I don’t know about you, but when I think of being hypnotized, I think of someone swinging a pocket watch back and forth in front of my face. Like in the cartoons. Or someone planting harmful suggestions in my head. Like in the movie “Get Out.”
The truth is an object to stare at is not needed to hypnotize someone. It’s just as easy to use visual stimulation to put someone under.
For years hypnosis has been used as a form of entertainment. Who hasn’t seen someone under the influence prance around like a ballerina, or quack like a duck for everyone’s amusement? But there is a more serious side to hypnosis.
As it turns out, hypnosis is used to treat all kinds of conditions, and it can improve your health in many different ways.
First things first, the hypnosis you see in the movies is not like that in real life as assured by the North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
They note that hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention. And even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains a fascinating phenomenon of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration, and change.
Here are some of the benefits of opening your mind and being hypnotized:
1. Kicking bad habits
Since being hypnotized allows you to be more suggestible than usual, there is evidence that it can help you quit bad habits like smoking or drinking.
WebMD explains that a session will usually involve a hypnotherapist creating a negative connotation with the experience of smoking. For example, having an extremely dry mouth after you smoke a cigarette, which may deter you from smoking.
So if you have a vice you can’t kick, hypnosis might be worth a try.
2. Relieve hot flashes
Menopausal women, or any woman who has suffered from hot flashes, know that it’s worth going to almost any length to control them.