Does Hypnotherapy Really Work?


Does hypnotherapy really work?If you’ve ever considered hypnotherapy for things like weight loss, smoking cessation, or any other bad habit, you’ve probably wondered if it works or not. It seems like it would be perfect, walk into a hypnotist’s office and a few minutes later walk out with your problem solved. So does it work, or is this just the sort of lazy quick fix that keeps them in business, even with no results?

Overview
Hypnotism has been around for a long time. Maybe not as long as some other forms of alternative therapies, but it seems to date back to the 1800′s. It involves allowing yourself to be lulled into a relaxed state, and then having a trained hypnotist give your unconscious mind directions so that you will follow them without even thinking about it.

Perhaps you’ve seen a professional hypnotist work with a crowd and put supposed strangers into a hypnotic trance, giving them outlandish suggestions so that they act in very unusual ways. The thought is that if you can override the conscious mind, you can get a person to do almost anything, and they won’t even know why they’re doing it.

The Claim
The underlying claim made by those that support hypnotherapy is that by giving a directive to your unconscious brain to stop doing a bad habit, such as overeating, or smoking, that you’ll naturally be able to stop yourself, and better yet, you won’t even remember that you once overate or smoked.

The Cost
The cost of hypnotherapy will vary by the hypnotist. In this regard you must be careful. Just because a person charges more for their services does not make them more effective. Likewise, just because a hypnotist doesn’t charge very much, doesn’t mean that they aren’t any good.

You can also save some money by attending a group session, although this might not be as effective. Some ads on the radio have stated that you can attend a stop smoking hypnotism seminar and walk away smoke free.

You don’t want to bargain shop on this one, so be sure to find a therapist with a lot of testimonials that look legitimate and see if you can talk with someone that has actually gone through with it.

The Commitment
You have to keep an open mind if you want hypnotism to work for you. If you don’t think that it’s going to work, or you go in with a closed off attitude, then it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, and it won’t work for you. A hypnotist can only work with someone that is willing to let themselves go, and they won’t be able to get through your conscious mind if you’re resisting the process or bring a negative energy.

If you have the right mindset and the procedure works for you, you’ll have to determine how many sessions you need in order to have full control of your situation. This is something that you’ll want to discuss with the hypnotist, and you shouldn’t feel like you are being conned into more sessions. Often times the commands need to be planted repeatedly before they take hold. You took years to train your brain to the negative behavior, so it might take longer than an afternoon to undo the damage.

Evaluation
There are mixed feelings when it comes to hypnotism. Some swear by it and others write it off as psycho mumbo jumbo. It’s really up to the individual and whether they believe it will work and whether they are putting themselves into a state where they can have these commands impressed into them.

Final Hypnotherapy Review

If you are postive that it will work for you, you’ll probably have a good experience with hypnotherapy. If you look for the negative reviews and experiences from others, and use that to dictate whether it will work for you, you lose all of your power.

You should have a first hand experience for yourself before you judge something, as it’s the only way to no without a doubt if something works in your particular case and for your particular problem.

Our Recommendation
Give it a try! You don’t have much to lose, if it doesn’t work you’ll still have your problem, but if it does work you won’t have to worry about it any more and you’ll be able to get on with your life.

What do you think? Does hypnotherapy work or not?


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Gabrielle December 3, 2011 at 4:02 am

I´m thinking about hypnotherapy because I want to quit smoking, I´ve tried before but I failed. I guess is not that easy and maybe I´m not totally convinced cause I find it relaxing and its a bad habit I unfortunately enjoy. Still I believe in the power of hypnosis so I´ll give it a try.

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Dennis Atkinson December 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Gabrielle … the chemicals and compounds found in cigarettes produce the opposite effects of relaxation on the body. Most likely the act of smoking triggered by visually seeing the cigarette allows your subconscious mind to access a memory attached to smoking, and subconsciously returning to this memory is what you are finding pleasant and relaxing … additionally, when one smokes it involves the act of deep breathing (which will produce relaxation). People often times fail to succeed in their attempts to stop smoking because they just are not ready … whether you use medication, hypnosis, or decide to quit cold turkey … you will need to be committed to your goal. Just food for thought.

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David December 29, 2012 at 3:10 am

Been considering this for awhile, have failed several times with over the counter products. My supervisor went to the “Mad Russian” several years ago up in the Boston area, with a group of 23 others, 3 started smoking hours later, 2 several months later but the rest have been smoke free for several years now. They only made that single visit.
About 23 years ago I knew someone who went to a hypnotherapist weekly for atleast a year, basically swapped out cigarettes for lollipops, he was never without one in his mouth , so I have always been skeptical since.

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Rhonda July 14, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hypnotherapy does work. My father did hypnotherapy to quit smoking. He was a heavy smoker of three packs each day. He tried the gum, patches and pills and nothing would work. I made him an appointment with a hypnotherapist with high hopes. My dad smoked a cigarette before he entered the office, did his treatment and came out to the car. He has yet to pick up another cigarette. It has been three years and hasn’t smoked a cigarette since. If you have tried everything to quit smoking, then give this a try. It cost around one hundred and fifty dollars, but so worth the money.

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Allison July 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

For years and years I was a disbeliever in hypnotherapy. Anything that had to deal with the control of the mind sounded like rubbish to me and I would shake my head at those who would put their trust or their money into it. But a few years ago my uncle decided he wanted to quit smoking for good. He had been smoking for almost 30 years and had tried everything else under the sun to try to stop. You can imagine my surprise when he signed up for hypnotherapy as a last resort. It worked on him (don’t ask me how) and he hasn’t smoked since.

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