What is hypnosis-does it really work?

Hypnosis sounds like a fairytale thing but it actually holds great importance in the field of medical science.

There are a number of ways to carry it out. Usually, it requires making use of guided relaxation, extreme focus and attention. This leads to a state of awareness where the mind revolves around one particular thought pattern. Due to the fact that the focus is so strong, everything besides that particular thought is temporarily blocked.

Hypnosis should always be a guided thing, carried out under the supervision of an expert. It tends to work for some people while not for others. Really depends how professional the psycho-therapist is in that regard.

Recent times have witnessed an increase in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. More and more people are resorting towards the method as a way of coping with past trauma. At the same time, it can also allow the person to explore things that remain hidden within the person’s mind.

Hypnosis, how it works?

Because the process happens to be technical, it is not as easy it might appear to be in the first place. Once the hypnosis therapy starts to work, it allows the person to attain a high level of focused attention. By doing so, the patient becomes more aware of one particular thought leading to a different perception altogether.

There are two main ways of carrying out hypnosis: suggestion therapy and analysis.

The Suggestion Therapy happens to be the most used form of hypnotherapy. One research found the process to be highly effective in overcoming “bad habits” like smoking or even nail-biting. The Suggestion Therapy will allow the person to respond to suggestions in a more meaningful way, changing the perception of a particular thing.

Following the Suggestion, Therapy is the Analysis Therapy. This process happens to be slightly different than its counterpart. It makes use of a relaxed state of mind to detect a specific cause of an event usually a traumatic past. This therapy becomes necessary when the patient him/herself is unable to trace the root cause. Once the purpose is achieved then psychotherapy procedure is carried out normally.

Benefits & Drawbacks

On paper, hypnosis might appear appealing. Yet there are some limitations to the entire process that needs to be considered.

The procedure primarily aims at achieving a high level of focus and attention. This is really helpful in overcoming habits like smoking and overeating. At the same time, it can also help in getting over a depressive traumatic past event. In other cases, the therapy also seems to work for people having different kinds of phobias.

On the other hand, the limitations of hypnosis comprise of the ineffectiveness of the entire activity. To put in a different way, it can be counterproductive in achieving the desired purpose. It can create false memories that may not work for the person in one way or the other.

In addition to that, hypnosis is strongly discouraged for people who have had a history of substance abuse. Moreover, patients with hallucinations are also advised to stay away from the procedure altogether.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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