HYPNOSIS

If you are new for this science then you may have some confusion , curiosity or wonder regarding this. We assure you that your all concepts and beliefs will improve after study this key points of hypnosis.
  1. Basic Concept of HYPNOSIS

    • Hypnosis is a process through which a person can attain a sub conscious state of mind where modification of mind is possible. Lots of method available in society who claim to visit and modify the sub conscious mind. But hypnosis is only the method which has proven it’s ability. And that’s why this is only the process authenticated by law and medical science.
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  2. Self Hypnosis

    • Self hypnosis is the process through which you can modify your any frame of mind which is responsible for your unhappiness, fear, anger or any unwanted responses from sub conscious mind. This is very fast, easy and completely safe method for an individual who seeks self help.
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  3. Hypnotherapy

    • Four thousand years ago in ancient India, Mahabharata (the longest epic in the world) stated: “There are two classes of diseases – physical and mental. Each arises from the other, and neither can exist without the other. Thus mental disorders arise from physical ones, and likewise physical disorders arise from mental ones.”
    • According to medical science more then 90% disease are psychosomatic. The root cause is imbalanced mind, suppressed feelings and unwanted behavior patterns which results in to stress. Stress is the basic cause of Hypertension (B.P.), Thyroid, Diabetes, etc. No medical instrument can  diagnose your thoughts and feelings. No medical procedure can change your behavior and habit patterns. Medical science can diagnose and attempt to cure only physical ailments which are basically a result of problematic mind. Medical science can not diagnose and cure your mind. Hypnotherapy can help you to diagnose, modify and correct the mind.
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  4. Types Of Hypnosis

    Self Hypnosis

    Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy

    Surgical Hypnosis

    HypnoBirthing

    Accelerated Learning Hypnosis

    Forensic Hypnosis

    Corporate Hypnosis

    Past Life Regression (PLR Hypnosis)

    Stage Hypnosis

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  5. Miss conception about hypnosis

    1. Hypnosis is concerned with black magic:
      This is completely wrong. Hypnosis is a Medical Science approved System. Not only that, many psychliogists, film celebrities, sportsmen, businessmen, etc have applied this therapy to either help themselves or others.
    2. A person under hypnosis is in asleep or unconscious.
      Hypnosis is a state where the subject experiences a mixed feel of sleep and awakening. This is known as Sub Conscious State. During this stage, programming is undertaken on the mind of the subject. If a person would become unconscious, programming could not be done on him. So this is also a misbelief itself.
    3. A person becomes physically and mentally weak having undergone hypnotherapy.
      The main objective of Hypnosis is to improve the physical and mental capacities of the subject. It helps him / her achieve the happiness, pleasure, wealth. So there is no question of weakness.
    4. People who are intelligent, strong-hearted and full of confidence can not be hypnotized.
      It is not correct that only weak-willed or feeble-minded persons can be hypnotized. Contrary to popular belief there is a relationship between intelligence and hypnotizability. People who are intelligent, strong-hearted and full of confidence have a great Receptivity Level. In fact, they can easily and deeply get the benefits of hypnosis.
    5. You are not hypnotized if you are listening to the hypnotist or feeling the surrounding atmosphere.
      This is also a misconception. We have discussed earlier that during hypnotherapy, a person remains in Sub-Conscious state and not the Unconscious Stage. And this is a stage for programming. If a person becomes unconscious, he could not listen to the hypnotist and programming would become impossible.
    6. Hypnosis can be done only by doctors, psychliogists, or well educated people.
      Some people from our society have spread this belief in order to monopliize the profession. Unlike Yog, Meditation, Reiki, Hypnosis is also a natural science. The basic objective of this science is to remove bad, negative and useless feelings from the mind and fill it up with good, positive and useful feelings. Therefore, this science can be used by everyone.
    7. To reach at the Hypnosis stage, one needs to take medicines, pills or chemical injections.
      It is often seen that some people (especially psychiatrists) use injections / chemical to bring the subject under the state of hypnosis.According to us, hypnosis is a drugless therapy which requires no chemical or injection because there are only two things which are important in hypnosis:

      • Ability of Hypnotist
      • Receptivity of the subject
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  6. Difference between SLEEP – MEDITATION – HYPNOSIS

      How you will identify that whether a person is in under sleep, meditation or hypnosis. It is difficult for laymen to understand the difference between all these mental level. From outer (physical) level you cannot conclude inner level. For that, you need to understand the purpose and process behind it.

    1. SLEEP: It is the natural (automatic) process of mind. There is no any particular goal. During this natural process, your mind removes or hides all unwanted data from conscious house to unconscious house. The purpose of sleep is only to empty your conscious mind. The end point of sleep is to just relax mind and body.
    2. MEDITATION: It is the manual process of mind. The purpose of meditation is to be free from all thoughts and feeling. In this process there is no any particular goal other than to empty the mind completely. Whether it is conscious or sub conscious. Here, relaxation is not a goal. It is byproduct. The end point of true meditation is to attain moksha.
    3. HYPNOSIS: It is the manual process with a particular goal to correct the mind. The purpose of hypnosis is to access sub conscious mind and to modify particular data as per the need. Here, relaxation is byproduct. The end point of hypnotherapy is to cure or modify the mind.
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  7. Scientific Research on HYPNOSIS
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  8. History of Hypnosis
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  9. Legal Norms / Laws for Hypnosis

    INDIA

    The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, in its letter no.R.14015/25/96-U&H(R) (Pt.) dated 25 November 2003, has categorically stated that hypnotherapy is a recommended mode of therapy in India, to be practiced only by appropriately trained personnel.

    UNITE KINGDOM (U.K.)

    The Law which relates to hypnosis in Great Britain is the Hypnotism Act 1952. The law relates only to the licensing of hypnosis shows. Contrary to popular opinion the law itself says nothing about what a hypnosis show may or may not contain.

    In premises which have an entertainment licence, the licensing authority may, if they wish, impose conditions regulating the use of hypnosis.

    In premises which do not have an entertainment licence, any hypnosis event “at or in connection with an entertainment to which the public are admitted.” must be authorised by the licensing authority, and again they may impose conditions if they wish.

    Now, the question arose in the mid-1990s as to what conditions it was appropriate to impose. Licensing authorites have no specialist knowledge of hypnosis, and the conditions they sometimes imposed were usually ill-informed, and often bizarre. For this reason, the Home Office, in their 1995 report on stage hypnosis, gave a set of suggested conditions which authorities could impose.

    These conditions were refined and revised after consultation with medical and academic psychologists to produce the 1996 Model Conditions which are appended below. Note that these have no legal force: they are suggested conditions which local authorities may or may not feel appropriate to impose or modify when regulating hypnosis.

    The law also forbids stage hypnosis of anyone under eighteen.

    References: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo6and1Eliz2/15-16/46

    UNITED STATE OF AMERICA (U.S.A.)

    The majority of the United States exert little or no direct regulation over the practice of Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, although other laws generally affecting the operation of any business will usually apply (e.g. truth in advertising, unfair business practices, etc.).

    Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington are states that require mandatory licensure or registration.

    California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and Utah do not have mandatory registration, but do lay out specific regulations for the practice of hypnotism and guidelines for licensure exemption.

    I. UNITED STATES WITH MANDATORY REGISTRATION

    • States: Colorado, Connecticut, Washington

    The following United States have explicit regulations regarding hypnosis and/or hypnotherapy:

    Colorado: 

    In order to practice hypnotherapy in Colorado, you either need to be licensed, or be listed in the Unlicensed Psychotherapists Database. To apply for listing in the database, go to http://www.dora.state.co.us/registrations/, and fill out the information

    Connecticut: 

    Registration Required: In Connecticut, beginning October 1, 2006, “no person shall practice hypnosis or hold himself or herself out as a hypnotist in this state without first registering with the Department of Consumer Protection.”

    Eligibility: To register as a hypnotist in Connecticut, an individual must:

    • Pay an application fee of $50
    • Complete a simple application form. The form requires name, address and a representation that the applicant is not subject to sexual offender registration laws.

    Regulatory Agency:

    • The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
    • Link: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1625&q=320228

    References:

    • Public Act No. 06-187 § 44; 2006 Ct. ALS 187.
    • Application: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/lib/dcp/forms/hypn-01_-hypnotist_registration_(4)final.pdf

    Washington:

    License Required: In Washington State, “Hypnotherapists” and “Counselors” are required to register. Note that the “Counselor” category was eliminated in 2010 and converted into eight new categories; however the “hypnotherapy” regulations were not modified.

    Eligibility: For registration, an individual must:

    • Pay in advance, an application fee of $95 and an annual renewal fee.
    • Complete four hours of AIDS education.

    Regulatory Agency: Washington State Department of Health

    Reference: Washington Administrative Code § 246-810-010 et. seq

    II. STATES WITH GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICING WITHOUT LICENSURE

    • States: California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Utah

    The following United States have no hypnosis laws that require mandatory registration or special certification for hypnotists or hypnotherapists. Instead, these states lay out guidelines to lawfully practice hypnosis or hypnotherapy without a license. These laws generally require that a hypnotist not advertise or perform medical services (such as diagnosing or treating medical conditions):

    California:

    Statutes: California does not have an explicit statute or regulation requiring licensure for hypnotists or hypnotherapy. California Business and Professions Code 2908 exempts “persons using hypnotic techniques” from the psychology licensing act to do “vocational or avocational self-improvement” as long as they “do not treat emotional or mental disorders.” 2908 also exempts “persons using hypnotic techniques” they are working under referral “of persons licensed to practice psychology, dentistry or medicine.”

    California Business and Professions Code 2053 requires that complimentary and alternative health care providers make certain written disclosures to clients. If hypnotherapists are deemed to be covered by this provision, they must make the required disclosures.

    Florida:

    In Florida, therapeutic hypnosis is regulated. It is unlawful for any person to engage in the practice of “Hypnosis” for therapeutic purposes unless such person is a “Practitioner of the Healing Arts” or a “Qualified Person.”

    Illinois:

    Statute: ”Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent a person from practicing hypnosis without a license issued under this Act provided that the person (1) does not otherwise engage in the practice of clinical psychology including, but not limited to, the independent evaluation, classification, and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral, or nervous disorders or conditions, developmental disabilities, alcoholism and substance abuse, disorders of habit or conduct, the psychological aspects of physical illness, (2) does not otherwise engage in the practice of medicine including, but not limited to, the diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental ailments or conditions, and (3) does not hold himself or herself out to the public by a title or description stating or implying that the individual is a clinical psychologist or is licensed to practice clinical psychology.”

    Definition of Clinical Psychology: “Clinical psychology” means the independent evaluation, classification and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral or nervous disorders or conditions, developmental disabilities, alcoholism and substance abuse, disorders of habit or conduct, and the psychological aspects of physical illness. The practice of clinical psychology includes psychoeducational evaluation, therapy, remediation and consultation, the use of psychological and neuropsychological testing, assessment, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, biofeedback, and behavioral modification when any of these are used for the purpose of preventing or eliminating psychopathology, or for the amelioration of psychological disorders of individuals or groups. “Clinical psychology” does not include the use of hypnosis by unlicensed persons pursuant to Section 3 [225 ILCS 15/3].

    Reference: 225 Illinois Compiled Statutes 15/3(h).

    New Jersey

    Note: New Jersey law does not seem to require licensure for such hypnosis activities as: (i) altering habits such as smoking and weight management, (ii) increasing client motivation in employment, the workplace and in sports activities and (iii) enhancing creative, artistic and scholastic endeavors.

    See Statute: (b) Persons not requiring licensure are limited to persons engaged in the practice of hypnocounseling as well as those whose conduct and practice is exempt from licensure pursuant to this subchapter.

    1. For purposes of this subsection, hypnocounseling means the induction of a hypnotic state by applying individualized techniques to induce hypnosis in order to assist clients with stress management not related to a medical or mental health disorder, altering habits such as smoking and weight management, increasing client motivation in employment, the workplace and in sports activities and enhancing creative, artistic and scholastic endeavors
    2. The services of a hypnocounselor shall be limited to:
      1. Interviewing a client to determine the nature of the client’s problem;
      2. Assessing the client’s suitability for hypnocounseling
      3. Testing a prospective client to determine the client’s level of suggestibility;
      4. Preparing clients for hypnosis through an explanation of the process and procedures used as well as a description of the resulting hypnotic state to be experienced by the client
      5. Teaching self-hypnosis to clients;
      6. Inducing the hypnotic state; and
      7. Applying hypnotic techniques.

    Reference: New Jersey Administrative Code § 13:42-1.2

    Texas:

    Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy when performed by a licensed psychologist are subject to Board Rules. 22 Texas Administrative Code § 465.5

    The practice of psychology includes hypnosis for health care purposes and hypnotherapy. Texas Occupations Code § 501.003

    Office of the Attorney General, State of Texas Opinion No. DM-321 February 8, 1995: A person who, for compensation, practices psychotherapy, hypnosis for health care purposes, hypnotherapy, or biofeedback without a license under the Psychologists’ Certification and Licensing Act, V.T.C.S. article 4512c, violates that act unless such practice falls within one of the exceptions set out in the act. The act authorizes the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists to take action to enjoin such violations, as well as other actions against violators authorized by law.

    Certification is required for “investigative hypnosis proficiency.” 37 Texas Administrative Code § 221.7

    The use of specific methods, techniques, or modalities within the practice of professional counseling is limited to professional counselors appropriately trained and competent in the use of such methods. Authorized counseling methods and modalities may include, but are not restricted to: (13) Hypnotherapy which utilizes the principles of hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestion in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders and addictions. 22 Texas Administrative Code § 681.31.

    Hypnotherapy may be provided by a marriage and family therapist. 22 Texas Administrative Code § 801.42

    Court held that a hypnotist was not exempt from obtaining a medical license when he advertised hypnosis as a means of curing certain mental and physical disorders. Masters v. State, 170 Tex. Crim. 471 (1960)

    Utah:

    Statute: Exemptions from licensure:

    An individual engaged in performing hypnosis who is not licensed under this title in a profession which includes hypnosis in its scope of practice,

    1. And Who:
      1. Induces a hypnotic state in a client for the purpose of increasing motivation or altering lifestyles or habits, such as eating or smoking, through hypnosis;
      2. Prepares the client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what the client will experience;
      3. Tests clients to determine degrees of suggestibility;
      4. Applies hypnotic techniques based on interpretation of consultation results and analysis of client’s motivation and behavior patterns; and
      5. Trains clients in self-hypnosis conditioning;
    2. May Not:
      1. Engage in the practice of mental health therapy;
      2. Represent himself using the title of a license classification in Subsection 58-60-102(5)
      3. Use hypnosis with or treat a medical, psychological, or dental condition defined in generally recognized diagnostic and statistical manuals of medical, psychological, or dental disorders.

    Reference: Utah Code § 58-60-107

    Statute: Unless one is licensed (e.g., as a psychologist), the title “clinical hypnotist” may not be used

    As used in this chapter, “unlawful conduct” includes:…

    representing oneself as or using the title of any of the following unless currently licensed in a license classification under this title:

    1. psychiatrist;
    2. psychotherapist;…
      1. clinical hypnotist;

    Reference: Utah Code 58-60-109

    III. UNREGULATED UNITED STATES

    • States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    Alabama:

    In Alabama, the State Board of Education specifically prohibits the use of hypnosis. School personnel are prohibited from using any techniques that involve the induction of hypnotic states.

    Reference: Alabama Administrative Code Regulation 290-040-0400.02

    Arizona:

    A physician may not delegate the following procedures to an unlicensed person: Psycho-therapeutic procedures, including individual and group psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis, or other behavioral health interventions subject to independent regulation in Arizona.

    Reference: Arizona Administrative Code § R4-38-306

    Arizona law does not provide a definition for clinical hypnosis. I believe that clinical hypnosis generally refers to therapeutic hypnosis done by medical professionals only. For example, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis says that the requirements for certification in clinical hypnosis include:

    • MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DPM, PhD, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree with psychology as the major study, or a masters degree in nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy from a college or university accredited by its appropriate regional accrediting body;
    • Membership in a professional society consistent with degree;
    • Licensure or Certification by the state of province in which you practice;
    • Minimum of 40 hours of ASCH approved workshop training (20 hours each of beginning and intermediate workshops);
    • Minimum of 20 hours of individualized training/consultation with an ASCH Approved Consultant;
    • Minimum of two years of independent practice utilizing clinical hypnosis.

     

     

     

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