Clinical Research on Hypnosis & Top Hypnosis & NLP FAQs
Top Hypnosis FAQs
There are plenty of frequently ask question (FAQ) about hypnosis. Below are some of the most popular FAQ about hypnosis.
FAQ 1: Can I be hypnotized? Will it only work on certain people or the weak-minded? Anyone with normal intelligence and ability to concentrate are able to learn the hypnotic condition. Research has shown that a large number of people are more hypnotizable than they believe. If you are interested in being hypnotized, it is important to remember to approach the experience with an open mind. Research has suggested that individuals who view hypnosis in a positive light tend to respond better. The more intelligent you are, the more powerful your trance, and the more able you are to change.
FAQ 2: Can I be controlled/brainwashed me against my will? Is NLP manipulative? NLP & Hypnosis both use varying levels of trance. Trance is a naturally occurring phenomenon. You can not be made to do anything that you do not want to do. There is always a part of you that is aware of what is going on, and you can never violate your highest values. You can keep any secrets you want. And if you choose to, you even have the ability to lie while under hypnosis.
FAQ 3: How does hypnosis feel? The experience of hypnosis can vary from one person to another. But generally, you will feel drowsy as you begin to enter hypnosis. Your eyelids will become heavy and fatigue will gradually move over you, giving way to a delightful sense of relaxation. This is the same feeling that happens to you naturally late at night when preparing to go to sleep.
FAQ 4: Is hypnosis sleeping? Hypnosis is not sleeping. Some people believe they fell asleep because they don't remember what happened while in trance, for others they say “I didn’t get hypnotized, I heard every word!” And both are true!
Trance is a very different state of attention and relaxation, and connects different parts of your brain. While you are aware of everything that happens to you while in trance, you may not remember everything upon your emergence from trance, because of the differences in brain activity between these two states of mind. Like awakening from a dream you may or may not remember everything that happened. This is no problem though, because their unconscious remembers everything that happened and got everything it wanted and needed.
FAQ 5: Can you remain permanently stuck in hypnosis or trance and never come out? Trance is a natural state. There are only 2 places to go from trance: to Sleep or to Full Waking Consciousness.
FAQ 6: How long will it take before the hypnosis works? There is no solid answer here. Since every person is different, each situation comes with its own set of variables. It should be said that though sometimes a permanent result can be achieved after two or three sessions, most cases require several sessions.
FAQ 7: What effects does hypnosis have? Hypnosis can be used to dramatically alter perceptions. Relaxation come from hypnosis helps to bring about a balance within the system, of mind, body and soul, emotionally and physically. The ancient method of hypnosis is more used as a complement in medicine where it has proved to be a valuable alternative to drugs. Hypnosis has been used for thousands of years to effectively speed up healing and relieve stress symptoms. And think of the billions of dollars drug companies spend every year testing drugs in double-blind studies against placebos. A placebo is a fake pill that someone is the study beliefs contains a drug that can cure their condition. In many cases your brain can create better results.
FAQ 8: Are hypnosis and brainwashing the same thing? Brainwashing typically involves sleep deprivation, malnutrition and denial of one's most basic needs. It requires many days and often months to accomplish. Eventually the victim is pushed to the edge of psychosis until he robotically responds to any command given. Hypnosis, on the other hand, is not based upon discomfort, but rather in assisting the client to become as comfortable and relaxed as possible. The objective is not compliance, but cooperation.
FAQ 9: Can Hypnosis or NLP can be bad for your health? So as far as we’re concerned they can never be bad for your health, because it’s a naturally occurring state anyway. If you want to feel balance within yourself and with the world around you, trance is a great state to be in.
FAQ 10: Is Hypnosis/NLP the devils work! or part of the occult? Again, - Trance is a naturally occurring phenomenon. You can not be made to do anything that you do not want to do. There is always a part of you that is aware of what is going on, and you can never violate your highest values. You can not reveal any secrets or say anything you do not want to.
Top NLP FAQs
FAQ 1: What is NLP?
Neuro: The nervous system (the mind), through which our
experience is processed via five senses:
ordered and given meaning. Includes:
neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired
In other words, NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.
FAQ 2: When was NLP created? NLP was initially created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler a student of mathmatics and gestalt therapy and John Grinder a Professor of Liguistics at The University of California Santa Cruz. They began modeling and duplicating the "magical results" of a few top communicators and therapists.
Some of the first people they studied included Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, gestalt therapist Fritz Perls and family therapist Virginia Satir. Since then, many others have contributed to the growth and development of the field.
FAQ 3: Can anyone study NLP? Yes, Today, NLP is widely used in business to improve management, sales and achievement/performance, inter-personal skills; in education to better understand learning styles, develop rapport with students and parents and to aid in motivation; and of course, NLP is a profound set of tools for personal development.
Some of our students include Salespeople, Business Executives, Managers, Business Owners, Lawyers, Teachers, Trainers, Counselors, Educators, Doctors, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Consultants, Hypnotherapists, Psychologists, Athletes, Entertainers and Performers. Regardless of profession, the majority of NLP participants are searching, and finding, better and more effective ways to increase their performance and improve their effectiveness.
FAQ 4: What are some beliefs of NLP? (This is a short list summarizing some of the thinking behind NLP)
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Who can be Hypnotized?
Hypnotizable versus Suggestible
There is a difference between Hypnotizable and Suggestible
Define Hypnotizable:In order to be hypnotizable, one must be able to go into trance. Since everybody can go into trance, everybody can be hypnotizable.
Define Suggestible:People are deemed to be suggestible if they accept and act on suggestions by others.
We are generally all influenced by our environment and others around us; consciously or unconsciously. Therefore we should all be “suggestible”.
A better question about hypnosis might be whether you prefer to be influenced by people and things in your environment outside your awareness or whether you prefer to work with someone, like a hypnotist, that is trained to make useful suggestions to your unconscious, for the positive changes you want.
Who is “NOT” Suggestible?A person that is:
So, unless you’re an infant, developmentally challenged, paranoid or psychotic you are probably suggestible.
Neuroscience research shows that 95 to 99 percent of the time our subconscious mind, runs our behavior. That implies that, 95 percent of the time or more we are unconsciously programmed by others and the environment around us, and only 1 to 5 percent of the day we are consciously active at moving towards our wishes and desires.
Given how we are constantly bombarded with information, wouldn’t it be great if we can have the power to actively choose our trances more often? With Hypnosis, NLP or anything other trance based changework we get that choice.
Clinical Research on Hypnosis
As of late 2004 there were more than 3,000 clinical research studies were available showing positive benefits from hypnosis? (Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov )
- Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss - Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego- strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group 17lbs vs. 0.5 lbs on follow-up. Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
- 2 Years Later Hypnosis Subjects Continued to Lose Significant Weight - 109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)
- Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept It Off - Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy, such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of the non hypnosis, and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516
- Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss - Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive- behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time. Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
- Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights - Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost. Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. - Johnson DL Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.
- Hypnotherapy group with Stress Reductions Achieved Signficantly More Weight Loss than the Other without Treatments - Randomized, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment. J Stradlinga, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK
- Hypnosis Can More Than Double the Effects of Traditional Weight Loss Approaches - An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the " ... weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects" of traditional weight loss approaches. University of Connecticut Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519)
- Weight Loss is Greater Where Hypnosis is Utilized - Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)
- Showed Hypnosis As “An Effective Way To Lose Weight” - A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)
- A study found that learning self-hypnosis gives a patient greater control over the stress, anxiety and pain of medical operations and childbirth, overall. "Training patients in hypnosis prior to undergoing surgery is a way of helping them develop a sense of control over their stress, discomfort and anxiety," and "It also helps them better understand what they can do to bring about a more satisfying and rapid recovery."
- In an ongoing pilot study preliminary results show hypnotized patients with hypertension are more easily able to make lifestyle improvements that can lower blood pressure.
- Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to Psychological - Copyright 1999 European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia. Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.
- Clinical trials a study of 80 cancer patients aged 6 to 16 found that those under hypnosis experienced far less pain during treatments than control children, who simply talked to the researchers normally.
- Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines - Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R, Migraine and hypnotherapy, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): 48-58.
- In a study of 1400 patients from 1992 - 1998 hypnosis was found to Reduce Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery [Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d'Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.
- Healed 41% faster from fracture
- Healed significantly faster from surgery
- Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity - Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant, revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain intensity significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness. Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.
- Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety - Melis PM, Rooimans W, Spierings EL, Hoogduin CA, Treatment of chronic tension-type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache 1991; 31(10): 686-9
- Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries - Patients in the hypnosis group reported less post treatment pain than did patients in the control group. The findings are used to replicate earlier studies of burn pain hypnoanalgesia, explain discrepancies in the literature, and highlight the potential importance of motivation with this population. Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.
- Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain - Hypnotic procedures appear to be a useful adjunct to established strategies for the treatment of phantom limb pain and would repay further, more systematic, investigation. Suggestions are provided as to the factors which should be considered for a more systematic research program. Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW, Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.
- Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain -
Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.
- Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms - Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x. The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine. Peebles-Kleiger MJ, Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA. email@example.com
- Studies shows that after two years Hypnotic subjects who were former smokers are twice as likely to remain smoke free
- Hypnosis is consistently effective in over 80% of the studies involving smoking reduction and full cessation.
- Hypnosis has been found to be more effective than drug interventions for smoking cessation.
- Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction
- In a research study on Self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users, (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97), individuals who played self-hypnosis audiotapes "at least 3 to 5 times a week," at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.
- Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger
- According to studies done at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, suggestions given in a hypnotic state, even once, can produce actions in human beings that are the same type of actions that would have resulted from more long-term conditioning and practice.
- In a research study done with 60 college student volunteers (Spring of 2004 at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona), using hypnosis with ego-enhancement suggestions showed "significantly dramatic effects" in brain-wave patterns, subjective sense of self-confidence, and test scores.
- In one of the first studies to indicate a biological mechanism underpinning the experience of hypnosis. it as reported that "Hypnosis is more than just a party trick; it measurably changes how the brain works," "Hypnosis significantly affects the activity in a part of the brain responsible for detecting and responding to errors, an area that controls higher level executive functions." The finding is one of the first to "This explains why, under hypnosis, people can do outrageous things that ordinarily they wouldn't dream of doing,"
- According to published results of clinical studies (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr), the use of hypnosis facilitates a more uncomplicated birth process. In a separate research study done by University of Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble, it was also found that women who learn hypnosis before delivering babies suffer fewer complications, need less medication and are more likely to have healthier babies than are women without hypnosis.
- 18 separate studies found that patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis for disorders such as obesity, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension showed greater improvement than 70 percent of the patients who received psychotherapy alone.