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If anxiety plays a big role in your life, you may want to consider putting down the valium and making an appointment with a hypnotist.
According to a reported published by The British Psychological Society, hypnosis therapy may have the ability to significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress. FOXNews.com spoke with psychologist and certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift, who told the site, "Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation—or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence."
So what exactly is hypnosis? The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis defines this practice as “a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention,” and states that it can be used “to better understand underlying motivations or identify whether past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem.”
When most of us hear the word hypnosis, we probably imagine someone saying, “You are getting very sleepy,” while swinging an old-fashioned pocket watch on a chain in front of another person, who will shortly be given instructions to bark like a dog. We might also assume the hypnotized person is completely out of it.
Not quite, say experts at Penn State University. For one thing, hypnosis is usually induced by verbal guidance — sans pocket watch. And the patient is in a hyper-attentive, hyper-responsive mental state, meaning the mind is relaxed yet wide open. "This doesn't mean you become a submissive robot when hypnotized," explained Penn State psychology professor William Ray. “Studies have shown us that good hypnotic subjects are active problem solvers.”
He also stated that most us have experienced a hypnotic trance in our everyday lives, comparing the feeling to being totally engrossed in a book, movie or TV show, losing all track of time and not hearing someone who’s been shouting your name for minutes. Yeah, I think we’ve all been there.
If you’re considering this form of treatment, here’s another factor to consider: Unlike pharmaceuticals, you won’t find a laundry list of potential side effects.
There’s no doubt about it — our mind can control our body. So if the mind seems to be holding onto something, which in turn is causing the body to react in a negative way, it might be worth our time to take an induced trip down memory lane and identify the problem — which then puts us in control of letting it go.