It is not easy to define what a hypnotic state is. We can sum it up as a state of suggestibility that occurs by hypnotic induction.
It’s not the same as falling asleep, it’s different from conventional relaxation, And yet, the perceptions are different from those held in the waking state.
The truth is, hypnosis transcends the critical factor in our neocortex, the one that tells us what reality is and what isn’t. This allows the patient to focus more powerfully on physical and emotional responses, memories and sensations, so that distractors are better controlled.
Who can be hypnotized?
we declare that the brain in a hypnotic state is in what are called theta waves. We all reach this type of wave frequency at different times in our lives. Certain times when we fall asleep or wake up, looking at the fire or the sea, when our brains are resting and we find ourselves staring into space …
The truth is, the ability to enter hypnosis depends more on the subject’s own defenses, which are subconsciously trying to maintain control at all times as a form of security.
That said, with the interpersonal differences that may exist, anyone can enter hypnosis with different levels of depth.
Key ideas to consider
In order for the person’s unconscious to enter this hypnotic state with as few alarms as possible, certain aspects must be clarified to the patient:
1. The patient will be in control at all times.
You can leave the state at any time. No one does anything that is contrary to their personal principles. This implies that the hypnotist has no power over the patient.
2. The subject remains in a state of consciousness at all times
And he can speak like the therapist when needed.
3. No one is trapped in a hypnotic state
Anyone “can get out” of this state.
4. There are people who think that entering a hypnotic state implies mental weakness, but no
Nothing could be further from the truth, the more powerful this brain, the better it will enter a hypnotic state.
5. There are people who think you can use it as a lie detector.
The reality is that in hypnosis you can lie perfectly. To avoid this kind of confusion, it is important to do what is called prehypnotic speech, where all the subject’s doubts about hypnosis are clarified.
The prehypnotic speech
From this conference you can do what are called suggestibility tests, To check the characteristics of the subject with which we are working, or of the group in question. They are used to see if the person generates a lot of resistance, it is very suggestible or doubtful. It can also help us create suggestions that will be used later and check with the person can follow the instructions; in this way, the therapist is trusted to feel that the suggestions the hypnotist gives are working, generating positive expectations about the process, without feeling the pressure of already being hypnotized.
Induction in hypnotic state
After these tests, we started the induction. The goal of the process is make the person enter a hypnotic state or a trance.
There is a wide range of hypnotic inductions, some slow, over 10 minutes, others fast, less than minutes, and some immediate.
Induction transmits what is called the critical factor of the brain, What he considers possible, real, manageable and over which we have control. Induction crosses this border, the patient feeling that things are happening that are outside of their usual perceptions, thus making the part of our brain that generates control over what surrounds us, the neocortex, is saturated with information he considers inconsistent., And settles. movement our emotional system, the libido, which does not differentiate too much reality and imagination.
The state of deepening
From that moment we started the deepening process. We want the person to further increase their state of suggestibility, as the state the patient is in can fluctuate and we want them to deepen what they are feeling right now to keep them stable and able to work with them.
after we can apply what are called hypnotic phenomena, which further deepen the suggestive state and more serve to further convince the patient to be hypnotized (and stretch in shows).
Some of these typical phenomena are:
- Catalepsy or stiffness in the body or parts of the body. The image of the subject between two chairs.
- Ideomotor movements.
- Amnesia of name, numbers or words.
- Regression to other vital moments of importance to the person.
- Projection into the future where a goal is reached.
- See things that are not there and stop seeing others who are there: the so-called positive or negative hallucinations.
- Anesthesia in parts of the body or in its entirety, very useful for medical procedures.
- The famous post-hypnosis inductions, to be used days after exercise for a healthy purpose.
Getting out of the hypnotic state
We will finally come out of the emerging state with energy and suggestions for well-being and calm. You will have experienced in all its stages an exercise in hypnosis.