Terms Associated with Hypnosis
Most people associate hypnotists with the entertainment industry. On a theater stage or at private parties, a hypnotist will put people in a trance and, under this subtle form of mind control, have them act out suggestions that might be comedic or erotic. But hypnotism also has a legitimate purpose as a method of subliminal therapy. A professional hypnotist can help people to quit smoking, lose weight or sleep more soundly. Here are a few terms associated with hypnosis.
Subconscious Mind – The part of the mind accessed by the hypnotist.
Hypnotic Suggestion – The subliminal induction of a person in a hypnotic state into a behavior that will remain consistent when the person is revived. Typical hypnotic suggestions offered in therapy sessions include those to aid in weight loss or the control over a bad habit.
Affirmations – Positive suggestions transmitted through hypnosis.
Stop Mechanism – A hypnotic technique that helps a patient resist a behavior they wish to control. If tempted, a stop mechanism may cause them to hear the word “No!” in their mind.
Induction – A technique used to gain hypnotic control. It usually consists of a relaxing vocal pattern that induces a sense of calm in the recipient.
Rapport – The relationship between the hypnotist and the patient.
Anchor – A specific trigger, such as a word or a touch, suggested during hypnosis and used to create a specific response.
Self-Hypnosis – A hypnotic state that is self-created.
Circle Therapy – A form of hypnosis used to treat a patient with a phobia, or strong fear.