Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Educate Yourself on the Dangers of Self-Hypnosis

One of the objections that you hear to hypnosis and self-hypnosis is that it can be dangerous in the hands of those not trained in the psychodynamics of human behavior.
Inasmuch as psychiatrists and clinical psychologists are the only ones who are thoroughly trained in the analysis of human behavior, this objection, if valid, could limit hypnosis to a comparative handful of therapists.
Fortunately, it is not valid.
Many patients who seek treatment from competent psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and psychologists do not always obtain satisfactory results.
This doesn't mean that everyone should stop seeking help from these specialists.
Even a specialist doesn't have a perfect record of successful therapy.
What then is the objection to hypnosis? The theory that if you get rid of one symptom another symptom will take its place really holds no truth and is usually advanced by those who have had little or no experience in the hypnosis field.
However, a difference of opinion does exist even with those practicing hypnosis in this area.
Some hypnotists "trade down" symptoms by replacing a serious symptom with a minor one, while others just remove the symptom.
The latter is what a doctor does when he recommends aspirin for arthritis.
He knows the aspirin will not cure the arthritis, but he wants to alleviate the symptom.
To say that another symptom will replace the pain is unscientific--and untrue.
The same is true of hypnosis.
A further objection to hypnosis is that the results are temporary.
It is well to remember that most medical therapy is specifically directed to symptom removal.
How permanent is most medical treatment? Once you couple hetero-hypnosis with self-hypnosis, you afford the client the opportunity of using suggestions for her own benefit any time they are needed.
This can make symptom relief permanent.
As an example, I would see no harm in teaching a patient self-hypnosis for symptomatic relief from a problem of insomnia.
It would certainly be better than physically depressing the higher brain centers with sleeping pills to produce unconsciousness every night.
I don't need to tell you that millions of dollars are spent every year on sleeping pills and people become dependent on them, needing more and more pills in order to produce sleep.
Many accidental suicides stem from an overdose of sleeping pills.
Yet, despite the inherent dangers of sleeping pills which are glaringly apparent, they are prescribed by the millions.
Furthermore, how much effort is really made to get the patient off the sleeping pills? There are also more voluntary suicides by sleeping pills than by any other method.
Perhaps if these drugs weren't so readily available, many of these unfortunate individuals would be with us today.
I think we should make it clear that whether we call it autosuggestion, positive thinking, meditation, yoga, affirmations or self-hypnosis, we are, in reality, talking about the same thing.
All require certain basic conditions before they will work effectively for the individual, which will be discussed later.
What should be remembered is that the suggestions are being filtered into the subconscious mind.
You can be sure that the constant repetition will have its effect.
Hasn't the mind, in the past, accepted the individual's diagnosis when he said, "I'm sick," "I have an inferiority complex," "I can't stop smoking," "I can't lose weight," "I can't concentrate," "I can remember a person's face, but I can't remember names," "I have a difficult time falling asleep," "I just can't seem to relax.
" Isn't such an individual, in effect, using self-hypnosis? And hasn't the person convinced himself of the validity of his present state? This is truly dangerous.
It is negative hypnosis, and we are most suggestible to ourselves.
The question that I raise is: "Why shouldn't the subconscious mind be even more convinced and respond strongly to suggestions which are in conformity with the natural desire to be of sound body and mind?" I have never been able to find a logical answer.
Honest criticism and a sincere difference of opinion are always welcome.
But criticism must be well-founded from a scientific point of view and not stem from an emotional reaction.
You have probably heard the remark, "I won't let anyone hypnotize me.
" What are they really saying, and what does hypnosis represent to such an individual? To them, hypnosis represents some sort of "magic spell" which invokes a state of complete helplessness and dependency upon the hypnotist.
We previously discussed how this erroneous concept can take place because of the manner in which hypnosis has been associated with bizarre fictional stories.
Fear of hypnosis takes different forms, but basically it is the fear of revealing one's true feelings or loss of control.
An employee, for instance, at a gathering which included the employer he dislikes, would never volunteer as a subject for hypnosis if the occasion arose.
He would be afraid he would do or say something which might endanger his position.
Hypnosis for him would be "dangerous" because he would be afraid to take the chance.
The truth is, however, that this individual would be taking no chance.
The hypnotic state is not a confessional period.
The subject is aware at all times of what he is saying.
If the subject does not wish to pursue a line of questioning, he tells the hypnotist.
If the hypnotist persisted further along this line, the subject would shake off the hypnotic state.
You cannot be hypnotized to do something against your will, or that is not in alignment with your core values.
Another misconception about hypnosis is the widely held belief that the subject is unconscious.
This represents a threat to the security of the individual.
Actually, the hypnotic state is a state of extreme awareness in which the subject is hyperacute.
The subject is not asleep.
He is in an altered state of awareness with his faculties and reasoning ability intact.
Inducing hypnosis merely creates a mood or state in which the powers of suggestibility are heightened.
At this time, the general public and the medical profession are becoming more familiar and accepting of the true nature of hypnosis.
Of course, anyone using hypnosis for the alleviation of pain must consult their physician.
Pain is nature's way of indicating that something is wrong physically.
It would be foolish to suggest that a pain in the stomach will disappear when this may be a sign of a needed appendix operation.
The same may be said of constant migraine headaches.
It must be determined that the headache is not a symptom of a brain tumor or some other pathological condition.
It may be of interest to know that hypnosis is used to relieve pain in terminal cancer patients.
There are also several thousand dentists throughout the country using hypnosis.
You can rest assured that hypnosis and self-hypnosis are safe and effective.
In fact, hypnosis is a natural state that you are in a few times every day, whether you realize it or not.
Once you start your own self-hypnosis practice, you will come to recognize the signs of being in the state of hypnosis, so you can protect yourself from the negative suggestions surrounding us every day!


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