Hypnosis is operative in finding effective solutions, because it addresses the subconscious. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, a narrowed focus with increased attention. This state is called a trance. Previously, it was thought that trance is a sleep-like condition, hence the name hypnosis, derived from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep. Yet trance is similar to daydreams. In this state, our mind is receptive to suggestions that can help change negative beliefs, in order to achieve better goals.

Hypnosis probably works through a change in the everyday state of consciousness. It is thought, that the analytical rather left side of the brain loses importance for the time of hypnosis. In turn, the rather non-analytic right side of the brain is activated. This can be noticed in daydreaming. In the so called default network mode of the brain, a standby mode of the consciousness network, thoughts wander purposeless around. In this state of mind, people deal rather with their identity, they are more creative, less focused or relaxed. On the other hand changes in activity of the default network mode are assumed for different neurological and psychiatric disease syndromes such as schizophrenia, depression, or ADHD. These patients have counterproductive, automatised thinking patterns, which intensify the stress reaction in the brain, instead of relaxing it. This is also a meaningful way of keeping the brain busy, but rather destructive. The result is the known hamster wheel of thoughts.

To experience a state free of problems and seek solution, hypnosis could be an effective tool. Thereby unused potentials become free in thought. These are creative and beyond the well-known structures of thinking. This allows access to one’s own subconsciousness and learned blocks of thinking, feeling and acting can be solved easily.


The brain is lazy and would like to save energy. This is achieved by an unconscious routine of the brain guiding the human being, the so called subconscious. It is responsible for everything we mostly think, feel and do without an option. These are for example, our body functions, feelings, thoughts, or recurring patterns of behavior. The main task of the subconscious is  protection from pain. That is why behind most changes, there is an unspoken fear that the subconscious can no longer provide protection. Everything that is leaving the routine, requires energy, attention and willingness to learn. Therefore causally speaking, conscious thinking is a luxury of the brain, which is only willing to invest energy, when it is rewarded.

Working with the subconscious mind makes it possible to turn off negative thoughts, emotions and action patterns and to fire and wire new neuronal links. This is helpful for anxiety disorders, psychosomatic complaints, eating disorders, addiction, or stress. These are patterns in which the affected person feels that one can no longer regulate him or herself, where there is no longer any influence on one’s own life.

However, it should be remembered, that you can never be hypnotized against your will, because it only works, if you are willing to. The therapist can not suggest anything that the client would not make in the waking state or violate his moral ideas. Hypnosis can therefore only be mediated by people, to whom a positive relationship and trust has been built up. Also the client’s interest in a change should be permanent.

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Phasis of hypnosis

Introduction phase

In this phase one comes to rest and relaxes. The body often relaxes bit by bit.

Consolidation phase

In this phase, the trance state is deepened.

Treatment phase

In this phase, the subconscious is fully active and the client can build up new links to his familiar patterns. The actual effect of hypnosis takes here place.

Awakening phase

In this phase, the dimmed consciousness returns to everyday consciousness. Body and mind feel then in particular recovered and relaxed. Physically and mentally you feel fit and attentive.

You know the solution, you just don’t know it yet.

Milton Erickson