Hypnosis has helped millions of people with various life challenges. For example, hypnosis has been successful in helping people lose weight, stop smoking, quit biting nails, gain confidence, and overcome shyness, and so on. The key to hypnosis working has to do with the suggestions made. For this reason, we strongly recommend you work with a reputable and licensed hypnotist or hypnotherapist. If you conduct self-hypnosis, you need to learn the proper techniques for suggestion. Otherwise, you could find yourself in worse shape than when you started.
The mind is comprised of two parts. The first part is the conscious mind, the part with which you think. The second part is the subconscious mind, the part that you are not aware of, but also the part of the mind that determined most of what you do. Now, when you look at the subconscious mind, it works in very interesting ways. For starters, the subconscious mind is not able to tell the difference between fantasy and reality, or products of our imagination. The reason is that the subconscious mind is limited to deductive logic.
The two parts of the mind, the conscious and subconscious work very differently, which is one of the reasons the subconscious mind has such an important role. With deductive logic, this is the process of reasoning from general to specific. That means the logic applies what you know about many things to one or just a few similar things. As an example, we know that human beings are born with eyes, ears, and a nose. Therefore, when your friend or family member has a baby, through deductive logic, you can assume the baby has eyes, ears, and a nose.
Another type of logic is called inductive, which is the reverse. With this, you would form general beliefs that come from specifics. In other words, you make limited observations and then generalize. The reason understanding these types of logics is that when it comes to hypnosis, good suggestion when repeated enough times and over an extended amount of time, is eventually accepted by the subconscious mind as something being true. The key with hypnosis is to have good suggestions.
By using positive suggestion in the appropriate formula, you will see success with hypnosis. The key with using suggestion is to eliminate resistance for the subconscious mind to accept the suggestion being made. Because when the subconscious mind hears something in the right way, and it believes what it is hearing, then it accepts it. Understanding this and working with a professional that knows how to provide the right type of suggestion is how you will overcome and conquer whatever it is you want.
To give you an example of how suggestion can help, consider this example. Let us say that you were having trouble concentrating. You go to work and for the first two hours, you do quite well. However, as the day wears on, you begin to drift off. Frustrated and discouraged, you know you need to concentrate better to keep your job but nothing is working. If it were up to your conscious mind, you would go to work, concentrate all day, and have a successful career. However, something within the subconscious mind is preventing you from concentrating. With hypnosis, the proper suggestion would be formulated to trigger the subconscious mind. For instance, your mind might be given the suggestion that you will go to work, remain focused on the tasks of the day, resulting in you feeling better and more confident.
Although hypnosis' suggestions could take hold immediately, it typically takes several sessions. The problem is that some hypnotists or hypnotherapists will give the suggestion with a negative slant. For instance, they may say, "You are tired because you can't concentrate. To feel better about yourself, you must learn to concentrate." To the subconscious mind, this comes off as unbelievable, which is why it is not accepted. Therefore, the suggestion must be given in a positive way so it can be accepted as the truth
Unfortunately, many things can block the effectiveness of suggestions, keeping them from being good. Therefore, you have the job of minimizing risk of triggering wrong or bad suggestions. The way you do that is to formulate and apply only suggestions that are positive and good.