Hypnosis, Communication & Trance
You don’t have to go to a stage hypnosis show to see people “in trance”. You’ve seen people “hypnotized” when “glued” to the television set, when absorbed in a good book, and in the supermarket – that person focused on the label of a can of beans, while you are trying to get by with your cart. The “hypnotic state” is a naturally occurring phenomenon that people experience on a daily basis.
Hypnosis had a shady reputation in the past century, thanks to its wide portrayal in movies, books and comics as a dastardly deed performed by those who wish to control people and take over the world. The recent remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” has rekindled some of these thoughts.
Thanks to scientific reporting of brain research, people are now taking a more educated approach. Hypnosis is used to increase performance in sports through positive mental focus, in medicine for pain control and to assist with the healing process. Learning to harness the subconscious through hypnosis can help people who want to stop smoking, lose weight, or change other undesirable habits.
In a stage hypnosis show the hypnotist is a skilled guide who assists people to go into a trance state. Your ability to enter a state of hypnosis will vary according to how relaxed or stressed you are on a particular day, your ability to concentrate and your level of trust with the hypnotist. If it doesn’t work for you on one occasion, it may work for you another time. Hypnosis is a form of concentration.
As a subject in a stage hypnosis show you will not do anything that is against your personal beliefs or against your sense of reason or safety. Volunteers in a stage hypnosis show generally find the experience very interesting and pleasurable. At the end of the show, subjects “awaken” rested and alert, often as though they have had several hours of sleep, as being “in hypnosis” is very relaxing.
“Hypnosis” is actually a Greek word meaning “sleep”. While people “in hypnosis” often look like they are asleep it is actually different from the sleeping state. Hypnosis has been shown to be inconsistent with EEG sleep patterns, but consistent with patterns of rested alertness. In recent years computer imaging has revealed more specific areas of the brain are engaged during different phases of the trance state.
For interest, science journals such as “Scientific American” and “Psychology Today” regularly report on the value and applications of hypnosis. This century will certainly continue the exploration of space … the space between our ears ... the mind.
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