Psychological Aspects of Hynosis

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Name: Sarah Page Course Code: READI1S 12 Tutor: Robert Whittington ……..Words “What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. The essay will firstly attempt to explain briefly what is hypnosis and then look at more depth into what the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis look like and finish with a discussion of the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a state of mind brought about by the use of a set of techniques. It is not a strange or mysterious phemominon which many may believe before they understand or study hypnosis. Every human has been in a hypnotic state many times in their lives for example when driving a car and not actually remembering how you arrived at your destination or daydreaming. When the subject is in this hypnotic state it is associated with relaxation and thus makes it one of the most useful non-pharmacological processes known to mankind. In this hypnotic state it enhances concentration and increases the subjects responsiveness to suggestion to make beneficial changes which they want to make in their thought, behaviour or physiological state, however it is a very personal experience and thus not quantifiable when compared to physiological matters. In the hypnotic state the therapist uses “hypnotic suggestion” which is communicated and intended to alter the recipients feelings, thoughts and behaviour in a specified way. Hellmut W.A. Karle and Jennifer H. Boys explain hypnosis as “a tool with which we may influence many functions of the body, especially in terms of accessing and mobilizing the healing process.” (1) In order to look at the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis it is important to understand that the body and mind are one organism. For example when a person experiences something psychological like

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