May 26 2015

A Hypnosis Primer, part I

Hypnosis isn’t a new technique…in fact, research finds evidence of hypnosis as far back as Egyptian dream temples. At the same time, it is as modern as today’s most innovative tools and practices.

And yet, despite this long association with humankind’s history, many misunderstandings and myths surround it.

Let’s examine these perceptions one at a time to clarify what hypnosis is – and isn’t.

Miracle or magic?

Well, neither. After centuries of mixed reviews for hypnosis and its nicknames – somnambulism, trance – hypnosis began to emerge as a science. In 1958, it was accepted by the American Medical Association, which led to more rapid advancements in methods and our understanding of the technique.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypnosis – or hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion – is a trance-like state in which the subject has “heightened focus and concentration.” Some experts characterize hypnosis as a state of human consciousness that involves focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness, resulting in an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion and alter perceptions.

Dr. Rosenberg - Hypnosis

Nor is hypnosis accurately considered a “cure.” It is a tool or technique, one of many in a medical professional’s arsenal of learned practices that may be used to achieve improvements in a patient’s condition. The results aren’t guaranteed – human minds and bodies have too many variables for any technique such as this to promise absolute outcomes.

What about self-hypnosis?

If hypnosis, as the American Psychological Association describes it, is “a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist,” then it stands to reason that a willing participant could be trained to give herself the desired suggestions and carry them out.

Some professionals believe all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis, especially since hypnotizing a subject requires the cooperation of the person being hypnotized.

Dr. Steve Rosenberg, psychotherapist and hypnotist with more than 35 years of professional experience, notes that he used a form of self-hypnosis decades ago to successfully quit smoking. He avers that in general, most of the benefits of hetero-hypnosis – in which the hypnotist gives suggestions to another person – can be achieved through self-hypnosis.

“I’ve come to believe that the simplest but most important benefit of self-hypnosis comes from learning to relax,” he says. “And virtually any person of normal intelligence who is willing to apply himself can learn self-hypnosis.”

Like hetero-hypnosis, self-hypnosis can also develop self-confidence, control habits, overcome shyness, relieve insomnia, develop latent talents, improve memory and concentration, and put more order into life and work. In other words, help you make your life more of what you want it to be.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg can answer all your questions about hypnosis and how it can help you create the life you were mean to live. You can reach him here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

Jan 17 2012

Group Hypnosis vs. Individual Hypnosis

With the year in full swing deciding what ways you will continue to be successful with your resolutions is going to be key. If you have not already, put together your plan! In this plan write down your path to success. Hypnosis can be a great way to be successful with changing a habit or changing your lifestyle to be healthier and happier!!

New to Hypnosis? There are two different ways that you can consider receiving treatment with Dr. Rosenberg. The first is through individual hypnosis where we can set up a one-on-one with the doctor and you can go through the Hypnosis process. In a perfect situation this would be the best way. It is a great way to have a personal experience with Dr. Rosenberg and you can really focus on your needs. These individual sessions will breakdown your smoking habits, dieting patterns and/or lifestyle difficulties and each step along the way can be focused on and worked through. Additionally Dr. Rosenberg will have the opportunity to work with you at your own pace instead of a group session that continues moving forward at the groups speed.

Group Hypnosis sessions are equally beneficial based on your goals and demands for hypnosis. Group sessions are great for those that have needs that are general and can be addressed in a group setting. These group hypnosis sessions tend to have up to 10 people in them and the subject of the group is tailored to the entire group and not just one individual. Answering questions and learning different techniques from others in a group session has been highly beneficial for patients choosing this path.

Things to consider when choosing between a Group Hypnosis and Individual Hypnosis
Does your hypnotherapy requirement warrant one-on-one help?
Are you confident in your approach to kick the habit and feel you can do so in a group setting?
Would you benefit more from working directly with the Dr. so you can ask questions along the way?
Do you tend to do stuff at your own pace and really take your time with things?
Would you like to learn additional techniques and tactics along your hypnotherapy sessions?
Do you feel hopeless in your ability to change this behavior after trying several techniques?

All in all both Group Hypnosis Sessions and Individual Hypnosis session are beneficial to anyone looking to change a pattern in their current lifestyle. While each warrants different reasons to be a part of that hypnotherapy, Dr. Rosenberg works hard in both sessions to make your path a success!

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