Self-Hypnosis For Dummies

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Use the power of suggestion to conquer bad habits, overcome anxiety, and boost self-esteem These days hypnosis has become much more than a parlor game, involving dangling watches, and helpless subjects. When used therapeutically, hypnosis is a way of engaging the subconscious mind to find solutions to problems. And self-hypnosis, a self-induced form of hypnosis that makes use of self-suggestion, is a way of changing deeply rooted behavior patterns. Written by two experienced hypnotherapists, Self-Hypnosis For ...

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Use the power of suggestion to conquer bad habits, overcome anxiety, and boost self-esteem These days hypnosis has become much more than a parlor game, involving dangling watches, and helpless subjects. When used therapeutically, hypnosis is a way of engaging the subconscious mind to find solutions to problems. And self-hypnosis, a self-induced form of hypnosis that makes use of self-suggestion, is a way of changing deeply rooted behavior patterns. Written by two experienced hypnotherapists, Self-Hypnosis For Dummies is a hands-on guide to achieving specific goals through hypnosis. You will learn how to retrain your subconscious to think in more healthy and constructive ways in order to overcome any number of problems, including losing weight, overcoming anxiety or phobias, curing insomnia, or putting an end to smoking and nail biting. The techniques are completely safe with you in control at all times Contains an audio CD with guided accompaniments to hypnosis Enabling you to clear your mind and focus on particular thoughts, self-hypnosis, like meditation, offers a pathway to freeing yourself of debilitating problems. And this safe, practical guide offers you the keys to this life-changing technique.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470660737
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 344,842
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Bryant is an experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist,with over 30 years' experience as a mental health professional inboth the US and UK. He provides development consultancy to NHSMental Health Trusts across the UK.

Peter Mabbutt is a Fellow of the British Society ofClinical Hypnosis and a Founder Fellow of the British Associationof Medical Hypnosis. He is CEO and Director of Studies for theLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Identifying Your Needs and Preparing the Way7

Chapter 1: What Is Self-Hypnosis? 9

Chapter 2: Getting Your Mind and Body Working Together 19

Chapter 3: Using Self-Hypnosis to Achieve Your Goals 35

Chapter 4: Resisting Resistance and Avoiding Relapse 51

Part II: Training Your Mind with Self-Hypnosis 69

Chapter 5: Entering a Hypnotic Trance with TraditionalSelf-Hypnosis 71

Chapter 6: Working with Words: Becoming Your Own Recording Star87

Chapter 7: Consciously Directing Your Unconscious 103

Chapter 8: Using Unconscious Self-Hypnosis 119

Part III: Improving Your Outlook with Self-Hypnosis131

Chapter 9: Putting Paid to Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Fear133

Chapter 10: Signing Up to Self-Esteem 149

Chapter 11: Minimising Pain 165

Chapter 12: Ironing Out Anger 181

Chapter 13: Overcoming Insomnia 195

Part IV: Overcoming Problems with Self-Hypnosis 209

Chapter 14: Quitting Smoking 211

Chapter 15: Keeping a Handle on Your Drinking 227

Chapter 16: Controlling Your Eating Habits 245

Chapter 17: Fostering Good Relationships 263

Part V: The Part of Tens 279

Chapter 18: Ten Creative Ways to Enter Trance 281

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Know You're in Trance 287

Chapter 20: Ten (or so) Reasons to Seek Professional Help beforeTrying Self-Hypnosis 291

Appendix A: Self-Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Resources 297

Appendix B: About the CD 301

Index 303

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    Learn To Enhance Your Life Using The Tools Of Self-Hypnosis

    Hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool in encouraging behavioral change, whether used to help one with physical issues such as weight loss or quitting smoking or used in changing personality traits such as becoming more outgoing or confident. Often, the counsel of a professional hypnotherapist and several hypnotherapy sessions are necessary to invoke change. However, the value in hypnosis is also achieved through the practice of self-hypnosis, the subject of Self-Hypnosis for Dummies by Mike Bryant and Peter Mabbutt.

    As is generally the case with the For Dummies series of books, Self-Hypnosis For Dummies is a compendium of valuable, professional information. The book opens with a history of the practice of hypnosis and explains the concept of self-hypnosis whereby an individual induces a hypnotic trance and self-delivers suggestions or affirmations to invoke a desired behavioral or personality change. The authors deserve praise for their holistic approach to chartering change. While they promote self-hypnosis, they strongly encourage the use of hypnosis in conjunction with traditional medical care and psychological counseling when appropriate.

    Goal-setting is fundamental in determining what one truly wants out of life. Only after establishing your life goals can you decide how best to incorporate hypnosis to effect change. The authors suggest and explain using the concept of SMART goals (often advised in the corporate environment) in setting personal goals. They discuss the many challenges one might face along life's path and even comment on the "inner critic," that little voice in one's subconscious suggesting that success is impossible or undeserved.

    The authors explain several ways to achieve a trance state and dispel some of the rumors and concerns individuals may have over the safety of hypnosis. They explain how to direct the subconscious to achieve desired results through the use of self-hypnosis scripts and affirmations. Specific issues targeted in the book include anxiety, fear, self-esteem, minimizing pain, controlling anger, insomnia, smoking, drinking, weight management, and developing good relationships. The accompanying CD of relaxation and trance-induction techniques and scripts is an excellent companion and clearly demonstrates the techniques described in the book.

    A few quick notes on the writing style: The authors both reside in the UK, and the book was written using some slang and verbiage that may be unfamiliar to American audiences. Additionally, units of measure in the chapter on weight management are referred to in grams or stones, not pounds. The authors also intentionally create a casual writing style, often removing the word "is" and replacing it with its contraction. For example, the sentence that opens the chapter on drinking states, "Drinking's a huge part of western society, but alcohol consumption's a slippery subject." This excessive use of apostrophe-s can be annoying, as if the authors did a search for the word "is" only to remove it.

    Keep Self-Hypnosis For Dummies on your resource shelf and use its suggestions and techniques for the enhancement of your own life and to effect powerful behavioral and psychological changes.

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