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How long does it take to break negative habits?

Negative habits are the results of a long process of conditioning that will not simply go away and stay away without a process of reconditioning. Quick-cure reports continue to be believed and only cause more misleading information about hypnosis. We cannot-in one or two sessions-make someone an ace salesman, an excellent public speaker, an honor student, etc. Nor can we break anyone of a smoking habit which they have had for years, within a few hours. Effective and lasting results cannot be produced in a couple of sessions. In effect, the hypnotist is a teacher, instructing his student to use his own innate potential to bring about change.

Can hypnosis make me stop smoking even if I don't want to, really?

No, hypnosis cannot make you do anything you really don’t want to do! Not every smoker really wants to quit, regardless of the harmful effects. Some folks would like to just cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke and, of course, this can be done through hypnosis. Hypnosis is no magic wand which can be waved to remove desire for smoking, but it is an excellent, excellent method. It is a means of communication-directly-with the subconscious. Actually, we teach the client "self-hypnosis" and it is a gradual, tapering down process- not all of a sudden, or all at once. By this method, there will be no possibility of substitute habits taking over.

Can hypnosis help an alcoholic?

Frankly, we would not accept such cases unless we are convinced the person really wants help and really wants to overcome his problem. Hypnosis cannot make you want to do something. However, in acceptable cases, where motivation is obviously sincere, hypnosis can help by building confidence and a new self-image.

Can a person be hypnotized while intoxicated?

Not usually, since chances are the person would not be able to concentrate upon the suggestions given by the hypnotist. Any condition which impairs the function of the brain would be a deterrent to hypnosis. There is an interesting "but" here. IF the subject can be hypnotized, he might be sobered up by appropriate suggestions!

What about hypnosis for medical problems?

Hypnosis is not the practice of medicine. It is only good sense to realize that only qualified medical persons should employ hypnosis for people who are organically ills. If the physician feels hypnosis is in order and is not trained in this modality himself, he can prescribe such treatment by referral to a qualified hypnotist. Of course, there are areas where hypnosis can be of value in non-medical situations: self-confidence, stage fright, study habits, tension control, athletics, etc., etc… We could go on and on, dealing with healthy people, utilizing hypnosis to help folks realize their full potential.

Have you ever healed any organic problem with hypnosis?

NO! Hypnosis never "healed" anything, in the sense you mean. Of course, certain ailments such as ulcers, skin disorders, etc., which may have their inception in nervous tensions and emotional tensions, can-and do-respond nicely to hypnotic suggestion. Dr. Lester Millikin of St, Louis wrote a paper on the use of hypnosis for certain types of arthritis…and asthma…which may be aggravated for emotional reasons.

We must emphasize again that hypnosis is not the practice of medicine and can "cure" nothing, nothing organic, that is.

What about problems involving "health"?

Any problem of health must be referred to the hypnotist by a physician. The doctor’s instructions will be carried out and the hypnotist will keep him posted as to the patient’s progress.

Certainly, no problem of a medical nature should be dealt with without proper authorization, or-in some cases-supervision. This would constitute a danger, inasmuch as it might delay proper medical aid. Symptoms are usually a warning that something is wrong, and if there is something physical wrong, it should be treated by the appropriate practitioner of the healing arts.

Can any doctor refer patients for hypnosis?

The referral must come from a professional person whose specialty is involved. For instance, if a psychological problem is indicated, it would not be within the purview of, say, a cardiologist, to recommend hypnosis. Sometimes, of course, good judgement on the part of the hypnotist must be exercised, since his position, ethically, is a vulnerable one. Unqualified therapy can help no one!

Has hypnosis ever been tried for skin problems?

Since it has been well established that many skin disorders have psychosomatic causes, hypnosis-in such cases-can be helpful. We have worked with cases of hives, and other such problems, with fine results. Nervous tensions and emotions often result in such eruptions of the skin, although this varies from person to person. Some people just react to certain conflicts in varying degrees, throughout their lives. Itching, acne…etc., usually respond to hypnotic techniques, when the inception is not of organic nature.

 

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