How do hypnotic suggestions work?

September 28, 2011 by  
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We know from the placebo effect that even conscious suggestions are about 25% effective, at least if they do not threaten an established habit.

A placebo is simply a sugar pill or other inert substance used as a vehicle to deliver a suggestion. For example, “take two of these pills [the placebo] and you’ll feel better in the morning [the suggestion].”)

In hypnosis, suggestions can be made directly to the subconscious to change problem habits. This is possible in hypnosis because our defense mechanisms are relaxed and don’t reject the suggestion in an automatic effort to defend the habit.

Without interference from defense mechanisms, and with an open mind that considers suggestions on their true merits, the rate of acceptance of suggestions for positive change rises dramatically in hypnosis. Old bad habits can be re-scripted into new healthy ones.

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