Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness. It is a natural state of mind where you are mostly relaxed, while your mind is awake and aware, but you are more open to accepting new thoughts and suggestions. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring phenomenon that many people experience frequently.
Common examples of everyday trances include:
- Allowing one’s mind to become absorbed in thought while driving
- Feeling so engaged in an activity or conversation that the passing of time goes unnoticed
- Daydreaming and fantasizing
In clinical hypnosis, one simply learns how to enter a trance deliberately in order to work on their challenges. In this state, the mind and body are more open and receptive. This can be a helpful tool as you pursue your treatment goals.