Scientific studies show how hypnosis can treat everything from chronic pain to anxiety to poor study habits and beyond. Chances are, it can also work for you.
Gone are the days that the word “hypnosis” conjures notions of the supernatural or parlor tricks. Real hypnosis is a clinical tool frequently used by psychiatrists and now, scientists are discovering how it affects the brain.
About two-thirds of people have been shown to exhibit some susceptibility to hypnosis.
Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine are using brain imaging to see what is actually happening to people while they are under hypnosis.
Three areas of the brain are affected during hypnosis
Researchers found the neural changes affects three regions of the brain that were most active and most dormant while study participants were hypnotized:
- They saw decreased activity in the Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex, which aids in deciding what to worry about and what to ignore.
- Changes appeared in the parts of the brain that give people the ability to control perception and thoughts in their heads from the feelings in their bodies.
- The third region affected is located very deep in the brain and involves the self-consciousness, and shakes up the way people react to problems to approach from a different point of view.
This scientific evidence shows hypnosis as a real, neurobiological phenomenon with tremendous healing power. In fact, it is not a way of losing control, as many people have feared, but rather a way to teach people to enhance control over their brains and bodies.
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