The Differences in the Subjects of Hypnotherapy

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy

successful and accepted and effective alternative form of medicine. Many people choose to submit themselves to hypnosis for boosting self confidence, for treating phobias, for getting rid of addictions, and even for shedding weight. Hypnosis is effective and it has an interesting evolutionary curve.
Though the moniker hypnosis perhaps entered the lexicon much later, hypnotherapy had existed from times immemorial in various guises. The types of problems, which are being treated by hypnosis today, is early as man himself, and he had needed cures for it all along. Soothsayers, shamans, or simply senior members of the society healed him by spells, chants, or placebos, all of which had in them certain aspects of hypnosis.
These early buds of hypnotism, opened up into a more organized form of medicine in the early 20th century, when doctors started to hypnotize patients and make them recollect things buried in the subconscious. This further evolved into hypnotherapy which was effectively used to cure addiction, lack of self esteem etc. NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming, commonly touted as a self-help formula is an offshoot of hypnotherapy.
Over the time hypnotherapy has evolved to represent two differing schools. One consists of those who opt for hypnotherapy because of the proof they see in it and the other who opt to undergo hypnosis because they need a sense of direction.
The first group opts for hypnotherapy because they see around enough instances where people have responded positively to hypnosis. A person might have witnessed these successful results of hypnosis either on TV or among his own kith or kin or friends. He must have been so impressed by it that he prefers to have benefits for himself also by hypnosis. Results of hypnosis are faster and more obvious in this group.
The second group of people are in need of hypnotherapy, whether they have solid proof about the success of hypnosis or not. Those who belong to this group may be diffident by nature, or negative past experiences might have overwhelmed them. They hope to get cured by hypnotherapy. They subject themselves to hypnosis because their options are perhaps limited. Their very approach, and their problem, makes it likely that hypnotherapy might take time to show results in their case.
In a scenario where an individual chooses hypnotherapy more out of lack of option and less out of conviction, the process of hypnosis may be harder for him. But oftentimes, it is this latter group of people who benefit more by hypnotherapy. In such cases, the approach of the hypnotist will also alter the situation positively. Often the patient can be hypnotized to accept the next session of the hypnosis better.
Individual predilections and individual convictions in the efficacy of hypnosis are catalytic in getting good results by hypnotherapy. Even the body constitution of an individual may change the equation for him. However, nobody should submit himself to hypnosis without reasonable conviction in the process. A subject of hypnosis should at least have an open mind about it.