The Top Hypnosis Methods and How They WorkGreg Thompson
Hypnosis is different for everyone – what works for someone may not work for you.
If you want the best results from hypnosis, you need to make sure you’re using hypnosis techniques that work for YOU.
To help you find the right form of hypnosis for you, we’ve gathered some of the top hypnosis methods that people often use for initiating changes in their behaviours, actions, or mindsets.
As its name suggests (pun intended), Direct Suggestion involves suggesting a desired behaviour or outcome to someone in a hypnotic state. This is perhaps the simplest and most common technique used by hypnotists for guiding a patient to a desired outcome.
This technique is best-suited for changing your behaviour or working towards a particular result. It’s also most effective when used over several sessions and repeated multiple times to reinforce the change you want to make.
This technique often works well with different types of people because it requires minimal mental activity from its subject. Direct suggestion also takes advantage of the fact that our minds are more open to suggestions and new ideas when we are in a relaxed and open state.
Parts Therapy is based on the concept that a person’s personality is made of different parts, which in turn, are responsible for his or her different behaviours. These different parts all have a purpose, and they are there for a reason.
This technique works because it helps the subject to understand or uncover parts of themselves that they may have never known or considered. Once they’ve discovered these parts of themselves, they can better create or initiate the behavioural changes they want.
Unlike Direct Suggestion (which initiates change via external suggestions from the hypnotist), Part Therapy is more personal and introspective – the answers and changes often come from you.
Regression involves guiding the subject to explore and uncover past experiences or memories that may be the cause of conflict or a negative behaviour.
Unlike simply reliving the memory in their heads, regression guides subjects through past experiences in a safe and relaxed space. This makes it more likely for positive action to take place. By dialling in on specific memories or experiences that caused their conflict, hypnotists can help subjects to change their mindset and free themselves from its grasp.
This therapy works because it uncovers the root of a negative behaviour and helps the subject understand why they behave and act the way they do.
Ways to Induce a Hypnotic State
Despite their differences in approach, all these techniques share one critical requirement: getting the subject into a hypnotic state.
This state – often described as like being in a trance – relaxes the subject and lets them put their guard down. This then makes it easier to access their subconscious mind.
There are many ways to induce a hypnotic state, including:
- Relaxation techniques
- Eye Fixation / Fixed-Gaze Induction – Think “Look into my eyes…” or “Follow this watch in front of you…”
- Creative visualisation
- Disrupting balance and equilibrium
- And more
It’s important to remember that different techniques will have different effects on different people. Some will simply be more effective on you than others, so finding the techniques that bring you to a hypnotic state will go a long way in getting the results you want.
Need Help from a Trained Professional?
If you want the best results from hypnosis, working with a qualified hypnotist will help you tremendously. A trained hypnotist can help you explore different hypnosis techniques so that you end up with the most effective approach for your needs. Contact us today to find out how we can help you. Our trained and registered hypnotist will work closely with you to help you create the positive life changes you want.