Is Hypnosis Effective

Is Hypnosis Effective – What the Cognitive Neuroscientists Say

Hypnosis can be effective as so many of our reactions, actions, decisions and emotions are dependent on 95% of brain activity which goes beyond our conscious awareness, according to cognitive neuroscientists.  As hypnosis taps into the subconscious it communicates on a different level than some other therapies which address our conscious mind and this is why hypnosis is effective.

Is Hypnosis Effective – New York Times Says It Is Due To Suggestibility

In 2005 the New York Times published an article, by Sandra Blakeslee, discussing research reports of that time on the brain activity of people who were susceptible to suggestion.  In hypnosis, a hypnotherapist will use suggestions with the client.  The report showed that the suggestions would literally change what these people hear, see, feel and believe to be true.

Depending on both the issue and the client a certain amount of hypnotherapy sessions will work on using positive suggestions, which will change the habit, behaviour, reactions, emotions and so on, of the client.

Is Hypnosis Effective? It Taps into the Subconscious Mind

As the subconscious mind is what takes care of all the things we do automatically, like breathing, when suggestions are strong in there it will affect behaviour.  When under hypnosis the conscious mind is taking a back seat while the subconscious mind is what the hypnotist is working on, with your permission.

When suggestions are given in an everyday conscious state it takes a while for them to be filtered down into the subconscious, which means that on the journey they can lose a fair bit of their impact.  Under hypnosis they go directly into the subconscious.  The subconscious mind is more creative, whilst the conscious mind is more inhibited.

For the hypnotherapy client these suggestions will feel as if they are coming only from their own subconscious mind; it won’t be a case of Mr. or Mrs. Smith said it to me under hypnosis, now what do I think about that suggestion?

Subconscious Regulates the Senses

The subconscious regulates the senses, such as sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing, as well as emotional feelings.  This means that all of these can be accessed under hypnosis.

Subconscious Stores Memories

Memories are also stored in the subconscious, which means that if there are memories which it would be useful to access this can be done.

Research About Brain Activity During Hypnosis

Researchers have also studied patterns in the brain’s cerebral cortex that occur during hypnosis. In these studies, hypnotic subjects showed reduced activity in the left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex, while activity in the right hemisphere often increased. Neurologists believe that the left hemisphere of the cortex is the logical control center of the brain; it operates on deduction, reasoning and convention.

The right hemisphere, in contrast, controls imagination and creativity. A decrease in left-hemisphere activity fits with the hypothesis that hypnosis subdues the conscious mind’s inhibitory influence. Conversely, an increase in right-brain activity supports the idea that the creative, impulsive subconscious mind takes the reins.