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What Makes Hypnosis Work? Mar 30th, 2021

The mind is much more powerful than most people might imagine.  Within our minds we have the ability to change our perception of reality as well as to gain a much deeper understanding of what underlies our thoughts and actions.  Hypnosis can prepare us to better use our mind power.  It works by diverting our attention...

What Are Some Misconceptions About Hypnosis? Mar 23rd, 2021

Contrary to what is portrayed commonly in the entertainment industry, hypnosis is not a tool for kidnapping or mind control. It is not practiced by snakes or evildoers. It is not facilitated by inanimate objects (or psychedelic eyeballs) with uniquely mesmerizing powers. It is not sleep.   To find out what hypnosis IS, please read the January 19, 2021...

What Is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Biofeedback? Mar 16th, 2021

Treatment with both hypnosis and biofeedback involves teaching our minds and bodies to become calmer. However, while hypnosis relies on teaching patients to calm themselves by focusing on words, images, or thoughts, biofeedback involves training patients to regulate themselves by showing them the results of electronic monitoring of their body’s reactions. ...

Is Hypnosis Different with Young Children? Mar 9th, 2021

Hypnosis with younger children is different in content and appearance than with older children, adolescents and adults.  The key to effective hypnosis is to speak the patient’s language, and thus with younger children therapists and parents need to rely more on rhythm, rhyme, and imagery than we might use with an older individual. ...

What is the Difference Between Medical Hypnosis and Meditation? Mar 2nd, 2021

Both hypnosis and meditation involve changing the mindset. However, the path to achieve this change is different.  As we discussed in the January 19 blog, hypnosis can be defined as a state of focused attention in which people can be more responsive to suggestion. Meditation can be defined as use of a technique to...

What is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Counseling? Feb 23rd, 2021

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness during which people are more suggestible. The suggestions can be given by a therapist or doctor and can also be given by people to themselves.    Counseling occurs when someone is given assistance or guidance regarding how to resolve a personal or psychological issue.    When people...

How Can Hypnosis Help My Child Cope Better with COVID Related Stress? Feb 16th, 2021

Because of COVID-19 and its associated life disruptions, many children have become emotionally and physically affected.  Some children have become anxious about becoming sick, or about the health of their family members.  Others have become depressed because online learning is difficult for them and/or they miss in-person social interactions with...

How Can I Tell if My Child's Symptoms Are Caused or Aggravated by How He or She Feels? Feb 9th, 2021

Children’s emotions usually affect what they say about their physical symptoms.  For example, if your child has a mild stomachache is he or she more likely to complain of this on a day when there is a test at school, which the child has been dreading, or on a day when the family...

How Can Hypnosis Help My Child? Feb 2nd, 2021

A most wonderful fact about hypnosis is that your child can learn to control his or her mind better through entering hypnosis.  Once your child achieves improved mind control, the applications are limitless.  Your child can enhance any aspect of his or her mental abilities such as achievement in school,...

How Can I Tell if I am Good at Hypnosis? Jan 25th, 2021

Everyone can achieve a state of hypnosis to some degree. There are people able to use hypnosis easily and they can achieve incredible experiences in that state. Researchers call such people high-hypnotizables. Others have a challenging time achieving a typical hypnotic state. These people are termed low-hypnotizables. Some researchers believe that if you are a low-hypnotizable individual, you cannot benefit from hypnosis. This is incorrect. In fact, I would...

What is Hypnosis? Jan 18th, 2021

It seems like a simple question. What is hypnosis? The answer is quite complicated and people, including experts in the field, cannot agree on a definition. Hypnosis involves a shift in the thinking pattern. To my patients I define hypnosis as “using your imagination to help yourself.”  However, that describes what we can do with...

Why is Hypnosis Important? Jan 12th, 2021

Based on my experience, hypnosis should be an essential tool in the kit of every health care provider.  Without use of this tool, or another way of addressing patients’ psychological issues, the majority of patients suffer needlessly!    Why Psychology Plays Such an Important Role in Health Care  Every patient has a brain that affects how they process information. ...

How Did I Become Involved in Hypnosis? Jan 4th, 2021

Welcome to this blog regarding hypnosis.  My name is Ran D. Anbar, MD, and I am the President and Founder of Center Point Medicine.  In this first blog entry I want to share about my introduction to the world of hypnosis.  In the spring of 1997, when I was practicing as a pediatric...