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Comment 30 by susanlatimer :

comment 29 by Tyler Durden

Why am I not surprised.

As tiresome as it must be for someone as educated as you are in your subject, it would be useful for me (and I'm sure a few others) if you would explain and/or provide links that would fill in some of the blanks on this one.

I have no knowledge about hypnotherapy in any direction. I don't know if it's utterly useless or if its just been abused (recovered memory syndrome, for instance). I wouldn't know if it's woo or legit or possibly both depending, as I have no familiarity with the subject.

I'd be grateful if you'd write a brief paragraph on it or throw a few links our way.

Thank you in advance.

(I'm going to sleep now. Please don't mistake that for bad manners. I'll check in tomorrow the first chance I get.)

Susan - Hypnotherapy is a big subject to try and sum up in a paragraph and I do not profess to be a expert. It is well worth investing some time in finding out about it for yourself.

The idea is that the vast majority of everything we do is done by our subconscious mind. For example, take eating - we put food in our mouth, chew and swallow without thinking about it. We can take conscious control over our eating but we normally leave it up to our subconscious to get on with it. The same can be said for walking, driving, etc. etc. Thus if we want to change our behaviours and habits we need to change the subconscious mind.

However, the subconscsious is 'protected' by the conscious mind and in particular the critical factor/censor that filters and edits everything we experience. Most of the time that works in our favour, but when we want to change or reprogram our subconscious i.e. our habits, then it gets in the way. That's where hypnotherapy helps.

Hypnosis is a perfectly normal natural state of awareness that most of us experience several times a day without even realising it. Ever been driving a car and suddenly realised that twenty minutes have gone by in a flash? You could say you have been on autopilot and that is hypnosis - your conscious mind was busy/distracted. I tend to think of hypnosis as the 'daydream' state.

Under hypnosis it is possible to make suggestions directly to the subconscious and to access memories that are not consciously available. That makes it a very powerful tool for change.

Unfortunately, in the EU there is no regulation of hypnotherapy. My dog could set up in business as a hypnotherapist. There are some very good training courses about (mine will take 18 months to complete and includes at least 10 weekends of practical training) and a well trained hypnotherapist can do a tremendous amount of good. However, you can imagine that somebody who is not well trained can do some harm - the cases of inadvertently implanting memories of abuse that never occurred is a classic example.

It is a great pity that this therapy has been dragged into the mire by poor practictioners and stage hypnotists because it has a huge capacity for doing good. It can be of benefit in many cases where conventional medicine struggles e.g. depression, asthma, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome.

If you want to see a convincing demonstration of the power of hypnosis this video on YouTube shows a woman having two front teeth removed and two implants drilled into her jaw with only hypnosis for pain relief http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgu6vk3_ByE It's not for the squemish.

I hope that this is of some use to you.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:10:25 UTC | #885969

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I am training to become a full time hypnotherapist and the course work is heavily weighted to Freud's theories and methods.

I would recommend the book 'Freud - A Very Short Introduction' by Anthony Storr. It has chapters covering the major aspects of Freud's work and critically assesses each one in the light of modern knowledge. The conclusion that I have come to is that Freud was wrong about many things but we still have a lot to thank him for.

I feel that he postulated a model of human development and psychology which has more holes in it than Swiss cheese and yet somehow manages to explain most human behaviour most of the time. Perhaps what we should thank him most for is raising the importance of the subconscious mind and how repressed memories can affect us.

My mentor has been practising hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis for over 30 years and has treated tens of thousands of patients. I have seen with my own eyes how somebody who has suffered crippling anxiety for years has been completely cured with a few hours of hypno-analysis because they have been able to release repressed memories. I have surprised myself by what my subconscious has revealed under hypnosis. Maybe Freud did get much wrong, yet I can testify that his theories are being used on a daily basis to bring about almost miraculous cures to many people.

What I find particularly ironic is that Freud abandoned hypnosis as a therapy and yet today using hypnotherapy we are acheiving results in a few hours that conventional psychotherapy takes hundreds of hours to match. Yet another thing that Freud got wrong - but perhaps that is another discussion.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 08:59:46 UTC | #885892

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