Our brain is wired so that fear acts as a warning device pushing us into action. When the threat is no longer there, that fear response gets stored in our unconscious (and in our body) and we often have lingering associations that trigger that fear based response.
Hypnosis helps us gain access to the unconscious so that we can modify those fear based associations. This is achieved by overloading the conscious mind triggering a fight/flight response. The critical mind becomes disorganized and we escape into the unconscious mind. There we experience a relaxed concentration where we are very open to suggestion.
A skilled hypnotherapist then can make previously agreed upon suggestions that re-frame that experience so that we see it without the fear. The memory and the lessons of the old experience are still there but our reaction and association to it has changed. This frees us of those limiting fears.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming):
NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1975. They studied and modeled famous hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, family therapist Virginia Satir and gestalt therapist Fritz Perls. They were able to duplicate the successes of these accomplished therapists by focusing on solutions rather than the problems themselves. Per Richard Bandler,"When I studied phobias, I didn't study the people who had them. I studied the people who got over them....This approach is about being able to teach people as opposed to therapize them." The model that they then developed can be duplicated, over and over again.
Much of the work is done cognitively but can also be combined with hypnosis.
It is another effective tool for modifying behavior by accessing unconscious habit patterns.
Developed by Gary Craig in the'90s, this incorporates tapping with our finger tips on energy meridians used in acupuncture. This technique truly underscores the idea of the mind/body connection. The theory is that stored negative emotion manifests as energy blockages within our body. By tapping on the various meridians, we release those blockages and allow the energy in our body to flow to and through those blocked areas. Restoring the energy flow, releases the emotional trauma that was stored in the body. Many new studies confirm the results of this amazing approach. For many this technique truly offers Emotional Freedom!
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Stage Hypnosis: Many people have a lot of wild ideas about hypnosis... many of them fueled by what they have seen in a Las Vegas show or on television. People think that they are going to be made to quack like a duck or bark like a dog.
In fact, you will not do anything that you don't want to do. Under hypnosis, you are still in control. You are in a state of relaxed concentration. You will hear the sounds around you and can come out of trance at any time. You are more open to suggestion, because we have bypassed the critical part of your mind, but you will not do anything that is against your wishes, sensibilities or ethics. The experience is one of feeling deeply relaxed. The objective of hypnotherapy is to align unconscious habit patterns with your conscious goals.
Stage hypnosis is designed for entertainment! The stage hypnotist is looking for a particular type of person. 20% of the population are what is called somnambulists. They are very suggestible. These people are very open to new ideas and may be too open and therefore sometimes a bit gullible. The stage hypnotist is trained to pick out the somnambulists from the crowd. Even then, he will send back more than half of the people that he has brought to the stage. All the while he is starting to condition those that will remain, while appealing to that little bit of "ham" in them. In the end, they are doing things that they have no objection to and they probably enjoy being the center of attention.
What it really shows is how easily our conscious mind can be overloaded. We can often become a bit confused or disoriented when learning a new task and are bombarded by a lot of new information at once.
Nature vs Nurture"In the last decade, epigenetic research has established that DNA blueprints passed down through genes are not set in concrete at birth. Genes are not destiny! Environmental influences, including nutrition, stress, and emotions, can modify those genes without changing their basic blueprint. And those modifications, epigeneticists have discovered, can be passed on to future generations as surely as DNA blueprints are passed on via the double helix."