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About Hypnosis - Part 1

What is Hypnosis - Part 2

Ultradian Rhythms - Part 3

How to Use Hypnosis - Part 4

Dreaming - Part 5

Self Hypnosis - Part 6

Trance - Part 7

Negative Hypnosis - Part 8

Using Hypnosis - Part 9

Hypnosis Exercise - Part 10

Counselling - Part 11

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Negative hypnosis

By now you may be thinking that hypnosis sounds fantastic. And indeed it is. But we are only able to go into hypnosis because trance is part of our natural makeup as human beings. Without the ability to focus our attention, we wouldn’t be able to concentrate, learn, remember, recall, form memories and so on.

And this ability to focus also gets us into trouble.

Imagine for a moment that you have been told you have to speak in front of 100 people next Wednesday. If you are an under-confident public speaker, you might start with the negative self-hypnosis right away. (If you are, you might want to have a look at our Public Speaking article.) It would go something like this:

  • Be aware of next Wednesday approaching.

  • Focus your attention inward.

  • Imagine being on stage.

  • Imagine a hostile audience.

  • Feel anxious and hence create and association between the event and anxiety.
This might only last for a split second but you’re still training your unconscious mind to respond to the event with anxiety. The many subsequent repetitions of this neat piece of self-hypnosis serve to perfectly reinforce the effect.

And lo and behold, when you stand up to speak, your unconscious mind is very well trained. It says: ‘Hey! We’ve been here before and we know what response is required'

A big part of your mental rehearsal has been to feel fear. You have, through self-hypnosis, forged an association between fear and the public speaking event. This happens because the unconscious mind works on pattern matching (see the knowledge page on panic attacks).

If you want to know how to prepare for an event like this (or any other anxiety-provoking situation), our Self Confidence Trainer should help.

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