Self hypnosis instruction and online hypnosis

What is (self) hypnosis and what is hypnotherapy?

Self hypnosis and hypnotherapy are different from stage hypnosis.

With hypnotherapy you are safe - provided your hypnotherapist is well-qualified. It's a dignified therapeutic process that works with - and enhances - the natural abilities of your unconscious mind.

A therapist makes use of the natural trance states that we all go in and out of during the day and night to varying degrees.

That trance state does not only occur in hypnosis (which is an element of hypnotherapy). An hypnotic trance state is created by you. During hypnotherapy you're only guided by the counsellor/hypnotherapist. Some therapists choose to call it 'guided visualisation'.

A hypnotherapist chooses their interventions. He/she does therapy which includes hypnosis among other interventions.

When you do self-hypnosis, you yourself access that natural trance state - without necessarily using any self hypnosis instruction. You create the images, sounds, smells and feelings.

However, you should certainly be choosy about who you allow to access that creative part of your mind. Have a look at Hypnosis Online - FAQ for a question and answer session with Mark Tyrrel of HypnosisDownloads.

What is a trance state?

A ‘trance’ is a state with a narrow focus of attention. It's part of our genetic inheritance - a given of human nature. It belongs to you and you own it. In a sense, you 'do self-hypnosis' for much of the time.

In this way, no self hypnosis instruction is needed. Think about what happens when you:

  • read a good book
  • play a video game (ever tried to get through to someone playing a video game? Self hypnosis online in its truest form!)
  • watch a TV programme
  • engage in a sport
  • are utterly in love - the most obvious example of self hypnosis ;-)
  • are obsessed with someone or something - another great self hypnosis example
  • concentrate on anything intently

In these situations, your focus of attention is very narrow, to the exclusion of everything around you.

Sounds seem to come from a distance, you're hardly aware of the temperature, pain levels are reduced... you barely notice when someone's asking you a question, etc. These are all elements of self hypnosis - which don't even need any self hypnosis instructions.

You're completely absorbed by the activity on which your attention is locked - as it is during therapist-induced hypnosis as part of hypnotherapy.

Other ways you go into trance naturally

Here are some more examples of when you're in a trance state naturally, as you would be when you use online hypnosis/self hypnosis:

10 Examples of natural every-day trance states

  1. When you recall a memory – you have to exclude all environmental stimuli to be able to access it
  2. When you learn something new – you have to connect new information with what's already stored in your brain
  3. When you do something creative and/or practise a skill with which you are well-versed (what psychologists call ‘flow’)
  4. When you're very emotional - with greed, anxiety, anger, lust, distress and so on
  5. When you're depressed your attention is locked on how you feel - this can potentially be self hypnosis
  6. When meditating, or doing yoga or tai chi
  7. During a massage
  8. During daydreaming - you may be oblivious of someone trying to talk to you
  9. When you focus all your attention on reaching that goal
  10. When you're listening intently

As you can see, some trance states come about very suddenly, while some you slip into gradually. Some are created by choice, and others by what happens to you (although it's most likely to be a combination of the two).

The depth of the trance/self hypnosis depends on your level of involvement, either through focusing your attention or - paradoxically - by relaxing. You have control over both of these!

Post trauma stress and self-hypnosis

The ‘flashbacks’ in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are ’post-hypnotic’ trance states - they are also a kind of self hypnosis.

Sensory reminders, such as particular smells, certain sights and/or sounds can trigger an hypnotic re-experience of the original traumatic event.

High states of anxiety too are trance states, or a manner of self-hypnosis - again no instruction needed to reach these.

However, the very good news is: because these self hypnosis states are so powerful in a negative way, you're almost certain to be successful in using that same capacity in a positive way!

Self hypnosis - does it work?

Hypnosis is done safely, creatively and effectively by a good therapist - well qualified, experienced and someone who incorporates the latest research findings.

With self hypnosis and online hypnosis (as with hypnotherapy) the aim is to:

  • enhance your awareness of - and build on - your innate resources
  • increase your awareness and use of existing skills and abilities
  • encourage and support your sense of general well-being
  • relieve stress, anxiety and depression - all trance states with a self hypnosis element!
  • help you get over distressing experiences
  • help you get over someone or a relationship
  • dissolve anger
  • improve your sleep
  • resolve trauma, regardless of how long you've suffered

For self hypnosis and/or online hypnosis, you should choose your therapist just as carefully as you would for any other form of counselling.

He/she should be highly trained, skilled, effective and continuously updating their knowledge and skills based on the latest research.

That's exactly why I've chosen as a recommended source for online hypnosis - they encompass all of these vital elements.

The link between hypnotherapy and dreaming

Don't worry if you find the following 'too much information' or too 'technical' - you don't need to understand it! However, you may be interested to know that the deepest trance state we know is the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) state.  

We access this state when we're dreaming during sleep. To help understand this, imagine the REM state as the theatre and the dream as the play.

A hypnotherapist may guide your attention, purely for the purpose of therapy, in a similar way as happens naturally when you dream.

The difference is that in hypnotherapy you're responding voluntarily to the hypnotherapist, rather than involuntarily to a stimulus in your brain (which is what happens when you dream).

Once you're hypnotised (you're relaxed and in trance) your body/mind responds in a way you might recognise from dream sleep:

  • your major muscle groups completely relax
  • you become less aware of the distractions around you
  • you may have to make an effort to speak or not even want to
  • you may or may not remember much about it later
  • your perception of time may be distorted - speeded up or slowed down

What next?

Why not give it a try? As I mentioned earlier, I've linked with the best in the business:

I hope I've helped you to understand that your unconscious mind, together with the help of an experienced and skilful therapist, can pack a very powerful punch when you do self hypnosis or online hypnosis.

I've chosen the therapists for you so you don't have to worry about where to go and who you can trust. I've done the legwork, and I'm very happy to recommend these resources for you.

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Other Helpful Links

Wikipedia - Self hypnosis
PychCentral - The history of being mesmerised
BPS Research Digest - The hypnotised brain

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