Hi, I’m Carmen Lynne, and welcome to Expert
Village. We are talking about hypnosis, today. When I say the word hypnosis, this is something
that can be done by and to yourself or you can visit a hypnotherapist, such as myself.
That would be referred to as hetero-hypnosis. So what is the difference? Well, of course,
it is possible to induce the hypnotic state in yourself. You would have to be, kind of,
splitting yourself in two. Half of you would be aware that you are in a hypnotic trance,
and giving yourself certain positive suggestions. While, the other half of you would actually
be in a hypnotic trance. So, in a way, it is a little more difficult to do self-hypnosis
than hetero-hypnosis. Also, we tend to respond better when some kind of authority figure
is telling us what to do than we are telling ourselves what to do. That is really why hetero-hypnosis
is really a lot more effective. Especially, if you are able to go and see someone who
has been trained and who knows what kind of suggestions to give you. Self-hypnosis, if
you are not using anything like a CD with the suggestions on it, could be a little dangerous
because you may not able to actually focus your thoughts to where you want them to go.
So, I would suggest that, for an issue which is not much of a problem, and you just need
a little bit of help, you should go buy a CD. However, do not buy a CD for an issue
that you really feel like you want to tackle because it is significant and it is something
in your life that you really want to change. I would suggest that you would be better off
seeing a hypnotherapist and having at least one session with them. So, that’s the difference
between self-hypnosis and hetero-hypnosis.