To understand how hypnosis works, we must first learn about how our mind works. In simple terms, our mind consists of two components: the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind. Our conscious, or logical mind performs analytical duties, rationalizes, uses willpower in attempts to change personal habits and serves as our short-term memory.
The conscious mind also contains what is known as the critical factor, which operates automatically when you are using your conscious mind. The critical factor can be thought of as protecting the status quo of your beliefs and must be bypassed in order for you to accept any suggestion that conflicts with your existing beliefs.
The following are just a few of the hundreds
of known uses for hypnosis.
- Pain Control
- Grinding Teeth
- High Blood Pressure
- Insomnia / Sleep Disturbances
- Migraine Headaches
- Menstrual Cramps
- Fears & Phobias
- Improving Health
- Panic Attacks
- Pre-Operative / Post-Operative
- Weight Loss
- Stop Smoking
- Sexual Problems
- Breaking Habits
- Emotional Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Bed Wetting
- Morning Sickness
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On the other hand, our subconscious mind is where our brain deals with habits, emotions, long-term memory, and self-preservation. It is the part of the mind that the hypnotherapists will focus on, and the part through which it is possible to bypass the critical factor entirely in order to open the door to desired positive changes in your life.
A good metaphor is to refer to the subconscious as your hard drive, as in a computer, and to the hypnotherapist as a re-programmer. When you have targeted a specific glitch, such as a bad habit, in your programming, the hypnotherapist is able to guide you into a very relaxed yet aware state in which it is possible to reprogram your subconscious with positive suggestions that replace negative elements.
Our conscious mind finds it difficult to change bad habits. For example, when a person decides to try and quit smoking, they typically think they can accomplish this through willpower alone. However, a student of the mind knows that willpower simply initiates the desire to change, and is usually unsuccessful at eliminating the problem.
The subconscious mind, however, is able to change bad habits by readily accepting positive suggestions. Therein lies the secret to the effectiveness of hypnosis: through positive suggestion, hypnosis helps to change your outlook, attitude, motivation or behaviors, which you would like to improve.
Please contact Scott Lea at (973) 388-8794 to learn more about hypnotherapy and schedule your first appointment.