Hypnosis

Hypnosis

Something Different Hypnosis What is it? What Comes To Mind? This? Or Maybe This? Or Hopefully... This?

Preconceptions Its important to ask the question: What comes to our minds when we hear the word HYPNOSIS Do we see: Las Vegas shows with people walking like chickens and quacking like ducks? T.V. shows with audience participants acting

supposedly against their will? Movies with Dracula, Mesmer or even Svengali? We can assume that if we dont see hypnosis this way, the majority of our patients will. For this reason it is important to clarify what hypnosis is and what it can and cannot do. Definition of Hypnosis

1876, "inducement of sleep," coined by the British surgeon James Braid, (as an alternative to hypnotism) from Gk. hypnos "sleep" ( somnolence) + -osis "condition." An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction. A combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, visualization and meditation

Belief Systems and Expectations Whether were doctors or patients, we all respond to the concept or word hypnosis in a: sometimes predictable, sometimes skeptical, maybe superstitious, and more often than not, overly anxious way. Our individual reactions to hypnosis are

determined by the belief systems and ensuing expectations with which we have developed. If we have been exposed to hypnosis in the context of the first two videos, we will expect to experience it that way. We can even say the same for dentistry: The more we believe and expect through our own painful experiences (or through the painful experiences of others) to experience pain, the more likely we will be to experience pain and trauma when

we are in the dentists chair. These belief systems and expectations result from a process of classical learning theory of association and identification. Right from the beginning, we need to normalize hypnosis and help the patient realize that we wont be able to make them do anything they wouldnt ordinarily want to do. It cant grow limbs. It cant take away your own free will and choice.

Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work? We accept the idea of the tri-partite mind as espoused by Plato, Freud, Maclean, etc. Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work? Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work?

We expand these two fears into adulthood to be : fears of rejection and losing control Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work? These two instincts, as we will see later, can be used and are used to drive the individual to escape into a hypnotic state. Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work?

Its crucial that we accept the concept of the sub-conscious mind. Whether real or not, we effect change on a level that is unknown to the Beta Brain or 14-30 Hz wave length. Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work? These knowns make up our extensive memory system that can be altered. Its here in the conscious mind or waking state, that we try to alter

behavior but as well see, its in the sub-conscious where that behavior is actually altered or maintained. Although in our conscious mind we can reason through logic that, for example, we need to stop smoking because its injurious to our health, its our subconscious that knows it brings us pleasure to smoke and that motivates us to continue the behavior. Motivation will always win out over logic, reason and will-power. As can be seen here, this correlates with the findings of children being more hypnotizable and more impressionable. A child of 4 and 5 has a very weak critical mind. Its this critical area that

eventually will make up our defense system. Its this critical area that also determines whether and to what extent we will be susceptible to negative and/or positive experiences and suggestions in life. Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work? The way we receive and process this external and internal information is what we call SUGGESTIBILITY. Here we can see what happens if we dont maintain physical and mental

health and how we become subject to negative information and its effects. Often we find subjects that are already in hypnosis due to not: Dreaming Sleeping Eating Healthy Staying Healthy Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How

does it work? Here we have an overview of the Hypnosis Paradigm Functional Paradigm of Hypnosis: How does it work? The Insidious Catch-22 Its in the primitive area where our anxieties reside. The more we allow ourselves to function from this area, the more that anxiety will drive us to stay in the area. Suggestibility

Definition-How we take in information.. Information includes: Smells Tastes Colors Textures Emotions Thoughts Actions Suggestibility and Hypnotizability Up until the early 1950s it was thought

that only 25% of everyone was hypnotizable. With the work of Orne, Erickson, Kappas, a theory of suggestibility was revised wherein it was understood that everyone had a different way of being hypnotized according to how they took in information. Once suggestibility was understood, the practitioner could then design his/her suggestions to match the individual and therefore facilitate the acceptance of the

The Following are the 3 different types of Suggestibility Literal Inferential Somnambulistic Literal Type Example: mother insists that child must come in from playing outside and eat dinner. After going back and forth on this issue, the mother stands her ground and doesnt give in. The child then

realizes that what a person says is what they mean. They will, from then on, receive information directly and without reinterpretation. Example: As an adult, if told they look beautiful today, they will usually say: Thank You and that would be that. This type of suggestibility is healthy and less neurotic. This individual is more receptive to hypnosis and receiving suggestions. Inferential Type Example: mother insists that child must come in

from playing outside and eat dinner. After going back and forth on this issue, the mother eventually gives in. The child learns that what a person says is not what they mean and will from then on take information in through the back door. They will always re-interpret whatever is presented to them. As an adult if told they look beautiful today, they will usually think, what does she mean by that? What is she trying to say? Was there something wrong with me last time. Obviously, this type can be much more neurotic and very problematical. This individual is usually more skeptical and harder to put under.

Somnambulistic (Sleepwalker) This individual is suggestible in both ways and therefore highly hypnotizable. This person generally made up that initial 25% of hypnotizables and makes up those that we see on stage in Vegas. The issue here is that the persons defenses are too diffused and they need to increase their ability to protect themselves from unwanted suggestions. We often find people that

work with coaches (actors, athletes and musicians) to be highly somnambulistic having learned to be responsive to Determining Suggestibility and Hypnotizability By asking certain questions and observing behavior, we can determine suggestibility type.

Your left arm is light as a feather while your right arm is holding a heavy bowling ballcheck reaction Did you or have you ever walked in your sleep.

Have you ever awakened from a dream and felt that you were paralyzed or could not move or speak Mind..\Videos\mind-motivations.exe Motivations Spiral Key Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility-A www. Lifefirst.com suggestibility test Spiegel- Hypnotic Induction Profile-eye-roll Aside from the Paradigm, other explanations for how hypnosis works Other explanations have taken several main forms:

Parasympathetic Nervous System Activation Brain-Wave Patterns Complex Interaction of both Brain Hemispheres Placebo Effect (expectancy theory) Dissociated control theory (Bowers 1992) Social-Cognitive Theory (kirsch & Lynn 1997) Neodissociation Theory (Hilgard 1986) Neurophysiological theory (Gruzellier 1998) Integrative cognitive theory (Oakley & Brown 2004) Cold control theory (Dienes & Perner 2007) Dissociated experience theory (Kihlstrom (1985) Ego-psychological theory (Fromm 1992)

How and When Is It Experienced? We all experience hypnosis every moment of the day. Driving and missing our stop - we were in hypnosis Watching a movie and losing track of time - we were in hypnosis. Playing video games, watching T.V., eating, exercising, day - dreaming, etc. Being stressed at work or home, being ill, medications, drugs and alcohol. Every time we go into our thoughts we are in

hypnosis and every time we come out of thoughts we come out of hypnosis. Its like breathing The Object of the Game Lewis R. Wolberg, M.D. stated: Hypnosis is an intensely meaningful interpersonal experience for the patient, into which he may project strivings, fears and neurotic demands such as are operative whenever he involves himself in a close relationship. Rollo May stated: Its like falling in love Allow the patient to enter a state between waking and sleep (alpha

state) where their defenses are lower and they can readily accept the suggestions that will alter their learned associations. Allow the critical core to diminish in strength through relaxation and trust. Its this rapport and therapeutic alliance that allows for work to be done whether in talk therapy or in hypnotherapy. Its this transference and trust that motivates the patient to lower their defenses and allows overriding more desirable suggestions to replace negative ones. What to Expect and How to Proceed

1. Induction Techniques (Progressive relaxation,Arm-raise,etc) Deepening Processes (staircase,elevator,etc) and Suggestion techniques (reciprocal inhibition, associations, visualizations, etc.) As the patient enters the office either for hypnosis itself or for a dental procedure, the level of anxiety being experienced at

the time will be high. As this anxiety increases, the desire to escape into hypnosis will also increase. Initially, the work will be to establish trust and rapport Confidence Warmth Empathy The patient will be educated about hypnosis

2. Natural Like breathing Will not do anything they wouldnt normally do What to Expect and How to Proceed (Cont.) 3.

As almost every hypnosis session begins, the patient will be eased into a mild trance through either a progressive or passive muscle relaxation exercise beginning with a focus on deep breathing exercises (diaphragmatic breathing). Focus on a spot on the ceiling Start taking deep breaths where with each inhale they feel the positive strength and comfort entering into their body while with each exhale theyre releasing and letting go of all fears, doubts, tensions and the past They begin to visualize a beam of light in any color they wish entering their body from the tips of their toes moving up to

the head with each body-part at a time from the largest muscles and bones to the smallest cells and molecules until the jaw drops and they begin to feel very heavy. The patient is counted down from 5-0 at which time the therapist says: DEEP SLEEP etc. What to Expect and How to Proceed (Cont.) 4. 5. 6.

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Now the patients defenses will be lowered and he/she will allow the therapist or practitioner to deepen the trance through various methods and then they can use specific techniques to replace negative painful associations with more enjoyable associations.

Reciprocal Inhibition Visualization Systematic Desensitization Cognitive Restructuring-Thought Stopping Repetitive Positive Affirmations Aversion Therapy Remember: The more skeptical and resistant the patient is, the less directive the therapy should be. Allow this type to think they are in control. This usually applies to the inferential suggestible. If the patient is compliant and is a literal or somnambulist suggestible, the therapist and therapy can be very directive. Communication between therapist and patient in hypnosis is

always easy and highly focused. Remember: this is a state of heightened awareness. We dont want the patient to be deeper than the Theta state. If theyre snoring in Delta, not much work can be done. Case Study: Jane the Gagger Introduce myself

Addressing her belief systems surrounding gagging, dentistry and hypnosis. Has she ever been hypnotizedWhat was that like She will hear everything I say and I wont make her do anything against her will

Ask for her favorite place and her favorite food. Start breathing and progressive relaxation Suggest that all the sounds around her cause her to go deeper into trance

Count her down (5-0 Deep Sleep) Case Study: Jane the Gagger(Cont.) Have her visualize a staircase of 21 steps and walk her down (deepening)

Have her visualize her favorite place (all senses) Have her visualize herself eating her favorite food (pizza hut pizza) and understand that when the doctor puts in the mold, she will sense it as pizza. (New Associations) Continually reassure her as to how well shes doing.

Initiate Reciprocal Inhibition (have her raise her left hand forefinger as she try's to bring up the gagging reflex and as she reaches the peak, she immediately visualizes her favorite place and how relaxed it is. 3 times through and on the 3rd time insert the suggestion the harder you try to gag, the more relaxed you feel and the quicker you find yourself in your favorite place. Now ask if she is ready to have the pizza in her mouth at which time the

doctor can proceed. Count her out and let her come back slowly ( 5 minutes) Future Lecture Topics Suggestibility and Hypnotizability Induction and Deepening Techniques Breathing, Relaxation, Visualization Different scripts and how to use them: Bruxism,

TMJ Gagging, Anesthesia and Alteration of Pain Awareness Dental Phobia Headaches etc. QUESTIONS FIN

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