Types of hypnosis
There are three different types of hypnosis. Traditional hypnosis is the most wide-spread form of hypnosis. It relies on achieving a relax body and mind state and receiving suggestions and commands that influence the unconscious mind. This in turn, over time, should influence the person’s feelings, behavior or habits.
Ericksonian hypnosis was developed by Dr Milton Erickson. It can be suitable for strong-willed people, who are not prone to direct suggestions. This form of hypnosis uses indirect suggestions by employing metaphors. Metaphors allow the brain to think creatively about the issue. Metaphors are typically stories with a moral, which should cause the unconscious mind to create a link between the moral of the story and the issue being worked on.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a tool for personal improvement, which greatly overlaps with hypnosis and hypnotic trance. The clue is in the name – it is a way of learning the language of the mind. NLP was created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the early 1970s. NLP uses a variety of techniques such as hypnotic language, swishes and anchoring to influence the unconscious mind and alter the behaviour.
Which type of hypnosis is the best?
Frankly, we don’t think any particular type of hypnosis is better than the other. It all boils down to the particular individual and their predispositions. As always, the best thing to do is try them all and see what best works for you. Keep an open mind!
What about self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is basically hypnosis that is performed without an external hypnotherapist – it is thus self-induced. Other than that, there isn’t really that much of a difference between the two. Any of the previously mentioned types can be utilized for that purposes. While the help of a qualified practitioner is never a bad idea, the major benefit of self-hypnosis is that it can be performed in the tranquility of your own home, as often as you wish. It is thus a great way to achieve self improvement and to learn the true power of you mind!