Hypnosis in the News

Hypnosis used instead of Anesthesia in Surgery to remove Skin Tumor

A woman in Padua had surgery to remove a skin tumor by hypnosis instead of anesthesia in a groundbreaking anesthesiological method which updates 19th century techniques used for minor pathologies, a medical journal said Wednesday. The finding will reportedly enable other tumor patients who have had allergic reactions to anesthetic agents or are considered at…

The Power of Empathy

Jeremy Dean at PsyBlog discusses empathy . . . Without empathy, human beings are lonely, disconnected creatures. An old philosophical question asks: is there any such thing as a selfless act? Cynics answer no, because any apparently selfless act is always tacitly showing off what ‘good’ people we are. Even if no one else knows…

Hypnotic Suggestions can Prompt Conscious Hallucinations Study

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Researchers have discovered that “hypnotic suggestions” – instructions that encourage a response from those under hypnosis – may trigger automatic cues, such as for how we perceive color. Researchers from Finland and Sweden conducted two studies revealing the brain’s oscillatory (repetitive variation) activity using EEGs in two participants under hypnosis. In the first study published…

Study Shows Sexual Health for Post-Menopausal Women Improved by Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

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Hypnotic relaxation therapy improves sexual health in postmenopausal women who have moderate to severe hot flashes, according to Baylor University researchers who presented their findings at the American Psychological Association’s recent annual meeting. The study, which examined sexual comfort, sexual satisfaction and sexual pleasure, is a first step toward a safe and effective alternative toward…

Scientific Assassination of a Sexual Revolutionary

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Regular readers here know I am a bit of a fan of the work of Wilhelm Reich and his theories on character analysis and the orgasm and that I’m a bit put off that those theories are often misrepresented and ridiculed for what they are not. Motherboard has a piece on how the US government…

Study Shows Self-Affirmations Boost Problem-Solving Skills When You’re Stressed

Many hypnotists will tell you that simple affirmations don’t work and that folks need genuine hypnotic intervention with whatever pet process the hypnotist happens to support. However, recent studies are showing that this isn’t always the case and that sometimes just focusing and doing a few affirmations can be enough to make a difference. Reminding…

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America’s Bottom Line

More corporations are bringing variations of meditation, focused trance, and hypnosis into the workplace as a means of lowering stress, increasing productivity, and lowering health costs . . . which affects their bottom lines. It’s not so much new age philosophy that’s got mindfulness and similar mind techniques exploding in the business world but simple…

Meditation for Sleep

One reason hypnotists like myself prefer to use rapid or speed hypnosis methods late in the day is that it’s very easy for folks to fall asleep at that time, particularly if you use any sort of relaxation based hypnotic induction or guided meditation. This is also why many meditation teachers suggest that folks not…

Marines learn Mindful Meditation Techniques

Now this is a fascinating development . . . marines are now learning mindful meditation techniques before deployment. The Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (“M-Fit”), a fledgling military initiative that teaches service members the secular meditative practice of mindfulness in order to bolster their emotional health and improve their mental performance under the stress and strain…

New Studies Show that Hypnosis for Anxiety and Pain is Rapidly Growing

Hypnosis is a rapidly growing practice that is used in different types of therapy sessions. New studies from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis are showing that Hypnosis for Anxiety is also a rapidly growing trend among those who seek healthy behavior correction and non-drug treatments for anxiety and pain. It’s safe to assume that…

Hypnosis can improve a Horse Rider’s Confidence according to Study

Flora Watkins at Horse and Hound reports that new research suggests that a rider’s confidence can be significantly improved by just one session of hypnosis. Sherree Russell Ginger, a clinical hypnotherapist and qualified BHSAI, conducted the research as part of her BSc in clinical hypnosis at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, earlier this year. “The…