Appropriate Hypnotherapy Techniques for Each Different Depth of Hypnosis

(1) Similar to hypnotic (or shallow hypnosis) state : The phenomenon of shallow hypnosis is usually a semi-closed eye, consciously quiet, clear consciousness (usually a feeling of quietness in the heart), and a slight relaxation of body and mind. The psychotherapy skills that can be used at this time include: free dialogue, counseling, persuasion, free ideal consultation, and other psychophysiological therapies.

(2) Mildly hypnotic state : After entering the mild hypnosis state, although still feels “it seems very awake”, in fact, hypnotic cues or instructions have been accepted, causing the body to fall back and forth, being implied to react, such as blinking, closing eyes, wrist or arm movement, arms floating upward. The limbs have a heavy feeling, the body shakes like a pendulum, or a hypnotic phenomenon such as a strong contrast of color vision; then there is a hypnotic feeling such as drowsiness, body slack and burnout. In this hypnosis state, psychotherapy techniques that can be effectively used include: persuasion, consultation, illusion misleading, half-sleeping fantasy, joint ideas, free association ideas, self-discipline training, systemic sensitivity, Rorschach Inkblot Test (TAT), etc.

(3) Moderate hypnosis : After entering the medium hypnosis state, many “perceptual hypnosis phenomena” can be generated through hypnosis, such as taste abnormality (illusion), olfactory abnormality (illusory smell), tactile abnormality (sliding touch), enhanced heart activity, various illusions, auditory hallucination, hand numbness, stiff hands and feet, painless body, various mood changes. In this hypnotic state, psychotherapy techniques that can be effectively applied include: physical and mental relaxation, light gaze, continuous hypnosis, mental imagery, mental image subtraction, free association, self-enhancement, subsidy, projection hypnosis diagnosis method, reactive symptom elimination method, operational symptom elimination method, clay labor treatment method, conceptual exercise response method, time warping method, psychological rehearing method, and mental image learning method.

(4) Deep hypnosis (or sleepwalking hypnosis) : After entering this hypnosis state, you can generate “personal hypnosis” through hypnosis instructions, such as forgetting the time and date, forgetting the name of the thing, forgetting the name and age, alternating personality, showing personality conflict, age deterioration, sleepwalking, blinking action (still in Hypnosis), hypnotized forgetfulness after suggestion, spontaneous hypnosis and forgetfulness, post-hypnosis suggestion automatically reached (in the state of forgetfulness), various positive or negative hallucinations, wonderful post-hypnosis illusion, and deep sense of sensation after awakening . The psychotherapy techniques that can be actively used in this hypnosis state include: painting therapy, game therapy, clay labor therapy, body and mind relaxation, automatic schooling, automatic brainstorming, projection hypnosis, psychosis, symptom transfer method, emotional emphasizing method, subsidy self-method, self-enhancement method, concept exercise response method, continuous hypnosis method, self-cardiogram method, heart image interview method, age deterioration method, hypnosis psychotherapy method, etc.

(5) Positive suggestion : After the psychotherapy skills are used, the psychotherapist must give a “positive” hypnosis suggestion to the current “treatment target” to maintain the hypnotic effect before removing the hypnosis.

(6) Removing the hypnosis : The procedure of removing hypnosis plays an important role in the whole treatment process. A good “removing hypnosis instruction” should include the “complete wake-up” function of psychological, physical and mental aspects to help the case be healthier and full of vitality in the body, mind and spirit after recovering from the state of consciousness.

(7) Experience sharing or case questioning : In all psychotherapy, there is time for the patient to ask questions or experiences before the end of the session. Psychotherapy hypnosis is no exception. Psychotherapists should try their best to answer questions raised by the patient about hypnotherapy so as to help the patient generate the desired therapeutic effect automatically after the doubt is removed.

(8) End or make an appointment for the next treatment time :After the end of the treatment, the psychotherapist should explain the patient’s precautions or give some homework, and set the next treatment time. If the whole course of psychological treatment has been completed, the patient’s follow-up mode and the matters needing attention for follow-up care should be explained again, so as to give a positive hint that the patient will recover after the course of treatment.

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