About Hypnosis And How It Works?

 By Dr. Robert G. Dean, Ph.D., C.Hth.

Though many people associate hypnotism with second-rate magicians, the practice is, in fact, supported by a large number of clinicians and neuroscientists who see it as a powerful tool to access the minds of patients suffering from a large variety of psychological and psychosomatic disorders. Yet, in order to get the best results out of this effective and apparently safe therapy, it’s important to know exactly how it affects the brain, which is why a team of researchers from Stanford University conducted a new study looking at which brain regions are most altered by hypnosis. What they discovered was published in the journal “Cerebral Cortex”.

 

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To conduct their research, the team screened 545 people in order to determine their susceptibility to being hypnotized, using the Harvard Group Scale for Hypnotic Susceptibility. This enabled them to identify 36 people with high hypnotizability scores. All 36 were selected to take part in the study along with 21 other folks, referred to as controls, who returned extremely low hypnotizability scores.

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the researchers scanned the brain of each participant while at rest, while, at the same time, recalling a memory and being hypnotized by listening to a voice recording specially designed to place listeners into a hypnotic trance state. Explaining the need for this type of research, study co-author David Spiegel claimed in a statement that “hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with stage hypnotists dangling swinging watches and wearing purple capes…  The fact is, it’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.” Therefore, it’s the choice of methods or therapies to change behavior for self-improvement such as tobacco smoking cessation, eating healthy to promote weight loss and better health, plus relieves acute stress and increasing self-esteem, etc.

 

Because the default mode network (DMN) is largely responsible for a sense of self-awareness and episodic memory, the executive control networks would appear to explain how hypnosis enables people to remain conscious and able to act yet with no ability to reflect on their involvement in these actions. The second major finding was an increase in connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and a brain region called the insula which is associated with somatic function, pain processing, emotion, empathy, and a sense of time. This, the researchers say, could explain how hypnosis enables people to overcome or manage pain (see pictures below of pain relief caused by the use of hypnosis (hypnoanesthesia).

 

Women are being hypnotized to birth their babies free from any pain. Burn victims who cannot be given pain relief drugs are hypnotized by a Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy to feel no pain during burn wound cleaning, applying the sterile dressing, and during recovery from their burns. See the photo below of a severely burned woman in hypnosis being debrided (burnt flesh cut off her body) by a surgeon and she is feeling no pain! Also, see the photo of a patient undergoing brain surgery without the use of pain-relieving anesthesia. This man is awake, aware, and talking to the surgeon completely free from pain during and after his brain surgery!

 

Finally, the research team noted a decrease in activity in a brain region called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (DACC), which forms part of the salience network and is involved in “context evaluation”, helping us decide what to focus on and what to ignore. This finding is highly consistent with the strange behavior of people in hypnotic trances who often appear totally unaware of certain elements of their environment.

Summing up, the study authors claim that no brain areas are shut down during hypnosis. Instead, the patient’s connectivity is safely altered while the patient is in a state of hypnosis with some connectivity becoming separated and some becoming integrated. As such, they claim that their research “reinforces the idea of hypnosis as a different state of consciousness, rather than a reduced level of arousal.” This is why hypnosis, when used as a therapy, hence “hypnotherapy”, works and is safe when the patient is induced into a proper level of hypnosis by an experienced, Board Certified Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Prepare For Success

Hypnotherapy, properly done at your computer or mobile device, is a cooperative effort between you and Dr. Dean. You and Doctor Dean are assigned parts of the hypnotic induction for you to achieve a hypnotic state and acquire the subconscious programming necessary to cause desirable results. Dr. Dean will honestly do his part and does all the work. Your part is easy. Here is what Dr. Dean asks you to do before your hypnotherapy session begins.

 

If You Are Using A Mobile Device To Listen To Be Hypnotized. Here Are You Safety Instructions:

People can be hypnotized over a cell phone or other mobile device on which one can clearly hear the Doctor provided they pay close attention to him while he is speaking.

 

NEVER LISTEN TO DR. DEAN ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE WHILE OPERATING ANY MACHINE OR MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE.  YOU CANNOT SAFELY OPERATE ANY MACHINE OR VEHICLE WHILE IN A STATE OF HYPNOSIS. ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN GUIDED OUT OF HYPNOSIS (AWAKENED FROM YOUR TRANCE STATE), YOU MAY THEN OPERATE A MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE OR MACHINE PROVIDED YOU DO SO SAFELY.

It is suggested that you plug your cell phone into its battery charger and your battery charger into a wall outlet. If listening to Dr. Dean on a laptop computer or another digital device it should be plugged into an electrical wall outlet. This will insure Dr. Dean will not drop off during the hypnosis session due to a low or dead battery.

If you are going to listen to Dr. Dean’s hypnotic session on a mobile device, you may listen to him by activating your speakerphone feature or plug into it earbuds or earphones which work with your device. You may not listen to be hypnotized by Dr. Dean on your mobile device by holding it to your ear. If you do, you may drop it because you become extremely relaxed while in hypnosis. That’s why turning on the speaker of your mobile device or listening to it over earbuds or earphones works best.

Proper Positioning Of Your Device

Put your device in front or beside you on a table or bed with its speaker pointing up toward the ceiling. If using earbuds or earphones, put them on. When you are ready (after you have prepared properly to be hypnotized as directed) click play. When you hear the Doc’s voice, quickly adjust the volume to hear him clearly. Finally, assume the proper sitting, reclining or laying down position to be hypnotized. Relax and listen carefully. Be certain to act out in your mind and body every suggestion or direction Dr. Dean gives to you during the session to achieve hypnosis. You will find the session extremely relaxing and luxurious. After the session, the self-improvement, mood or feeling you selected will be evident and last as long as is appropriate. Enjoy!

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