Hypnosis is a state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness allowing for an enhanced capacity to respond to positive suggestion.
While many people cannot accept, or respond to an up-front and direct suggestion, under hypnosis, suggestions are made through the subconscious mind where thoughts often germinate and take root as important behavioral or psychological changes.
Contrary to popular belief, people under hypnosis are not asleep and remain in total control and would never do anything they would normally find objectionable. Under hypnosis, an individual can hear and is aware of everything that is taking place and cannot be manipulated in any way. Typically, memories of everything that occurred will remain after coming out of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is generally a very pleasant experience. Most people report feelings of happiness, calm, and relaxation as well as a greater clarity. It is the responsibility of the hypnotist to ensure the patient is comfortable during and after the session.
Hypnosis and Cancer Patients
Hypnosis has been specifically employed in the care of cancer patients to reduce symptoms associated with radiation and chemotherapy. The practice of self-hypnosis helps patients achieve a relaxed and therapeutic hypnotic state.