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:

Does Hypnosis Work?

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’.

What Positive Changes can Hypnosis Achieve?

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.

Facts of Hypnosis - A Hypnosis FAQ

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 ...

History of Hypnosis

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 - Develop Black-Ops Hypnosis skills

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 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.

Hypnosis Training Articles

The following hypnosis articles are related to hypnosis training and how to learn hypnosis:

How to learn Hypnosis - Learning hypnosis and hypnotic skills

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.

NLP and Hypnosis - Are they related?

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...

Hypnotic Eyes - Develop a Hypnotic Gaze

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.

Mass Hypnosis - How does it work?

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.

Hypnosis Scripts

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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:

Hypnosis Inductions

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.:

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:

Wake Up! sections

This is where you bring them back - and bring them back feeling better than they did before you started!

Hypnosis for Therapy - Applications of Hypnosis

Theses articles relate to using hypnosis for specific issues:

Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

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.

Hypnosis for Insomnia

Considering that hypnosis is usually about entering a relaxing mental to solve a problem, then using hypnosis for insomnia should be an obvious fit.

Hypnosis for Bodybuilding

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.

Hypnotic Massage

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.

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:

Self Hypnosis Programs

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?

How to do Self Hypnosis

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?

Self Hypnosis Applications

The following articles deal with using Self Hypnosis for specific issues:

Self Hypnosis for Weight Loss

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.

Self Hypnosis for Sleep

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.

Self Hypnosis Techniques

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The following articles deal with developing your skill and application of self hypnosis techniques and methods: