Neuro-Hypnosis: Using Self-Hypnosis to Activate the Brain for Change

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Understanding the neuroscience of self-hypnosis for more effective treatment of a variety of conditions.Drawing from over 30 years of teaching, researching, and practicing hypnosis, the authors share systematic instructions, techniques, and exercises for finding your way into a hypnotic trance—or deepen your trance if you’ve already found it. With exercises specifically tailored to address a wide range of concerns, including stress, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, weight management, fears, and sports ...

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Overview

Understanding the neuroscience of self-hypnosis for more effective treatment of a variety of conditions.Drawing from over 30 years of teaching, researching, and practicing hypnosis, the authors share systematic instructions, techniques, and exercises for finding your way into a hypnotic trance—or deepen your trance if you’ve already found it. With exercises specifically tailored to address a wide range of concerns, including stress, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, weight management, fears, and sports performance, this book is a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in hypnosis. The authors synthesize and integrate the major theories of hypnosis and provide an overview of the fundamental tools used in self-hypnosis, especially attention, unconscious processing, and suggestion.For clinicians, they provide evidence and practical considerations that therapists need to incorporate hypnosis into their practice. All readers will benefit from the tips, techniques, and exercises throughout which demonstrate how hypnotic interventions can be tailored to each person. Readers will be inspired to practice at home using hypnotic suggestions that target their specific concerns. Deftly balancing theory and practice, Neuro-Hypnosis provides the tools you need to open yourself to self-hypnosis, experience the vast potential of your mind, and activate your brain for growth, development, and lasting change.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Canadian Academic Child Adolescent Psychiatry
“[S]ignificantly improves our understanding of the field. . . . [N]ew explanatory outlooks on various scientific concepts such as attention, the unconscious, and pain. . . . [V]ery rich information on hypnosis and self-hypnosis and on numerous theoretical and clinical connections with them.”
European Society of Hypnosis
[F]ascinating…[U]seful to help the reader to regulate anxiety or fear as well as aggressive behaviors, control the consumption of food or drugs, and managing stress and pain.— Consuelo Casula
Jeffrey K. Zeig
“Illuminating, practical, and eminently readable. Neuro-Hypnosis updates selfhypnosis, beaming it into the 21st century. The authors admirably spotlight contemporary advances in the neurosciences; synergistically amalgamate existing theories about the nature of trance; and offer immediately applicable exercises. For the tyro and for the expert.”
Dan Short
“Here is a book that is waiting to be read by those with a curious mind and an appreciation for learning. Its contents are based on solid science and firsthand knowledge of hypnosis and therapy. The authors’ compassion is especially clear in the numerous exercises that guide the reader as he or she seeks to translate the scholarly information into a felt personal experience. In sum, this book is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to uncover his or her hidden potentials.”
Consuelo Casula - European Society of Hypnosis
“[F]ascinating…[U]seful to help the reader to regulate anxiety or fear as well as aggressive behaviors, control the consumption of food or drugs, and managing stress and pain.”
Roxanna Erickson-Klein RN
“Neuro-Hypnosis blends participatory self-exploration with clinical counseling in an elegant balance of information and art. The authors support self-reflection and practical applications, and their succinct, straightforward, and engaging style moves the reader along an experiential path integrating knowledge with understanding.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393706253
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/11/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 481,274
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice, and, with Annellen M. Simpkins, is the author of twenty-four books. Together they study and research mind and brain, teach meditation and hypnosis in seminars and workshops, and live in San Diego.

Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice who with her husband C. Alexander Simpkins specializes in study and research of mind and brain. Together they teach widely on meditation and hypnosis, have written twenty-four books, and live in San Diego.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I Understanding Self-Hypnosis

Chapter 1 Early History of Neuro-Hypnosis 3

Chapter 2 Recent History: Research, Neuroscience, and Practitioners 25

Chapter 3 Integrating Hypnosis Theories with the Mind, Brain, and Body Connection 45

Part II Tools of Self-Hypnosis

Chapter 4 How the Brain Changes the Mind and the Mind Changes the Brain 57

Chapter 5 Becoming Open and Absorbed for Deeper Hypnosis 75

Chapter 6 The Unconscious and Automaticity: Using What Comes Naturally 86

Chapter 7 Suggestion: Enlisting Your Ability to Respond 100

Part III Experiencing Self-Hypnosis

Chapter 8 Entering Trance 121

Chapter 9 Experimenting with Trance Phenomena 131

Chapter 10 Overcoming Resistance 145

Part IV Applying Self-Hypnosis

Chapter 11 Balancing the Brain's Stress Pathway 161

Chapter 12 Regulating Emotions Consciously and Unconsciously 176

Chapter 13 Addressing Substance Abuse and Other Impulsive Behaviors 193

Chapter 14 Adjusting and Managing Weight Naturally 206

Chapter 15 Activating the Brain's Pain Reduction System 220

Chapter 16 Altering Anxiety and Fear Reactions in Brain, Body, and Mind 231

Chapter 17 Achieving Your Personal Best in Sports and Beyond 244

Final Thoughts 255

References 257

Index 265

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