What Is Hypnosis

“What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in Hypnotherapy.

I will present my thoughts and the opinions of others on the topic of Hypnosis. What it is and where it came from.   I will explain how it affects you mentally and physically and to what benefit. Plus the importance of being able to relax to allow your mind and body to enter a hypnotic trance. |
    What is Hypnosis? I think hypnosis resembles sleep, a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of their voluntary actions and is responsive to suggestion or direction.   It is used in the world of medicine and sport to change the way a person’s brain interprets experiences and change perception and behaviour. Your logical thinking is reduced enough to allow deeper levels in your subconscious mind to be transformed for the benefit of your health. Virtually every human being unless psychotic is capable of entering a hypnotic trance. We go through a state of trance at least twice every-day, as we are waking up and as we are going to sleep. No-one can be made to do anything against their will. Daydreaming is much the same as being in a hypnotic state; you are neither fully awake nor fully asleep. Hypnotherapy is now accepted as a legitimate treatment for fears, phobias and pain. [1: p9]
    According to Professor John Gruzelier, a psychologist at Charing Cross Medical School, London; the way to induce the hypnotic state is to provoke the left side of the brain to switch off. The left side of the brain is associated with the conscious mind; and it is involved in logical reasoning and analysis. [1:p15]
Heightened suggestibility is a vital component. Since we are all suggestible, we are all susceptible to hypnosis. We are though not all susceptible to the same degree, and the person has to want to be hypnotised for it to work. It should be remembered that a person cannot be compelled to do anything under...