Despite the bad reputation that hypnotherapy has gotten from television shows and movies, it is a legitimate method of curative healing. The association with hypnosis is typically a man holding a pocket watch or amulet in front of someone’s eyes until they fall into a trance. There are many problems with this offensive stereotype, but the main issue is that it makes a mockery of a therapeutic treatment. Hypnotherapy has many different forms, like traditional, Ericksonian, CBT, and curative, which all use the idea of direct suggestions for the removal of symptoms while a patient is in a meditative state. There are several benefits to each of these types.
The therapeutic hypnosis became popular because it helped treat many people with addiction problems, and hypnotherapy to quit smoking or quit drinking was quite popular. People who struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction found relief by being hypnotized. The Ericksonian type of hypnosis developed in the 1950s, as an alternative to traditional hypnotherapy. By depending upon informal and conversational complex language patterns, it succeeded in helping more people. Hypnosis became more popular in different circles, and it merged with other techniques. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a popular method of treating disorders like Complex PTSD, and when it is combined with hypnosis, it is 70% more effective. Curative hypnotherapy is also helpful for disorders. This form of hypnotherapy is the most popular current method, as it utilizes the helpful breakthroughs in understanding the subconscious in conjunction with the act of hypnosis.
In addition to using hypnotherapy to quit smoking or cease other malicious behaviors, it has been proven that hypnotherapy is an effective way of managing chronic pain. People who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other physical disabilities that cause much discomfort can find relief through hypnosis.
This treatment method has also been known to improve anxiety and sleep issues. To ease anxiety with hypnotherapy, one must determine which category they fall into. Hypnosis helps with both regular anxiety about specific upcoming events as well as to ease anxiety that is general and consistent. Additionally, hypnosis prior to bedtime has been shown to improve sleeping disorders by 80%.
Because hypnosis works based off of suggestions—albeit, carefully crafted psychologically impactful suggestions—it can even help people lose weight. By successfully convincing an individual that they want to eat healthier and communing with the subconscious to meet the needs of the body regardless of the habits of the conscious mind, people have been able to lose weight through hypnosis.