Why is Hypnosis So Useful ?
In our ordinary activity, without knowing it, we rely enormously on unconscious programs to ‘ do ’ most things we need with a minimum of conscious thought.
These programs are seamless and VERY powerful. ( eg - colossal energy managed in our legs as we climb stairs in the dark and attempt the step that isn’t there - the downward thrust as the foot misses its mark is almost appalling in its violence )
The vast majority of our mental processes operate similarly. This allows us the advantage of concentrating on things other than petty details of our performance - whether thinking or doing. The downside is that these seamless processes are ' up and running ' mostly before we realise, even where we plunge into difficulties.
Often when attempting to ‘wilfully’ deal with a difficult situation, we find ourselves going wrong - but already ‘locked in’ & unable to get back on the rails.
This becomes disorientating. Uncomfortable and slightly out of control we cannot help becoming ' over-aware ' of our inadequacy. This further blocks our ‘freedom of mind’ - preventing access to more useful options. ( How often - when calm - we think of the right thing when the original opportunity is past ! )
’Trying harder ’ to get our way, we find ourselves playing out programmed behaviour with a minimal chance of success - often upsetting ourselves or others. We don’t want such things to happen, but habitual programmes are very deep.
To change the operation of automatic programmes thinking processes need to go 'off-line' to find better options - as we do at night when we sleep. With these disengaged brain can adopt flexible mode and re-organise internal structures.
Numerous experiments have demonstrated consistent improvement in many kinds of physical and mental performance without further practice - after we have slept. But seldom in everyday life can we ‘sleep on the job’ to give unconscious process such a break .
This is where hypnotic work comes in. Hypnosis can take the brain offline in a different way. By using unconscious process - incredibly fast by comparison with our conscious modes - the mind can de-activate dysfunctional processes & ‘cue’ new ways of seeing and doing things.
Choice is not removed but it becomes much easier, more natural and obvious how to do something better. Instead of a desperate struggle against the seemingly uncontrollable - there is a sense of expanded possibilities and more leisurely arrival at good options.
Relaxed response clearly indicates that lightning fast unconscious options have replaced the old pattern. Thus we experience ourselves becoming a changed and more capable person. >> More About Ericksonian Hypnosis
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