For years hypnotism has been regarded as a form of entertainment in front of audiences. When children think of hypnotizing, they probably imagine the black and white spiraling circle eventually convincing someone to fall into a trance. However, hypnosis digs a lot deeper in the surface that just a form of entertainment. Hypnosis is classified as the social interactions between a hypnotist and a patient that consists of suggestions of certain perceptions, feelings, thoughts or behaviors will erratically occur (Myers, 2004). This is carried about through strategically formed systems that cause misbelief amongst the five senses. Hypnosis can be carried through sense of touch, smell, meditation, and visually. Hypnotherapy is the process of conditioning a patient using guided relaxation, concentration, and focused attention in attempt to achieve improvement in behavioral issues, anxiety, and more (Goldberg, 2012). It has been regarded in numerous cases that hypnotherapists achieve successful hypnotherapeutic results aiding to several aspects such as anxiety, pain relief, and behavioral problems amongst a variety of people.
There are distinctive techniques a hypnotherapist must obtain in order to effectively receive positive results during treated cases. The main goal of a hypnotherapist is to try to help patients harness their own healing powers to improve self-actualization and hopefully overcome disruptive problems in their life (Myers, 2004). There are two ways hypnotherapy can be used. The first is suggestion therapy in which people better respond to suggestions made by the hypnotist (Goldberg, 2012). This results in the patient either being in a trancelike state in which their more likely to be more acceptable to behavioral changes, or under the impression that the hypnosis is treating pain. Examples of these improvements would include exterminating bad habits such as nail-biting and smoking. The second is analysis which uses the relaxed state to find the root cause of a disorder/symptom (Goldberg, 2012). This is a process of extreme patience and intense concentration between the hypnotist and patient that encourages the patient to open up to bad sheltered memories, anxiety issues, or symptoms of a potential disorder they might have. With these processes in mind, it’s apparent that hypnotherapists need to have a great deal of specific qualities to become intensely influential over another human. Traits such as flexibility, sensitivity, and empathy need to be expressed along with patience and dedication (Rhue, Lynn, and Kirsh, 1993). A hypnotherapist also needs to be capable of critically applying concepts that conclude what traits are required for successful implantation of altering techniques (Rhue, Lynn, and Kirsh, 1993). Generally people do not steer in the direction of hypnotherapeutic treatment; however it has been proven to be very successful and productive.
Hypnotherapy has resulted in improvements dealing with several behavioral and emotional problems. It has been known to allow people to explore their painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds (Goldberg, 2012). This can result in relieved anxiety, depression, or changes in behavior such as correcting bad habits. For example, a study experimented with people with a smoking addiction to see if hypnotherapy could help them break their habit; the results showed a 90.6% success rate for those under hypnosis (Hypnosis studies and statistics, 2011). However behavioral modifications are not the only aspect improved by hypnotherapy. The hypnotic phenomena are an extension of normal social and cognitive processes