Hypnotherapy: A Powerful Tool for Human Well Being and Health Care

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HOUSTON: Hypnotherapy…the moment we hear this word, our mind immediately connects it to HYPNOSIS; which brings images of stage shows, magic and then the fear of being controlled. Perhaps, there is no other word which induces awe, curiosity, excitement, and fear all at the same time.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is a science involving the human mind. Of course, since it is a state of the human mind, it can be utilised very productively for achieving excellence, accomplishment, success, abundance and fantastic human health. In other words, it can be harnessed to live and experience our life in its most empowering and highest possible potential. It can also be misused through bad and malicious intent. In our country, there has traditionally been fear associated with this as we have heard several stories of people being hypnotised etc and then robbed of their valuables and so on. That is Eastern Hypnosis which deals with controlling the minds of other people.

This article, as well as using the state of hypnosis for excellence, growth and health care involves Western Hypnosis where the control of the humans mind being hypnotised is transferred under clinical conditions to his own deeper state, where all the power and resources of the human are found.

The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypnos” which means Nervous Sleep. This is a paradox because if we are sleeping we cannot be nervous or aware. If we are nervous, in reality we are very aware and we cannot sleep. So, hypnosis becomes a state of awareness where our body is sleeping but our mind is very aware and is completely present to what is happening. This state of hypnosis is experienced by all of us, at least twice a day; when we are about to go to sleep and when we are about to wake up. Hence, being a natural state of human awareness, IT IS COMPLETELY SAFE to experience and benefit from it.

The human mind is often projected as the invisible body. So whatever happens in our body, somewhere, starts within our minds. Our mind is made up of two parts:

1.    The conscious mind: This is that part of our mind which thinks, logics, analyses, feels, decides and acts on those decisions. This is what we understand of life and is 10-12% of the total mind capacity.
2.    The subconscious mind: This is that part of our mind which stores everything we experience, right from our first breath in this life to all the evolutionary memories that we are carrying. This is around 88-90% of the total mind capacity which makes it around 6000 times more powerful.

So, we mostly live our lives being ignorant about this part of ourselves which is 6000+ times more powerful than what we know and by default, becomes the creator of our own destiny, life and environment. All our issues, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual come from programs that are stored in this area.

Hypnotherapy becomes a process in which a hypnotic trance is induced by the therapist for a client. In this process, the body of the client goes to ‘sleep’ but the mind is aware. The therapist then guides the client into his own subconscious mind where the cause of the problem is stored. Once this cause is discovered and understood, suitable techniques are applied to restore the human system back to its inherent state of good health and vitality.

Hypnotherapy has many applications in the area of human welfare and well being. It is not an alternative therapy. Rather, it complements regular conventional healthcare modalities very beautifully. It works at several levels:

•    Mental- stress reduction, confidence, overcoming fears and phobias, insomnia, improving focus and concentration, overcoming habits and addictions, performance enhancement, academic excellence.
•    Emotional- better grip on handling feelings, emotions, moods. A much better understanding of our relationships, family, partners, and children that then leads to greater peace and harmony in life.
•    Physical- strange and unexplained disorders, congenital diseases and several other issues.

An individual can also learn self hypnosis to program his/her own subconscious mind through self suggestions for excellence, behavioural changes, attitudes and self improvement

Source: http://www.indoamerican-news.com/?p=41819

The Science Behind Hypnosis and Mind-Reading

September 15, 2016 | Kelly Tatera

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Convinced it’s a hoax? Scientific literature suggests there’s an actual neural basis behind hypnosis.

Hypnosis and science are typically viewed as polar opposites. Afterall, the career of an eccentric fellow in a purple cape cooing “You are getting sleepy” seems distinctively different to that of a researcher in a white lab coat.

However, scientific literature argues that there is, indeed, a scientific basis for hypnosis and mind-reading.

Simply stated, hypnosis is a unique state of consciousness, and there are a number of brain regions affected. As discovered in a 2016 study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, there are three hallmarks of a hypnotized brain.

RELATED: There’s Actually Scientific Basis Behind Hypnotism

First, the activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate decreases, which is a region involved in cognition and motor control.

Second, there’s an increase in connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula, which constitutes a brain-body connection that helps the brain process and control what’s happening in the body.

Finally, the connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network is reduced, which likely indicates a disconnect between an individual’s actions and awareness of those actions.

Although it’s true that some people are more easily hypnotized than others, there are still actual changes that occur in the brain during a hypnotic state.

When it comes to mind-reading, as artfully stated by The Telegraph’s Olivia Goldhill, “You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses.”

In our increasingly digitized world, scientists continue to develop technologies that may one day enable us to communicate completely via the mind. For instance, Chinese scientists are working on a mind-controlled car, while volunteers played the game 20 Questions via mind-reading machines in a 2015 experiment.

While we wait for the science world’s mind-reading technologies to be fine-tuned, are you interested in seeing some mind-boggling human-to-human mind-reading? Meet The Sentimentalists, a pair of world renowned “mentalists,” named Mysterion and Steffi Kay.

You can explore their Facebook page for further information here.

You might also like: Scientists Discover the Brain Areas Altered During Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy made me lose weight and proud to be BALD’: Mother with alopecia says sessions helped her shed 3 stoneand go out without a wig

  • Nicola Phelan, 28, has suffered with alopecia since she was just five
  • The mother-of-two would never let anyone see her without her wig
  • Weighing 13st7lbs, she sought a hypnotherapist to help her lose weight
  • It helped her lose three stone and is now happy to show off her bald head

An alopecia sufferer afraid to be seen without wearing her wig is now confident enough to show off her bald head.

Nicola Phelan, 28, who has suffered from the hair loss condition since she was five, had hypnotherapy in an attempt to lose weight.

The mother-of-two, who weighed 13st7lbs, would not let her friends and family ever see her without her wig.

But after losing three stone as a result of therapy, she unexpectedly felt confident enough to take off her wig.

Nicola Phelan, 28, from Leeds, had suffered with alopecia since she was five. Hypnotherapy to help her lose weight unexpectedly made her feel more confident about showing her bald head

Nicola Phelan, 28, from Leeds, had suffered with alopecia since she was five. Hypnotherapy to help her lose weight unexpectedly made her feel more confident about showing her bald head

The carer, from Leeds, who now wears her bald head with pride, even traded in her job and partner.

Ms Phelan said: ‘I have always been someone who has accepted I have alopecia, but I was not someone who would just take my wig off and show people.

‘Before, even with family members I had never let them see me without my wig.

‘I was very nervous about it – even if I was sat inside at home if I didn’t have my wig on I would have to have all the curtains closed.

‘But now I’ll get up and I won’t wear my wig, I’m not bothered – it’s not an issue at all.’

Ms Phelan said her new boyfriend’s daughter even calls her a ‘slaphead’ and she loves it.

Now, if someone comes to her door she will open it regardless of whether she is wearing her wig.

She said everyone in her street has seen her with no hair now and she is becoming confident enough to go to the shops without her wig.

Weighing 13st7lbs and wearing size 16 clothes (pictured), she approached a hypnotherapist in an attempt to lose weight
The therapy helped the mother-of-two to lose three stone (pictured after weight loss)

Weighing 13st7lbs and wearing size 16 clothes (left), she approached a hypnotherapist in an attempt to lose weight. The therapy helped the mother-of-two to lose three stone (right)

Ms Phelan added: ‘I am a totally different person now – I am happy and confident in myself. It has changed my life so much.

‘I count myself as being lucky as I’m not poorly, I just have no hair. I’m proud to have alopecia and won’t hide the fact I have it.’

Ms Phelan has suffered from alopecia since she was five due to an autoimmune disorder which attacks her hair follicles.

In the past she underwent treatment and took medication without success and had relied on wearing a wig from a young age.

I didn’t think I would even lose weight, so being more confident with my alopecia has been a bonus.

Weighing 13st7lbs and wearing size 16 clothes, in May last year, she approached Krystyna Szczygiel about weight loss hypnotherapy.

After just one session she found she could eat healthier and go to the gym.

And in the last year, she has slimmed down to a size 10.

Unexpectedly, the hypnotherapy also gave Nicola the confidence to find a new job, leave her partner of seven years and begin venturing outside without her wig.

Last July, she found the confidence to leave her former partner before meeting a new one this February.

She added: ‘Before the hypnotherapy I was fat, I was miserable and I was unhappy in my relationship.

‘I was just really depressed – it was not a good look.’

Ms Phelan said everyone in her street has seen her with no hair now and she is becoming confident enough to go to the shops without her wig
She also claims to love being called a 'slaphead' by her new boyfriend's daughter

Ms Phelan said everyone in her street has seen her with no hair now and she is becoming confident enough to go to the shops without her wig (left). She also claims to love being called a ‘slaphead’ by her new boyfriend’s daughter

Ms Phelan had tried various weight loss groups but felt she couldn't stick to the regime, but hypnotherapy worked over the course of a year

 Phelan had tried various weight loss groups but felt she couldn’t stick to the regime, but hypnotherapy worked over the course of a year

Ms Phelan had tried various weight loss groups but felt she couldn’t stick to the regime.

She would often go for a couple of weeks, lose a stone and then begin to eat badly again.

She added: ‘I can only remember bits of what Krystyna said to me during the session but I remember her saying I should go to the gym and feel a lot more confident.

MS PHELAN’S DIET BEFORE AND AFTER

Before

Breakfast: Nothing.

Lunch: Nothing.

Dinner: Slimming World recipes such as Spaghetti Bolognese, but with an unhealthy side such as cheesy garlic bread.

Snacks: Binge on chocolate, cakes, biscuits and anything sweet.

Now

Breakfast: Shredded wheat with one per cent fat milk or poached or scrambled eggs on wholewheat toast.

Lunch: Jacket potato with salmon.

Dinner: Homemade meals such as chicken curry or chilli with lean mince.

Snacks: Fruit or crisps and chocolate in moderation.

‘She wanted me to be more confident about myself in order to stick at losing the weight.

‘Now I live a much healthier lifestyle, and if I have one day where I don’t eat healthily I get back on it the next day.

‘I didn’t think I would even lose weight, so being more confident with my alopecia has been a bonus.’

Ms Szczygiel hit the headlines last year when her hypnotherapy dog Princess mesmerised Simon Cowell during an appearance on Britain’s Got Talent.

She said: ‘I always say as a warning to my clients, “this may positively change your life!”

‘I work to get my clients to take control of their thoughts – if they are trying to lose weight there will be certain thoughts which can be replaced with different ones.

‘Once they have gained control over one area of their life, it is really easy to replicate that in another area of their life.

‘Very often, after clients come to me for weight loss help they then tend to make big life changes because they have learned this skill.’

Why Become a Hypnotherapist?

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Abstract: http://www.chrysaliscourses.co.uk/news/why-become-hypnotherapist

10 Great Reasons To Be A Hypnotherapist

Being a Hypnotherapist is a fantastic career, and here are 10 reasons why it is so great to be a Hypnotherapist.

  1. You get to work with lots of different people and see them change and grow as they move through therapy.
  2. You are part of an ever growing number of professional hypnotherapists who are dedicated to providing an often life changing therapeutic process for their clients.
  3. You can choose your own days and hours, providing yourself with a great life/work balance.
  4. You get to choose where you work from, home, an office or by visiting people in their homes, you can even combine all three.Being able to do this keeps your days interesting and varied.
  5. Because things are always changing you have the amazing opportunity to keep growing and developing your knowledge and skills through CPD’s and workshops.
  6. Working for yourself as a hypnotherapist can be challenging but seeing your practice and reputation grow and improve is a huge achievement and confidence boost.
  7. There are opportunities to pass your skills and knowledge onto other potential hypnotherapists through teaching for a training school.
  8. You can work in general therapy or choose to specialise in a subject that you are passionate about.You can even do both of these things.It is amazing how life changing it can be for a therapist to be able set their own pathway, own agenda and make everyday a new challenge.
  9. The skills learnt as a Hypnotherapist serve not only to help your clients, but often improve your own relationships, not just with friends and family but also with yourself.
  10. You get to spend your days doing the thing you love the most, using hypnotherapy to help other people achieve their goals, hopes and dreams.

Hypnosis can improve the success rate of IVF

Dr Shobha Gupta explains the benefits of hypnosis in IVF with a real life case study.

Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti  Sep 01, 2016 at 05:53 pm
Tags:       Pregnacy  
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What is hypnosis?

The main part of IVF is the embryo transfer, which takes around 10 – 15 days and contributes to an increased clinical pregnancy rate. With several ideas bombarding the mind namely fear of miscarriage or treatment or whether it will help in conception or will it be painful or not, the chances of IVF turns out to be low to due excessive stress. This is when hypnosis comes into play. Just like hypnotism in which a person forgets about the current state and goes into a trance, hypnosis in IVF, helps the women to de-stress during the implantation process. This trains the mind to support the body throughout the IVF process and also enhances the natural conception by complementing IVF.

At the organ level, hypnosis aids in the relaxation of the uterus, allowing the embryo to implant easily. It might be due to the changes in the hormonal uterine and immune activity, which causes improvement in the interaction between blastocyst (a group of cells which later gets converted to embryo) and the endometrium (uteral lining). Also, read about how many IVF cycles should a couple undergo and when they should give up.

Does it really help?

Here is a case study of a 31-year-old who underwent hypnotherapy with IVF.

Shilpa Jindal (name changed on request), 31, a housewife was diagnosed with infertility in 2013. She underwent IVF treatment at Mother’s Lap IVF centre in 2014. So before carrying out the embryo transfer, the doctors informed her to perform deep breathing exercises. They also started the hypnosis therapy by taking into a deep trance and made her visualise that her baby is nearer to her. This technique worked for her as Shilpa delivered a baby girl. The aim of the therapy is to change any negative feelings (if any) and also release emotional blocks to help a woman conceive. Before you opt for IVF, check whether IVF is for you

Abstract taken from original source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/pregnancy/hypnosis-can-improve-the-success-rate-of-ivf-b0916/

Hypnosis and the conscious awareness of intentions

A hypnotist tells a subject that their outstretched arm will begin to rise upward as though tied to an invisible balloon. To their astonishment, the subject’s arm rises just as suggested, and seemingly without their intention. While it may appear as though the subject is being controlled by the hypnotist, it is well established that nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis therefore seems to present a paradox; to respond to a hypnotic suggestion that your arm will move is to voluntarily perform an apparently involuntarily action. How can this hypnotic response be explained?

Unconscious intentions

Over 30 years ago Benjamin Libet and colleagues conducted a series of classic experiments in which participants watched a clock and reported the time that they experienced an urge to lift their finger. Because brain activity thought to drive the movement was found to occur earlier than the reported time of the urge, these experiments suggest that we become conscious of our intentions after they have been set in motion. The wider implications of Libet’s investigations into the timing of intentions and the many studies he inspired are still contentious, but his method of measuring the time between the subjective experience of intending and the moment of an action provides a relatively simple way of investigating our conscious experience of intending and its relationship to hypnosis.

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Hypnotic séance by Richard Bergh. Photo taken by Szilas in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Higher order thoughts

Our brains are constantly processing vast quantities of information, yet we are conscious of only a few aspects of this information at a time. Therefore, our unconscious mental activity far surpasses what we are conscious of at any given moment. According to higher order thought theories of consciousness, an unconscious mental state becomes conscious when there is another mental state that is about it. If we accept that, as implied by Libet’s results, intentions can be unconscious. These theories then suggest that whether or not we become conscious of an intention is dependent upon whether or not we have a mental state about that intention. From here we can see how it might be possible to act voluntarily whilst experiencing the act as involuntary. The cold control theory of hypnosis argues that to respond hypnotically is to perform an intentional action whilst maintaining an experience of involuntariness about your action. So, at the unconscious level, the action is intended, but is experienced as involuntary because the mental state that would usually be directed at it to form the conscious experience of intending is inaccurate. By analogy with optical illusions in which conscious experience is not veridical, hypnotic responding might therefore be considered an ‘agentic’ illusion – to respond hypnotically is to consciously (and voluntarily) experience a voluntary act as involuntary.

Hypnotic responding as an ability

Scientific research into hypnosis makes use of hypnosis scales to divide the population by the ability to respond to hypnotic suggestions, or “hypnotisability”. To generate a hypnotisability score, a standardised hypnotic induction is followed by a sequence of suggestions of varying difficulty, and the subject’s response recorded for each suggestion. The resulting score can then be used to assign participants to low, medium, or high hypnotisability categories. If hypnotic responding requires maintaining a conscious experience of involuntariness whilst performing a voluntary act, we might expect these groups to differ in the relationship between their intentions and the conscious experiences that are about them. So, some highly hypnotisable people may be more easily able to avoid having accurate conscious experiences of their intentions because their intentions are less accessible to their conscious mental states. We used Libet’s timing of intention task to explore this hypothesis, asking people of varying hypnotisability to report the position of a fast moving clock hand at the moment they became aware of their intention to lift their finger.

Mindfulness of intentions

We also measured the timing of an intention to move in a group of experienced Buddhist mindfulness meditators. Mindfulness meditation involves the cultivation of awareness of mental states, including intentions, and Buddhist scholars have argued that meditators should have greater access to their intentions and should therefore be aware of their intentions earlier than non-meditators. The figure below shows the time between the moment of the finger movement and the reported time of conscious awareness of the intention to move. As predicted, highly hypnotisable people reported their awareness of intention as occurring late – in fact, after they had actually moved, while less hypnotisable people and mindfulness meditators reported earlier awareness of intentions.

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Mean judgement of intention time per hypnotisability group. Figure created by the authors and used with permission.

These results are consistent with the suggestion that individuals vary in their conscious access to intentions, and that this variation tracks differences in hypnotisability – the ability to maintain a conscious experience of involuntariness whilst performing a voluntary act. Furthermore, there is evidence that mindfulness meditators are less hypnotisable than non-meditators, raising the possibility that mindfulness meditation may decrease hypnotisability by increasing conscious access to unconscious intentions. These results may inform theories of illnesses in which the experience of voluntariness is disrupted. Notably, a later awareness of intention has also been reported in functional motor disorder (FMD) patients. In FMDs, involuntary actions characteristic of nervous system dysfunction (e.g., tremors) occur in the absence of detectable damage to the nervous system. These disorders have been associated with hypnosis since the 19th century, and this study raises the possibility that they may be attributable to a dysfunction in mechanisms supporting the awareness of unconscious intentions.

Featured image credit: Hypnosis by DavidZydd. CC0 public domain via Pixabay.

– See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/09/hypnosis-conscious-awareness-of-intentions/#sthash.7AA7Q3VQ.dpuf

Hypnosis in Popular Media

Deirdre Barrett, PhD

Abstract:

Hypnosis has a dark and lascivious history in literature, film, and even song. For the past two centuries, fictional mesmerists have swung watches, twirled spiral disks, and transfixed the unsuspecting with their piercing gaze. Maidens surrendered their virtue and good men staggered away, glassy-eyed, to steal and kill—while those of us familiar with real hypnosis convulsed with laughter or indignation. In this chapter, I’ll chronicle the negative stereotypes of hypnosis in novels, film, television, the visual arts and even music—and examine the handful of positive exceptions. I’ll compare this to the more positive portrayal psychotherapy and dreams in the arts and explore why there’s such a contrast in portrayals of these similar realms.

STEREOTYPES OF HYPNOSIS

      Even when hypnosis is depicted as having beneficial effects, it is still portrayed as terrifyingly powerful and as many false stereotypes are perpetuated.   The Search for Bridey Murphey, (Bernstein, 1956) a book about a real-life suspected reincarnation case was made into a highly successful film of the same name (Langley, 1956).  Several fictional versions followed including The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1967) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Minnelli, 1970), Audrey Rose (Wise,1977)—and most recently Dead Again (Branagh, 1991). The message is that unsuspecting people may seek hypnosis for entertainment (. . .Murphy) or smoking cessation (. . . Clear Day) and end up reliving dramatic experiences from their earlier incarnations. An absolute postulate of these films is that material recalled under hypnosis is unerringly accurate no matter how farfetched. She Creature (Corman, 1956) took the premise into the realm of the cult classic when a beautiful woman discovered under hypnosis that her past life was as a huge-breasted prehistoric monster and began to revert to this state unpredictably.

HYPNOSIS AND TELEVISION

    Television has been equally harsh on hypnosis; it’s used most often by the villain-of-the-week in crime dramas.  Several episodes of Hart to Hart (1979),  including the pilot, solved a murder by finding out the apparent perpetrator had been . . . hypnotized. In a sophisticated variation, one Columbo (1975) episode depicts the rumpled detective becoming suspicious when he learns that a suicide took off her watch and shoes before diving off a building; she’d been hypnotized to see a swimming pool in front of her.  When the hero’s the target, the hypnotically suggested murder is foiled at the last minute.  Emma Peel almost kills Steel after being hypnotized in one Avengers episode.  A co-ed almost kills Hawaii Five-O(1968)’s McGarrett after her psychology professor (!!) hypnotizes her to do so.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

    It is clear that the main interest of film and television is in hypnosis as absolute control over others.  This obviously plays to popular fears and fantasies.  Most of us at least occasionally wish for greater influence upon the behavior of others than we can effect with ordinary social skills.  We also fear undue control by others. When hypnosis is viewed as this metaphor for ultimate control, the filmmaker—and hence his (or occasionally her) audience—wants to identify with the observer not the subject of this overwhelming phenomena.

Obviously there is something to the idea “They’re only movies”; film’s purpose is to entertain and it’s not entirely realistic on any subject.  But the distortion and vilification of hypnosis go far beyond that of other psychological phenomena. Dreams have suffered the indignities of the Nightmare on Elm Street series (Craven, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994).  Psychotherapists are occasionally depicted as killing patients–while cross-dressing as in Dressed to Kill (De Palma, 1980) or as a prelude to cannibalism Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991).  However, these films are offset by numerous others which depict positive aspects of dreaming, such as Dreams (Kurosawa, 1990), or psychotherapy, as with Ordinary People (Redford, 1980), and which portray the subjective experiences of each richly (Barrett, 2001, 1991-2006, Gabbard & Gabbard, 1987, Petric, 1998) . There are also films in which a character recounts a dream in passing or a minor scene shows someone talking to their therapist—we never see hypnosis depicted in this understated manner.  Hypnosis is always there for its metaphoric possibilities–larger than life and usually up to no good. The most likely cause of this difference is that everyone dreams and—in Hollywood at least—almost everyone is in psychotherapy.

There are two possible routes by which hypnosis in film might be rehabilitated. The first is if hypnosis ever became widespread enough that most every director or screenwriter had used it for smoking cessation or headache relief.  If the press regularly ran factual, non-sensational articles about hypnosis, it would likely develop a more realistic presence in film. We already see a hint of this reflected in the fact that hypnosis films in the first half of the 20th century were unrelentingly negative and all examples of positive and/or realistic depictions come from the second half. However, the influence of real life use of hypnosis upon cinema is not the direction in which we are most interested. If hypnosis ever becomes completely recognized for all its potential benefits, we’d probably care little what liberties the cinema takes with it. We’re more interested in how realistic depictions of hypnosis might educate viewers and influence real-life attitudes toward hypnosis.

Hollywood’s raison d’etre is box office success; the plots of hit movies are recycled endlessly. If there was a successful film in which the protagonist benefited from hypnotherapy or one that depicted the trance state with the appeal meditation regularly receives, more would follow.  One good screenplay or adaptable novel would go a long way toward changing stereotypes.  Half of all films are based on novels. However, most positive hypnosis films have been based on non-fiction books (Dissociative Identity Disorder case studies, Mesmer biographies, etc) and the remainder on stage plays (Equus, Agnes of God).  There’s as great a dearth of novels that are hypnosis-friendly as of films.  Short of beginning to pen screenplays and fiction, hypnotherapists would do well to emphasize positive hypnosis themes to people involved in these media.  Herbert Spiegel served as consultant to the film version of Equus, enhancing the authenticity of the hypnosis which was already moderately realistic in the stage play.   We might all do well to take every opportunity to get involved in the popular depictions.  In trying to discourage false beliefs about hypnosis—discounting stage hypnosis, past life and alien abduction phenomena—we may, at times, veer too far toward making hypnosis sound boring. Information on actual dramatic developments within the field and descriptions of how enjoyable and fascinating the experience of hypnosis can be may be more effective at combating false images than is relentless debunking.

 

Source from and full article available at: https://www.google.com/#q=Deirdre+L.+Barrett+%22Hypnosis+in+the+Arts+and+Media.%22

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Emily Blunt Debuts Post-Baby Body Two Months After Giving Birth, Looks Amazing!

by Bibi Deit

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski may have welcomed their second daughter, Violet, two months ago, but Blunt looked as though she was pretty much never pregnant on the red carpet yesterday. She made her first appearance after giving birth at a screening of Krasinski’s upcoming film “The Hollars,” showing off her post-baby body and wowing the world.

The actress looked lovely in a white David Koma dress at the screening at Cinepolis Chelsea in NYC, which Krasinski’s parents also attended. Krasinski directed the film and also starred in it, alongside Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Margo Martindale, and Richard Jenkins

Just three months ago, a very pregnant Blunt was spotted at a farmers’ market in Los Angeles with Krasinksi and their elder daughter, Hazel, perusing the goods and taking some photographs on a sunny day. She wore sunglasses, strappy sandals, and a floppy hat that almost perfectly matched her daughter’s miniature version.

A month later, she gave birth, which Krasinski announced via Twitter on the Fourth of July. “What better way to celebrate the 4th … than to announce our 4th family member!!! 2 weeks ago we met our beautiful daughter Violet,” Krasinski tweeted.

Blunt said her pregnancy this time around was super low-key. As she told C Magazine earlier this year, “The first pregnancy is the most self-indulgent thing in the world because you get massages and prenatal yoga and hypnotherapy CDs. During this one, I forget that I’m even pregnant. I’m hoisting a 2-year-old around!”

As for Krasinski, he seems to love being a family man. “The best days of my life started when I met my wife,” he told The Daily Beast. “That’s the truth, it’s not just me saying it because it sounds nice on a card.” He continued to gush, adding that Blunt is “one of the coolest people, she’s so talented, she’s beautiful, and she’s certainly out of my league … When you’re lucky enough to meet your one person, then life takes a turn for the best. It can’t get better than that.” Word, Krasinski. Congrats again to the happy couple—who looked incredibly in love (and incredibly good!) yesterday on the red carpet.

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/emily-blunt-post-baby-body/#ixzz4JJlPkVOZ

The boy who ate nothing but sausages and beans: 11-year-old who was terrified of all other food is cured thanks to hypnotherapy

  • logo_molTyler Hives was fed by a tube as a baby and this triggered a phobia of food
  • His mother took him to doctors but was told he was ‘just a fussy eater’ 
  • Was finally diagnosed with selective eating disorder – fear of some foods
  • Mother claims he can now eat solids after undergoing hypnotherapy 

A boy who has eaten nothing but tinned sausage and beans for his whole life has finally been cured of his bizarre eating disorder.

Tyler Hives, 11, had a traumatic experience with a feeding tube as a baby – and ever since then has had a phobia of food.

For years, his worried mother Lindsay tried desperately to get him to try new foods, but Tyler was too scared to let anything other than sausage and beans pass his lips.

Ms Hives, 38, took Tyler to countless doctors over the years – but each time she was told he was a fussy eater and would grow out of it.

Tyler was eventually diagnosed with selective eating disorder (SED) – where a person restricts their eating due to a past experience with food.

And after visiting a hypnotherapist, his mother is delighted that he has been able to try new foods for the first time in his life.

Tyler Hives, 11, ate nothing but tinned sausages and beans for years, but his mother claims he has finally been cured by hypnotherapy

Tyler Hives, 11, ate nothing but tinned sausages and beans for years, but his mother claims he has finally been cured by hypnotherapy

Ms Hives, a mother-of-one, from Coventry, said: ;He’s been fussy ever since he was born.

‘He was premature, and it was a complicated birth.

‘I nearly died during the birth, so I wasn’t able to feed him at first – a tube was rammed down his throat, and that was how he was fed for the first few weeks of his life.

‘When I was better, he wouldn’t feed with me – he was only a baby, but I think subconsciously the trauma of having the tube inserted had made him stressed and anxious.’

Ms Hives believes he associated that fear with food.

‘He would take little bits of milk now and then, so I kept telling myself he’d been fine when he went onto solids,’ she said.

‘But he would only eat very basic, mushy baby food – even that was a massive struggle, and without fail five minutes later he’d make himself sick.

WHAT IS SELECTIVE EATING DISORDER?

SED is also known as picky eating, fussy eating, food phobia, selective eating, or Perseverative Feeding Disorder.

It is more common among those within the autistic spectrum and in combination with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

It starts in childhood or early adolescence and the most common cause of SED is a development of extra sensitive taste sensation, which is caused by an increase in fungiform papilla – taste buds – throughout childhood.

Typically the food preferred by an SED sufferer are ‘comfort foods’ – bland and refined foods, high in carbohydrates – such as pizza, cheese and chips, often from particular brands or food outlets.

The types of food will be restricted to ten or less with extreme cases only eating one or two types of food.

SED sufferers can get psychiatric help such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other treatments for OCD which have been successful.

‘He just didn’t like anything going down his throat.’

As he grew up, she took her son to many different doctors to see if they could help – but they dismissed him as a fussy eater.

Although she hoped it was something he’d grow out of, deep down she knew he needed professional help.

Ms Hives, an accounts assistant, said: ‘As Tyler got older, he would only eat sloppy or mushy food.

‘He just didn’t like the sensation of chewing or swallowing.

‘The sausage and beans in a tin were really soft, and that became a safe food for him.

‘Every day he would ask for sausage and beans – I’d beg him to try new food, but he refused.’

She said meal times became a nightmare she began to dread.

She said: ‘I’d stress that he wasn’t eating anything, he’d stress because he was scared to try new food and then we’d both get worked up.

‘I went back and forth to the doctors so many times, but they just said he was a fussy eater and would grow out of it.’

When he got to the age of six, other children who who were fussy eaters started to get better – but Tyler continued to demand nothing but sausages and beans.

Yet doctors continued to tell Ms Hives her son would grow out of his habits.

She said: ‘I knew there was more to it – he had a phobia of food, but I still kept getting told he was just fussy.

‘It made him quite isolated – he never wanted to go to friends’ houses or parties because he’d get anxious, and it would leave him really embarrassed.’

Tyler was diagnosed with selective eating disorder - where a person develops a fear of food due to a traumatic experience in the past. He is pictured with mother Lindsay, 38

Tyler was diagnosed with selective eating disorder – where a person develops a fear of food due to a traumatic experience in the past. He is pictured with mother Lindsay, 38

One day while browsing the internet, Ms Hives stumbled across an article about selective eating disorder (SED) online – and immediately she knew that was what Tyler was suffering with.

After doing some further research, she found hypnotherapist David Kilmurry – who has experience of helping patients overcome SED.

Ms Hives said: ‘I followed David online for a little while, before taking the plunge and booking Tyler in.

‘He had an upcoming school residential trip, and I wanted him to be able to go away and enjoy it without stressing that he couldn’t eat anything.’

Now, Ms Hives is thrilled Tyler is finally branching out and trying other foods

Now, Ms Hives is thrilled Tyler is finally branching out and trying other foods

Her son was ‘transformed’ after one session, Ms Hives claims.

She said: ‘Now he’s so much more confident around food – he’ll try most things, and he’s eaten so many things I never dreamed he would eat.

‘It’s completely changed our lives – we can go out and have a meal without having to think twice.

‘He’s got a way to go, but already he’s so much better.’

She continued: ‘Before I’d always have to make sure the cupboards were stocked with tins and tins of sausage and beans.

‘I’m just so pleased I don’t have to buy them anymore.

‘There are a couple of tins left, but Tyler just doesn’t ask for them anymore which is great.’

Tyler added: ‘It made me sad only being able to eat one thing.

‘I would worry about going to school and what people would think – eventually everyone got used to me not eating though.

He continued: ‘I was just so scared of new foods – they would taste horrible and make me sick.

‘I would get so anxious, and I always made excuses to not go out with my friends, like pretending to be ill.

‘Now I feel so happy I can try new food, and not worry anymore.’

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