Picture, if you will, an old time hypnotist putting a subject into a hypnotic state and then giving a powerful suggestion. (For those of you who are wondering just what a powerful suggestion is: Those that work are powerful; the rest are weak.) The hypnotist suggests that at 4:00 in the afternoon, the subject's nose will itch and the subject will have to scratch it. If this suggestion were effective, the subject would respond as expected. If he were to repeat this response three or four days in a row, he might be surprised to discover that he had developed a pattern of scratching his nose at 4:00 P.M. each day. Even an individual without training in hypnosis would recognize that the pattern was the result of the hypnotic suggestion. Of course!
Take a child and tell him, over and over, that he will never be as good as his father, nor as his brother, and that he will never amount to anything. Years later, every time he is about to get a promotion, he gets drunk and "forgets" to show up for work, and he amounts to nothing. We wouldn't call that a pattern resulting from hypnosis., .or would we?
Patterns are a necessary and important part of our behavior. Most patterns serve as useful functions, and free our mind for new learning experiences. In reading this you are relying on patterns learned many years ago: patterns in sitting, holding the book, seeing the words, understanding, and learning.
You drive down a street and a car runs a red light right in front of you. Automatically, you jam on the brakes, tighten up and prepare for the possibility of a crash. During those actions, there were literally hundreds of physiological, psychological and emotional responses occurring in a patterned way, designed to help you. If you had to "think" out and ana lyze the situations and your responses, you no doubt would have had an accident.
Was this article helpful?
Hypnosis is a capital instrument for relaxation and alleviating stress. It helps calm down both the brain and body, giving a useful rest. All the same it can be rather costly to hire a clinical hypnotherapist, and we might not always want one around when we would like to destress.