the hypnosis. One of those huge pipe dreams that pervade movies, shows, and TV shows. One of those things that still calls into question the concept that much of the population has of “rationality.”
How is it possible! It is the immediate response of our mind to the phenomenon. Followed, of course, in most cases by the typical fear response pattern; we move away, we begin to doubt ourselves and the thought of “stay away from me” begins to invade our minds.
It makes sense. We have been bombarded for so many years by the magical and mysterious phenomenon of hypnosis, which you almost think you can fly when hypnotized, and not figuratively. Well sorry, but no.
What is hypnosis really?
Be serious. Hypnosis is more than what you can see. As such, thehypnosis appears as a therapeutic tool in its infancy. There is evidence that in prehistoric times there was the figure of the shaman, who used suggestive techniques to heal.
Then it moved on to wizards and mediums, and obscurantism developed. However, scientific rigor or at least the taking into account of hypnosis as something more than witchcraft began at the school of the psychiatric hospital of Nancy-Salpétrière, with the Professor Charcot and the treatment of collective hysteria with hypnosis.
Today hypnosis could be defined as a method. A procedure composed of various techniques that use the individual’s attention or imagination to produce alterations or changes in their emotions, Thoughts, behaviors or perceptions.
In other words, it’s nothing more than oran extremely efficient way to use mental resources of the person to achieve results, with the limitations inherent in human beings (no one will lose their personality or become superman through hypnosis).
The state of traffic
This way of using attention necessarily goes through a state called traffic state. It is a state very similar to the Flow State of artists. The mind experiences a very high level of abstraction and concentration, devoting generally dispersed resources to very few purposes.
For a while, it was thought that not all of us were susceptible to this state, so we were not very “hypnotized”. Today we know that This is not the case. The extent to which a person achieves this state is both in the will of the hypnotist and in the ability of the hypnotist.
Subjectively, this state is very personal. The stories of people who have followed this method are widely dispersed. The most common they accept to feel a sensation of dream; as a state of mindfulness, But absolutely “in another world”.
The way: hypnotize with a simple touch of your fingers?
And here is the really morbid; how this technique is implemented. Are you just snapping your fingers? Shall I pat you on the shoulder and then dance “La Macarena”? Really, the way this is done is the least interesting in terms of the technique itself, even if it is the most striking. Not to mention the millions that are still earned thanks to them.
And the question is obvious; How do you put someone to sleep just by snapping your fingers?
I ask another question: Would you be able to fall asleep without anyone snapping your fingers?
It is not a question of cause and effect. There is no crack that emits any waveform that automatically puts us to sleep. There is, however, the belief that we will fall asleep when we hear a snap of the fingers. As if we fall asleep when we are tired. I our body acts according to these beliefs. Mind can be fun, right?
What Really Matters About Hypnosis
Beyond everything sensationalist implications of hypnosis, what ultimately matters is that as a tool, as a method, it is effective in our goal as a hypnotist. If our goal is therapeutic, we can opt for methods that give the person more control. If it’s the series, maybe we’re looking for what’s striking.
however, above this efficiency is respect. This is an important point; in hypnosis, you always work with people, and therefore a strong sense of respect for the individuality and honor of the person hypnotized is necessary. Let us be aware of the role that the hypnotist assumes when he accepts to be one. He does not perceive any control, in return de facto; it is perceived as “sold”. Let’s be respectful to him or her.
In the end, what really matters is that, as so many celebrities say (among them, let me quote Spiderman’s Uncle Ben), “a great power bears a great responsibility.” It is not about power itself, that is, what we can do, but what we can do with power. How to use it and why. Especially if this power is really within everyone’s reach.
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