All Hypnosis is basically Self Hypnosis because the positive suggestion given by the hypnotist has no power until it is accepted by the subjects mind. Yet here, I will make some distinctions between the two practices. Hypnosis is a state of being suggestible to what others say. Self-hypnosis is the state of being suggestible to yourself. We are all most suggestible to our own thoughts and beliefs, automatically reinforcing them into the subconscious mind on a daily basis. Both states are totally natural, and we can be suggestible to both positive and negative thoughts.
We have all experienced the natural daily effects of hypnosis or self-hypnosis. It could be as simple as walking down the street, so engrossed in your own internal conversation that you don’t see or hear a friend calling your name. They finally get your attention…and you snap out of it. That is self-hypnosis. Or maybe, you missed that familiar highway exit while driving home from an emotional day at work because your mind was preoccupied with intense thoughts and emotions. Luckily and amazingly, your automatic driving skills maneuvered you through traffic safely. Again, this is a state of hypnosis or self-hypnosis. You were capable of dealing with many challenging situations while intensely focusing on something else.
Why not channel that innate focusing ability to get just what you want in life?
Both the practices of hypnosis and self-hypnosis can help you train your mind to become aware, clear, more focused, and more skilled. Maybe you would like to sleep more soundly throughout the night, enjoy yourself while speaking in front of groups, have a better body image, motivate yourself to complete tasks or academic or artistic endeavors, feel less pain, ski the steep and deep without fear, win that golf club tournament—just get that edge on life and live more fully.
Both hypnosis and self-hypnosis practices are immensely valuable and share similarities and differences.
- There are two Laws of the Mind that rule over hypnosis and self-hypnosis:
- Law of Repetition: Self-hypnosis can work for all individuals, but success is determined by the amount of time put in…practice, practice, practice, and the conditioning sets in. Repetition, repetition, repetition will ensure you reach your goals. It’s like learning a new exercise—it’s awkward at first, but eventually the routine becomes easy and effective. Exercising on a steady and continuous basis is far more effective than sporadic training. It is the same for self-hypnosis.
- Law of Association: As you begin your self-hypnosis conditioning, understand that whenever you feel anything emotionally, your body will respond. And likewise, whenever you feel anything physically, your emotions will respond. As you begin the conditioning, notice the association between the two…notice the interchangeable cause and effect concept here.
- All individuals are affected by words and their inferred meanings. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis make use of your very own words to direct and affect you physically, emotionally and intellectually. Learn to condition yourself for self-hypnosis with 3 keywords.
- While in trance state, the same physiological changes take place in the body. The mind has a tendency to drift away from what you were concentrating on, thinking of past and future events. This is normal and if you accept it you start to condition the mind for expansion and all possibility.
- Each practice accesses the subconscious mind in a different way. Hypnosis or hetero-hypnosis entrusts the trained hypnotherapist whose skills, attitude, and experience work to disorganize the mind in order to enter the hypnotic trance state, and influence the client to accept their desires at the subconscious level. Self-hypnosis requires the operator (self) to make an organized plan to reach states of suggestibility and then, self-suggests.
- Hypnosis takes you to places in the mind you cannot take yourself to.
- In hypnosis, the hypnotherapist has the option, skills, and expertise to steer, modify, or change directions during the session, by observing the physical and emotional reactions of the client.
- A first session with a hypnotherapist is designed to take the client to greatest possible depth, to have amazing relaxation and feel sensational, along with post suggestions for depth of trance and other desired outcomes. In the beginning, self-hypnosis may not feel as sensational…it takes practice. Remember the Law of Repetition! For those individuals that are proactive and basically positive, self-hypnosis is an invaluable tool. Setting a goal, re-enforcing it at the subconscious level can only bring just reward. Click here to Learn Self-Hypnosis.
Why would one choose hypnosis over self-hypnosis?
- Most individuals that are seeking hypnosis have tried to self-heal and have experienced alternative methods without success. For those struggling with negative thoughts and attitudes, depression, and fears, self-hypnosis is not advised. Taking negative feelings into the hypnotic state can only result in a negative outcome. Once the individual has a healthier sense of their problems and is underway with new positive life experiences, self-hypnosis can be introduced.
- The skills of the hypnotherapist can take the client to a hyper-suggestible state, where the desired outcome is more accepted by the subconscious mind.
- Being guided by a trained specialist is always recommended. Top athletes have coaches (and hypnotherapists), successful business people have coaches (and hypnotherapists), and those seeking behavioral and life change have hypnotherapists. Guided Therapeutic Imagery is a unique hypnotic practice, powerful and rewarding. Learn more!
In short, self-hypnosis is an incredible tool to have at your disposal, especially to reinforce the work you do with a hypnotherapist. A good hypnotherapist will give you both the huge benefits of being with a trained and skilled person, and also teach you to continue that work between sessions by yourself.
Joan Teasdale is a Consulting Hypnotist in New York City. She’s a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in California, and a Certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator. Joan offers hypnosis sessions at her West Village NYC office as well as via Skype.