What is Mind Therapy
Mind Therapy is a set of techniques designed to enhance concentration, minimize one’s distractions, and heighten responsiveness to suggestions to alter one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, or physiological state with the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a simple way to train your mind using your own intentions to work on whatever it is you want to change in your life.
How it works!
Theory of the Mind copied from Hypnotechs website
Dr. John G. Kappas, Ph.D. evolved this “Theory of Mind” over the course of many years of observation and practice. In it, he attempts to explain how our minds work and why hypnosis is possible.
At birth, our minds are like sponges. We soak in everything that happens to us and store it away as experiences. We’ve got a bunch of needs programmed in as well as some fears. As we grow, we have experiences, both good and bad and these are stored away. These experiences become who we are. Interestingly enough, we prefer things we know, to things that are unknown. As a result, if we have an experience and we store that away in our memories, even if the experience is something you might consider negative, we will choose that path again over a path we don’t know.
Somewhere around the age of eight or nine, earlier in some, later in others, we start to develop into who we are going to be later in life. The part we think of as “us” begins to form and we begin to be more and more critical of the things that happen to us, refusing to let them enter into our long-term storage unless they line up with the things that are already there and don’t conflict with them.
Dr. Kappas estimated that this conscious part of the mind that we develop is about 12% of our mind. The other 88%, consists of those stored experiences, as well as the “primitive” area that came preprogrammed into us.
So there you are, going through life with about 12% of your mind making up the part you think of as “you” and 88% under the surface, like an iceberg, impacting how you react to things at every turn. Some things that you experience make it through your filters and become logged away as experiences in the 88%. Other things are rejected and never become embedded in who you are.
Now imagine you want to change something about yourself. Maybe your doctor said it was time to lose some weight. In the 12%, you know that is a good idea. You will be healthier, feel better, look better and maybe even live longer. Yet at every step of the way, things seem to go wrong. You just can’t seem to make it to the gym and you keep finding yourself with a cookie in your hand, cheating on your diet, even though you know better.
It’s not enough for the 12% to want to change. The 88% will win every time. Remember how the subconscious, the 88% likes “knowns”, even if they are negative? To it, the gym is scary. It’s an unknown. It would rather stick with the status quo than take a risk with that unknown. As for the diet, those cookies have definite positive associations in the subconscious. It’s going to want more…
Under these conditions, the subconscious is slow to change. If you can keep a sustained effort going, it is possible, but that is sheer willpower at work. Daily affirmations might help, as will creating new habits and new, positive associations with them. But, most people will fail.
But what if you could get past the critical “firewall” of your mind and insert a few positive associations in place of the negatives and unknowns you have about losing weight and going to the gym? In the same way that the 12% will always lose in a “tug-of-war” with the 88%, it can’t lose when both parts are united.
In a nutshell, THAT is hypnosis.
Mind therapy is set up into 3 stages out of which you are fully conscious and in control throughout.
During the induction stages of hypnosis, the body becomes more and more relaxed and the brain enters changing levels of brain wave pattern. There are five brainwave frequencies, however there are four main different brainwave patterns when looking at hypnosis. These are Beta wave pattern, Alpha wave pattern, Theta wave pattern and Delta wave pattern as measured by an EEG (Electroencephalograph).
When the brain is aroused and actively engaged in mental activities, it generates beta waves. These beta waves are of relatively low amplitude, and are the fastest of the four different brainwaves. The frequency of beta waves ranges from 15 to 40 cycles a second. Beta waves are characteristics of a strongly engaged mind. An engaged person concentrating would be in beta.
Where beta represented arousal, alpha represents non-arousal. Alpha brainwaves are slower, and higher in amplitude. Their frequency ranges from 9 to 14 cycles per second. A person who has completed a task and sits down to rest is often in an alpha state. A person who takes time out to reflect or meditate is usually in an alpha state.
The next state, theta are typically of even greater amplitude and slower frequency. This frequency range is normally between 5 and 8 cycles a second. A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brainwave state. The state of being half awake and half asleep.
Here the brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency. They typically center around a range of 1.5 to 4 cycles per second. They never go down to zero because that would mean that you were brain dead. But, deep dreamless sleep would take you down to the lowest frequency. Typically, 2 to 3 cycles a second.
When we go to bed and read for a few minutes before attempting sleep, we are likely to be in low beta. When we put the book down, turn off the lights and close our eyes, our brainwaves will descend from beta, to alpha, to theta and finally, when we fall asleep, to delta.
Hypnotherapy utilizes the ability of hypnosis to enter a very relaxed state of mind where the patient is able to be more receptive to healing. At this stage the patient will be in direct contact with his own subconscious mind able to track blocks back to their core reason. He/She is able to shift negative thought patterns because he/she will understand the origin of the emotion, feeling or issue and able to go back in time and space with the power of his/her mind and heal that part of himself/herself that has experienced a block which is affecting his/her present day life and reality.
Not only can you change behavior patterns you can also change feelings and perseptions that are no longer serving you.
Hypnotherapy can help people who suffer from stress-related illnesses like Phobias Sleep disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief and loss of loved ones, Smoking cessation, Weight loss. Also, it helps people who want to improve their performances professionally or in sports. Since it is related to the subconscious mind, we can heal and improve different things. People have issues in a relationship can try and sort it out with the help of effective hypnotherapy.