See Suggestion and Hypnosis for the first part of this article.
In the first part of this article we discussed brief definitions of suggestion and hypnosis and explored the meaning of hypnosis a bit.
Let’s look further at suggestion…
Suggestion: Introducing or conveying an idea.
In a therapuetic setting, suggestion is used to get across an idea that (hopefully) will be beneficial to the client. But in “real life” all sorts of ideas are introduced to us – and not all of them are good for us.
This raises several questions. Are these non-helpful suggestions dangerous to us? Will they affect us even if we are not in hypnosis? If so, how do we protect ourselves from them?
The truth is yes, there are many suggestions out in the world which can be harmful to us, especially if our critical factors are not up and running at the moment. These suggestions can affect us, even if we are not in formal hypnosis. In fact, formal hypnosis (in a hypnotherapists office) is just about the safest place to be in hypnosis. The reason? You know you are getting suggestions given to you. If you don’t like a suggestion, you can bring your critical factor to bear on it and reject it!
It’s when we don’t know a suggestion is being given to us or when we accept an idea based on some other factor that can trip us up.
Next time: How to protect yourself against negative suggestions
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