Using Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

July 31st, 2012 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Quit Smoking § permalink

Making the decision to give up the smoking habit can be one of the most important decisions a person can make. There is a big difference between wishing you didn’t smoke, and making the decision to quit. As noted in my article entitled Decision Making vs Wishful Thinking I give a clear explanation of the difference between these two states, and how the effectiveness of hypnosis correlates to which one you’re in.

For those who have made the decision to give up the smoking habit, hypnosis is an excellent way to make that journey easier, quicker, and permanent. Recent studies find that hypnosis is an effective smoking-cessation technique. (e.g. Can Hypnosis Snuff Out a Smoker’s Cigarette Habit?) » Read the rest of this entry «

Hypnosis and the Fear of Public Speaking

May 28th, 2012 § Comments Off on Hypnosis and the Fear of Public Speaking § permalink

The mere thought of standing in front of a group to present an idea or to deliver a speech can strike terror in the hearts of even the most confident of individuals. Fear of public speaking is called by many terms like speech anxiety, stage fright, fear of speaking, performance anxiety, and includes everything from standing on the stage speaking to a large audience, to answering a question in a meeting, or speaking to your boss one-on-one.

For those who suffer with the fear of public speaking, “glossophobia,” the results can be devastating. According to the Speech Topics Help, Advice and Ideas website, the fear of public speaking can have severe negative effects on careers. Workplace public speaking starts with the job interview, and for some, experiencing extreme anxiety symptoms during an interview can result in an inaccurate assessment of their ability to perform on the job. » Read the rest of this entry «

Phobias and Hypnosis

February 28th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?  A fear response is generally a spontaneous “on the spot” reaction to a stimulus or situation. A phobic response on the other hand generally results in a variety of physical manifestations such as an elevated heart rate, shallow breathing, sweaty clammy hands, shaky voice, dizziness, a feeling of suffocation or inability to breathe. A phobic response genuinely feels like life or death for many people. Often, this response can be triggered by the mere thought of, or even a photograph of the stimulus. » Read the rest of this entry «

Decision Making vs Wishful Thinking

February 2nd, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

We’re all faced with great possibilities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations” — author unknown.

Decision-making is an art, and like most things in life, the more you do it the better you become at doing it effectively. Increasing the number of decisions you make also increases the risk of making a wrong decision occasionally. Nevertheless, it is clear that those who make decisions on a regular basis are those who find more success in life, due to the fact that they take more risk, make more decisions, and thereby provide more opportunities for success.

At Intuitive Hypnosis, some of the most frequently asked questions from clients are, “Will this work for me? Why does hypnosis help some people and not others? What can I do to ensure success in reaching my goals?” » Read the rest of this entry «

Mind over Brain – Using your mind to re-train your brain to think positive!

December 1st, 2011 § Comments Off on Mind over Brain – Using your mind to re-train your brain to think positive! § permalink

Did you know that, as humans, we have evolved to focus on the negative? When it comes to our survival, it is easy to understand why we are built with a propensity to focus on the negative instead of the positive. Using the analogy of carrots for positive experiences or stimuli, and sticks for negative experiences or stimuli, we find that our mammalian ancestors who focused on “dodging the sticks” may not have had as much fun, but they lived longer. Because, by focusing on negative stimuli, they avoided death.

Our mammalian ancestors lived in a world where it was paramount to their existence to be on the constant look out for danger, always looking over their shoulders, alert to the slightest sound out of place, ready to run, fight, or freeze, depending on the situation. Missing out on positive opportunities usually did not result in death. However, failing to pay attention to the warning signs that a predator, or other life threatening stimuli, was nearby, often resulted in death. The result? Our brains have developed six ingenious ways to “dodge sticks”, by focusing on the negative, to ensure our survival. (Hanson & Mendius, 2010) » Read the rest of this entry «

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