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Is Hypnosis Fake?

May 05, 2016

DISCLAIMER: THE HYPNOTIC INDUCTIONS YOU'LL SEE HERE ARE NOT THE ONES I USE. My inductions are gentle, calm, relaxing, and much slower. 

"Is hypnosis fake? Let’s find out. The results are stunning. This comical presentation may finally provide a street science explanation for how hypnosis actually works."

Stanford Medical Study Identifies Brain Areas Altered During Hypnotic Trances

July 28, 2016

“Hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with the brush of dangling watches and purple capes,” said Spiegel, who holds the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professorship in Medicine. “In fact, it’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.”

Despite a growing appreciation of the clinical potential of hypnosis, though, little is known about how it works at a physiological level. While researchers have previously scanned the brains of people undergoing hypnosis, those studies have been designed to pinpoint the effects of hypnosis on pain, vision and other forms of perception, and not the state of hypnosis itself.

“There had not been any studies in which the goal was to simply ask what’s going on in the brain when you’re hypnotized,” said Spiegel.

Is Hypnosis All in Your Head? Brain Scans Suggest Otherwise

July 29, 2016

“I think we have pretty definitive evidence here that the brain is working differently when a person is in hypnosis,” said Dr. David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford who has studied the effectiveness of hypnosis.

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"Pop culture embellishes hypnotism, making it seem like someone takes control of your mind and you are left at their mercy.

That couldn’t be more wrong."

"In this trance-like state, the part of the brain responsible for the subconscious, nonlogical thoughts can become wide open to suggestions. "The normal adult filters and belief systems of what is and what isn't will start to fade," he said. "Clients become almost childlike. "Hypnotherapists can then begin to use imagery and suggestion to help them start thinking about their bad habits or their pain differently."

"Being hypnotized feels like what happens when you become so absorbed in a movie that you forget you’re watching one at all, like you have entered an imagined world, Spiegel says. This trance-like state, in which you’re more open and suggestible than usual, can be an effective tool to control pain, ease anxiety, quit smoking and deal with stress, trauma and even hot flashes, research shows."

"Researchers in the US have been scanning brains of 57 people while carrying out a new imaging study. During a guided hypnosis, specific changes in activity and connectivity of a few brain areas were found. Those areas could then be linked to connections controlling brain-body functions. Total results have now been published in Cerebral Cortex and surely will help therapists better administer hypnosis beyond only pain control."

"Hypnotherapy is increasingly being incorporated into evidence-based treatment and becoming a standard in clinical-based practice.  Among its uses include pain control, weight loss, treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and sports psychology. It is particularly effective when combined with cognitive behavioral treatment, giving the therapist tools to work both on your conscious and unconscious thoughts and beliefs."

July 02, 2014

"Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one’s self) to induce a “trance-like state” of increased focus. It’s typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion, according to the Mayo Clinic."

In this lecture, HMI instructor John Melton explains the theory of mind, a model used to illustrate how the mind works on the conscious and subconscious levels, how hypnosis occurs and how to create the hypnotic state.

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