Direct Suggestion Hypnosis V. Therapy

Direct Suggestion Hypnosis: Hypnotizing someone and telling their mind to achieve what they want to achieve.

Brain Cogs

I’ve noticed a trend. When I talk to my friends that do hypnotherapy they tell me something fascinating. Many of the subjects that are most difficult to work with have been in therapy. Now, why is that? It could simply be that the folks with the most difficult problems go to therapy. Or it could be something worse — much worse…

Could it be that some therapy creates belief systems that are harmful to progress? Many forms of therapy are helpful. And obviously, you can’t lump all types of therapy together and make sweeping generalizations about them. However, here’s what I’ve noticed. There are specific therapeutic approaches that build belief systems that absolutely are harmful.

How To Recognize Potentially Harmful Therapy

I’ve noticed these trends in therapies that I believe have been harmful to people.

  • Therapies that focus on insight and understanding why something bad happened may have a negative impact on people
  • Therapies that push the belief that change must be painful and difficult often cause harm
  • Therapies that push the belief that in order to solve some problem in a person’s current life, you must necessarily explore the past can result in people being focused on past, negative experiences
  • Therapies that take a long time

Therapies That Have A Greater Chance Of Doing Good

  • Outcome based therapies (therapies that focus on what a client wants to achieve as opposed to what’s wrong)
  • Cognitive therapies (therapies that focus on how thinking affects a persons life and how to change that thinking)

One Problem Is — Much Of Modern Psychology Is Not Based On Science

I know, psychology is taught in prestigious universities. It must be based on sound science, right? And there are tons of studies about psychology. It must be scientific! Turns out it’s not a scientific as you might think. For instance, the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is published by the American Psychiatric Association. It’s essentially the bible for diagnosing mental illnesses and conditions. The latest version has come out recently, (The DSM V). Do a search for “DSM Controversy Empirical” to see what people are saying about whether or not the changes that have been made are based on any kind of evidence.

And here’s an interesting take on whether or not psychology is a legitimate science — Is Psychology A Science?

Here’s the way it can work.

  • Someone comes up with an idea about how the mind works.
  • They develop a treatment system based on their ideas about the mind
  • They never check to see if the treatments actually help people

Whoops. Lots of those bad boys out there.

Outcome Based Therapies

A friend told me about a couple he knew in couples counseling. My friend asked the man what they talked about in therapy. “We take turns complaining about the other person. I’m supposed to look directly at her and voice my complaints and she has to listen. Then it’s her turn.” My friend asked him, “Do you talk about what you want your marriage to be like?” The answer was no.

Can you guess what happened to their marriage? That’s right, they got a divorce.

While discovering what’s wrong with a situation may be important in solving it, it’s best  to spend time thinking about what you want, too. In other words, if you’re a competitive archer, it might make sense to spend some time figuring out what’s wrong with your technique. As soon as you know, you concentrate on how you want to do it — not how you don’t want to! And you’ll have better results thinking about hitting the target than thinking about all the things you don’t want to hit.

And that’s one reason…

Why Direct Suggestion Hypnosis Is So Cool

When done well, direct suggestion hypnosis is the ultimate outcome based therapy. You simply help a client figure out what they want, word things in a way that the unconscious mind will likely accept, get the client to be receptive to suggestion (induce trance) and give them hypnotic suggestions to help them achieve their goals.

Direct Suggestion Hypnosis Doesn’t Take Long To Learn, Either

It takes just a few hours to teach someone a good range of inductions. Another few hours to discover how to gather information and formulate suggestions. Emerging, handling problems and a few other odds and ends can be taught in a few hours too. The result — an effective, outcome based therapy that gets people to concentrate on what they want and doesn’t build a bunch of crappy beliefs about the way things work.


PS: If you’d like to learn how to do direct suggestion hypnosis effectively, check out my direct suggestion hypnosis course. 🙂

About The Author:

Keith Livingston is the main instructor for Hypnosis 101. Keith has been studying hypnosis since he was a boy and doing hypnosis & NLP training since 1997.

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