According to renowned hypnotherapist, Dr. Steve G. Jones, hypnotherapy can help a person overcome life problems ranging from a fear of frogs to finding investing success and hundreds of other issues. Hypnosis has enjoyed a spotty reputation over the years but, judging from people like Dr. Jones and his bestselling line of recordings, there just might be something to this besides hocus pocus.

The good doctor recently spoke with Jason Hartman on episode #30 of The Longevity Show. The result was a frank, far-ranging, and educational discussion.

Defining Hypnosis

There are a few terms to be familiar with before embarking on our journey through the subconscious mind with Dr. Jones.

Hypnosis: A way to “hack” your subconscious mind. A process that puts you in a relaxed state, allowing your mind to access its subconscious area.

Self Hypnosis: Hypnosis you perform on yourself, usually by listening to prerecorded audio.

Hypnotherapy: When someone else hypnotizes you for the purpose of helping. There are a plethora of examples of people achieving positive change by gaining access to the subconscious mind.

The Last Person You’d Expect to Try Hypnotherapy

Those familiar with Jason’s investment advice and The Creating Wealth Show probably recall Jason’s mom, a no-nonsense lady and shrewd business woman who was a pack-a-day smoker when Jason was young. This lady was the last you’d expect to try what was then considered to be that aforementioned New Age “hocus pocus” to quit the habit.

Jason recounted to Dr. Jones that his mother stopped smoking permanently after only three hypnotherapy visits.

The Basics of Hypnotherapy

Dr. Jones pointed out that he specializes in clinical therapy in a clinical setting, which is a completely different beast from public hypnosis sessions that might result in someone making serious phone calls into their shoe or barking like a dog at the mention of a specific word.

One of the first questions that springs naturally to mind is whether or not ANYONE can be hypnotized. The answer lies in the construction of the human brain. We’re all suggestible to some extent, but some are more easily hypnotized than others. To dispense with another question, there is no correlation between the ease with which you might be hypnotized and intelligence.

Do This Before You Try Hypnosis

If you’re interested in trying hypnosis, Dr. Jones has three specific suggestions that could make your experience easier and more effective.

Get Educated: You don’t need to become a licensed hypnotherapist but at least read a book. There are hundreds of titles that can lay the groundwork of understanding what it is (and isn’t) and what you can expect.

Positive Self Talk: According to Jones, this is a big sticking point for lots of people. Take that little negative voice in your head that continually reminds you of your personal shortcomings and turn it positive. Berating yourself mentally is an obstacle to successful hypnotherapy. Does this suggestion seem trite and stupid? That’s the negative voice talking! Shut him or her up.

Social Circles: It’s been said that your income is the average of the top four people you hang out with. If for no other reason than that, you should expand your social circle to include a few successful movers and shakers.

Jason is a big fan of mastermind groups. Try it. You might like it. It’s hard to deny the benefits of spending time with positive people in the midst of making a difference in this world.

The Process of Hypnotherapy

Dr. Jones proven hypnotherapy method incorporates a five-step process.

Induction: The induction phase involves the doctor describing what should be a relaxing scene; this often takes the form of a walk in the woods or on the beach. The description involves all your senses and takes about ten minutes. The purpose is to disengage your conscious mind from its frenetic daily grind to allow access to the subconscious.

Deepening: From Induction, Jones moves the patient into the Deepening phase by spending about five minutes describing an “away” motion. It could be a bird flying into the distance. At some point in this process the doctor begins a countdown. By the time he reaches one, the patient should be completely relaxed.

Script: This phase is where the “programming” takes place. It’s where he plants the suggestion that should manifest itself in the patient’s daily life and affect that positive change we referred to earlier. There is no flowery language involved here. The doctor speaks directly to the patient, telling them the choices they must make. He succinctly describes the positive future the patient will enjoy if he or she makes the change, as well as the negative future if they do not. Expect this phase to take about ten minutes.

Amnesia: The conscious mind is wiley. It would know someone has been tinkering around in the subconscious, and take steps to prevent positive change, unless there is a scrambling to hide the knowledge of deeper programming.

Trans-termination: This is the last phase and refers simply to bringing the patient out of the hypnotic state.

Jason’s Barrage of Questions for Dr. Jones

Q: What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
A: There is no script involved with hypnosis. Hypnotherapy requires a script to achieve the programming effect.

Q: How long is a hypnotherapy session?
A: There is no hard and fast rule but they generally last about 45 minutes.

Q: Is a live session more effective than a recorded one?
A: Effectiveness is dependent on whether or not the hypnotherapist has specific knowledge of a listener’s life and can target the programming. Otherwise, there is no discernable difference between live or recorded.

Q: Can you be programmed to do something against your will?
A: You cannot be forced to violate your moral code.

Q: When is the best time to listen to recordings?
A: For best effectiveness, listen to your recordings at your normal bedtime, whenever that is. It’s then that your subconscious mind is most receptive and your conscious mind less alert. Though your eyes are closed, hearing never sleeps.

For more information on this fascinating subject, visit Dr. Jones on his website at SteveGJones.com . Whether you want to lose weight or an overwhelming fear of frogs, you might be his next success story. (Image: Flickr | GreggMP)

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