Human Potentialities

That of which you are conscious, even within yourself, is like the tip of an iceberg, the outermost sphere of a Chinese puzzle. It is possible that beneath the finite masks of ourselves we are ultimately limitless in our true capacities. We may well he nearly godlike beings. 1 am inclined to suspect we fall something short of that, but our potentialities remain, at the very least, mind-boggling. I don't know. I can only wonder about the true limits of my innate...

Redefining The Situation

As you probably recall, the definition-of-the-situation concept states that whatever you accept to be real will be real in its consequences for you. You can turn this simple premise to great advantage in problem-solving work. The strategy is to define or redefine the situation to bring about changes helping resolve whatever about it is a problem for you. One of the most elegant ways of employing this strategy is to create tactics that will work for you because you've programmed yourself to...

Selfassessment Strategy

Let's get really practical How do you embark upon your program of self-management training Well, to begin with, you need a plan of action. Start by assessing the situation. Let's say I have a lot of books. I need someplace to put them. So I ask myself what it is that I need and how I might satisfy that need. I decide that a bookshelf is the way to go. Then I have to figure out what kind of a bookshelf, sketch it out, and decide what raw materials are needed and what tools will be required to...

Using Good Sense

To make things go right for yourself, it is absolutely essential that you use good sense. It's not that you shouldn't try for your dreams. You cannot do the impossible, of course but who knows what is or is not possible If you need a miracle, why not give it your best shot There is. in fact, evidence suggesting that goal-directed imagining and related strategies can actually affect the course of such horrendous problems as terminal cancer. The renowned oncologist O. C. Simonton reports exciting...

Your Self Hypnosis Routine

You are now ready to begin doing hypnosis with yourself that's what self-hypnosis means. Once you've gotten the hang of thinking, feeling, and imagining along with suggestions, there's nothing especially difficult or tricky about learning to work with suggestions you are giving yourself. In fact, you've been exposed to a variety of self-hypnosis practices already. What else is listening to a tape recording of your own voice reading a hypnosis script than a form of self-hypnosis In the future...

Doing Strategic Hypnosis

In the last chapters we've concentrated on teaching you the skills of being an effective subject. You've experienced progressive relaxation, a self-administered hypnosis session, and a great variety of suggestions outside hypnosis. So far. however, you've remained a spectator, a recipient of suggestions. In this chapter you'll move on to the other side of hypnosis how to give yourself suggestions and organize your strategies of self-hypnosis. We'll begin by considering what you are trying to...

Hypnosis And Willpower

Two concepts are conspicuously absent from that list of principles. One is doing it by hypnosis. The other is willpower. Let me explain. First of all, you can't do anything by hypnosis. Hypnosis is 110 cure for anything, let alone everything. Hypnosis is a frame of mind, an enormously useful situation that can be very, very helpful in learning new skills, overcoming disabilities, and solving problems. Its role is that of a facilitator. not a therapy. We use hypnosis to facilitate your success...

Exercise Six Familiarizing Yourself with Self Hypnosis

To prepare yourself for doing strategic self-hypnosis solo. Guided fantasy, working with your own prerecorded tape. Begin practicing strategic self-hypnosis by listening to and working with the tape you made up for yourself in Experiment Twelve. Use the tape once or (even better) twice a day until you have worked through chapter seven and are ready to go solo with Exercise Seven. You should use the taped session until you feel comfortable with it no less than three times.

Experiment TWelve What Is Self Hypnosis Like

To experience how the basic self-hypnosis routine works. Guided fantasy. Tape-record and work with a session script. You are going to have yourself imagine doing self-hypnosis. but not actually do it this time. Prepare your tape and then just listen to it, imagining along with your voice. I am going to let myself experience how it will be to do my basic self-hypnosis routine. As I begin, I am letting myself begin to relax so I can really concentrate and follow along with my directions. One. 1...

Making Self Hypnosis Work for

Once you have gotten yourself relaxed and into a hypnotic frame of mind, you are ready to make self-hypnosis work for you. This part of the session you are entering, often called the body of the session, is where most of the important action takes place in strategic self-hypnosis- the actual work of reconstructing your realities. Although there are rare times when you might want to skip this step, you will always want to begin the body of your session with what I have been calling your...

Programs Of Selfhypnosis

By a program, I simply refer to an appropriately put together set of tactics by which you can work toward concrete goals or objectives over whatever period of time is necessary for your particular purpose. When developing your program, be sure to take into account the practical dimension and other aspects of the situation discussed with regard to your self-assessment. The self-assessment should begin any program of self-hypnosis you attempt. You can only organize a strategy to overcome problems...

Experiment Sixteen Three Basic Problem Solving Techniques

To familiarize yourself with the three basic problem-solving techniques. Prepare three cards as follows. On one card, print the numeral I. and beneath this, the words direct suggestion. Underneath that, write your theme. I'm having fun doing self-hypnosis. On your second card, write 2, and below that write as-if imagining, and beneath that your theme, it's so rewarding to practice my techniques. On the last card, write 3, goal-directed imagining, and the theme, I'm feeling an intense sensation...

Key Technique IWenty Self Hypnosis Tapes

As an alternative or supplement to your routine self-hypnosis exercise. Imagining along with tapes, at least to begin. There are two stages to this approach, the second of which is entirely optional, an alternative form of self-hypnosis practice. 1. Making up your tape. As discussed in this chapter, you will make up your own session tape. First think out what you want to accomplish or work toward with this session and write out your script, either word for word or in outline or note form. Begin...

Psychosomatic Self Control

Psychosomatic refers to the fact that what goes on in your mind influences what happens in your body, and vice versa. Not only can you use self-hypnosis to help you do things better in the external world, but you can also apply the strategic approach to reach within yourself and take charge over bodily functions and responses. Actually, the power to do so is your inborn potential. The art of psychosomatic self-control is a skill that, like all other skills, must be developed through training...

Relaxation As A Strategy

Relaxation is always an aim in self-hypnosis. However, let's clarify what we do and do not mean by relaxation. The same word is used to denote two rather different sorts of experiences. The first is a condition of not being tense, anxious, ill at ease, or in a flight-or-fight response. It's really a state of calm. In this sense, we are talking about your optimal state of balance, in which you can think and act most freely, with maximum coordination between...

Strategies For Learning Psychosomatic Skills

Psychosomatic self-control, then, involves learning new ways of consciously exploiting your natural mind-body linkages. The key to these skills is goal-directed imagining (Key Technique Nine). In fact, the technique you have already been taught can be highly effective for working with your psychosomatic responses. However, there are many times when that approach is impractical or inappropriate. More than that, goal-directed imagining is a general approach you will want to learn some actual ways...

Keeping Your Eye On The Ball

To enhance your performance, use the strategy 1 call keeping your eye on the ball. This is freely adapted from the practice of a tennis pro and hypnotechnician, Roger Buchanan, who works with his clients on the tennis court. When, for instance, he is teaching the backhand stroke, he places the client in a form of waking hypnosis. Then he instructs them to simply observe him demonstrate the backhand. but to keep their eyes on the ball, paying attention to nothing else. He asks them to just...

Warming Yourself By Suggestion

Cognitive control over blood flow and. therefore, over body temperature was one of the first psychosomatic self-control skills to be scientifically investigated and verified. You neither have to be a yogi nor do you have to be hypnotized to do this. You experience this psychosomatic effect on an involuntary basis in daily life whenever you blush or blanch, and. of course, in sexual arousal. However, research has now shown that any normal person can gain a meaningful degree of control over body...

Experiment Six What Is Hypnosis Like

To experience for yourself a conventional hypnosis session. Imagining along with your recorded voice, exactly as in previous experiments. For this and all other exercises using hypnosis or visualization. it is essential to follow four rules 1. Practice in a comfortable place free from intrusions, loud or sudden noises, or other distractions. Dim the lights, turn off the TV or stereo, close the door, ask to be left alone for a while except for real emergencies, turn off the telephone if you can....

Preface To The Revised Edition

Reveal to the public for the first time what a new generation of social and behaviorial scientists have learned about hypnosis. I already knew from my workshops that people were hungry for a no-b.s. introduction to the subject. And I loved proving to them that it was they, themselves, who really had the powers everybody attributed to the mystery of hypnosis. That was easy. The hard part was figuring out a way around training people myself. It was considered...

Foreword

Barber, Positive Suggestions for Effective Living and Philosophical Hypnosis. Cassette tape. Medfinld. Mass P.O. Box 312 Medfield Foundation. 1978 . T. X. Barber. Hypnotic Suggestions for Weight Control and Smoking Cessation. Cassette tape. 1979 . T. X. Barber. Hypnotic and Self-Hypnotic Suggestions for Study-Concentration. Reiaxation. Pain ControJ. and Mystical Experi en ce. Cassette tape. 1979 . T. X. Barber. Training Students to Use Self-Suggestions for Personal Growth Methods and...