A widely quoted article prepared by Dr. Alfred Barrios, a clinical psychologist (BS CalTech, Ph.D UCLA) and recognized authority on the power of the word and its effect on human behavior, compared Hypnotherapy with Psychoanalysis and Behavioral Therapy. (Barrios, A. (1970) Hypnotherapy, A Reappraisal. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Spring Issue):
As shown in this article, the study took into consideration 1,018 articles dealing with hypnosis, 899 articles on psychoanalytic therapy and 355 on behavior therapy. The comparative results are rather startling and yet very clear, that more therapy sessions were found to be less effective. See the results below:
- Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
- Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion. The term may also refer to an art, skill, or act of inducing hypnosis.
Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups. Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state. In contrast, Non-state theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role-enactment.
During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. The person can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out sources of distraction. Hypnotised subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions. Hypnosis is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion. The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy“, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis“. Stage hypnosis is often performed by Mentalists practicing the art form of Mentalism.
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.
A person who is hypnotized displays certain unusual behavior characteristics and propensities, compared with a non-hypnotized subject, most notably heightened suggestibility and responsiveness.
Blackwell, Willey (2015). The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis: Theory and Practice
The following article about pornography was included in the April 11, 2016 issue of TIME. Pornography is a debilitating and maladaptive behavior centered in the subconscious that can be conquered through clinical hypnotherapy. Pornography not only restricts and destroys the individual’s life, it also negatively affects the spouse, the family and society in ways never before imagined.
Porn and the Threat to Virility, by Belinda Luscomba, April 11, 2016 issue of TIME.
The first generation of men who grew up with unlimited online porn sound the alarm
Excerpt: A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer.
Excerpt: “There was a disconnect between what I wanted in my mind and how my body reacted”, he says. He simply couldn’t get the necessary hydraulics going
He put it down to first-time nerves, but six years went by, and no matter which woman he was with, his body was no more cooperative. It responded only to the sight of porn. Church came to believe that his adolescent Internet indulgence had somehow caused his problems and that he had what some are calling porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED).
Excerpt:…….compelling new research on visual stimuli is offering some support to the young men’s theories, suggesting the combination of computer access, sexual pleasure and the brains mechanisms for learning could make online porn acutely habit forming, with potential psychological effects.
Excerpt: One independent web-tracking company clocked 58 million monthly U.S. visitors to adult sites in February 2006. Ten years later the number was 107 million. One of the worlds largest adult sites, Pornhub, an explicit-video-sharing site, says that it gets 2.4 million visitors per hour and that in 2015 alone, people around the globe watched 4,392,486,580 hours of its content, which is more than twice as long a Homosapiens has spent on earth.
The story above appeared in the April 11, 2016 issue of TIME.