About Hypnosis

 Today I was going back home from my lectures in the university, when I decided to change my usual path. I ended up in front of a box with books for donation! Awesone, thank you angels for leading my way! The one I am going to write about today is called: “The Induction of elation and depression through the reading of structured sets of mood-statements” by Emmet Charlton Velten. (click on the title to download the original book, if you are interested).

We all heard about the effect of positive affirmations. This is when you repeat a motivational statement to yourself, such as “I am beautiful and I will be successful”. Nevertheless social psychologists say that positive affirmations are effective only for people with high self-esteem. In other words if you truly believe that you are a “piece of sh**” telling yourself ” I am a piece of cake” won’t make a difference 🙂 Therefore we need to work on our Self-Esteem! Self-value, self-appreciation, assetiveness. All these principles are thought in my Reiki classes. They are suitable for the spiritually minded. For the more rational minds, here is the review of scientific data.

The idea that we can correct our bad habits, simply by repeating certain phrase is fascinating. I am looking forward to learning more about hypnosis very soon! The book starts with some history:

  • Emile Coué (1923) was a pharmacist interested in the Placebo effect. He invented autosuggestion. One of his famous autosuggestive phrases was “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”
  • E. Lakin Phillips (1956) developed the Assertion-structured therapy. The behaviour of a person depends on his choices, or his assertions about future events. Phillips said “The neurotic is essentially a person who is constantly betting on a set of assertions that have a high probability of disconfirmation.” People who always say “I always have bad luck”, “I will never succeed” and so on. When we look at the statistical probability of someone always failing, the chances are pretty low. Yet, the anxious individual, and the one with low self-esteem, would repeat in his mind the negative expectations over and over again. When the reality is in discrepancy with his/her expectations this create an internal conflict. This confusion then leads to a chronic type of stress which in turn results in phychological and physiological symptoms. You can get sick just by thinking how miserable you are (although in reality you are not). The power of the mind…
  • Albert Ellis (1963) invented the Rational-emotive psychotherapy. He said that human emotions are created by our internalized evaluative statements. This is why in Mindfulness we say – observe your thoughts and emotions, without a judgement. The judgement component, the evaluative part is what makes us feel sad or happy. In relaxation procedures, like meditation, many medical conditions caused by anxiety are being ameliorated. You can keep yourself healthier by implemeting meditation practice in your life!

Further in the book the author summarizes the various experiments using hypnosis to induce emotions. One of the measures was to use association to see how people respond to neutral words such as paper, snow, birds, life. This reminds me of the Free association technique originally used by Sigmund Freud. This method was used to allow patients to explore their emtions and thoughts, again in a non-judgemental way. It seems like we use the same old methods but we change the vocabulary. As it is the case with many other terms, which I am preparing to put together in my next book! The conclusion of this review is that how you talk to yourself makes a difference. Love yourself first and select the kindest words when you address yourself!

Love, Kamy Dova