Understanding Hypnosis

Initial knowledge of hypnosis is merely limited to an awareness of the function of hypnosis in the treatment of pain and depression. Scientific studies and medical investigative researches state that hypnosis is a form of treatment. Hypnosis is a type of deep relaxation in which the therapist has been taught in performing methods of trance formation. In doing hypnosis, guided imagery is sometimes employed to assist the patient in visualizing the situation in an attempt to search for the root cause of a certain problem. At the end of the session, the person is still in the trance situation and the therapist provides posthypnotic recommendations. Typically, these recommendations are positive and help the client with modifications in behaviour to accomplish a goal.
After reading the article titled Frontal Functions, Connectivity, and Neural Efficiency Underpinning Hypnosis and Hypnotic Susceptibility, a deeper understanding of hypnosis was achieved. The article discussed how the different parts of the brain function during hypnotic development. It was found out by the researchers that fluctuations of the brain operations are pertinent causes of hypnosis. Such function of the anterior brain is merely found in subjects with high hypnotizability. The opposite holds true for subjects that have low hypnotizability and who are receiving similar instructions. So as to avert any possible misunderstanding, it was highlighted in the study that the results of the experiment do not signify global inhibition, deactivation, or disconnection of the frontal lobes. Functions of the left frontal lobe become more exposed to changes compared to the right frontal lobe function (Gruzelier, 2006, p. 27). Yet research suggests that depending upon the circumstance, both frontal lobes can function bilaterally in some hypnotizable subjects.
Using the information learned in the article, hypnosis can be used to convince patients to seek out treatment related to, for instance, pain and depression. Physicians can use hypnosis to treatment their patients by offering suggestions during and posthypnotic stage.
Bell, V. (2012). Vaughan Bell: hypnosis is no laughing matter. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/jul/22/hypnosis-revival-neuroscience-vaughan-bell
Gruzelier, J. H. (2006). Frontal functions, connectivity and neural efficiency underpinning hypnosis and hypnotic susceptibility. Contemporary Hypnosis,23(1), 15-32.

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