What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis can be described as a state of mind where the sub conscious is dominant and responds to suggestions from outside. We all have actions that are conscious and unconscious. For example you may make a conscious decision to wave at someone but you are not conscious of all the instructions to the various muscles to make your hand wave. The sub conscious mind gets the instruction and carries out the order the best it can.

Sometimes the sub conscious reacts wrongly to signals and this then causes problems. For instance if we look at phobias. A young child learns from its parents and elders and if a child sees its mum is petrified of dogs then this becomes a learned behaviour and the child is also scared. Alternatively the child might be quite happy with dogs until it gets bitten and then the sub conscious will see a dog and remember the pain from the bite, which may mean it tars all dogs with the same brush. This results in a pattern of behaviour that we know as a phobia.

Our brains work with hundreds of learnt patterns, many of which allow us to function normally but when we gain negative patterns the result can be anything from slightly annoying to crippling. People suffering from depression or anxiety often become confined to their homes and unable to go outside. However if we break up the patterns that lead to this behaviour we can change it for a better one.

Hypnotherapy should be the therapeutic use of Hypnosis, however in many cases it seems to be just a relaxed state where someone administers a little psychotherapy. But this is not what I know as hypnosis. I aim to put someone “under” and tell the sub conscious to stop the negative pattern. Many people will have seen a stage hypnotist in action. They induce hypnosis and change a person’s pattern of thinking very quickly. This is of course for entertainment and all the suggestions are removed at the end of the show. But what if they weren’t? would the person continue to think that say an onion tastes like an apple? Would they still get up and dance when a certain bit of music came on? Yes they would.

Now think. What would happen if we used the same inductions and instructions but for therapeutic reasons. We still change patterns of thought but in a positive way. Just as quickly and that should be no surprise that a pattern can go away just as fast as it came. Another example with a smoker would be: one day the person decided to smoke and became a smoker. The fact they have been running that pattern and smoking 20 a day for 30 years does not mean they can’t stop just like that. The pattern goes and so does the desire to smoke.