Even though PlanetNLP is mainly about NLP, there is a major overlap between Hypnosis and NLP.
The following hypnosis articles cover subjects such as training in hypnosis, self hypnosis, developing your own hypnosis scripts, using hypnosis for self-help, applications of hypnosis and controversial hypnosis stories in the media (when isn't hypnosis controversial in the media!).
For information on skills that also relate to NLP such as hypnotic language patterns, rapport, and sensory acuity, checkout my NLP techniques page.
General Hypnosis Articles
The following hypnosis articles were written in response to questions in online forums and questions from clients. If you are new to hypnosis, then this is a good place to start:
Is it all swinging watches and goatee beards, or is there more to hypnosis?
It’s amazing how many people I meet, who ask 'does hypnosis work?' and then with absolutely no experience of hypnosis, state that that either hypnosis doesn't work, or that it 'won’t work on them’.
Hypnosis has, over the years, been used for many different, mostly therapeutic purposes. The most common of these are phobias, weight loss and smoking cessation. Hypnosis can also be used for many more generative purposes, such as motivation, and is especially effective if a bit of NLP is thrown into the mix.
Can someone under hypnosis really recall living their life in Victorian London as a scullery maid?
Can someone really be hypnotized to think their chair is electrified and have a heart attack?
We've all heard those urban legends about some stage hypnotist or other who hypnotizes someone to think their chair is electrified and then watches in horror while their 'victim' has a heart attack, or they hypnotise someone to think they're madonna ...
This is a question that comes up very often with clients, but the question is really too vague to answer without further information, so I will cover the different types of hypnosis that may come up as best I can.
Well, the simple answer to the question 'How does Hypnosis Work?', is that nobody knows, but ...
Within hypnosis, Franz Anton Mesmer is considered to be the first real hypnotist. Franz believed that there is a magnetic fluid that flows through peoples bodies, and that when this fluid does not flow correctly, people become ill. Mesmer 'cured' his patients through passing magnets over them.
Dark Hypnosis - just the phrase generates a creepy atmosphere. You're probably thinking of a dark haired male with a pointy beard and piercing eyes taking control of a poor defenseless female. Or maybe your thinking of some Black-Ops military guy creeping up and distracting someone before overpowering them.
Hypnosis for Self Help
The following hypnosis articles are related to using hypnosis for Self-Help:
Hypnosis is usually associated with resolving issues such as smoking cessation or weight loss, but there is no reason why it can't be used for more generative purposes such as improving sports performance, or programming yourself to be a more motivated individual.
Do they work and if so where can you get them?
Do they work and where can you get them?
Creating hypnosis cds containing your own hypnotic inductions and listening to them can be very rewarding ..
Hypnosis Training Articles
The following hypnosis articles are related to hypnosis training and how to learn hypnosis:
So you're looking for free hypnosis stuff? What kind of stuff are you searching for?
Many people are interested in hypnosis. Unfortunately there are few courses aimed at the lay person, and of those that are many tend to offer a qualification related to some unrecognized organization that is somewhat worthless. On the other hand, training in hypnotherapy is expensive. This makes the answer to the question 'How to learn hypnosis?' less than obvious.
If you want to learn self hypnosis, then that is simple; There are straightforward instructions on PlanetNLP and elsewhere on the web, but if you want to learn to actually hypnotize someone else can that be achieved. Can you learn hypnosis for free?
Learn Hypnosis for Free - Can you learn hypnosis without any hypnosis training?
At first glance, there seems to be very little free hypnosis training around. Everyone has their course or product to sell. Really you have to decide, why you want to learn hypnosis?
Historically, according to the movies, all hypnotists carried pendulums or pocket watches which they would whip out at a moments notice and use on some poor unsuspecting soul.
What are the different hypnotic inductions, and how do you use them?
Many of the skills that hypnotists take for granted are treated as if 'owned' by NLP by many NLP writers and NLP trainers, but then there are many skills and techniques that have been 'merged' into NLP...
Being trained by Richard Bandler, my NLP practitioner, and NLP master practitioner courses were full of hypnosis and I loved it, but during a break-out session with a complete stranger during an ANLP conference several years ago, I was told by my co-trainee, that 'we don't do that hypnosis stuff'.
The street hypnotist seems to many people to be a magical and somewhat extreme version of the hypnotist, which is odd considering that both street hypnotist and therapeutic hypnotist often use exactly the same skills.
All the free online hypnotic scripts available from PlanetNLP and the best available elsewhere.
What Hypnotic Tools are available and how do you use them?
As a hypnotist you should aim to learn, and master, as many different hypnotic inductions as possible, because when it comes to hypnosis flexibility is king.
When it comes to Hollywood movies relating to hypnosis, the hypnotic gaze is probably the most enduring image and it's easy to see why. It's a skill that shows the hypnotist as all powerful and it's a skill that everyone would surely love to be able to develop.
The first hurdle to get over when learning hypnosis is who do you practice on?
Like many skills hypnosis is not something that can easily be learnt purely online. Imagine if someone offered an online swimming course - would you expect good results? That is generally the difference between knowledge and skill - skills require practice.
Remote hypnosis is not some kind of weird telepathic skill, it is a straight forward skill that can be easily learnt.
Personally I'm fairly open minded about telepathy - maybe it exists, maybe not. As to telepathic hypnosis I am fairly skeptical for a number of reasons.
To my mind there are two types of regression hypnosis – past life regression (read the article past life hypnosis for my views on the subject), and age regression...
I've mentioned elsewhere my dislike of ebooks, and everything I wrote about NLP ebooks applies equally to hypnosis ebooks...
Mass Hypnosis (or group hypnosis) works on exactly the same principles as one-to-one hypnosis, except that the hypnotist is limited to techniques that do not require specific actions with individuals.
The following hypnotic scripts are provided with explanations of why they are structured as they are, and how they are written give an idea of the types of inductions that exist, and that you can develop:
The purpose of the hypnotic induction is to put the client into the trance state. Many hypnotists will regularly use hypnotic induction language throughout the session to deepen the clients trance and keep them in a relaxed state.:
This hypnosis induction script uses several milton model language patterns along with confusion..
Learn to relax deeply. No, not that deep, ever deeper...
This hypnosis induction using visualization is similar to the relaxation method, and the two can be mixed together to some extent.
Learn this one technique to become a very scary hypnotist indeed.
Hypnosis Process Sections
This is where the work is done. In the next few weeks I will be adding more sessions. These sections provides the purpose of the hypnosis session:
This script shows the kind of process I would use during a hypnosis session for weight loss.
This script gives an example of the kind of process I would use during a hypnosis session for smoking cessation.
Wake Up! sections
This is where you bring them back - and bring them back feeling better than they did before you started!
This hypnosis script is designed to be used at the end of a session to complete the work done and wake the client up feeling energized and raring to go!
Hypnosis for Therapy - Applications of Hypnosis
Theses articles relate to using hypnosis for specific issues:
Quitting smoking is one of the most common issues that hypnotherapists are approached for. There are many reasons why you should use hypnosis to quit smoking.
This article covers what you should know before attempting to use self hypnosis yourself to quit smoking through hypnosis.
Considering that hypnosis is usually about entering a relaxing mental to solve a problem, then using hypnosis for insomnia should be an obvious fit.
Bodybuilding is an incredibly tough sport - both mentally and physically. Using hypnosis for bodybuilding is similar to using hypnosis for weight loss. In both cases motivation to exercise, and diet are key elements.
Using hypnosis for overcoming anger is nothing new, and is exactly the kind of behavioral change that hypnosis is very good at dealing with.
The act of stopping smoking is difficult, and when you consider the cost in health and financial terms, almost anything that makes it easier to achieve has to be worth it.
Answers for the most common questions concerning losing weight with hypnosis.
Hypnotic Massage is simply using hypnosis skill while performing massage to enhance the effects of the massage. Both hypnotic and massage skills nicely complement each other.
This subject of breast enlargement by hypnosis comes up time and time again, and is usually laughed at and placed in the same category as ideas such as phrenology or fairies at the bottom of the garden. But is that fair?
Self Hypnosis Articles
The best way of learning self hypnosis techniques is to learn a simple and effective self hypnosis method such as Betty Erickson's, and practice regularly until you feel that you can easily get into a good relaxed state, then add programming to your sessions. Once you have got the hang of entering trance states easily then you may want to record your own sessions, experiment with instant hypnosis, or use self hypnosis for a particular purpose such as stopping smoking or losing weight. There are also several self hypnosis scripts you can use to get yourself going.
The following articles cover these areas:
There are many self hypnosis programs available online for all manner of issues. From common problems such as smoking cessation or weight loss to more obscure issues such as adrenaline addiction or tanorexia So how do you choose a self hypnosis program?
Is that title grammatically correct? I'm not sure, but it certainly doesn't sound quite right. Not that it matters. It’s the way it's often asked so where better to start?
The aim of PlanetNLP, is to provide all the online free self hypnosis resources you may need to learn self hypnosis, design and record your own hypnotic recordings.
The best free self hypnosis scripts are the ones that issue from your own mouth, different each and every time you deliver them, but until that time when you have developed your own skills, studying and using other people scripts can be a good way to start your hypnosis learnings.
Self Hypnosis Applications
The following articles deal with using Self Hypnosis for specific issues:
Self Hypnosis can be a very useful way to improve your results with weight loss, but it is important to remember that you still need to work on the key elements of weight loss - controlling your diet, and exercise.
One thing that many people who cannot sleep have in common is that they have a lot of internal dialogue. It's often very loud, very fast, and just goes on and on and on. No wonder they can't sleep.
The following articles deal with developing your skill and application of self hypnosis techniques and methods:
Once you have been working with self hypnosis for a while, you may wish to have a way to drop into a trance automatically - to use instant self hypnosis.
Creating hypnosis cds containing your own hypnotic inductions and listening to them can be very rewarding ..
Use these self hypnosis scripts to build your own hypnotic recording.
As well as being a very good Self Hypnosis method, Betty Erickson's self hypnosis method is a good exercise for anyone who has trouble sleeping.
Many people use self hypnosis for relaxation, but then don't really do anything when they get there. There are several ways to use a self hypnosis session for something more useful.