A simple way to speed up relaxation

In the above we have seen various direct ways of producing a relaxed, switched off state. If you are dealing with a very anxious person there is a good chance that they will not work, and even for an average person they can take some time. It is therefore often an excellent idea, if you are doing hypnosis proper, to prepare the ground by means of a simple and obvious step first. To see why it works you need only recall that the times when it is most easy to let your muscles relax is when they...

It is the contention of this book that Hypnotherapy has come of age and that it is now possible to describe in some

This book is written with three classes of readers in mind. The central class consists of students people who are learning the skills of Hypnotherapy. There are increasing numbers of these as this form of therapy becomes more popular. They can expect to find this book a unique aid to understanding what it is that they are learning to do. On one side of these are individuals who already have an extensive understanding of Hypnotherapy, whether as practitioners or as experimentalists. For these...

Lifeforce effects

Mesmer (1734-1815) is one of the best known names in the history of Hypnotism (Burranelli (1975)Bib). He can be taken to herald in a new paradigm. In this, the old idea of powerful spirits with wills, intelligences and feelings is displaced by a belief in powerful life-forces akin to gravity, magnetism and electricity. Mesmer was first influenced by Newton's theory of gravitation. To begin with he called the force animal magnetism, though he later came to regret the term since too many people...

So in short the approach that you are learning here gives you Flexibility it enables you to Personalise your approach

The scripts that we have used above can be called simple scripts because they focus tightly on using one specific system to produce a required change. By contrast most scripts that you will find in other books are compound or complex scripts, which is to say that they aim to produce a specific change by using a variety of different systems. As a final exercise I would like you to read the following compound script which is designed to relax. Each paragraph is based primarily on one particular...

Summary

HYPNOSIS is the area of knowledge concerned with certain naturalistic changes in the functioning of the mind and nervous system. HYPNOTHERAPY is the application of such knowledge to help individuals with a related class of problems. We will not use the concept of a state of hypnosis in this book. Home Contents Introduction Next Chapter

The Process of Hypnotherapy Stage 3 Planning a Change

In this chapter attention is focused on the process ofdeciding a strategy in Hypnotherapy for reducing the problem symptom. There is no one way of tackling a given symptom, or helping a given person. But there is a strategy which has a good chance of producing a short list of the most effective and efficient ways. BY THE TIME we have completed the first two steps of diagnosis we should have a clear idea of the dynamics of the problem we should know what systems are involved. Some of these are...

In this book the words hypnosis and hypnotherapy will refer ONLY to fields of knowledge and skill They are in the same

The reasons why this is important will become clearer later. Briefly it is because the other use conjures up a picture of a subject in a unique state of hypnosis. Detailed experiments have failed to establish any way of defining such a state or distinguishing it from other, non-hypnotic states. For the same reason the phrase an hypnotic trance will not be used. On the other hand a field of knowledge is comparatively easy to define. It is characterised by an interest in a certain class of...

Making Changes in Hypnosis

As a preliminary to deciding what to do to change things for the better this very important chapter builds on the analysis of cybernetic processes to emphasise a general and very central technique of Hypnotherapy We start from the general principle that amplification is involved and the observation that organic systems are typically provided with a multitude of increasing positive feedback loops which act precisely like amplifier's. Many Hypnotic phenomena are shown to centre around the...

Posthypnotic suggestions

Posthypnotic suggestions are a large part of what people regard as typical of hypnosis. We start by comparing it with the common phenomenon of social compliance the fact that people quite normally will do what another asks them to do. A description of a subject (Nobel Prizewinner Richard Feynman) is used to illustrate what it feels like to carry out a post hypnotic suggestion. Both phenomena are based on establishing a causal connection between two subsystems ofthe brain. Some exercises are...

Them in a way that NO surgeon NO drugs can begin to match The techniques of hypnotherapy are powerful precise and

Here are some more sample scripts which focus on activating one particular subsystem of the brain with a view to using it as a means of relaxing everything else. I would like you to think about a piece of music that you have have found very peaceful and relaxing. Perhaps The Magic Flute (If the answer is anything like I can't or I don't have much time for music then it is probably not worth bothering with this exercise. As I keep on emphasising, people's minds are very different. Some are...

Methods Of Hypnotising

Lloyd Tuckey's Method - the testing of the degree of hypnotisability of the patient - finger fixation - verbal monotonous - toned suggestions - response to local warmth - method of awakening - testing of stages of hypnosis - cataleptic stage, automatic stage, somnambulic stage - testing for en rapport - production of negative hallucinations Bernheim's Method - eye to eye fixation - monotonous verbal commands - thumb and finger imperceptible movements - how to assist a difficult patient - speed...

BThe nature of higherorder processes relevant to a given system can never be deduced purely from an analysis of its

Let us look at some examples to illustrate these ideas. There is a child crying on the mat. How can we understand why he is unhappy We can ask what has recently happened. He is crying because his father has come home from work and has been angry. How can we understand any further the cause of this The child, attempting to understand it in terms that he can grasp, may naturally feel that he has been naughty. It is totally impossible by reference merely to the child to deduce that in fact the...

Now we are going to emphasise the fact that the active creation and utilisation of such loops in order to amplify

An example that has been cited already is the simple Hypnotic phenomenon of hand levitation. From the moment that there is the slightest movement in the hand, the feedback is clear the perception of movement leads to an increase in the expectation of movement, which in turn leads to more movement movement > expectation > movement . In a similar way a slight sleepiness in the Subject can be amplified by the Hypnotist who creates a loop arousal > thought, I am sleepy > arousal which, as...

Introduction to Part B

THE NEXT AND CENTRAL part of the book takes the ideas which have been presented in Part A and develops them in the context of Hypnotherapy. This is, in brief, a three-stage process of finding out what problem a Client has, planning how to solve the problem and finally making the changes necessary to achieve this goal. In the course of doing this the virtues of the organised Morganic approach to thinking about what we are doing will become yet more apparent, and will reveal not only the dynamic...

Alexander Cannon

I regard most of what is in this chapter as almost complete rubbish, and really has nothing to do with hypnosis, except insofar as it shows examples of the placebo effect if you believe something will work it will work. However I am leaving it in for completeness, as an example of some of the weird and wonderful ideas that seem to float around this subject - Dylan Morgan The secret of the Atlanteans and the Aryan Hindoos - Deighton-Patmore's work - Research of the Colour Centre of Blackpool -...