Hypnosis at Work

Currently, some parents are putting their children through hypnosis, hoping that it will boost their children's performance both academically and in sports.

Some people imagine about people babbling away on stage when they think of the word "hypnosis". As a result of this and other similar associations, psychologists who study hypnosis prefer to describe it as research into the stages of consciousness and the power of suggestion. Instead of "hypnosis", they prefer to call it "focused attention" or "susceptibility to suggestion". If they are asked to define hypnosis, most will call it an altered state of consciousness in which the suggested object becomes totally focused on a particular image or idea. The state of trance is supposedly a state of consciousness that is distinct from wakefulness, relaxation, meditation or sleep.

Some may ask- can hypnotists really induce a state of trance? Psychologists also have differing opinions, and the field if thus now divided into two groups- those that believe they can, and those that doubt the existence of the state of trance. The latter tends to think emphasise that the customer plays the role he thinks is expected of him as the individual. The role is played in ways consistent with his attitudes to and beliefs about hypnosis as well as his own interpretations of the hypnotists suggestions. This is the reason why some argue that hypnotists cannot impose their will on the customer, who must first choose to assume the role.

There are studies that show that hypnosis induces a state of awareness distinct from that in wakefulness, relaxation, sleep and even meditation. There have been a few tests of people being asked to say the colour of the word RED when the colour of it is blue, or the colour of the word BLUE printed in yellow. The tests show that the words have an impact on your ability to say the word correctly. It is also noted that hypnosis relieves pain better than other treatments such as distraction, mental imagery, or placebo, although the reason why this is so has not been discovered yet. Hypnosis has also been found to alleviate the condition of tics, bed wetting, insomnia and anxiety disorder.

Most parents would like to know right now if hypnosis will improve school grades for their children. In recent years, not many studies have been done on this topic. However, one of the studies carried out by 119 psychology students from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, did show an improvement in overall academics functioning by way of improving student self-esteem. Currently, one session of one to two hours would cost you $150- $200.

In my opinion, I do not think that such sessions are necessary. Firstly, we should not try to find shortcuts or easy-way-outs. We should try to improve our studies by working hard, not through such methods. Secondly, if you argue that it increases your self-esteem, you should try to instill more confidence in yourself. Believe in yourself, work hard, and your grades will improve!


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