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There are many things that can prevent people from getting a restful night’s sleep. Fear, anxiety, restlessness, pain and emotional upsets can keep people from relaxing enough to fall asleep. If all of these things can keep healthy people up at night, imagine what they could do to someone diagnosed with an illness like mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. After receiving information about mesothelioma prognosis from a cancer specialist or oncologist, a person may stay awake purposefully because they are afraid of dying. Among the many methodologies employed by cancer patients to improve sleep patterns is hypnosis.

Sleep Issues That Can Come With A Cancer Diagnosis

Having a physician diagnose you with cancer is not going to make it easy to fall asleep at night relaxed with confidence about the future. There can be many unanswered questions about the disease process and what exactly it entails. It is frightening to be diagnosed with an illness that has cut so many lives short.1 A cancer patient can literally stay up all night worrying endlessly about who will care for the children and whether they will be able to pay all the medical bills. Read the rest of this entry »

No natural phenomenon is more misunderstood than hypnosis. As I have said elsewhere, hypnotherapists are constantly battling against the false preconceptions of their clients. Here, then, is a quick list – in no particular order of priority – of the 10 most popular myths or misconceptions surrounding hypnosis.

Myth number 1: The hypnotist has total control over the mind of the hypnotized person.

This is totally false. To begin with, the human mind is not a machine. You can’t just program it to do whatever you want. Secondly, you simply cannot use hypnosis to make people do things against their deepest instincts. It can’t be done. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Easy Tips for Effective Self-Hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis is safe, easy and effective. There are any number of methods you can use to perform self-hypnosis. I will be discussing some of these in future articles. The method which I prefer, which I teach to some of my clients and which I use on myself, is one which works best if you have already had some experience of hypnosis with a qualified hypnotist / hypnotherapist. There are a great many other products such as CDs of recorded sessions, downloads etc. Personally I don’t like this “one size fits all” approach. It is far better to learn and master a technique and then use it in your own way for your own purposes.

When you have found the technique which suits you best, here are 10 tips to help you use self-hypnosis effectively: Read the rest of this entry »

Hypnosis and Music

July 4th, 2011

What does “hypnosis” actually mean? From a professional point of view I would go along with the definition offered to us when we were in training. Hypnosis is a calm, receptive state of mind which is brought about by physical and mental relaxation. For clinical purposes sometimes it is easier and simpler to conceive of hypnosis as a specific state of mind into which a subject can allow him or herself to be lead.

But outside of the therapy room such a definition is far too limited. Therapists, theorists and psychologists may argue endlessly over the definition of hypnosis but the definitions they come up with, however loosely worded, are inevitably too limited. Brian Vandenberg tentatively defined hypnosis as a “communicative process” in which people will allow some other individual to exert a degree of influence upon their experience (Vandenberg 1998). Fine – but where does that leave self-hypnosis? Sarbin (1997) regarded hypnosis as a kind of “conversation” between the hypnotist and the subject. But that not only rules out self-hypnosis, it also seems to exclude the whole subjective experience of the hypnotic process. Read the rest of this entry »

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