Through ideomotor signaling you may ask patients, "Is there some past event or experience responsible for the beginning of this problem?" When an affirmative response is given, the next step is to obtain the patient's permission to explore this event: "Then would it be all right with your unconscious mind for us to go back and explore, and understand, and resolve whatever it was that happened when you were X years old?" If a signal of "no" is given, we must work through the resistance before proceeding. When a signal of "yes," is given, I then use the following suggestions to facilitate a regression to the specific event identified as relevant to the problem.
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Hypnosis has been defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately. When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis. When an individual puts himself into a state of hypnosis, it is known as self-hypnosis.