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What Is Self Hypnosis?

Is it even possible to hypnotize yourself?  Why would you want to?  Is self-hypnosis dangerous?  Are meditation, self-hypnosis, and hypnotherapy the same thing?  Those questions and what is self-hypnosis exactly will now be answered.

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Hypnotizing works by getting the person into a very relaxed and focused state of mind where they are more open to suggestion.

With self-hypnosis, you relax your body and mind yourself, or you listen to an audio that guides you into relaxation.  Once there, you either repeat affirmations in your mind or listen to audio with positive suggestions or statements.

The relaxation state of mind that is aimed for is either the Alpha (deep relaxation) or sometimes an even more meditative state – Theta.

Self-hypnosis sounds a bit like meditation, but is it?

Self-Hypnosis vs Meditation

Meditation is similar to self-hypnosis in that you relax, get centered, and focus your attention.  With meditation, it is about staying in the present, and when your mind wanders off, bring it back to the moment.  There are numerous and wondrous benefits to this practice – more on that HERE.

But self-hypnosis is different because the goal is not only to get into a relaxed and focus state but to set an intention or have a specific objective.  Visualizing your intention (e.g. being confident in an interview) or stating a positive affirmation (“I am happily smoke-free”) to your subconscious mind to stop smoking are two powerful ways to use self-hypnosis to change many things in your life.

Isn’t that what a hypnotherapist does?

Self-Hypnosis vs Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is just that, therapy to treat different conditions and problems using hypnosis.  A hypnotherapist will guide you into a relaxed state of mind and then work with you to treat anxiety, insomnia, bad habits, phobias, etc.  Additionally, they assist you in diving deeper into your subconscious to find out the root cause of any issues you are suffering from.

Self-Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are one and the same, with the former you do it solo and the latter with a hypnotherapist.

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10 Benefits Of Self-Hypnosis

  1. Re-program your subconscious with beneficial and positive beliefs and thoughts
  2. Manage depression symptoms
  3. Reduce anxiety
  4. Quit bad habits
  5. Eliminate phobias
  6. Treat insomnia
  7. Relieve pain
  8. Stop overeating and lose weight
  9. Understand PTSD
  10. Improve digestion and skin issues.

Is Self-Hypnosis Dangerous?

The mind is a complex organ that no-one fully understands.  That said if you have or have had any mental health concerns ALWAYS check with your health care provider before trying self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy, or any new therapy.

Take responsibility for your physical and mental health.  

Does Self-Hypnosis Work?

Remember you are working with your subconscious mind here, which holds your thoughts, experiences, and beliefs.  Therefore, yes, if you believe it does, and no, if you believe it doesn’t.  

Your subconscious mind is powerful and dictates much of your life and the choices you make.  This is the reason I write so much about it on my blog.  I have first-hand experience of using self-hypnosis and yes, it worked for me.  I use and continue to use self-hypnosis to make positive changes in my life.

Self-Hypnosis Tools

You can teach yourself self-hypnosis or use a mind machine.  There are tons of resources online: YouTube videos, online courses, books and blogs

Take your pick and happy self-hypnotizing!

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