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About Hypnosis

Sun Breaking Through Clouds pic Isn’t it interesting that even in 2012 hypnotherapy carries an air of mystery about it? There is no doubt that some books, movies, and Internet content, as well as stage hypnotists paint a rather worrisome picture, and myths and misconceptions about hypnosis therapy still abound. For example, some believe that hypnosis is mind control or that hypnotic suggestibility has to do with a lack of intelligence or being easy to manipulate (when actually the contrary is true). Yet it is fortunate that with science and technology researchers are quickly learning more about how the mind functions and about the mind body connection, essentially lifting this cloud of mystery.

Hypnosis is not mind control. It is a naturally occurring state of concentration; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.” – Dr. David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine

The effectiveness of hypnosis has been knows for centuries. Hypnosis was used by many ancient cultures, such as those in Mesopotamia, India, Persia, Egypt, and Greece, though its “discovery” is credited to Austrian Frederick Mesmer in 1773. In the 1840s, Dr. James Braid, a Scottish physician and surgeon specializing in eye and muscular conditions, coined the term “hypnosis.” Dr. Braid is considered by many to be the first genuine hypnotherapist and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism.” In the 1930s the work of a professor at Yale, Clark Hull, did much to develop a scientific understanding of hypnosis.

Beginning in the late 1930s Dr. Milton Erickson, an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy, documented five decades of extensive research on hypnotherapy and successful work as the world’s leading hypnotherapist with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Erickson was the founding President of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis in 1957, and was also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. His approach to hypnotherapy is noted for his belief of the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating.

“[A study that demonstrated how hypnotherapy can transform people’s perceptions of colors] lends considerable weight to the idea that hypnosis is a real neurological phenomenon.” – Dr. David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine

Today hypnotherapy is widely accepted and mainstream. Yet even with many years of scientific research on the efficacy of hypnotherapy, the workings of the mind remain intriguing. Though you spend every waking moment with yourself, you can still be surprised and baffled by what you do, or don’t do, or why. You remain a mystery to yourself and continually strive for understanding and self-mastery. Self-help books abound. But hypnosis can change perceptions, thought patterns, and beliefs—even beliefs that have been held for most of your life—resulting in experiencing new feelings, which actually leads to new behaviors.

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Susan Leutheuser, CCHt
Transitional Hypnotherapy
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