What Happens During Hypnosis?

Many people have tried to explain Hypnosis, however there is no clear definition of it. This is due to the fact that no one can really know what goes on inside another person's mind, while in Hypnosis. However, there are some basic facts about the state of hypnosis. Our mind works on two levels, - a conscious and a subconscious, or outer and inner state of mind. Our conscious mind takes care of day-to-day business - making decisions, performing physical activities and solving problems. Our subconscious mind, on the other hand, handles bodily functions without our conscious decision. It regulates our heart rate, respiration, the blinking of our eyes, feeling of pain and all our habits. It is the subconscious mind that also comes into play when hypnosis takes place.

During hypnosis, a person's conscious mind is set aside or subdued, not asleep but merely less interested in what is happening. This allows the subconscious mind to become more active and it more readily accepts what it is told. It is totally objective.

Simply put, hypnosis is merely a heightened state of suggestibility: one in which you more likely to be able to accept the suggestions of another person.

The uses of hypnosis are virtually unlimited. The most common of these are weight and smoking control. It can also be used for such things as insomnia, migraine headaches, pain control, sexual problems, nail-biting, thumb sucking, bed wetting, anxieties, phobias and more. Hypnosis can help develop memory and increase concentration. It can improve such things as study habits, self-confidence and athletic skills. Presently, hypnosis is being used effectively in many different settings, including medical, dental and legal areas.