Hypnosis in the real world... how films can help explain it.
Any Clinical Hypnotherapist will be familiar with the questions that get asked when out and about meeting people, as well as those asked by new clients.
Most of the time these questions are about perceptions of hypnosis based on people seeing Derren Brown or old Paul McKenna TV shows.
"Can you take over my mind and make me do things I don't want to do?"
"Are you hypnotising me now?"
"What does it feel like?"
A Hypnotherapist will just smile and explain that no one can make anyone do anything that they don't want to do. Hypnotherapy can help people who want to make changes but they are always in control. When relaxed our minds are more open to suggestion so that state of relaxation is what a hypnotherapist is looking to attain.
A great current example of explaining how the mind doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined is the Tom Hanks film "Captain Phillips", about Somali pirates.
For anyone who has seen it, it can prove very useful as an example of how our bodies struggle to tell the difference between real and imagined. As reviewers have stated, many have not had a more gripping couple of hours in a cinema for a long time. Film goers report their hearts beating out of their chests with excitement and tension, even though they know they are just watching some pictures on a screen and listening to some sounds.
When explaining that link between mind and body the use of cinema and film can really help to bridge that knowledge gap as everyone knows the feeling of becoming so caught up in a film that they forget what is going on around them.
Tears, tension and laughter can all come from our involvement in a good film.
Just imagine the final scene in Carrie. Even if you know the hand is about to emerge from the grave you may well still find yourself jumping when it happens!
Of course, horror and thrills are not everyone’s favourite way to spend free time. It’s just as good an example to talk about a film like “It’s a Wonderful Life” where tears of happiness can often be seen rolling down the cheeks of the audience watching it at its upbeat and happy ending.
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