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Just how much do you want to know about hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

We don't know for sure, but we're guessing that there's nowhere on the web that you can find out more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Since 1996, we have been writing about hypnosis and how to use it to help people - and hopefully in a way that demystifies hypnosis and makes it easy for everyone to understand. The articles below range from the introductory primer What you need to know about hypnosis to the in-depth hypnosis master series which will turn you into a veritable hypnogeek. So read on, and if you want to discuss what you've read, head over to our hypnosis forum or our main hypnosis site.

  • Hypnosis and Childbirth
    Find out how hypnosis can aid natural childbirth.
  • What You Need To Know About Hypnosis And How It Can Help You
    Increase your understanding of everyday hypnosis and ultradian hypnosis.
  • Curing phantom limb pain with hypnosis
    Find out how hypnosis can help reduce phantom limb pain and help your brain adjust.

    Hypnosis Master Series
  • What is Hypnosis
    Find out about hypnosis, what it is and how it can be used positively.
  • How Hypnosis Works
    Roger Elliott sets the record straight about exactly what hypnosis is and how it works.
  • How Hypnosis Can Build Self Confidence
    Find out how you might build self confidence using hypnosis. Re-educate your unconscious mind to become more confident.
  • Hypnosis for Success
    Read how to program positive expectations and focus through regular and effective hypnosis.
  • Everyday Hypnosis
    Use self hypnosis in for everyday situations - whether it's dealing with a difficult person or helping yourself or others through illness
  • Controlling the Body with the Mind
    Develop your hypnotic ability and gain mental mastery over your body
  • Fear & Anxiety Hypnosis
    Find out how fear works, and some methods to start replacing fear with calm in specific situations with hypnosis
  • Shock Hypnosis
    Read how shock hypnosis can make it easier for people to manipulate you. Protect yourself against those who would use shock hypnosis against you
  • Placebo Hypnosis
    We are all suggestible, and placebo and nocebo work in all our lives. Learn to use the power of expectation for good.
  • Stop Smoking Hypnosis
    Unlock past conditioning with hypnosis and quit your smoking addiction today.
  • Dealing with resistance in hypnosis
    Learn to direct resistance in a person instead of fighting against it.
  • The Truth about Hypnosis and Memory
    Hypnosis is no longer permissible in law as a tool to uncover 'facts' about witness reports, and hypnosis certainly shouldn't be used as a tool in psychotherapy to 'discover' memories. Because memory doesn't work like that.
  • How to be more charismatic
    It’s clear that some people are more naturally persuasive than others. We sometimes call this ‘charisma’. These ‘charismatics’ are better able to per-suade and convince other people and to have their suggestions accepted. It’s the charismatic people who determine the mood of the social encounter.
  • The meaning of dreams
    If you sit back and think about dreaming you’ll realize just how astonishing a phenomenon it is. Without your conscious effort, every night, whether you remember it or not, your brain creates multi-sensory environments that you live through. And what’s even more amazing is that behind every dream is a hidden pattern. This hidden pattern is the reason the dream is there in the first place.
  • The hypnotic art of confusion
    Using confusion for hypnosis may sound like a strange idea ­ even a confusing one! But the notion of purposefully and knowingly using confusion as a tool to elicit hypnotic responses from the unconscious mind has a good pedigree.
  • Skeptical about hypnosis?
    If you are skeptical about hypnosis you are right to be so. But let's take a mo-ment to think about what this means.
  • Eliciting hypnotic phenomena
    When I first started doing hypnosis I was blown away by what I was able to get other people to experience. Hypnotic hand levitation, anesthesia in the body to numb pain, overcoming fears and lifelong phobias, changing depressive habits and even increasing physical strength. But I quickly found that when it comes to eliciting hypnotic phenomena there are ways and means which greatly improve your chances of success.
  • Hypnosis and pain control
    Hypnosis is an astonishingly effective way of reducing � and even removing � pain responses. Some of the most impressive footage you�ll see of hypnosis is where it is being used for pain control.
  • The power of metaphor
    What is a metaphor? Generally speaking, it’s a story or an idea that parallels another pattern or situation. So if I say, “This car is a dream to drive,” I’m using a metaphor. The car isn’t a dream, of course, but everyone understands what I mean.
  • The Importance of Relaxation
    How to relax using hypnosis and other relaxation techniques
  • Why you need to relax - the low down on winding down
    Hypnosis Master Series: Understand the difference between hypnosis and relaxation and why we need to relax
  • How beliefs work
    Hypnosis can be used to alter perception and therefore belief. When you work with hypnosis you learn something very profound about the nature of belief. Some hypnotized subjects can be hypnotized to see things that are not there or not to see things that are there.
  • How your environment influences you
    People’s suggestibility can be powerfully influenced by the environment in which they find themselves, and you can use environmental triggers – and ‘triggers’ can, of course, include your own words – to seed suggestions which are later taken up by the person listening to you.
  • The secret of instant rapport
    Here's a true story. Years ago, when I was a fledgling hypnotherapist, I had a call from a man who had been severely injured in a rugby accident sustained while he was in the military, and who had been left disabled.
  • How to solve problems with paradox
    An interesting way to solve problems is by using what’s known as ‘paradoxical intervention’
  • Learn how to overcome limitations
    Discover how limitations are created and what you can do to break through them
  • Learn how to sleep better with hypnosis
    There's an old Irish proverb: "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures the doctor has..."
  • How to avoid the damage caused by psychological labelling
    Why it's so important to understand that mental health problems are normal
  • How to talk to the unconscious mind
    A sense of identity is a curious thing. When I talk about 'me' or 'I', which part of me do I mean? Am I talking about the conscious part of me that makes decisions and consciously intends to do something?
  • How well do you know yourself?
    If you are ignorant, or deluding yourself, about what you are really like you will be held back in your development as a human being because, in effect, you're working blind. You can't really get somewhere unless you have a good idea where you are at the moment.
  • How to stop worrying yourself to death
    Why worrying is self hypnotic and what to do about it
  • How to learn excellence from others
    Who we associate with profoundly affects how we are. But how we use that association will also make a significant difference. What does this mean?
  • How to stop jinxing your future
    How we think about the future strongly influences how fulfilled and successful we'll become and our ability to make good life choices for ourselves.
  • Why do they do that? How to understand people
    This article focuses on the importance of developing the skill of super observation when looking directly at the people in your life and also when thinking about them and their behaviour.
  • How to stop the past from hurting you
    Like it or not, we are not just the sum of our parts. We are also the sum of our pasts.
  • Be a better wonderer
    How to use the power of wondering.
  • Fast track to healthy habits
    How to form healthy habits.
  • Getting people to do it right
    'Positive framing' is very important when we want to influence and motivate others.
  • Are you sure your thoughts are your own?
    How can you be sure your thoughts are your own?.
  • Why doing what you're told can be a very bad idea?
    How to resist blindly following authority.
  • Why your thoughts just want to break free
    Why suppressing thoughts (and feelings) doesn't work.
  • Talking thoughts or talking feelings - does it matter?
    How to use language to influence thoughts and feelings

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