How to Hypnotize Yourself





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Published on Dec 21, 2009

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Hypnotizing yourself may seem like a magic trick, but is actually a great way to manage your stress or change a habit.

Step 1: Find a private, quiet place
Find a quiet, relaxing place, free from potential interruptions.

Step 2: Use words to feel positive
Prepare a word or a one-sentence mantra to repeat to yourself to signal your positive, specific intention to enjoy the moment and your life.

Step 3: Breathe in and out slowly
Close your eyes. Breathe in for a count of six, hold your breath for a three count, and release the breath for six again. Repeat as many as 10 times.

Visualize the inward breaths as accepting the good in your life and the exhalations as releasing anger and frustration.

Step 4: Visualize your descent
Count backward, visualizing the numbers as a descent down a stairway or an elevator, or floating down a valley. Use a mantra or word like "Relax" to replace the numbers as you go.

Step 5: Contemplate your problem
Contemplate your problem and, repeating affirmations, how you will solve it. Visualize writing the problem on a paper that vanishes in flames.

Step 6: Reverse the count
Reverse the count to return to consciousness. Start with one and accompany it with an affirmation. Open your eyes and keep saying encouraging things to yourself.

You can use hypnosis to change self-defeating thought patterns, to stop smoking, or for any effort at self improvement.

Step 7: Repeat this process
Repeat this process regularly as a method to stay focused and peaceful through stressful times.

Did You Know?
Sigmund Freud used hypnotism in his psychoanalysis before moving on to his technique of free association.


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