Have you ever been totally absorbed while reading a book, cooking or watching a movie? Did you "zone out" to the point where you didn't notice what else was going on around you? If so, you've experienced a type of hypnotic state or focused attention which is similar to what happens to you during hypnosis.

During your awake or alert state, you use the conscious part of your mind, this part of the mind tends to be more defensive and resistant to change. For example, you say to yourself, "today I'm going to eat healthy,"and before you know it, you're munching down on a greasy burger, fries and a shake. Or, you tell yourself, "I'm going to stop smoking," and before the day's out, you find yourself lighting up a cigarette. That's because you're controlled by your habit and have justified keeping the wrong pattern of behavior. Sometimes your own mind can be your worst enemy.

This is where hypnosis comes in, it is very effective because we get around the defensive and resistant part of your mind in order to implement the positive and helpful suggestions that are needed. Hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind. It is in this space, you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. You're more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be utilized to change your behavior and thereby improve your health and well-being.

Most people have little knowledge about hypnosis and extract their information from "stage" hypnosis or "Hollywood" myths. Behavioral change hypnosis is used to help a person find a better path through life by changing an unwanted behavior into a desired one. "Stage" hypnosis or Hollywood's version of hypnosis , which is fantasy and science fiction , on the other hand is used solely for entertainment purposes and has no therapeutic benefit or value.

The real world and positive applications of hypnosis are beneficial to humanity. Forensic hypnosis is used quite effectively in real world applications with law enforcement. Additionally, hypnosis is used in modern day China, even as pain management in open heart surgery. Hypnosis, as a behavioral change method, has been proven to help individuals make deep and abiding positive changes that can benefit them the rest of their lives. At Healing Pathways Hypnosis Center we are confident we can help you, too.

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Explore the Science of Hypnosis

The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a viable treatment method in 1958. Here is a listing of articles that speak to the credibility and versatility of hypnosis.