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Hypnosis is a keygame-changer in realizing one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviorsand thus achieving a personality development, in the long run.


Hypnosis is atherapeutic technique whereby individuals are in a conscious state ofinner absorption, focused concentration and directed attention. It isan altered awareness or perception state. Therefore, it is a highlyrelaxing conditioning approach. Hypnosis can be self-induced orclinically induced by a trained medical practitioner. More often thannot, it is referred to as a trance induction state with an alteredstate of mind (narrow focusing). Hypnosis is characterized by a senseof heightened susceptibility to suggestions and openness (Erika &ampRonald, 2009). In most cases, hypnosis is used as a therapeutictechnique in clinics for a wide range of cases:

  • Pain

  • Mood disorders

  • Anxiety

Research arguesthat hypnosis use is different from each individual, that is, eachperson possesses a unique hypnotic trait, such as the traitsassociated with hair, growth or height. Recent research suggest thathypnotic communication and suggestions may effectively change aspectsof the persons’ psychological functions, and this can be linked topersonality development traits.

Hypnosis has ahistory that stretches as far as the use of magical texts in ancientEgypt and the “healing passes” of the Hindu Vedas dynasties(Jenkins, 2002). However, it is in the recent decades that we haveacquired a “full” understanding and control of it. In the modernworld, the history of hypnosis is also controversial since somepeople believe that it is a form of occult power: others believe thatit is used to perform miracles and control minds. Hypnosis is such amisunderstood sensation. For many decades it has been associated withspiritualism and witchcraft among other vices (Vyse, 2013).

Moreover, thesignificant period in the history of hypnosis came in the late 18thcentury, this was in coincidence with the occurrence of theEnlightenment and the Age of Reason. A German physician, Franz AntonMesmer, was the pioneer of hypnotic studies (Mesmer). Hewas the first to suggest that the effects of hypnosis are rationallybased. He was also the first person to develop the initial methodsfor hypnosis (animal magnetism) to be used by his patients (Gauld,1992). The method was based on the transfer of a healing power fromthe healer to the patient through a mysterious fluid. Over thesubsequent years, hypnosis has been regarded as a valuable tool forrelieving from psychological stress and causing changing effects in avariety of personality related behaviors (Hilgard &amp Hilgard,2013). Conclusively, the history of hypnosis is a pursuit of aphenomenon that was apparently present long time ago. Currently, itcan been seen as a universal phenomenon that is part of human beings.“In a nutshell, thefuture of hypnosis is supposed to fully realize the untappedpotential of our natural hypnotic abilities.”

Onthe other hand, personalitydevelopment isthe advance inthe organized pattern of behaviors and attitudes that makes a personunique (Baltes &amp Schaie, 2013). Personality development followsthe progressive interaction of&nbsptemperament,character,and the environment from childhood towards adulthood (Buss &ampPlomin, 2014). Personality distinguishes an individual from theother, and thus everyone has his/her personality that identifies howshe/he is viewed by others. According to research, the subconsciousmind dominates the hypnosis trance-like state (Barbara Jordan).

“The subconscious mind is like an obedient servant it just doeswhat it is told to do. The subconscious mind doesn’t think, reason,or rationalize. It only adheres to instructions. Conversely, youconscious mind does think, reason, and rationalize and often arguesagainst what you want. This is why the conscious mind needs to berelaxed and quieted so it won’t counter what you are instructingyour subconscious mind to do.” (Hewitt &amp William, 2008).

Under hypnosis,one can use his/her imagination to modify his/her feelings andemotions. In the process, it changes how you perceive yoursurroundings, your feelings and behaviors adapt and change in thatregard. Hence, this will help you meet to your set goals. Basically,hypnosis is seen as important because (Hypnotherapy, 2015).

  • It can turn you into a different personality

  • Improves your judgment

  • It boost self esteem

  • It boosts motivation

  • Helps in managing stress

  • It brings a relaxation attitude

  • It brings about creativity

  • It controls anger

  • It improves confidence


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