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Misconceptions about HypnosisGlen Bledsoe, Consulting Hypnotist
May the Trance Be With You! A 21st Century Look at Hypnosis
(SALEM, Ore.) - When I meet someone for the first time I'll usually give them a firm handshake and make eye contact in a friendly way. If someone is introducing me they'll often add that I'm a magician and a hypnotist. Not every time, but often enough I'll notice the smiles of my new acquaintances fade slightly and their eyes shift away. Why? They're afraid I'll hypnotize them, and they usually tell me so.
So let's examine this misconception about the nature of hypnosis as well as some of the other persistent ones.
So what is hypnosis? No one really knows, but we can create a model that works for our purposes.
Here's the definition I work with: Hypnosis is a method of communication used to seed ideas and plant positive suggestions in the subconscious mind for the purpose of improving our lives and relieving suffering.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state similar to daydreaming but more focused. It has been proven repeatedly in studies to be at least as powerful as pharmaceuticals in managing pain, but with no side effects.
We experience states similar to hypnosis all the time when we read a book and feel suspense, fear, sadness, or any other emotion; when we go to the movies and forget we're watching a flickering rectangle of light on the wall and believe we're witnessing real people working through conflict; when we space out on our way home from work each day yet arrive safe and sound.
The truth is a hypnotist is only someone who guides you to hypnotize yourself. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Next time: What can hypnosis do for you?
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Glen Bledsoe is a Consulting Hypnotist who practices hypnotherapist at Oak Springs Wellness Centre.
Glen Bledsoe has many interests and talents. Besides being certified as a Consulting Hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) Glen is a magician-mentalist and belongs to The Society of American Magicians Assembly 59 and IIGNW (Independent Investigators Group Northwest).
Glen has spent nearly 25 years in education (MAT) as a K-8 teacher as well as taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Willamette University.
Glen is also a musician, an artist with a BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University, a writer with over 20 published books to his credit, a photographer whose work has been used by such diverse entities as Wired magazine, Willamette Week, Beaverton Applebees, Moog Synthesizers and Honda Motors as well as many print and broadcast news media in the greater Portland area. He has been a student of T'ai Chi Ch'uan for over half of his life.
Glen began to study hypnosis after he noticed that he had been accidentally putting volunteers into hypnosis when performing his mentalism routine.
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