How Hypnosis Works: The Mind Body Connection

What exactly is meant by the word “mind”?

It’s important to note that “mind” is not synonymous with brain.  In our definition, the mind consists of mental states such as thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and images. The brain is the hardware that allows us to experience these mental states.

Mental states can be fully conscious or unconscious. We can have emotional reactions to situations without being aware of why we are reacting. Each mental state has a physiology associated with it—a positive or negative effect felt in the physical body. For example, the mental state of anxiety causes you to produce stress hormones.

Many mind-body therapies focus on becoming more conscious of mental states and using this increased awareness to guide our mental states in a better, less destructive direction.

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Mind-body medicine focuses on treatments that may promote health, including relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, and biofeedback.

Over the past 20 years, mind-body medicine has provided evidence that psychological factors can play a major role in such illnesses as heart disease, and that mind-body techniques can aid in their treatment. Clinical trials have indicated mind-body therapies to be helpful in managing arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.

There is also evidence they can help to improve psychological functioning and quality of life, and may help to ease symptoms of disease. You can’t imagine how it’s working?

The Lemon Experience or is it possible for you to increase salivation in your mouth willingly?

Sit down and increase the salivation in your mouth. It’s not working? Of course it isn’t possible for human beings to increase their salivation by will. Continue reading “How Hypnosis Works: The Mind Body Connection”

Hypnotic Trance Changes Brain Patterns and Activity

 

 

Hypnosis is a change of state, there must also be some type of change in the brain and brain patterns. And there must be a way of seeing this change too.

In 2016, Spiegel and a team of researchers decided to prove their suspicions.

Spiegel’s Study: Brain Activity And Functional Connectivity Associated With Hypnosis

The purpose of the study was to try to identify changes in brain activity during the hypnotic state.

According to the study’s abstract, the team knew that hypnosis was associated with “decreased default mode network (DMN) activity,” and that people who were highly hypnotizable showed “greater functional connectivity between the executive control network (ECN) and the salience network (SN).”

From a group of 547 people, Spiegel and his colleagues chose 57 subjects – 36 with high hypnotizability and 21 with low hypnotizability.

Both groups were subjected to a series of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans under the same 4 conditions:

  • while resting
  • when recalling a memory; and
  • during two different hypnosis experiences guided by pre-recorded instructions

2008 Japan Tokio 5The results were fascinating.

Researchers noticed that 3 things were happening. Continue reading “Hypnotic Trance Changes Brain Patterns and Activity”

10 Misconceptions about Hypnosis

Whether you are learning how to be a hypnotist or thinking about going to a hypnotist/hypnotherapist for help, it is important to have a clear idea of what hypnosis is as well as what it is not. Whether you are learning how to be a hypnotist or thinking about going to a hypnotist/hypnotherapist for help, it is important to have a clear idea of what hypnosis is as well as what it is not. These can cause people to resist going into hypnosis.

  • Hypnotists have special powersIMG_8734
  • A hypnotist has control over the hypnotic client
  • You are asleep when in a hypnotic trance
  • A hypnotist could make you do anything and/or say anything
  • Hypnosis is truth serum
  • Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized
  • During hypnosis, you can be controlled to do things against your will
  • You will become stuck in hypnosis if something happens
  • You are not hypnotized if you can hear the hypnotist
  • You’ve tried hypnosis in the past and it didn’t work

Hypnotherapists have special powers

A hypnotist is a normal person who eats, sleeps, feels happy and sad, and loses their car keys. There is nothing special or magical about them at all. Hypnotists are trained to help guide people into a hypnotic state. Continue reading “10 Misconceptions about Hypnosis”