What Is Hypnosis?



I always believe in keeping things simple.  Therefore, the best way to simply explain hypnosis is by using Dave Elman’s definition of hypnosis. “Hypnosis is a state of mind in which the critical faculty of the human is bypassed, and selective thinking established  [Dave Elman, Hypnotherapy, 1964, p26]  Mr Elman’s techniques are very popular with many hypnotherapists. He pioneered the use of rapid induction techniques and was a great advocate of the hypno-analytic approach to therapy.

Gil Boyne was a well-known hypnotherapist who was in full-time practice for over fifty years.  In his book Transforming Therapy (1985, pp380-38), He states that: hypnosis is a natural state of mind with special identifying characteristics:

  1. An extraordinary quality of relaxation.
  2. An emotionalized desire to satisfy the suggested behaviour: The person feels like doing what the hypnotist suggests, provided that what is suggested does not generate conflict with his belief system.
  3. The organism becomes self-regulating and produces normalization of the central nervous system.
  4. Heightened and selective sensitivity to stimuli perceived by the five senses and four basic perceptions.
  5. Immediate softening of psychic defenses.

Check out this article entitled: Harness the Power of Your Beliefs: Create Your Own Placebos You see hypnosis is nothing more then rewriting or re-coding your limiting beliefs that lead to your behavior/issue.  The British Psychological Society has published a peer review entitled: The Nature of Hypnosis.