Is Hypnosis an extension of normal consciousness or an altered state? Maryann Ruiz
Is Hypnosis an extension
of normal consciousness
or an altered state?
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not a condition of oblivion and mental
unresponsiveness, but a state of mind where our
normal awareness is reduced and out attention is
directed toward a specific mental idea
When under hypnosis, a person:
Has a more focused attention
Is more responsive to
Is more open and less critical
The purpose is to use a therapeutic
technique help a person gain control
over your behavior, emotions, and
What is it for?
Hypnosis can help with symptoms of many
diseases, such as:
Reducing fear and stress
intensity of phobias
associated with Irritable
Controlling nausea and vomiting caused by
Types of Hypnosis
Talking in a gentle, soothing tone creates
relaxation. The hypnotist will suggest
ways for the person to achieve their goals
Hypnotist will stimulate imagination by
suggesting specific mental images
Ex) hypnotherapist can help athlete visualize what
they want to accomplish, like shooting a basket
Teens would use
hypnosis for problems
such as smoking and
substance abuse to
increasing study skills
and overcome exam
MYTH OR REALITY?
1. When you’re under hypnosis, the hypnotist controls you.
MYTH! You do hypnosis voluntarily. The hypnotist is there to
serve as a guide
2. Under hypnosis, you lose consciousness and have
MYTH! A small number of people actually go into a very
deep state. Most people remember what went on during
3. You are aware when being put under hypnosis.
REALITY! Successful hypnosis depends on your willingness
to experience it, even with voluntary participants. Not
everyone can be lead into hypnosis.