Originally posted by disownedsky
Originally posted by jetflock
you always here those stories of a hypno therapists implanting false memories in patients undergoing treatment.
how much is a trip to one anyway you think?
[edit on by jetflock]
You are right - the science in support of hypnotic regression is thin at best - and the contrary evidence is mounting. I'd stay away.
I'm a hypnotist. You are correct that there are a high number of hypno-therapists who are very inexact about the process and end up having the person
create false memories, rather than recall what actually happened. A person in trance will follow whatever directions given to the best of their
interpretation and to whatever degree the instructions do not violate their own strongly held beliefs.
Getting someone into trance is relatively easy, for most people. Its knowing what to do after they are in trance that separates the good from the bad
in hypnotism. To the OTC (other than conscious) mind, there is no difference between imagining something and remembering something. Both are equally
real. And much good therapy relies on this. It is eminently useful for someone who has say, a traumatic memory, to create another version of it, where
they were not traumatized....where they had had the mental tools to deal with it.
Clean language is important in trance work. If you say to someone in trance something like, "Now you are entering the spaceship...what does it look
like?" They will most likely create that scene in their mind, from whatever their ideas about what a spaceship must look like, and then describe it.
However, if you stick with clean language, you avoid that kind of thing. It is important for the hypnotist not to lead the hypnotee. Asking questions
like, "What do you see around you?" " How old are you?" "Do you hear anything?"....keep the descriptions as pure to the person's actual
recollection as possible. This doesn't necessarily mean though, that their recollection is accurate. Just that that is what they believe.
Everything we remember is at least three steps away from what actually happened. There is reality. Then there is whatever information we are actually
able to perceive, whether because of bandwidth or because we simply did not detect something with our senses. Then the information has to travel
through our mostly unconscious maze of internal filters and assumptions just to get to the point where we can actually think about it. And our mind
obligingly fills in whatever information is missing, with a *best guess* in order to allow us to feel that some sort of logical sequence occurred. For
most people, unless actually trained in keeping missing information as an open loop, the filled in parts become as real to them as the parts that were
actually received through the senses. They literally become part of the recollection, and are believed by that person, because it feels emotionally
real to them.
Since most hypnotists are well-intentioned, but also either poorly trained...there is no large consensus of standard practice....or simply learn the
how-to, without the background in neurology or cognitive sciences, we end up with a very large spectrum of skills in the field. And each person who
enters it, brings along their own set of beliefs and morals, which affects how they practice. It is literally much more an art, than a science. I
would guesstimate, from my own personal interactions with other hypnotists, that approximately ten percent of them are what I would call good, and the
rest fall anywhere from relatively competent to absolutely dangerous....about the same ratio as psychotherapists, IMO.
I would personally not recommend picking someone out of the phonebook to get hypnotized by, for something any more complicated than losing weight or
quitting smoking. Who you pick makes all the difference.