Defining Hypnotherapy Terms

Part of the Hypnotherapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Hypnotherapy can include some confusing jargon. Here we offer you some definitions to demystify hypnotherapy words and phrases and help you get to grips with understanding what it’s all about.

  • Conscious and Unconscious. These terms describe aspects of your mind. Think of the range of states your mind experiences as a spectrum. At the right extreme of the spectrum is the super-alert states you’re in when you’re frightened or excited. At the left end of the spectrum of mind states is deep sleep.

  • Direct and indirect suggestions. A direct (or authoritarian) suggestion gives an explicit instruction to do something such as ‘Stop smoking now’. It acts as a form of reprogramming. An indirect (or permissive) suggestion allows your unconscious mind to explore a variety of possibilities before coming up with a response. For example, ‘I wonder how soon it will be before you stop smoking and start to enjoy a healthy lifestyle?’ Indirect suggestions allow your unconscious mind to make change in a way that fully suits you.

  • Hypnosis. Hypnosis is a technique. The word hypnosis comes from hypnos, the Greek word for sleep. People used to think that hypnosis was the same as sleep, but it isn’t. Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state where your mind can help you to focus extremely well on any task that either you or your hypnotherapist suggests to help you.

  • Hypnotherapy. Hypnosis used for therapeutic purposes becomes hypnotherapy. Many different hypnotherapy techniques and applications exist. Hypnotherapy is a way of solving personal problems through reaching a deeply relaxed state of mind called trance.

  • Trance. Trance is a state of mind that involves a selective focus of attention. You are in trance-like states naturally several times throughout the day, such as when you are fully involved in reading a book. Trance-like states are often associated with states of relaxation. Hypnotherapy uses the trance state to access the powerful forces of your own subconscious to make the changes you want.

  • Post-hypnotic suggestion. This is a suggestion given in trance, for you to make something happen when you are not in trance. Your mind is reprogrammed to respond in a healthier way to something.

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