My first successful hypnotherapy!

  1. Well, I can't stay away from school. But I am tired of the University BS...so I am taking hypnotherapy.

    It is really different and sometimes I feel I am being sucked over to the dark side of "woo-woo" science...the instructors have (to be politically correct) "unusual" ideas about medicine and science. I don't really fit in, being a nurse, but this school is the only game in town if I want to learn this. (I am keeping my mouth shut and biting my tongue A LOT ...these folks have an obvious bias against the medical profession).

    ANYWAY, I have now successfully induced the hypnotic state in two people (we bring our own volunteers) and on the second one I did some brief therapy for insomnia -- and it's worked for two nights now!! So this is exciting.

    We got to watch the instructor do a smoking cessation (a classmate) and she has not smoked now for two days (she's a 1-1/2 pack a day smoker). So I am practicing that one...it's more complex and I am not ready to try it yet. I have lots of people wanting to be my guinea pigs, though.

    I can already see this as a valuable therapy (stress, pain, motivation for starters). It floors me, though, that people are using it to try to make changes at the cellular level (penis size. I am not kidding. Why not mind control liposuction, too? ).

    Anyway, mixed feelings; weird science & off-the-wall people but a valuable therapy that apparently I can do!
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  3. by   live4today
    Oooooo researchrabbit......kinky stuff......when can I have my appointment on your sofa? :chuckle Hypnotize me to be happy and in love with a man who is happy and in love with me, too. Can you do that for me? How about making me think I'm wealthy? I feel soooooo financially poor right now. Oh....and I could use a plane ticket to Greece to look for my next husband. I just saw the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and I now want to be Greek. :kiss Can you make these things happen for me through hypnotherapy? I'd be ever so grateful if you could. :kiss
  4. by   ERNurse752
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Oooooo researchrabbit......kinky stuff......when can I have my appointment on your sofa? :chuckle Hypnotize me to be happy and in love with a man who is happy and in love with me, too. Can you do that for me? How about making me think I'm wealthy? I feel soooooo financially poor right now. Oh....and I could use a plane ticket to Greece to look for my next husband. I just saw the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and I now want to be Greek. :kiss Can you make these things happen for me through hypnotherapy? I'd be ever so grateful if you could. :kiss

    hehe...my bf is Greek...that movie was SO like his family!

    Hypnotherapy would be pretty interesting...my mom was going to go do a session for weight loss, but wound up not going...I've been curious about how well it works. Guess I'll have to do some more research!
  5. by   nell
    You mean that stuff really works???

    If you say so, Research, I'll believe it because I know you aren't a flake.

    Keep us "biased for the medical profession" folks updated, please. I have a few bad habits I'd like to "woo woo" away...
  6. by   researchrabbit
    The reason I got into this was that one of the MDs I worked with in Kansas used it for her oncology patients (pain control and nausea). It worked extremely well, some of her patients who had trouble eating actually had an appetite and wanted to eat after a session with her.

    From everything I read, it works well for stress, insomnia, smoking cessation, weight loss (provided the person has a definite plan...pounds won't melt away by mind power alone, alas), motivation, changing bad habits...

    I'm looking forward, actually, to writing some research proposals for using it with some of the psych disorders that have a strong thinking component (like those self-put-down thoughts that come with depression, or those flashbacks from PTSD). Maybe even alcohol cravings.

    Since I'm in Psych and at the University, it would be REALLY cool to get funded by NIMH for my own grant...

    And Renee, if you are suggestible enough, maybe in a few more weeks I could have you believing you went to Greece...
  7. by   l.rae
    fascinating!...wish someone could hypnotise me rich!..LOL...good luck with this and keep us posted....let me know if the liposuction thing works too....LR
  8. by   live4today
    Originally posted by researchrabbit
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    And Renee, if you are suggestible enough, maybe in a few more weeks I could have you believing you went to Greece...
    Alrighty then......GREECE and GREEK MEN here I come!!! Get your Viagra ready boys! Wooooooo hoooooo!!! :chuckle :roll :chuckle
  9. by   andrewsgranny
    I was hypnotised once for smoking, and I promise when I walked out of the place I couldnt stand the smell of a cigarette. I had to drive home with my windows down cause my car stunk. I had never noticed this before. I didnt smoke for 2 days after that, but thats about all it worked for me. Maybe I didnt get enough. But it was the strangest thing. Your mind is not asleep, you know whats going on, but somehow your disconnected from your concious mind. Weird, but I would do it again. They now have subliminal tapes to listen to while you are sleeping. But I always wonder if I can trust the people who made the tapes? What if I'm receiving messages telling me to commit a suicide bombing?--lol
    Last edit by andrewsgranny on Oct 8, '02
  10. by   EricTAMUCC-BSN
    So what if you were going to hypnotize me to be in bed and sleeping by a certain time but I don't believe the therapy works, would you be able to hypnotize me?
  11. by   Jessy_RN
    I'd love to do this sometime.
  12. by   snowfreeze
    The human mind is amazing, if you really want something to be or happen you can imagine that it really did. Look at all the abused women who really believe that abusive man loves her. Look at all the men who believe women want them...well maybe a bit overboard there but you know what I am saying. Hypnosis works for those that want something to happen and are trying to make it happen but just need that extra boost from another positive person. Redirecting all that energy that focuses on pain into another avenue...a pleasant avenue makes the pain more tolerable. It doesn't change the pain, just refocuses the person. This is a positive thinking therapy that works, I admire those who use this therapy to help others.
  13. by   UM Review RN
    I learned a self-hypnosis technique years ago, so I know it does help me. I bought a weight-loss hypnosis CD to listen to and it reinforces the ideas that I need to keep in mind. I am using it along with a diet plan to lose weight.

    I've lost 10 pounds. By and large I'm sticking to my diet, so I believe it's helped me.

    Here's a good tip for RR: there's a section of the program that says, "Your left arm is feeling heavy....your left arm is feeling heavy...."

    Well honey, I'm "heavy" all over, and that's why I bought the CD, so be careful not to use that suggestion in a weight-loss session!

    I substitute the word "relaxed" as I listen, and I also change other suggestions to suit my particular needs.

    PM me if you want details.

    Oh, and andrewsgranny, just FYI, no one can make you do anything you wouldn't normally do. So unless you're already a bomber, you wouldn't go out and blow things up.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Sep 12, '05
  14. by   nursemomruns
    Quote from researchrabbit
    Well, I can't stay away from school. But I am tired of the University BS...so I am taking hypnotherapy.

    It is really different and sometimes I feel I am being sucked over to the dark side of "woo-woo" science...the instructors have (to be politically correct) "unusual" ideas about medicine and science. I don't really fit in, being a nurse, but this school is the only game in town if I want to learn this. (I am keeping my mouth shut and biting my tongue A LOT ...these folks have an obvious bias against the medical profession).
    There are courses in hypnotherapy that are part of a psychology degree program and I haven't found the professors to be biased against me as a nurse. I guess it all just depends on the instructors' perspective. Personally, I feel that complementary therapy is the way to go. No one discipline has all the right answers for everyone. By the way, there are some great articles out there about using hypnosis for pain and nausea control. Last spring, I had to find some articles on it for school (to support my position that hypnosis does help). If I can find them, I'll give you the citation for them or email them to you. If you have access to the PSYCArticles database, you can find several articles there.

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