You may be one of the many people who still don’t understand what hypnosis is and how it works. You may also not be aware of its many uses.
Hypnosis — or hypnotherapy — uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention — with the help of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks.
Various approaches to hypnosis are used in study psychological phenomena.
Hypnosis has long been considered a valuable technique for recreating and then studying puzzling psychological phenomena. A classic example of this approach uses a technique known as posthypnotic amnesia (PHA) to model memory disorders such as functional amnesia, which involves a sudden memory loss typically due to some sort of psychological trauma (rather than to brain damage or disease).
Hypnosis can be used to analyze a patient’s certain psychological condition. This can help in determining if the patient needs to undergo psychotherapy. During the relaxed state of the person hypnotized, a possible root cause of a psychological symptom can be identified.
Another possible benefit of hypnosis is its ability to change or stop certain behaviors of a person. These behaviors may include nail biting, and/or smoking. This approach is called suggestion therapy, which can also help in the treatment of pain.
Watch an example of hypnosis for positive thinking in the video below.