Clinical Hypnosis – Why So Unbelievable?
I’ve talked at great length in this blog about what hypnosis actually is. The efficacy of hypnosis in assisting individuals to address faulty thinking, ridding themselves of self-limiting beliefs and general negativity is clear. But, it never ceases to amaze me, the looks of disbelief I get when I add the term “Clinical” to it, i.e. the ability of hypnosis in addressing clinical issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for example.
For some reason, people just seem to find it hard to recognise the mind’s ability to affect the physical being. Whether that is because the mind is kind of thought of as an entity rather than a physical thing, I don’t know. Certainly, there are many areas of clinical hypnosis which would really benefit from further research to build a firm base of empirical evidence supporting the use of hypnosis. But is it so hard to believe that the mind can affect us in this way?
Think about it. If we were to close our eyes right now and think of a happy memory, really picture it and involve ourselves in that memory, then all the good, positive feelings associated with that memory come flooding back. We might even find ourselves smiling. We create a physical feeling within ourselves, yet the events that foster that memory are long gone. Nowhere near the here and now. Yet the mind has the ability to recall that memory and foster a physical reaction to it.
Stress is perhaps the number one “evil” when it comes to our well being. It has the ability to lower the immune system, in turn laying us open to whatever bugs are going around. It is thought that the digestive system is the number one “organ” in the body most sensitive to stress. Possibly one of the reasons why the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) do actually recommend hypnosis to address IBS. The only ailment they do recommend it for. As hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation, it follows that it is very efficient in alleviating the stress causing an individuals IBS.
So given the examples above, is it really so hard to believe how hypnosis can help in the clinical environment?