When you hear the word hypnotist, the most likely image that comes to mind is a sinister stage-villain who brings about a hypnotic state by swinging a pocket watch back and forth. The hypnotist does not hypnotize the individual. Rather, the hypnotist serves as a sort of coach or tutor whose job is to help the person to hypnotize themselves.. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better described as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility and vivid imagination.
While definitions can vary, the American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participants responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known, thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to perform unusual or ridiculous actions, it is important to know that the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits, most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety, phobias and self-doubt. It has even been suggested that hypnosis can reduce vision issues and the symptoms of dementia. Hypnosis is a trance state characterized by increased suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It is a normal state that most people experience on a regular basis, such as when daydreaming or when “losing yourself” in a book or movie. Just as when daydreaming or being absorbed by what you are reading, you are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. This gives you the ability to focus on the situation at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation where the subconscious mind (the part of your brain responsible for your habits) can be worked with to make positive changes. A qualified hypnotherapist understands how to help you work with your subconscious mind in order to help you make the positive changes that you desire and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals. Hypnotherapy has a high success rate when compared to many other different types of treatment for the same issues, with many people reporting added benefits such as increased self-esteem, improved sleep, and decreased stress.