Hypnosis & Brain Plasticity

by Bob Walsh

There’s nothing that I would like to tell you more than that hypnosis is the answer to all your problems. But that’s not true. However, what I believe to be true is that hypnosis can be of big help in overcoming many problems which you face in life, and also in improving many areas of your life which are already going pretty good.

But let’s set beliefs and wishful thinking aside for a moment, and let’s look at facts, let’s look at science.

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What does it say about the effectiveness of hypnosis, and what do neuroscientists know about the brains ability to change itself?

After all, there are still many people who claim that hypnosis doesn’t work.

Much of this is based on beliefs that the brain can’t change once we’ve reached a certain age, and so on. All of this has been refuted by recent scientific discoveries. It’s now an established fact among scientists that the brain can change – in fact, the term brain plasticity has been coined to describe the brains unique ability to change itself.

And your brain is not just able to change itself in young years, but at every age.

And by “change” I don’t mean the negative deterioration of brain tissue that many people believe to be inevitable. I mean positive changes that help you to function better in your life, positive changes that make your mind more efficient.

But what determines how your brain changes?

It’s mainly your experiences; what you see, hear, feel, smell and taste.

Your brain is hardwired to adapt itself to your experiences, to help you better cope in this world. You can really imagine your brain to function kind of like a muscle: the more you train it, the stronger it gets. But of course there are many different mental functions that your brain can perform, just as there are hundreds of different muscles in your body. If all you do to train your muscles is doing pushups, you will probably develop some tremendous biceps, but your leg musculature won’t benefit at all from that. And the same is true for mental training: it’s important to take a holistic approach.

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What’s interesting about experiences from a neurological viewpoint is this: your brain doesn’t differentiate between real and imagined experiences. That’s why hypnosis is so powerful: because it’s the most effective way of creating internal experiences that help to re-train and re-wire neural connections in your brain in a very specific and targeted manner.

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