The word “hypnosis” can make you think about a lot of things, but probably the first image that comes to your mind is that of a person who has been compelled to obey someone else’s demands. Roughly put, this is actually true, but the good thing is that not everyone has the ability to hypnotize somebody else. This practice is not only about waving a pocket watch back and forth in front of the subject, so keep in mind that this popular representation bears little resemblance to what is actually happening during such a session. It takes a lot of skill to achieve the desired results, so if you are ever willing to try it, make sure you choose a true professional such as Marshall Sylver.
What is hypnosis?
The method has become quite popular due to books and movies mostly, but the act of hypnotism can be performed exclusively by those who truly understand it, as well as human psychology. This practice means inducing a state of consciousness during which a person seems to be losing the power of their voluntary action, thus being very receptive of indications received from the outside. This is possible through intense focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness – once these happen, the person becomes responsive to outer suggestions.
Who can perform this?
As mentioned above, hypnosis is not something anyone can do. There are few people who can actually master this technique and one of the most famous and reliable ones is Marshall Sylver. He is not only extremely skilled in terms of hypnotizing others, but he is also sharing his knowledge and experience through various educational materials: books, CDs and so on. This is due to the fact that he has all the features of a professional hypnotist: awareness of mental beliefs, understanding human brain and knowing its capabilities and limitations. In addition to this, he has many years of experience and a great reputation when it comes to hypnosis.
What is the practice used for?
Even if you are used to see hypnosis sessions on TV, for instance, in entertainment shows, the practice has many other uses. It is often recommended in therapy for patients suffering from long term memory loss, with the purpose of recovering suppressed memories. The great responsiveness to external suggestions and directions allow certain behavior modifications, which enable the individual to release blocked memories. For this reason, psychologists and psychiatrists recommend hypnosis as integrated part of complex treatments.