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What Is Hypnosis - Describe The Physical And Psychological Aspects Of Hypnosis

Autor:  Stella  12 September 2011
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We now know that Hypnosis can have significant measurable psychological and physically positive effects on both the mind and body which can support improved health and wellbeing outcomes. These effects will be discussed during this course of this assignment. By way of an introduction to the essay subject it is useful to first look at a definition for the process of hypnosis.

There are a huge range of definitions and statements used by varying medical bodies, individuals, and societies to describe ‘Hypnosis’ or the ‘Hypnotic State’. The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis defines it simply and effectively as ‘a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes, beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind’.

How hypnosis manifests itself can be very different from one individual to another. The personnel experience of hypnosis is a unique one, and it is important to remember this aspect when considering the known psychological and physical aspects of the process.

Due to the advances in scientific research it is now much easier than it was in the early studies of Mesmer, Braid and Elliotson, to examine aspects of brain activity and the physical response to the hypnotic state. The deeply relaxed feeling achieved via the hypnotic process can provide a significant beneficial state of quiet and calm which may offer an effective antidote to the stresses of a modern society and help to reduce individuals limiting negative behaviours in favour of more positive ones.

Hypnosis can be defined as a complex process as it involves the coming together of a number of psychological processes. The theoretical basis of hypnosis lies within the human brain. The brain is composed of two halves the right and left. The right side of the brain controls the subconscious mind full of feelings, dreams and imagination, and the left side of the brain, the conscious mind of logic, reason and order. The subconscious mind stores all of our memories, reactions, including everything that has ever happened to us, even if we do not have any conscious recollection of it. It also controls our bodily functions such as breathing, heart rate, digestion and body temperature.

Whilst we are awake and fully alert our left side is processing and censoring all information before allowing our right side to accept it. According to Wheeler et al ‘positive and pleasurable emotions are aroused and active in the left hemisphere, whil ...