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Self-Hypnosis For Dummies : For Dummies - Mike Bryant

Self-Hypnosis For Dummies

For Dummies

Paperback Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9780470660737
Number Of Pages: 344

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Use the power of suggestion to conquer bad habits, overcome anxiety, and boost self-esteem

These days hypnosis has become much more than a parlor game, involving dangling watches, and helpless subjects. When used therapeutically, hypnosis is a way of engaging the subconscious mind to find solutions to problems. And self-hypnosis, a self-induced form of hypnosis that makes use of self-suggestion, is a way of changing deeply rooted behavior patterns. Written by two experienced hypnotherapists, "Self-Hypnosis For Dummies" is a hands-on guide to achieving specific goals through hypnosis. You will learn how to retrain your subconscious to think in more healthy and constructive ways in order to overcome any number of problems, including losing weight, overcoming anxiety or phobias, curing insomnia, or putting an end to smoking and nail biting. The techniques are completely safe with you in control at all times Contains an audio CD with guided accompaniments to hypnosis

Enabling you to clear your mind and focus on particular thoughts, self-hypnosis, like meditation, offers a pathway to freeing yourself of debilitating problems. And this safe, practical guide offers you the keys to this life-changing technique.

About the Authors

Mike Bryant is an experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist, with over 30 years' experience as a mental health professional in both the US and UK. He provides development consultancy to NHS Mental Health Trusts across the UK.

Peter Mabbutt is a Fellow of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a Founder Fellow of the British Association of Medical Hypnosis. He is CEO and Director of Studies for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.


About This Book.

Conventions Used in This Book.

Foolish Assumptions.

Why You Need This Book.

How This Book is Organized.

Icons Used in This Book.

Where to Go from Here.


Chapter 1 What Is Self-Hypnosis?

Understanding Self-Hypnosis.

Seeing How Self-Hypnosis Works.

Reassuring Yourself about Safety.

Chapter 2 Getting Your Mind and Body Working Together.

Exploring the Mind–Body Conundrum.

Approaching the Holistic vs. Medical Debate.

Helping the Mind to Heal the Body.

Experiencing Visualization.

Chapter 3 Using Self-Hypnosis to Achieve Your Goals.

Clarifying Your Goals.

Waving a Magic Wand to Manage the Magic of Goal Setting.

Achieving Your Goals.

Putting Everything Together.

Maintaining Your Goals After You Achieve Them.

Chapter 4 Resisting Resistance and Avoiding Relapse.

Understanding How You Block Your Own Needs.

Countering Your Inner Critic.

Using Your Critic to Achieve Success.


Chapter 5 Entering a Hypnotic Trance with Traditional Self-Hypnosis.

Looking at Traditional Self-Hypnosis Techniques.

Investigating Different Ways to Induce a Trance.

Chapter 6 Working with Words Becoming Your Own Recording Star.

Scripting Your Success.

Speaking ‘Hypnotese’.

Using Your Voice to Best Effect.

Recording Your Scripts Electronically.

Chapter 7 Consciously Directing Your Unconscious.

Understanding Your Nervous System.

Looking at the Importance of Breathing.

Conceptualizing Your Unconscious Thermostat.

Chapter 8 Using Unconscious Self-Hypnosis.

Introducing Unconscious Self-Hypnosis.

Understanding Amnesia.

Turning on Unconscious Self-Hypnosis.

Using Anchors to Secure Positive Thoughts.


Chapter 9 Putting Paid to Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Fear.

Foiling the Fear Factor.

Reducing Anxiety.

Overcoming Your Fears and Phobias.

Chapter 10 Signing Up to Self-Esteem.

Developing Greater Self-Love.

Coping with Your Worst-Nightmare Situations.

Resolving Conflict with Self-Hypnosis.

Chapter 11 Minimizing Pain.

How Hypnosis Can Control Pain.

Safety First!

Understanding Your Plan.

Looking at Different Types of Pain.

Seeing that Pain’s Subjective.

Strategizing Your Way to Pain Management.

Chapter 12 Ironing Out Anger.

Calmly Understanding Your Anger.

Defining Your Anger Triggers by Keeping a Diary.

Being Assertive with Your Anger.

Chapter 13 Overcoming Insomnia.

Investigating Insomnia and Sleep Disorders.

Sussing Out Your Somnolent Solution.

Practicing Practical Sleep Strategies.


Chapter 14 Quitting Smoking.

Understanding Your Smoking Habits.

Preparing to Quit.

Using Self-Hypnosis to Stop Smoking.

Chapter 15 Keeping a Handle on Your Drinking.

Understanding Your Emotional Need to Drink.

Discovering Your Drinking Patterns.

Using Self-Hypnosis to Reduce Your Drinking.

Chapter 16 Controlling Your Eating Habits.

Chewing Away at Why You Eat.

Digesting Diets.

Changing Your Mind to Change How You Eat.

Chapter 17 Fostering Good Relationships.

Turning ‘Me-Me-Me’ Into ‘Us-Us-Us’.

Changing Yourself to Change Others.

Confidently Attracting a New Partner.


Chapter 18 Ten Creative Ways to Enter Trance.

Boring Yourself into Trance.

Confusing Yourself.

Reading a Novel About Your Life.

Staring into Space.

Using Your Own Resistance.

Time Machine Part One: Imagining the Future You Stopping By for a Chat.

Time Machine Part Two: Imagining the You-Before-You-Had-the-Problem.

Tuning into Your Favorite Television Channel.

Using Your Senses to Deepen Self-Hypnosis.

Levitating Yourself into Trance.

Chapter 19 Ten Ways to Know You’re in Trance.

Your Breathing Slows.

Your Experience of Passing Time Changes.

Your Eyes Move Beneath Your Eyelids.

Your Feel Pleasantly Lethargic.

Your Heart Rate Slows Down.

Your Mind Drifts and Wanders.

Your Mind Goes Blank.

Your Muscles Feel Heavy.

Your Muscles Twitch.

Your Think You’ve Fallen Asleep.

Chapter 20 Ten (or so) Reasons to Seek Professional Help before Trying Self-Hypnosis.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks.

Confidence Problems.


Eating Problems and Weight Loss.




Physical Pain or Discomfort.

Problem Drinking.

Sexual Problems.


Appendix A Self-Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Resources.

Hypnotherapy Organizations.

Useful Script Books.

Appendix B About the CD.

What You’ll Find on the CD.

Customer Care.


ISBN: 9780470660737
ISBN-10: 0470660732
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 15th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 18.67  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1

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