The term hypnosis refers to a deep trance state that is characterized by extreme relaxation, extreme suggestibility, as well as a heightened state of imagination.
While this state is not like sleep since the participant is extreme awake throughout, hypnosis feels a lot like daydreaming. Think of hypnosis as falling under the spell of a book of losing yourself in the book.
Though conscious, the person being hypnotized loses consciousness of their immediate surroundings, and they also tune-out their memories. The deep hypnotic state is comparable to a deeply relaxed state where you lie between sleepiness and wakefulness.
Under conventional hypnosis, if you are undergoing hypnosis, you have to approach the hypnotist’s suggestions of the hypnotist, as if they are your own. The ideas and the suggestions received by the participant appear as they are a representation of reality.
In this deep hypnotic state, the people undergoing hypnosis feels relaxed and uninhibited since they are forced to tune out their worries, as well as their doubts.
But what really happens during hypnosis, how can you stop the hypnosis process?
Ordinarily, the subconscious, and the conscious mind work hand in hand to make you who you are. While your conscious mind is in charge of logical thinking and reasoning, the subconscious mind is in charge of imagination and creativity.
At the same time, the subconscious mind takes charge of all the things that happen automatically in the body – all the biological and biochemical processes in the body are run by the subconscious.
Therefore, the subconscious mind is the actual brains behind the actual human operations. The conscious minds also process all new information, and it relays the information to the subconscious mind.
In deep hypnosis, the subconscious mind is extremely open to suggestions since the critical factor between the conscious and the subconscious mind is open.
It is in this suggestible state that hypnosis is used to relay information to the subconscious, allowing new ideas to be introduced in your subconscious and allowing a change in how you feel about things in your life.
The suggestible state of the subconscious is the reason why hypnosis is commonly used in the management of pain and overcoming addictions.
The effectiveness of the subconscious in effective lifestyle and behavioral changes comes from the fact that the subconscious is a powerful storehouse for permanent memories and thoughts.
So, how do you break hypnosis?
With the low brain activity in your left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex and the enhanced brain activity in the right hemisphere of your cerebral cortex during hypnosis, hypnotherapists have to be careful about how they break their patients out of hypnosis.
Below are some of the ways that you could break out of hypnosis safety and how to ensure that your conscious mind takes over effortlessly. These steps work for self-hypnosis too.
Priming hypnosis clients out of hypnosis
Through conversational hypnosis techniques, a therapist can get their clients out of the deep hypnotic state by priming their expectations.
How is priming done? Well, in the same way, that people start waking up bit by bit as they wake up after dee sleep, so can the mind be primed out of hypnosis bit by bit.
In this case, the therapist would cue the patient to gain their consciousness slowly. For example, the hypnotherapist might inform their participant that it’s almost time for them to come back to the room and to become awake fully.
The signs of awareness they need to be aware of include being aware of the hypnotist’s voice, feeling refreshed, and being alert. A Reminder that Getting of the trance is a process that’s contingent on the patient’s therapeutic gains
In this case, the client’s reemergence from a trance is initiated by therapeutic gains.
For instance, directing the person under hypnosis that their heavy eyelids will not open unless their conscious mind allows and gives them a clear sense of all the wonderful changes to be expected.
Asking the person under hypnosis to come off their trance and directing them to notice how comfortable and relaxed they feel, and how they will also feel after they get out of the hypnotic state.
As a hypnotherapist, you could cue your client to wake up when they hear your voice or if you say a specific word or phrase. In this case, the hypnotist sounds soothing and gentle to cue their client to feel calm and relaxed.
For example, you could get your client out of the hypnotic state by speaking in a conversational tone. With a relaxing/soothing voice, you can cue the client out of hypnosis with ease.
Clarify that therapy will be finite
While it’s unclear how long it will take for an individual to get over anxiety, depression, or an addiction, a hypnotherapist will make it easy for an individual to get out of a hypnotherapy session by mentioning beforehand that the therapy sessions will not be a one-off session.
Suggesting that the therapy will take about 4, 5, or even more sessions. However, they should know that nothing lasts forever, not even therapy.
It’s important to keep in mind that terminating a therapy session isn’t all about throwing the person under hypnosis out of the therapy process while they still need help, it’s all about setting clear guidelines about the process and helping them be ready emotionally when the therapy ends, eventually.