The conscious mind controls many regular bodily functions including our movements, decisions, and is aware of our surroundings. Our subconscious mind is what is most active when we are asleep and less active when we are awake. It controls dreaming and sleeping and is working while we may not even know it.
When the subconscious mind becomes "awake" and takes over our conscious mind through hynposis, we are a lot more prone to suggestion based on our beliefs and values. In other words we are still in full control of our actions, lives, and wills even while one is under hypnosis, contrary to what many believe.
Another way to enter into hypnosis is for a person to induce self hypnosis by a series of external instructions usually given by an audio CD, MP3, etc. The instructions can also be read and then implemented in the mind.
When one taps into the subconscious mind and makes (and takes) suggestions and instructions, these are usually carried into the conscious mind over a period of time. For example, if a person is suggested through hypnosis to change his or her lifestyle in order to lose weight, then that person will carry those suggestions over into his or her conscious mind and will eventually overcome obstacles that holds one back to lose weight. This can be done for many aspects of a person's life. For example, hypnosis can be used to help a person quit smoking, be more confident, study harder, concentrate more, be more motivated, etc.
Hypnosis is also a very safe way to change habits and lifestyles. It does not require any medication or dangerous activities. It is merely a way to be more open to suggestions. The list is endless of what hypnosis can help. It help overcome fears and social problems like panic attacks and anxiety. Hypnosis can be an extremely powerful tool when done right.
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