them as knowns. This is why the mind will accept negatives. In order to cope with the increasing number of message units coming at him from all four areas (and based on the Pain/Pleasure Principle), modern man extended his tolerance to the fight reaction by adding Reaction vs. Action, and to the flight reaction by adding Repression vs. Depression. Had he not evolved in this manner, he would have had only one way out when the message units became too great to handle – to escape by denying reality. He could not do this, however, for the denial of reality would not provide him with acceptance and would consequently deprive him of pleasure and bring him pain. This pain would come from lack of social acceptance. The desire for social acceptance, then, motivates the individual to cope with, and adapt to, reality.

With the extended fight syndrome of Reaction vs. Action, the human developed nervous anxiety and tension. A reaction would take place in the body and the individual would attempt to vent it out by walking, running, working, or taking some physical action. The extension of the flight syndrome involved repression (taking everything inside, hoping to vent it later through dreams or emotional reactions) or depression (an escape into fantasy or deep, long sleep). The modern extension of these reactions does not, however, eliminate the possibility of triggering the primitive modes of fight or flight. We may revert back to these primitive reactions whenever the message units are too great to be handled by the modern syndromes or whenever we experience a feeling of loss of control.

Hypnosis is created by the same mechanism, but in a positive controlled situation. For example, a subject who has never been hypnotized enters the unfamiliar external environment of an office where hypnosis takes place. The expectation is building and the environment of the hypnotic surroundings is sending added message units into his brain. He is beginning to develop some fears of the unknown, and may experience nervousness, feelings of loss of control, or fear of exposure. He is led to sit in a comfortable chair and is instructed to close his eyes, removing the sense of sight (one of his protective devices). The operator begins to feed message units into his brain by telling him that his arms, legs, and entire body have a tendency to feel heavier and more relaxed. More message units bombard his body. He may find that his body is beginning to relax – a change from what he felt a few moments ago – and more message units move into his body. Should an arm-rigidity or an arm-raising be induced, more message units will be put into his brain from his body. The conscious mind immediately tries to fight this condition, but finds that it cannot because the operator is usually speaking faster than the subject’s conscious mind can digest the information without confusion. In addition, the operator is using misdirections, capitalizing on the subject’s expectations, emotional feelings, and ego sensations, and using phrases that are new to the subject.

In summary, anxiety and hypnosis are the same, except for one characteristic: hypnosis is a pleasurable state within a controlled environment, whereas anxiety is a worried, fearful state within an uncontrolled environment. When over-activity of the senses takes place, causing extreme receptiveness, the hypnotized subject is guided with positives, while the anxious person is guided by his own negativity.

I hope that this article helped you to understand how hypnosis works, and how helpful it can be.

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