Stanford, California, and New York, New York
[The Spiegels use a technique similar to their method with anxiety, experiencing floating while viewing an imaginary screen. (Ed.)] Patients are instructed that they cannot stop the flow of their thoughts if they are having trouble sleeping, but what they can learn to do is dissociate physical from psychological tension. They are instructed to use a screen to act as a traffic director for their own thoughts, projecting them out onto the screen rather than experiencing them within their body and thereby maintaining a high state of physical arousal that makes sleep more difficult.
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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.