What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

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Date: November 3, 2020

Hypnosis is a human condition involving highly focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion.

Hypnosis begins with a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion.

The use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy”.

The hypnotised individual follows only the instructions of the hypnotist and responds in an uncritical, automatic fashion while ignoring all aspects of the environment other than those pointed out by the hypnotist. In a hypnotic state an individual sees, feels, smells, and perceives in accordance with the hypnotist’s suggestions.

The effects of hypnosis are not limited to sensory change; even the subject’s memory and awareness of self is altered by suggestion. The effects of the suggestions also extended into the individual’s subsequent waking activities such as altering emotions, sensations, beliefs, and habits.

During hypnosis, the individual is fully aware and fully in control. Hypnosis does not have any side effects or risks. It is a medically recognised safe alternative therapy option.

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