Hypnosis Is A Process

Tapping the Theta State

A typical description of hypnosis is to define it as a relaxed focused state of mind.  We might expand on that description.  I suggest hypnosis is a three-part process.  The three parts would be the client’s participation, then entering the relaxed state, and finally the script designed for the client.  I’ll describe the three parts in more detail below.

The first component of the process is the client’s participation.  The client controls the process.  Contrary to movies, or television, no one can be forced into the process.  I would also suggest all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  The client is simply following along with the process of relaxation and listening to the hypnotist’s monologue. 

The second component of the process is to become relaxed and enter the Theta Brain Frequency State.  The Theta State is a focused, relaxed state.  It is the brain frequency state above the Delta Sleep State.  In the Theta State, the client is not asleep or unconscious.  This is where the term “trance” might be used in place of technical jargon of the Theta State.

The third component of the process is the script used by the hypnotist.  The script has been specifically designed toward the client’s desired objective.

From the above, we can see the client is in control of the process.  The process is natural as it involves maintaining the Theta Brain Frequency State.  And, the hypnotist is simply guiding the client toward the relaxed state and communicating the client’s desired objective through a script.

Experimental evidence suggests in relaxed states of consciousness (Alpha and Theta Brain Frequency States) the individual may enhance well-being, imagination, and creativity. See the list of Brain Frequencies and their observed mental states below.

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There are several different types of brainwaves, which are characterized by their frequency range. Here is a summary of the most common brainwave frequencies and their associated brain states:

  • Delta brainwaves (0.5-4 Hz) are associated with deep sleep and unconsciousness.
  • Theta brainwaves (4-7 Hz) are associated with deep relaxation, meditation, and creativity.
  • Alpha brainwaves (7-13 Hz) are associated with relaxation, calmness, and a sense of well-being.
  • Beta brainwaves (13-30 Hz) are associated with alertness, focus, and concentration.
  • Gamma brainwaves (30-100 Hz) are associated with higher states of consciousness, learning, and memory.

It’s important to note that these associations are not absolute and can vary depending on the context. Additionally, the brain can generate brainwaves across a wide range of frequencies, and the specific functions, and mental states associated with each frequency band, can vary somewhat depending on the individual and the task they are performing.

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