It’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Really, though, it’s not a very targeted question, because it doesn’t really get to the bottom of how hypnosis and hypnotherapy work for participants. It’s not “magic” or something – this type of treatment is actually based on some pretty sound scientific progress around human thought and behavior.
Many of us still view hypnosis the way we see it in the movies. That’s where we see the 10-second soundbites of some expert counting down, and then somebody pursuing wacky activities like pretending they’re a chicken.
This is a very flawed representation of what this kind of mental science involves. A different way to approach it is to use more of the language of today to understand how hypnosis and hypnotherapy blend with neuroscience.
Neuroscience and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In one very real sense, hypnotherapy is about changing habits. It has to do with reordering the brain’s chemistry and ingrained patterns to recognize familiar things in new ways.
We know that the human brain is one of the most powerful machines on earth. What we don’t know is exactly how it works, or exactly how to evaluate its output in the most precise ways. But that’s okay – because as many experts would tell you, you don’t need to understand the detail of how something works if you can build scientific theory around it. Often some of those gaps get filled in later.
What we do know, though, is that there are ways to affect a different mindset and deal with troublesome behaviors and habits through the work of hypnotherapy. You can see the results on the website – we know some things about how to work with the mind, and not against it.
You can see a lot of this progress in the history of behavioral health. Decades ago, “asylums” and “institutions” often did more harm than good. Today, we have much better science that looks at human behavior through a kinder and more technical lens. Some of that carries over to the real science that informs our programs, where we help people to go beyond “will power” to practice mental conditioning that can really improve their lives.
For more, spend some time on our website ( highperformancehypnotherapy.com ) . Look at the ways that we use High Performance Hypnotherapy for weight loss, smoking, fear of public speaking, etc. Changing the way you think can change the way you live – in a good way! That’s part of our mandate, to help our clients to reach new heights. Talk to us.