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What is hypnosis?

 

In simple terms, hypnosis is a special state of altered awareness, achieved usually with the aid of a hypnotherapist, although of course it can be self-induced, using self-hypnosis techniques.

 

It is not a magical force or power as was once thought, although when used to channel untapped resources of the subconscious mind, the positive changes that can be achieved can be so remarkable that it can seem almost magical.

 

Hypnosis in fact is a skill that can be learnt, just the same as learning to ride a bicycle, and like any other skill, it improves with practice. Modern hypnotherapy has little in common with the popular presentation of stage hypnosis. The serious therapist has respect and care for the client.

 

Hypnotherapy does not impose behaviour with which the client would not normally agree, but it does support and reinforce changes which are desirable to the individual.

 

 
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©2005 Edith McGreevy