Hypnosis can help people stop smoking, sleep better and even undergo dental treatment without pain. But what exactly is hypnosis and what precisely happens in the brain of a hypnotised person? These questions are currently being studied by psychologists. The aim is to find comprehensive scientific answers to the questions. Professor Wolfgang Miltner, who has… Read more

Some argue that hypnosis is just a trick. Others, however, see it as bordering on the paranormal – mysteriously transforming people into mindless robots. Now our recent review of a number of research studies on the topic reveals it is actually neither. Hypnosis may just be an aspect of normal human behavior. Hypnosis refers to… Read more

Hypnotherapy Techniques

Hypnotherapists help many individuals to overcome problems that they are having merely by placing them in an unconscious state and suggesting methods of behavior or reinforcing beliefs that a person may have.

One technique that is often used in hypnotherapy is age regression. In age regression, the therapist suggests that the patient re-visit the thoughts that they had at a certain point in their lives.

By re-visiting these thoughts, the patient is encouraged to go back to the same decisions that they made in that time, hopefully helping to increase their confidence and their personal strength.


We have seen a growth in the use of hypnosis and the number of hypnotists in the past several years, mostly because hypnosis is a powerful and effective way to create a change in a person. When it comes to persuasion, however, it is only effective when the subject has given permission to be hypnotically influenced.

Covert hypnosis, on the other hand, is achieved by using techniques to subtly and unconsciously cause a person to change. The subject is not aware of the persuasion taking place. This is the main difference between covert hypnosis and the regular therapeutic hypnosis. The two can be quite different; however, some of the techniques remain the same.

Trance is the Feel

People see hypnosis in many different ways. They may picture a magician making someone cluck like a chicken, a witness being hypnotized to retrieve information on a crime, or a person becoming a mindless zombie to do the bidding of their hypnotist, no matter what.

Thankfully, the truth is a lot less exciting. Hypnosis is really just another term for trance, where a person is in a state between waking and sleeping.

When in a trance, the subject tends to highly focused on one stimulus, such as the hypnotist’s voice, while ignoring other things around them. The subject tends to be more suggestible and may have decreased inhibitions, however the trance is easily broken and the subject is never completely out of control of his or her behavior.


A person can be hypnotized using many techniques. Some techniques involve using props like a constantly moving spiral or a gold watch. The easiest technique, however, requires nothing more than the hypnotist’s voice and is know as progress relaxation.