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Hypnosis and Mind Control – Are They Really Immoral?

Hypnosis and mind control are both confused with each other and misunderstood. There are similarities between the two for sure, but there are some important differences also. One of the terms generally has a positive connotation, albeit couched in some skepticism, while the other has a negative connotation. In this article I will give a bit of insight into how you can use principles of these two disciplines in a positive way to improve your life.

How is hypnotizing someone different from controlling their mind (also known as brainwashing)? Clinical hypnosis, which is the type we are most familiar with (as opposed to the more secret covert, or underground variety), is a voluntary process that involves being put in trance putting one into a state of hyper sensitivity to suggestion in order to influence the subconscious mind. Mind control, on the other hand, is involuntary and often involves psychological and physical torture and manipulation in order to brainwash someone into doing what you want them to do.

The subconscious can be altered in order to change your behavior using hypnosis and mind control. Brainwashing is imposed on one, while hypnosis is something you choose for yourself. Ultimately, both can achieve similar results, but obviously, one method is much more pleasant than the other.

In order to benefit the most from the voluntary process of hypnosis, you must want to change. The desire to make changes and to practice mind control has to come from deep within you. The level of determination which you exercise to make changes in your life will often determine how successful you will be at the hypnotizing techniques you employ. The subconscious is powerful but the conscious mind can override it if you let it. You can only make changes in your life by have unity between your conscious and subconscious, this comes from true desire for change.

You can also visit a hypnotist, a professional with whom you can build trust and confidence, and in whose presence you feel comfortable and relaxed. Trust has to come first before all else for hypnotism to work effectively. If you have any fears or doubts they will work as a barrier and the process will not be effective. Your subconscious is only as receptive as you are to the whole experience.

As I mentioned earlier, hypnosis and mind control can achieve much of the same effect. However, the ethical foundation behind mind control is questionable at best. An alternative to the above method is used by those who capture prisoners of war brainwash them into believing their country is evil, or that their political outlook is immoral. This is the essence of mind control. It is very effective, but the psychological and physical torture methods used in it are very unpleasant and can leave a lasting negative impact on one’s psyche. So basically, you should stick to hypnotizing others and don’t concern yourself with mind control unless you want to be an evil scientist screwing with people’s minds against their will (hopefully you don’t).

Using Hypnosis to Treat Some Health Syndromes

Many people find themselves completely absorbed into a book they are reading or a movie they are watching to the point that they become unaware of what is going on around them. Some feel a strange, warm sensation come over us them just before falling asleep. While running long distances or finishing a hard workout, our bodies begin to feel lighter and it is almost as if our minds and bodies are separate entities.

On our drive home from work, our brain shifts into auto-pilot to get us home. We often encounter trance-like states similar to hypnosis throughout the day, without even intentionally trying. Today, hypnosis techniques are being used to treat a number of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to chronic headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.

In 2000, Harvard researchers sought an answer to the question: Does being hypnotized change the brain? In their study, they asked a group of men to hold a brick out in front of them as long as they could, which was five minutes for most fully conscious subjects. However, under hypnotic suggestion, they held the brick out for fifteen to twenty minutes. Next, subjects were hypnotized and placed in an MRI scanner. A computer screen showed them patterns of yellow, red, blue and green rectangles and recorded their brain activity.

Then they were shown the same rectangles in shades of gray and were asked to imagine the colors. When they were not hypnotized, both activities showed brain activity on the right side only, but when they were hypnotized both the left and the right hemispheres responded. “What we have shown for the first time,” lead researcher Stephen Kosslyn concluded, “is that hypnosis changes conscious experience in a way not possible when we are not under hypnosis.”

“I used to be a skeptic, then years ago I took part in a TV program where pregnant women were taught self-hypnosis to help them sleep. Determined to prove it didn’t work, I tried it out myself at home, and promptly dropped off. Now I use it every night,” confessed UK journalist Miriam Stoppard. She adds that a 2006 study on 84 American schoolchildren conducted by State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse reported positive findings that hypnotism could improve sleep habits. Of those who took more than thirty minutes to fall asleep each night, 90% reported improvement with their insomnia following hypnosis sessions.

Another use for clinical hypnosis is smoking cessation. In 2007, North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital ran a study regarding the effectiveness of stop smoking hypnotherapy, versus those who quit cold turkey, those who received nicotine replacement therapy or those who received nicotine replacement therapy and hypnotherapy combined. Just over six months later, researchers found that 50% of those treated with hypnotherapy alone were nonsmokers and 50% of those treated with NRT/hypnotherapy had quit fully, compared to 25% in the “cold turkey” control group and 15.78% in the nicotine replacement therapy only group.