You are getting sleepy.... While hypnosis is often associated with sideshow performances, it's not a magical act. Rather, it's a technique for putting someone (or yourself) into a state of concentration where you are more suggestible and thus more open to messages about breaking bad habits or changing in other positive ways.

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Hypnotherapy and Its Benefits for Autoimmune Disease

By Linda Walter LCSW on June 21, 2017 in Life Without Anxiety
How you too can manage pain without medication and use hypnotherapy to manage many Autoimmune Disease symptoms.

A Little Bit of Magic Please

If science were a man, I would marry him, even though I’d know of his imperfections. However, we all benefit from a bit of magic....

Split Decisions in the Courtroom

The movie Split has brought Dissociative Identity Disorder back into the spotlight. Here's how this controversial diagnosis plays out in the courtroom.

It’s About Time

By Matt James Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Do you ever wish you had your very own time machine, allowing you to recreate the past and project more positive outcomes in your future?

Hypnosis And Sexual Health

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in In Excess
Seduction through mind control (i.e., erotic hypnosis) has a long history in Western culture but what do we know about hypnosis and sexual health from a psychological perspective?

Complement This

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
If conventional therapies don’t work, and complementary therapies cease to complement anything, then maybe, just maybe, we start to face failure.

Addicted to Gossip?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in In Excess
It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?

Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Donald Trump paints pervasive threat, triggering the brain’s survival systems and attracting submission to his vision of dominance.

Cancer: Alternative Treatments Over Chemotherapy

I’m writing about my personal experience with alternative methods for treating lymphoma rather than doing chemotherapy. I want people to know that these can be successful.

Grace Joubarne on Emotional Freedom

The future of mental health interview series continues with Grace Joubarne on emotional freedom.

Daring to Hear Voices

Tulpamancers conjure sentient imaginary friends they experience as voices. They have a lot to teach us about what we never dare to imagine and experience.

Would "Doctor Who" Call Freud, Jung, Myers & Briggs Stupid?

What would Doctor Who's star think of the psychodynamic and related points of view? Would he praise Freud and Jung or mock them? Would he even consider taking the Myers-Briggs?

Is Total Mind Control Possible?

By John Ryder Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 in Hypnosis: The Power of Trance
In the dark and sinister underworld of spies and madmen many things are possible. So, has hypnosis been used to program people to do something illegal or even diabolical?

ADHD Medication May Enhance Hypnotizability

Hypnosis, an enhanced state of inner focus, can be an effective tool for improving a range of symptoms, including those related to mood and learning. The ADHD drug methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) has been shown to increase hypnotizability in a sample of patients with ADHD and thus may enable patients to benefit from adding hypnosis to their treatment regimens.
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Top 3 Tips for “Fantasy-Prone” Writers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 08, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
The so-called fantasy-prone person is actually a repository of hidden talents.

The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on July 14, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.

ART in ASD, Part One

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on June 23, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Could imbalance in the autonomic nervous system explain the complexity and heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Could teaching kids and families affected by ASD skills in autonomic regulation broadly improve comfort and functioning? This is the first of three blog posts on our work at the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at RIT.

That’s Why I’m Here

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on May 18, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Children and adolescents are really good at learning to control their psychophysiological processes because that's the business they're in. Self-regulating our own physiology, emotion and cognition is often more powerful than externally applied therapies. It is time to revolutionize health and care by balancing skills with pills -- helping children change their minds.

5 Epic April Fool’s Pranks and the Psychology Behind Them

There are psychological reasons why we fall for April Fool's pranks, and these 5 are among the best.

If Selfish Genes Build Brains, Why Aren’t We All Solipsists?

Contrary to what you might think, the “selfish gene” paradigm does not imply that we should be self-centered to the point of believing that only we exist.
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Are You in an Abusive Relationship with Money?

By Matt James Ph.D. on March 17, 2015 in Focus on Forgiveness
There’s one type of abusive relationship that’s still tolerated in this country: It’s the abusive relationship too many of us have with money.
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Finding Your Personal Motivator for Fitness

By Matt James Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 in Focus on Forgiveness
The reason you're not motivated to exercise regularly may be that you haven't found a good enough reason to do it.

The Crisis of Confidence in Medical Research

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 12, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
Randomized placebo controlled studies have been the gold standard in medical research, but some believe they have been so corrupted by Pharma that they cannot be trusted.

Successful Weight Loss Using Hypnosis

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on December 20, 2014 in The Integrationist
Your unconscious may believe it has “good reasons” for keeping you overweight. Hypnosis can help you address these beliefs and make the changes you need to look and feel great and get healthy.
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Boost Confidence with Hypnosis and NLP

By Matt James Ph.D. on August 20, 2014 in Focus on Forgiveness
Most of us pop out of the womb with a fairly high degree of self-confidence. We haven’t yet started to judge ourselves as smart or dumb, handsome or homely. We haven’t yet built up notions of possible versus impossible, safe versus risky. And most importantly, we haven’t had time to absorb the judgments, fears, and limitations of the people and culture surrounding us...

Using Self-Hypnosis to Manage Weight

Because so much of weight control is truly a case of mind over matter, hypnosis can be a very effective tool for weight loss. Let’s look at five steps you can take to self-hypnotize and start losing those few (or many) extra pounds.
How to Help Yourself Through Hypnosis

How to Help Yourself Through Hypnosis

Hypnosis is used for a variety of issues – everything from curing allergies to weight loss. For many behavioral changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, minimizing anxiety and overcoming certain fears, self-hypnosis can be a useful tool. Let’s look at the steps in self-hypnosis you can use to help move you toward the behavioral changes you desire.

Hypnotic Regression and Healing the Unconscious Mind

By John Ryder Ph.D. on June 22, 2014 in Hypnosis: The Power of Trance
Your mind is like an ICEBERG, most of it is below the surface. Can you imagine how many strange experiences you have had since birth that affect your life and are buried out of sight? We all have lots of stuff in our unconscious that you cannot remember unless you dive deep below your normal awareness. Hypnosis is the best technique to access and resolve that stuff.

Telling Yourself Something

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on May 31, 2014 in Fighting Fear
Advice is sometimes given to discouraged patients to repeat to themselves encouraging thoughts. This does not work

Part II: Treating Anxiety in Pregnancy Without Meds

By Robert London MD on April 09, 2014 in Two-Minute Shrink
Various cognitive-behavioral approaches are viable alternatives to psychotropic drugs when treating pregnant women who are suffering from anxiety. This article is part II of a two-part series on treating anxiety in pregnancy without drugs.