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What is Hypnosis?
At the present there is no simple answer to this question.
The easiest way to explain it is to say that hypnosis is a way focusing
the mind through language, relaxation and imagination. There are
a number of theories and models of hypnosis which reflect the point of
view of the researchers and practitioners of this technique. Here is a list of some of the more credible ideas or models of hypnosis.
Hereditary Model - hypnosis can be explained as a collection of certain
traits and characteristics in humans that allows a person to fully relax
the body and mind.
Physiological Model - describes hypnosis as product of specific activities
in the various regions brain that allow for vivid imagination, mental focus,
and emotional excitement. An extension of this line of thinking suggests
that hypnosis may be a function of the various exchanges of hormones and
other substances in the brain. This aspect of hypnosis is very important
to the idea that mind can help the body heal.
Learning Model - describes hypnosis as a form of learning, conditioning
and memory enhancement. This aspect may be very important to idea
of accelerated learning and behavioral change in brief therapy.
Suggestibility Model - describes hypnosis and the ability to accept
suggested ideas and the willingness to try new behaviors (role play) in
a nonjudgemental way.
Information Processing Model - describes a view of hypnosis where
the mind (imagination), brain, and body conspire to develop certain states
of awareness that lend themselves to psychological and physiological healing
Marcus S. Robinson, D.C.H. is an author, consultant and trainer in the field clinical
hypnotherapy. He is the author of several books and numerous articles convering the issues of personal
growth, professional development, and therapeutic hypnosis. His interests include the interdisciplinary
study of consciousness, mind-body healing, and personal productivity and effectiveness.
Dr. Robinson lives in Rochester, New York with his wife and son where maintains a consulting and
training practice. He holds a doctorate degree from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy.