Avoiding Hypnotic Traps

Purposeful, self-directed hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used to promote positive change in an individual’s life. It can be effectively used for weight loss, stress relief, overcoming phobias, insomnia, eliminating negative thinking, and changing bad habits to good ones.

Unfortunately, in everyday life, there exist many hypnotic traps. These snares are so cleverly interwoven into the fabric of our normal life activities that the average person is unaware of their potential to ensnare and create undesirable results. The consequences of falling into this traps can lead to obesity, health problems, and financial ruin. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of the hidden traps that are set for you each day. If you know where these deceptive devices are placed, you can easily avoid them.


Hypnosis is created through relaxation, concentration, and suggestion. The image of a person staring at a swinging watch or a burning candle while a hypnotist gives suggestions of relaxation in a dulcet voice is a very common one. The light from the television, the music and the suggestions given in a melodic voice almost perfectly emulate the hypnotist. However, there is one big difference. The hypnotist has designed your therapy session to enable you to break bad habits and establish new ones, while the designers of television commercials have one goal – making money for the client. Often the television suggestions encourage to overeat and eat fattening foods, to drink too much, and to spend excessively. Drifting off while watching television puts your critical filter into abeyance, which in turn causes you to become hyper suggestable. The Greg Thompson at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast can help you to develop the habit of watching television purposively and critically evaluate the commercials.


The simple act of driving your car can be a hypnotic experience. If you have ever driven at night on a long road trip, you may have experienced road hypnosis. The lights from yours and oncoming cars can fatigue your eyes and create a relaxation and if the radio is playing, you may become too susceptible to the radio stations messages or even the lyrics of the songs to which you are listening. Not only can this experience create suggestibility to developing and maintaining bad habits, more importantly, it is dangerous to the point of being life-threatening.

I have barely touched base on the types of environmental hypnosis to which you are exposed each day. Boring lectures, reading billboards, the sound of rain, the crashing of waves, the howling of the wind are all potentially hypnotic events. Once you have experienced a hypnotherapy session at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, you will be aware of the feeling of being hypnotised and will be much better at avoiding hypnotic traps. In addition, you will realise that you can influence your own behaviour by deciding in a purposeful way which suggestions you want to embed deeply and strongly into your subconscious mind.

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