“Hypnosis is the oldest form of psychotherapy … it is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control our perception and our bodies” – Dr David Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.
Neural changes in the brain
Stanford researchers recently used modern brain imaging to show that while under hypnosis, three distinct areas of the brain were altered and activated. These parts of the brain are associated with absorption away from outside stimuli, controlling body functions, and decreased awareness of one’s actions and behaviour.
A growing body of scientific research supports hypnotism’s benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.
Sports performance and self-belief
Researchers found that hypnosis treatment results in substantial increases in trait sport confidence, self-efficacy, positive affect, and performance in athletes.
Improves sleep duration and depth
A recent study demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions to specifically increase the amount and duration of slow wave sleep. They found that hypnotic audio recordings were able to significantly deepen sleep through post-hypnotic suggestions.
A study conducted investigating hypnosis and weight-management found that hypnosis significantly increased the chance of long-term weight and diet change compared to a control group that just did a behaviour weight-management program.
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology
Not mind control
When you are hypnotized, you are actually entering a highly relaxed state of inner concentration and focused attention where you are more open to suggestions. You cannot do anything you would not be willing to do.
Power of the subconcious
A study conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota found that human behaviour is strongly impacted by subconscious attitudes. You may lack awareness of these attitudes but they can powerfully influence your behaviour, making you do things without knowing why.
Source: Scientific American
Improved academic performance
A study of university students found that hypnosis was able to significantly improve their academic performance when compared to a control group that studied normally.