What can hypnosis do?

The practice of hypnosis can be divided into two broad categories, the first of which is entertainment hypnosis, dealing with hypnosis for fun and recreation, while the second one is hypnotherapy and self-development, which is geared towards therapy and developing our skills and abilities.

Entertainment Hypnosis

Is mostly characterized by being driven towards making a show for the audience, while also making the hypnotees have fun. Some popular suggestions for scene hypnosis are:

  • amnesia on various things (forgetting a number, ones own name, etc.)
  • hallucinations,
  • laughter,
  • assuming someone else’s personality.

In the street hypnosis context, the suggestions are much alike, however they are aimed more towards the participants having fun, towards showing something interesting. The suggestions are basically the same.

Therapeutic Hypnosis

Without going into the deeper arcana of therapeutic processes, these are some of the things that can be treated with hypnotherapy:

  • Control and management of pain. Widely used in:
    • surgical operations,
    • diminishing or eliminating chronic pain,
    • relieving phantom pains,
    • providing relief in crisis situations (e.g. accidents),
    • everyday situations (headaches, migraines, toothaches, hangovers, etc.).
  • Curing phobias. Some examples can be:
    • fear of spiders,
    • heights,
    • open spaces (agoraphobia),
    • closed spaces (claustrophobia),
    • dogs, cats, animals overall,
    • fear of water,
    • and any other phobias.
  • Changing habits, such as:
    • biting ones nails,
    • pulling ones hair,
    • spitting,
    • scratching,
    • biting ones tongue/ the inside of ones mouth,
    • and others.
  • Weight loss, as well as help gaining weight:
    • creating proper dietary foundations,
    • introducing proper exercise regimens to everyday life,
    • building motivation and positive expectation,
    • demolishing negative emotional attitudes.
  • Getting rid of addictions, such as:
    • smoking, without side-effects,
    • gambling,
    • substance addictions,
    • alcoholism,
    • and others.
  • Illnesses/ behaviors with a psychological cause:
    • asthma,
    • allergies,
    • neuroses,
    • insomnia,
    • stuttering,
    • irritable bowel syndrome,
    • autoimmune diseases,
    • rheumatoid arthritis,
    • cancers*
    • multiple sclerosis*.
  • Mental disorders, such as:
    • depression,
    • bipolar disorder,
    • schizophrenia,
    • schizoaffective disorder,
    • borderline personality disorder,
    • dissociative identity disorder,
    • Münchhausen syndrome,
    • and others.

* Experimental therapies, offered by Barwy Umysłu. Stephen Parkhill writes on that topic in his book, “Answer Cancer”.

And then come the self-development uses, such as:

  • learning (maths, history, languages, etc.),
  • sleep enhancement,
  • increasing the available time in a day through hypnotic polyphasic sleep,
  • memory enhancement,
  • building better communication with people,
  • enhancing planning and motivation,
  • hyperempiria (augmenting sensory perceptions through suggestion),
  • strengthening physical and mental efficiency (in sports, work),
  • building positive habits and emotional reactions.

This isn’t all, however it should give you a cursory idea of what’s possible. The general rule is, if the behavior or state has it’s root in a person’s psychology, it can be taken care of using hypnosis/ hypnotherapy.

I hope this list is helpful :)


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