What is Hypnosis? Demystifying the Power of the Subconscious


Remember that iconic iceberg picture, symbolizing the mind’s hidden depths? Yes, that’s the one! Beneath the surface lies a powerful force – your subconscious mind. Today, on World Hypnotism Day, we celebrate the path to accessing these deep inner resources. If you find this intriguing, I invite you to take a deep dive into the captivating world of hypnosis in this blog post. Hypnosis is not just a trick or a state of sleep; it’s a profound tool to connect with the vast, untapped potential of your subconscious. Those inner resources, just beneath the surface, can positively impact numerous aspects of our lives, and hypnosis is a way to quickly unlock this potential. This is a  journey through time, and a blend of ancient mystery and modern science, and is all about unlocking the incredible capabilities of the human mind.

What is Hypnosis and When it Began?

Believe it or not, the story of hypnosis is nearly as ancient as civilization itself. Centuries ago, in the mystical settings of Egypt, amidst the sacred rituals of indigenous tribes, and through the philosophical debates in Greece, hypnosis was taking its first baby steps. Back then, it was more than a technique; it was a kind of magic, a way to connect with something beyond our ordinary understanding.

Fast forward a few millennia to the 18th century. This is when hypnosis started wearing the hat of science. Pioneers like Franz Anton Mesmer (yep, that’s where the word ‘mesmerize’ comes from!) and James Braid began to see this tool not just as a mystical phenomenon but as a key to understanding the human mind. Braid even gave us the term ‘hypnosis’, inspired by the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos.

Another important figure was Jean-Martin Charcot, a French neurologist. His exploration of hypnosis in treating psychological disorders influenced none other than Sigmund Freud. Freud’s initial flirtation with hypnotherapy, albeit brief, underscored its potential in understanding and healing the mind.

Yet, it was the 20th-century, Milton H. Erickson, who truly revolutionized hypnosis. Erickson’s ingenious approach, emphasizing conversational hypnosis and subtle suggestion, reshaped the therapeutic landscape, offering a more nuanced and effective tool for change.

In our current era, hypnosis stands tall as a credible and versatile therapeutic tool. Its applications run the gamut from psychological therapy to pain management, showcasing its remarkable ability to foster change, alleviate suffering, and enhance lives.

Applications of Hypnosis

I’m applying it in my therapeutic practice and this is how I explain it to people I work with: think about this: hypnosis will not put you asleep, but it will wake you up to your full potential. Thanks to a hypnotic trance it’s possible to a deep dive into the vast ocean of the human mind, unlocking abilities we didn’t even know we had. This isn’t about making someone cluck like a chicken on stage. It’s about exploring and harnessing the power of our minds.

Science Demystifies the Power of the Subconscious

Now, let’s ground this in the here and now with some solid scientific backing. Here’s how hypnosis can transform us, all examples backed by scientific research:

  • Ease Your Stress – studies show hypnosis can help melt away stress, bringing a sense of calm and balance to your life.
  • Pain Relief at Your Fingertips – it  can actually help manage chronic pain, making your days more comfortable.
  • Transform Your Nights – it has been proven to improve the quality of sleep and help you embrace restful, rejuvenating nights.
  • Enhance Athletic Performance – athletes, listen up! Hypnosis can sharpen your focus and lessen anxiety, giving you an edge in your sport. It can be a great tool for those looking for elevating sports performance.
  • Skyrocket Your Confidence – it can also help you silence those inner critics, boosting your self-esteem big time.

Join the Hypnosis Adventure

So there you have it – a story that spans from mystical rituals to the frontiers of science. Hypnosis is not just about mind games; it’s about healing, transformation, and exploring the untapped potential within us.

Are you curious about the untapped potential of your subconscious mind? This World Hypnotism Day is the perfect moment to start exploring these uncharted areas. It’s about discovering and utilizing the capabilities that lie within us. Join me on this exploration, as we uncover more about this mesmerizing realm of a hypnotic trance, where history and science come together in a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. If you’re interested in the benefits and applications of hypnosis in therapy, follow me here.

About the author

Psychologist, RTT Therapist trained by world-class therapist Marisa Peer, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Coach

Result-oriented therapist, focused on treating the root cause of an issue, resilient mindset shifts, reprogramming subconscious beliefs and building lifelong habits that support your transformation

Here to help if you are motivated to take charge of your life, committed to your transformation, value your time and are looking for fast results that stick after as little as 1 – 3 sessions

Offering powerful therapy online and in person, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, happy to work with non-native speakers and expat communities, in English or Polish

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