This book explores the life and ideas of the enigmatic twentieth century philosopher, mystic, and teacher of esoteric dances George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, performing a hermeneutic textual analysis of all his writings to illuminate the place of hypnosis in his teaching. Foreword by J. Walter Driscoll.
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How Self-Hypnotherapy Can Help You
Hypnosis – a mind-over-body state of deep concentration and self-control, has been used in medicine for over a hundred years, and though there are some skeptics in the medical community, studies confirm it often works where traditional interventions have …
News story posted on 2017-03-18
The question of whether or not weight loss hypnosis works can be answered with the simple caveat, individual results might vary. Though hypnosis has been a technique employed in psychiatric treatment since the mid 1800’s it still is not completely understood. The fundamental goal of weight loss hypnosis is to change a dieter’s outlook on food and try to prevent weight loss sabotage through vices such as over snacking, too much fast food, an uncontrolled sweet tooth, eating to sate boredom or stress and other such habits that can derail a diet.
The most contemporary research indicates that the trance like state of hypnosis is a physically relaxed state accompanied by and induced by mental concentration. Other indicators of a hypnotic trance include focused attention, heightened suggestibility and diminished perception of physical surroundings. Most modern research will attest to the fact that the subject remains awake and aware of the session. Even the forefathers of hypnosis reported amnesia in only ten percent of their subjects.
There is still an ongoing debate as to whether hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions speak to the conscious mind, the unconscious mind or both. What is known is that hypnotherapy is used to treat everything from eating disorders, smoking cessation, skin conditions such as psoriasis, and pain reduction as a result of cancer or recovery from surgery or burns.
In weight loss hypnosis, the application of the hypnotherapy is intended to eliminate specific compulsions that destroy the effectiveness of diets. In a session the therapist will induce a subject into a hypnotic trance and begin to direct the patient to the result of moving past those compulsions. Some of these compulsions might include an unhealthy desire for fast food, eating during times of boredom and stress, motor-munching in front of the television or just a really bad sweet tooth.
The last major variable in the weight loss hypnosis studies are the individuals and their sensitivity to hypnotism. Both Stanford and Harvard have developed a series of tests to indicate how deep of a trance test subjects are immersed and whether the test subjects in the weight loss sessions were brought to the same level of trance isn’t clear.
While weight loss through hypnosis showed moderate weight loss, less than 15 pounds, follow up studies did show that the majority of candidates maintained that weight loss three and six months following their treatment sessions. A maintained weight can be indicative of a healthier pattern of eating, which would indicate a successful outcome. Also important to note is that success through weight loss hypnosis is more likely through several individual sessions rather than group sessions.