My early education in its use taught me that hypnosis is a method of sustained, focused concentration. Hypnosis allows the subject to process information in a manner different from the way it is processed in the regular alert state. Because of the power of hypnosis, when integrated into a behavior modification strategy it can be used in various ways to treat many disorders.
For many people, including plenty of mental health professionals, hypnosis brings to mind mental weakness, mind control, sleep, or loss of consciousness. Women are often considered more hypnotizable than men. Those are myths. Hypnosis is neither mind control nor a strategy for the weak-willed. Clearly, women are not more hypnotizable than men, and finally, the old wives' tale that people go to sleep or lose consciousness when they are hypnotized is just that-an old wives' tale. On the contrary, a hypnotized person enters a highly alert state in which the person's focus or concentration is heightened. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Psychology Today(US).