For years before I studied Psychology, I would attend the local state fair. There always seemed to be a stage show featuring a hypnotist. I would attend and watch carefully as people were told they couldn’t move their entwined fingers, get off their chairs, or even act like certain animals.
At the time, I surmised that these were all folks, just playing along with the performer. I would have sworn that there really was no such thing as hypnotism or anything as absurd as folks ACTUALLY acting like chickens.
I started to read several books on the subject as this “odd” science intrigued me. After reading a few books, as interesting as they were, I was still NOT convinced that anything that could make people do crazy things COULD be true.
It wasn’t until I myself decided to undergo the process, did I begin to believe that there really might be something to this. While I was waiting in the patients waiting room, I spoke to a woman who was there to quit smoking. She told me this was her third session there, and that she used to be a three pack smoker per day.
She told me that after only one session, she was down to only a pack a day. I asked her about the hypnotist and what he did, and she advised me that he had her close her eyes, and focus on herself in an elevator g slowly descending floor by floor. With each floor she reached, (10 in all), she would become more and more relaxed until she fell asleep.
To me, this was an interesting concept because I had already read about this technique. She said that she no longer felt the NEED to smoke, and thus was slowly cutting down. I gotta tell ya, I was impressed.
When I went in for my session, (Couldn’t get to sleep), he took me through the same patter. I too felt as though I fell asleep. After only two sessions, I was sleeping better. The hypnotist taught me a technique to use to SELF hypnotizes myself, and after that, I never felt better. I use this technique even now when I find it difficult to fall asleep.
I must say, after taking all the Psych. courses, and learning HOW to hypnotize people, I have now become a true believer. I still go to the State fair and to the stage shows, but NOW, I have a much better understanding how they work, and now I thoroughly enjoy them.