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Cognitive Hypnosis: What Is It?

May 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 142

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an approach that has been used for centuries across cultures to help people to make positive change in their lives. Although some have regarded hypnosis as a strange or mystical form of mind control with the hypnotist having the ability to bend the will of an individual to their whim and for the entertainment of others, but this is an outdated and exaggerated idea which should not be taken seriously. With modern understandings and research into mind and body connection, cognitive hypnosis is not only recognized as a means of treating clients, it is also one of the most effective means of reaching those helping anyone who has had limited success or have been unresponsive to other therapeutic methods.

Hypnosis first appeared in the 18th century, when an Austrian doctor named Franz Anton Mesmer used 'magnets' to place his patients under a trance. He called this animal magnetism, and this was the start of hypnosis. It would take another century for other scientists, such as Pierre Janet and Milton Erikson, to discover the phenomenon of hypnosis and apply it to other sciences, such as physiological medicine.

Most people are apprehensive when the word hypnotism is used. They picture stage magicians swinging a pocket watch and rendering an individual into a helpless trance. In actuality, hypnosis is a very natural state of mind. People go through hypnotic states almost every day. When people are glued to a television screen or completely captivated by a book, it is some form of hypnosis.

But to understand cognitive hypnosis better, a person must first know what it is. Cognitive Hypnosis is a part of psychotherapeutic procedure called cognitive hypnotherapy. It is the combination of traditional behavioral therapy and hypnosis. In most cases, a patient's pain and suffering is so buried and guarded under their subconscious that they cannot be reached or treated, even if they wanted to. This is where cognitive hypnosis comes in.

This is an effective means of making positive changes to a person's mental and emotional state. It is also one of the preferred methods of treating patients who are suffering from anxiety. Studies have shown that people who are treated with cognitive hypnosis actually experience less anxiety.

It is now being used in a wide area of treatment including treating sports athletes, people who are trying to lose weight, and of course, clients with psychological and emotional problems. Despite its effectiveness, people should still remember that cognitive hypnosis is just a tool and part of a process in behavioral therapy. It is no miracle cure, and it should not be used exclusively to treat emotional and psychological problems. Also, only licensed behavioral therapists are allowed to use cognitive hypnosis during treatment and therapy.

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