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Coué still believed in the effects of medication, but he also believed that our mental state was able to affect and even amplify the action of these medications. He observed that his patients who used his mantra-like conscious suggestion, "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better", (French: Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux), replacing their "thought of illness" with a new "thought of cure," could augment their medication plan. According to Coué, repeating words or images enough times causes the "subconscious" to absorb them. In contrast to Coué's opinion, Shultz, believed autogenic training was a method for influencing one's autonomic nervous system, not the so-called "subconscious."
The Coué method centers on a routine repetition of this particular expression according to a specified ritual, in a given physical state, and in the absence of any sort of allied mental imagery, at the beginning and at the end of each day. Unlike a commonly held belief that a strong conscious constitutes the best path to success, Coué maintained that curing some of our troubles requires a change in our subconscious/unconscious thought, which can only be achieved by using our imagination. Although stressing that he was not primarily a healer but one who taught others to heal themselves, Coué claimed to have effected organic changes through autosuggestion.
The study conducted by Alladin and Alibhai (2007) represents the first comparison of a treatment which uses hypnosis as an adjunct to a well-established psychological therapy for depression (Beck´s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression) with the same therapy without hypnosis. The results of this study indicated that both patients who received cognitive hypnotherapy and those who received cognitive-behavioral therapy improved relative to their baseline scores. However, the former showed significantly greater changes in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness than those who were treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy without hypnosis. Moreover, these improvements were maintained at the 6 and 12 month follow-ups.
One of the areas where the application of hypnosis demonstrates abundant empirical evidence as to its efficacy is in the management of both chronic and acute pain (Lynn et al, 2000, Montgomery, DuHammel & Redd,
Efficacy of Clinical Hypnosis
I’m theorizing that matters of faith – whether it be a complete conviction, or a strongly held belief – is a form of self-hypnosis.
All acceptance is by faith. Not blind faith as "trust," but faith as an absolute commitment, and when you make the latter, you realize it is the former.