As previously explained Hypnosis is used to change drinking habits, build self-confidence, stop smoking, eliminate anxiety, phobias and fears, lose weight and improve memory. Hypnosis and other hypnotic methods have been an important role in the pursuit of healing for thousands of years. In order to experience the successful use of hypnosis to reach personal growth and self-improvement, there are 3 key factors involved: self-motivation, repetition and realistic suggestions.
- Hypnosis can only truly achieve its full objective when the subject is motivated to change. By this we mean the person seeking hypnosis MUST personally want to change. If a subject seeks hypnosis because family or friends want them to, it will not have the desired affect. You have to want to change within you. Many Hypnotists have written about people wanting hypnosis for weight loss or quit smoking because their husband or wife have asked, or their doctor has instructed them to do so. Often people do not respond as well to the hypnosis as those who really want to change for themselves. The clearer one's own desire for self-improvement is in their mind, the easier and more affective the hypnotic suggestions will change their everyday life and achieve the results they are looking for.
- For Hypnosis to work well, repetition is vital. Fears, phobias, habits, memories are embedded deep inside our subconscious mind which is why repetition is so important in the process of hypnosis. One can not simply 'tap' into the subject's mind and access the feelings and emotions that cause habits such as smoking. By hearing the hypnotic suggestions on a daily basis, can one start to experience change. It is this process that explains why subjects are given a tape recording of their sessions, so that they can listen back to it on a daily basis.
- The third key factor in Hypnosis is that the suggestions must be realistic and believable. In order for the subject to consider a suggestion, it must be believable so that the mind can grasp it and accept it as a real possibility. For example, telling a subject seeking weight loss that all food is disgusting will not work. Their mind will not accept this as a real possibility because it is such a stretch of the imagination. Instead it is more affective to say, certain foods will not taste as good as the time before. This is far more acceptable and believable for the subject to grasp. With the repetition and self-motivation, certain foods will loose their taste and the control they have over the person will begin to breakdown.