Hypnosis occurs when a person’s mind enters a state of hyper – suggestibility, allowing them to become extremely open to suggestion. The mental state of hypnosis is most often induced by a specialist hypnotist. However, it can be self administered through a process of self – suggestion.
When hypnosis is performed for therapeutic purposes by professional hypnotists, the process is referred to as hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is often practiced to treat a wide range of mental conditions, including phobias, stress, anxiety and various other psychological disorders. It has also been used, with success, to treat addiction and help people stop smoking.
How it works.
Hypnosis amplifies the placebo effect, a mental state in which a person acts on a belief that a certain condition is true, when in fact it is not. As a result of this belief, the person may achieve their desired outcome.
For example, if someone has a headache and they are given a sugar pill disguised as a “pain killer,” and that person reports that the fake pain killer worked, they have been “tricked” by the placebo effect. This is similar to how people can stop smoking with hypnosis.
In the case of treating nicotine addiction, hypnotists place patients into a state of mind where suggestions can be used to treat symptoms such as cravings and withdrawal. Hypnotists can sometimes convince the mind that cravings are not real and that the patient does not want to smoke.
Some People Can Successfully Stop Smoking With Hypnosis. Will it Work for You?
Hypnotherapy does not work for everyone as only certain people can be induced into a hypnotic state. The possibility of a person achieving hypnosis is typically measured in levels of low, medium and high susceptibility.
It is estimated that the majority of people (around 80%) have a medium susceptibility. The remaining are roughly divided equally among low and high possibilities. (10% each.)
According to Wikipedia;
The Stanford, Harvard, HIP, and most other susceptibility scales convert numbers into an assessment of a person’s susceptibility as ‘high’, ‘medium’, or ‘low’. Approximately 80% of the population are medium, 10% are high and 10% are low. – www.wikipedia.com
If you have a strong imagination or can disassociate yourself from “reality” with relative ease, as you would, say, when meditating, then you likely fit into the high susceptibility range and may be able to stop smoking with hypnosis.