Wikia

Psychology Wiki

Autohypnosis

Talk0
34,143pages on
this wiki
Revision as of 22:04, October 19, 2011 by Dr Joe Kiff (Talk | contribs)

Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |
Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology |

Cognitive Psychology: Attention · Decision making · Learning · Judgement · Memory · Motivation · Perception · Reasoning · Thinking  - Cognitive processes Cognition - Outline Index


This article is in need of attention from a psychologist/academic expert on the subject.
Please help recruit one, or improve this page yourself if you are qualified.
This banner appears on articles that are weak and whose contents should be approached with academic caution
.

Autohypnosis is a psychological condition often confused with autosuggestion, a form of self-induced trance without the aid of a hypnotist. Autohypnosis was introduced in the late 19th century.

Methods

As with hypnosis--that is, the direction to an altered state of consciousness with the aid of a psychologist--particular individuals require less training and are theoretically more susceptible to the trance than others. Whatever the case, it has also been frequently recommended that individuals wishing to undergo such states be adequately trained, as the use of suggestion and delving into unconscious areas of the mind can have devastating results without proper psychological foreknowledge.

In autohypnosis, the subject places themselves in a tranquil or neutral environment, usually laying down or reclining. Many utilize a mantra, or a repetitious phrase associated with the direct goal of the hypnosis, however it is not mandatory; others use soothing music or aromatherapy, among other keys in preparing surroundings. It should be noted that meditation and autohypnosis are usually associated as the same practice and in many cases are mistaken as the same. However, the latter is a scientific, psychological therapy, while meditation has been used in various cultures (eg. Hindu, Muslim, even certain denominations of Christianity utilize basic principles into religious services) for centuries as a practice to further one's spiritual well-being. Both however are used in modern psychiatric institutions and have parallel goals in individual and group therapy.

Recalling the pre-morbid experiences before the onset of the disease, would greatly help in the possible alleviation of the situation. Even in medical care, there has been occasional use of autohypnosis as a method to prepare the patient for the coming cure. It is widely suggested that instead of resisting the method with biases, it's worth a mild try.


See also

References

http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9000543/autohypnosis

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki