Hypnosis is a very simple and easy-to-explain psychological phenomena - yet often it is wrongly portrayed as some sort of black magick or false mysticism. This lack of a fair representation leaves many to throw "hypnotic wisdom" aside as mere fantasy or hogwash; and those who have been hypnotized we typically think of as weak-minded or gullible. But in fact none of this is true. GO here to learn from the very best PORTLAND HYPNOSIS teacher in portland.
I hope to take a short few minutes of your time to debunk some of these myths surrounding hypnosis and hopefully leave you with a clearer understanding of what this is phenomena is really all about.
Before I proceed with debunking these myths, let me first give a quick definition of what I believe hypnosis really is:
Hypnosis is a set of effective communication techniques (often through the use of direct or indirect "suggestions") for shaping one's beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors.
Despite this broad-sounding definition, this is what hypnosis is in a nutshell. Now let's get started.
Portland Hypnosis is not at all related to any particular state of consciousness. The reason people confuse hypnosis as a state of consciousness is because we often associate the techniques of hypnosis as leading to a half-sleep and half-awake state. We picture patients lying on leather sofas with their eyes closed and their awareness facing inwards to their "subconscious." But the fact of the matter is hypnosis can be used to expand awareness just as effectively as it can be used to contract awareness.
A perfect example of hypnosis operating at "normal" consciousness is stage hypnosis. When a participant clucks like a chicken, or acts out a scene in Saving Private Ryan - it is not that the individual is unconscious and being pulled by his or her strings like a stuffed puppet - they are just in a situation where they are comfortable acting out behaviors they normally wouldn't do in front of a crowd. They are not being "controlled" by the hypnotist - they are just being communicated to very effectively. The participants free will is still in-tact throughout the whole session. A participant can bring his or her self out of hypnosis whenever they choose, but why would they when they are having so much fun playing pretend?