Hypnosis is no miracle. It is primarily a method of approaching a patient, a means of securing his attention and cooperation; therein lies its significance. Nor is hypnosis a cure-all. It is a tool, an instrument, an adjuvaut to any medical or psychiatric procedure one wants to employ. It can be used as a means of making the patient feel at ease within himself and at ease in the situation in which he finds himself. Furthermore, in trying to deal with the patient: as a personality, the use of hypnosis allows the patient to develop a certain amount of competence and security in his relationship to the therapist. This is the first orientation of hypnosis in the areas of medical and psychiatric problems.
In trying to explore and investigate a patient psychiatrically for the purpose of bringing about changes in his personality, one has to map out the personality and get some understanding of the individual. Having secured that understanding, therapy proceeds in accordance with the patient's needs.
One sometimes encounters a patient who has directed aggression toward himself, his family, his total life situation. It is evidently necessary for this patient to express aggression toward someone. Therapy can help him to direct it in more constructive channels.
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For anyone concerned that this is a report designed to teach readers how to convince crowds of people to act like chickens or dance to an unheard song just with a carefully placed keyword - relax. While hypnosis is often paraded in that form with large crowds visiting celebrity hypnosis experts to see what wonders they can perform, the majority of hypnosis used is to aid people seeking a solution to a problem they cannot resolve easily with any other method.