By Brad Greentree | September 15, 2009
Self-hypnosis is a new trend that is fast gaining support not only from the new age community but even from the ordinary people. This is perhaps because the procedure has somehow managed to remove what people are mostly against in hypnosis the participation of an outside person who will be controlling your mind or the hypnotist.
With self-hypnosis, you are basically the one who is going to work on your own hypnosis. Although you will be guided by a professional who will be teaching you the ropes to start the hypnosis session and will be monitoring your progress throughout the period where you will be conducting the procedure, you will largely be responsible for your own sessions. The control is all in your hands. Because of this, all the talk about being in control of another person is no longer relevant. Now, there is no more fear of being manipulated or being made to do things that you do not want to do. After all, you will be the one to hypnotize yourself.
Still, self-hypnosis is a new thing and a lot of people are still cautious on getting into it. It works largely like the ordinary self-hypnosis sessions except that you will be the one to do it on your own. You can make suggestions to yourself depending on the change that you want to enforce in yourself.
Self-hypnosis is especially useful for people who want to quit bad habits but have become so used to it that it becomes a routine and a part of their automatic reaction system. Bad habits like cursing or shouting can be removed with a little bit of hypnosis. Another area that self-hypnosis can work well is in improving the concentration levels of people. This is especially useful for people who are into work that needs heavy concentration and those that are into sports.
Speaking of sports, some people also find that self-hypnosis works effectively in improving the performance of people in sports. This is not to say that it somehow strengthens their bodies or gives them unusual precision. Self-hypnosis is not about those things. It cannot change what is already there like your physical strength or your talent. What it can change though is your ability to focus on the task and your fearlessness. After all, fears can remove a lot from a persons performance because it allows us to feel and think instead of just doing what your instincts tell you.
Self-hypnosis also purportedly works in the realm of medicine. It is used to relieve people from certain symptoms and sometimes even numb them from pain. Self-hypnosis can un-switch a receptor in the brain that allows us to feel the pain or experience the symptoms. These things will still be there, the only difference is the brain and therefore your body will not feel them anymore. That’s what is called using your mind over matter or in this case, your body.
Unlike hypnosis though, self-hypnosis can take some time to take effect. As most people who have done the procedures, progress will be a bit slow because remember you will doing all the procedures and admittedly you are not a professional hypnotists. Patients will need time to even get used to the idea or be able to do the procedure itself. This is why some still prepare the usual form of hypnosis.