The highs and lows of self-hypnosis

Self-hypnosis is a new procedure that is taking the country by storm. Despite being relatively new compared to the usual hypnosis procedures with professionals, self-hypnosis has enjoyed a lot of buzz in recent years. This is perhaps due to the fact that it is completely different from what people usually expect from hypnosis procedures which is a lot of control.

Although the same control can still be seen in self-hypnosis, that control will largely come from the patients themselves. There is no more hypnotist involved that can manipulate you into doing things that you don't want to do and not know that you are doing at all. This time the control and the power to change will be all in your hands. The procedure actually answers two of the things that critics question about hypnosis itself.

Self-Hypnosis Criticizations

The first one is the idea that a person other than yourself is controlling you and is entering your mind. Mind control is something that people still fear about until now. With self-hypnosis, there will be no hypnotist. Although they will be there to teach you the basics and guide you through the procedure as well as check on your progress, all the hypnosis will be in your hands. You will have control of your own mind, which is how things should be even in real life.

The next thing is the fact that you are not some kind of patsy that will just sit around and let things happen to you through the hypnotist. Now there is an effort coming from the patient itself. Change is no longer something done to you. Now you can do it yourself. A lot of the critics of hypnosis in the first place comes from the fact that people are not actively involved in the process. They are only recipients of the cure instead of being the problem solvers themselves.

This is especially true when it is used to curb a bad habit or get over an addiction. When attempting to change, a person should work hard at it otherwise, it will not be a change that comes from something internal. As they say easy come, easy go. Self-hypnosis however changes this fact as the patients themselves are active problem solvers being the hypnotist themselves.

Self-Hypnosis, What Can Go Wrong?

One downside of self-hypnosis is the fact that it is done by an amateur— the patient who will probably know nothing about self-hypnosis except that fact that it can somehow solve his or her problem. Although the hypnotist will be there to guide you, an amateur will still be the one to handle everything and when you really think about it, will any sane person let an amateur get hold of their minds even if those persons are themselves? This is why one of the things that are often asked about self-hypnosis is its safety. According to experts, it is as safe as any hypnosis procedure, maybe even safer because at least this way, you can be sure that you are dealing with someone who is not there to con you.

Another disadvantage of self-hypnosis is the slow progress. Still, responses of people will also depend on whether they are receptive to the self-hypnosis task or not. There are people who are more suggestible than other people and those who are not so suggestible will surely find it hard to find change.

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    However, having said that, irrespective of whether the hypnotism is done through an expert or by own, proper co-operation is the basis of any form of hypnotism. For good results, it is necessary to co-operate. The subject, or the person being hypnotized, must be willing to consider all the suggestions of the expert which will help him get rid of the ill habits which he might have been following in his lifestyle. In fact, if you carefully implement the suggestions of the expert, you may be surprised by the result, which drives out all the negativity and fills your mind with positive thoughts and actions, which in itself is a great achievement by all standards.

    Using Hypnosis For Change

    Hypnotism can deliver various forms of result if the techniques are properly followed. Right from losing weight to enhancing memory power, from increasing the alertness of mind to quitting cigarettes, hypnotism, if accurately and positively followed, can achieve almost everything. Hypnotism involves a direct communication with your subconscious mind from where all the bad thoughts and negativity arises. Hypnosis actually gets to the root cause of all those bad thoughts and drives them out. Then, it replaces them with more positive approaches towards life. Hypnotism can surely make you realize your true worth, and imbibe self esteem and confidence into you. Besides, it also makes you appreciate the positive happenings and the worth of any personal success, which will further will in positive thoughts in your mind, so that you can embark the journey of life with a fresh and happy mind.

    Hypnosis, One Step At A Time

    But remember that the results of hypnosis just cannot be achieved overnight or merely by paying close attention to the assertions as advised in the CD of self hypnosis. Your mind will surely require some time to absorb whatever positive thoughts that are being put into it. Also, if you have made up your mind not to change, then hypnosis will not work. As mentioned earlier as well, hypnosis depends a lot on the person on whom it is being practiced, and if he does not co-operate with the hypnosis, little can be achieved.

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      Covert Persuasion and Advertising

      "Advertising is about persuasion, and Planet will apply the show's framework - discussing and illustrating the power of persuasion - to the world of spin, PR, branding and image control.

      Transfer customarily considers a product or service - say, sports betting, the carbon tax, toothpaste or bottled water - and examines the advertising strategy surrounding it. Planet will escalate that conversation.

      The Gruen Transfer is one of the more remarkable television success stories of recent times. Now comfortably the ABC's highest-rating program (last week's penultimate episode averaged 1.4 million, not including iView viewers), it has unequivocally influenced the way we perceive advertising and the tools companies use to persuade us to buy."

      "Deftly hosted by comedian Wil Anderson, Transfer leans on permanent, slightly combative panellists Russel Howcroft and Todd Sampson, and features a rotating roster of agency guests. Howcroft, head of the agency George Patterson Y&R, is a seasoned media performer, having appeared regularly on radio for a decade. And the laconic, Canadian-born Sampson, chief executive of the agency Leo Burnett, has become a star."

      "The show was created by Andrew Denton's production company, Zapruder's Other Films, with former Fairfax journalist Jon Casimir, who wondered why an industry worth $500 billion a year globally was not examined more. ''I come from a family that taught me to question everything,'' Casimir says. ''I'm contrary in nature and I don't really like being told what to do. It seemed obvious that this show should exist.''

      "Denton pitched Gruen to Anderson as a show that gave people the skills to understand the advertising industry, as Frontline did for current affairs shows. ''I thought it was a good idea,'' Anderson says. ''But then I thought, 'A show about ads on the ABC … already weird. And with advertising executives … hmmm. Maybe it would get a Q&A-type audience.'''

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      ''Because there was nothing in that election but spin, we had the perfect tools to unpick it,'' Casimir says.

      ''It's part of the broader world of communication,'' Howcroft says. ''Within the corporations Todd and I work with, there [are] groups dealing with public relations, corporate affairs, design, research and media. However, the techniques used in PR and damage control compared with persuading consumers to buy a product are not much different. ''They are the exact same ones,'' Sampson says. ''The difference is, the topics will change. Persuasion is persuasion.''

      "A glance at the calendar reveals other subjects to be potentially scrutinised by Planet: President Barack Obama's November visit, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tiger Woods and McHappy Day.

      'This is a creative business,'' Sampson says. ''As fast as we think through the techniques being used, new ones are being developed to replace them. That is our job. ''Every day we are learning better ways to persuade people.''

      Gruen Planet airs Wednesday night on ABC1. reporting (covert persuasion on the shows main characters and potential subject matter. We wish Gruen Planet the best of luck with their new show and we hope to hear more about how covert persuasion is used in politics and advertising.

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        Self hypnosis and Hypnosis is a very popular practice, and you should know first and foremost that there is nothing dangerous about. This is probably the biggest misconception that people have about hypnosis, is they think that it is dangerous and that if they are hypnotized they are going to start clucking like a chicken, when this is really not the case at all.

        Self hypnosis is just the same, with the only difference being that with self hypnosis you are going to be performing the hypnosis yourself.

        How to do self hypnosis

        There are actually just a few easy steps that are involved here and then you will be able to perform free self hypnosis. Just make sure that you are going to take this seriously otherwise you are not going to be able to get the maximum results with your self-hypnosis that you could.

        So to get started just as you would if you were going to meditate, you are going to need to set the mood. It is just not going to be as easy to relax and put your mind at ease if you are sitting in a brightly lit room or you are around noise or other diversions. So the best way to set the mood is going to be for you to dim the lights, be in a quiet room where you get to be alone, and you can even light some candles or put on soothing music.

        Don't put on any music with lyrics because then even if you trying not to focus on it, you are going to start listening to the words of the song and so you want to have music that has no lyrics.

        Self Hypnosis Can Be Useful For Any Endeavor

        Self hypnosis is a great thing that you can try and now you are going to want to start focusing on your breathing and start to relax yourself. You need to remember that you cannot try and make anything happen because it is not going to work that way. Self hypnosis can be used for a number of different purposes, so you are going to want to learn how to do this if it is something that you are interested in or which you think could be useful to you.

        However if you find that you are not able to do it yourself but you do want to get hypnotized for whatever reason, then you should just get a hypnotist who is a professional and who is going to be able to do this for you.  You can still come back to self hypnosis later after you've had more experience being led through the process of self hypnosis.

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          Self hypnosis is needed more now than ever.  Nowadays, people are now going back to older and natural practices because they know that the modern times have been causing them too much stress. Of all the means of relaxation out there, more and more people are looking forward to experience the benefits of self hypnosis. Because of its effectivity in terms of calming the mind and developing a person's level of intuition, self hypnosis has now being performed not just a means of clearing the mind and inner reflection but also to heal various illnesses in the mind, emotions, and physical aspects.

          Self hypnosis and its benefits

          One of the most celebrated benefits of self hypnosis is that it greatly helps the person's physical state. Among the physical benefits of self hypnosis involve the heart through a deep rest because it decreases the person's metabolic rate as well as the heart rate, which leads to the reduction of workload for the heart. Also, self hypnosis can lower the levels of a person's cortisol as well as dissolving the chemicals that are closely associated with everyday stress. Other physical benefits of self hypnosis also include reduced free radicals in the body by eliminating oxygen molecules that are unstable, decreases a person's high blood pressure, develops the ability to have more resistant skin, improve air flow to the lungs to aid easy breathing, and delays biological aging in older people.

          When it comes to psychological factor, self hypnosis aids in increasing the person's brain wave coherence, decreasing anxiety levels, often irritability, deep-set depression, and swing of moods, improves the person's memory as well as his or her learning ability, increases the person's ability for self-actualization, increases the person's feeling of youthfulness and rejuvenation as well as vitality, leads to positive outlook in life and joyfulness, and increases a person's emotional status and stability. Other noted benefits of self hypnosis for an individual and his or her community include:

          - relaxation to the person's the body, mind, and soul,

          - rejuvenation of energy to face the heavy challenges and stress ahead,

          - healing of various illnesses that are closely-associated with the mind and the body,

          - making a more stable person in terms of emotions,

          - developments of relaxed family life and instilling positive outlooks in life to younger people,

          - enhances the person's ability to make his or her mind function properly,

          - letting a person discover his or her inner self, this in turn releases the creativity in the,

          - it helps people to free themselves from various vices and addictions such as alcohol and cigarettes as well as in various medications such as tranquilizers and narcotics,

          - it also helps a person to gain higher self-confidence, thus, resulting to stronger power of the will,

          - it can be an effective and safe way of discovering one's self instead of focusing the attention to other unhealthy practices, and

          - it aids in the development of the power of the mind.

          Practice Self Hypnosis Safely

          The list goes on about the benefits of self hypnosis in an individual and to his or her community. In so many cases, these are positive benefits but once self hypnosis has not been used properly, people should be aware of the side effects. To avoid this from happening, people who are planning to get serious in meditation self hypnosis should always consult a professional before performing the practice.

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