Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Operative Mechanism of Hypnotism Pt 1

 f you ask a hypnotist how the hypnotic state helps to solve problems within a client, the answers will vary from practitioner to practitioner. Some will say the whilst in the hypnotic trance, the client's subconscious mind acts upon suggestions the hypnotist presents to it.

Some, in the Ericksonian fashion, will state that the client's unconscious mind (a term Dr Erickson himself tended to prefer to 'subconscious' mind) internalizes the hypnotist's suggestions and finds
meanings relevant to his past or current sphere of life experience. The client then applies these
extrapolated meanings to solve the presenting issue.

Still others will say that no one is quite certain of just how hypnosis works!
I have my own thought-set here, which is a sort of three-way combo.

It begins thusly: "As one thinks, so one will be." Quite a lot of life's problems, begin at the mind-level. Let's begin by separating the word "disease" into its components, "dis" and "ease".

"Dis" is most often used to mean "a lack of". When one does not feel well, one defintely has a
"lack of ease". The unwell feelings can be at the physical or mental level. And medical science
has admitted that the mental level of existence can and will affect the physical level.

A forceful example: Patient A and patient B each submit to a full medical workup with their
selected primary healthcare providor. Each receives the same diagnosis: early-stage

This is where the story digresses. Patient A is told this by a doctor that does not consider
the stated disease (there's that 'hook' word again) an automatic death sentence when
diagnosed at this early stage. He is also aware of complementary therapies, which
can supplement standard treatment though they can in no way be considered cures
in and of themselves.
He is very careful in his explanations and statements of this
to the patient, making them in a way that gives said patient a positive outlook on both
his current diagnosis, and his future prognosis.

Patient B however has a doctor who believes that there is no cure for cancer, and no
matter how aggressively early-stage treatment is persued, the ultimate end is the shortening
of life; and though he immediately schedules his patient for evaluation by an oncologist
(cancer-specialist), he also transmits, quite imperceptibly, his own belief in the hopelessness
of the initial evaluation and subsequent treatment.

Patient A is more likely as a result of his/her perception of the attending physician's attitude
and beliefs applying to the situation to completely recover from this ordeal; whilst patient B
will pick up on the doctor's attitude of the hopelessness of the situation, and perceive him/herself
as doomed to death.

This can be considered a demonstation of positive vs negative 'everyday hypnosis'.

Posted by Lynn Jensen-Worthington at 9:19:15 AM in Hypnosis News and Opinions (5) | Comments (0)


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