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.

Recent Posts on Hypnosis

ADHD Medication May Enhance Hypnotizability

By Traci Stein PhD, MPH on August 19, 2015 in The Integrationist
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.

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

The magical world of Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis in health care. The tension separating the fictional magical and "muggle" worlds need not exist for clinicians who integrate clinical hypnosis skills into health care practice. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.

ART in ASD, Part One

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

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.

Are You in an Abusive Relationship with Money?

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.

Are you addicted?

Smoking is an addiction that is costly for the smoker, for their loved ones and for society. some of the common myths of quitting smoking (and other addictions) are explored.....

Finding Your Personal Motivator for Fitness

By Matthew B. James Ph.D. on February 09, 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.

Cancer Prevention Starts at Home

Your real wealth is your health.

Successful Weight Loss Using Hypnosis

By Traci Stein PhD, 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.

Meditation: What It Is, How To Do It, And Why You Should

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 02, 2014 in Think Well
Once you cut through all the hype meditation techniques, like Transcendental Meditation, can be very helpful for many people. Indeed, meditating regularly can help reduce stress and worry, increase energy and mental focus, and enhance physical and mental well-being. Here's how to do it.

Life History, The Diametric Model, and Sex Scandals

A new study reveals clear diametric associations between autistic v. psychotic traits and impulsivity, sensation seeking, and socio-sexual behavior.

Psychopath, Interrupted

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 24, 2014 in Shadow Boxing
An account from the 1940s purports to have cured a psychopath with an "accelerated" technique.

Boost Confidence with Hypnosis and NLP

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.

PTSD: Healing and Recovery Part 2

In this week's post we're continuing with PTSD by exploring PTSD treatment methods to help your regain your life

5 Steps to Better Brain Health

The newest research on the brain reveals a number of strategies that we can do right now to make a substantive difference in keeping the brain healthy as we age.

Do You Want to Understand the Mysteries of the Unconscious?

Is anyone really interested in what psychoanalysts have to say?

Methods of Alleviating Anxiety

In this week's post, we're exploring various complementary, alternative, and traditional methods for helping alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Haunted by Sigmund Freud: Adaptation or Defense Mechanisms?

The term "defense mechanisms" fit Freud's original concept, but they're not always about defending against anxiety. "Adaptation mechanisms" may be more appropriate. They are about adapting to life and functioning in this world. Their purposes are not necessarily defensive or even offensive. Humor, for example, can certainly be a defense, but that's not always its purpose.

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.

How to Get Things Done

By Polly Campbell on June 23, 2014 in Imperfect Spirituality
Three strategies to help shrink that summer to-do list.

Hypnotic Regression and Healing the Unconscious Mind

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.

9 Methods for Treating Amnesia

There are several different types of memory loss that can occur after an injury or traumatic event. in this week's post we are exploring the different types of amnesia, or memory loss, and treatment methods that work for recovering those memories.

Do You Have IDS?

By Kathleen Taylor on June 19, 2014 in The Brain Supremacy
IDS, or Irritating Doggerel Syndrome, is common, yet few people have ever heard of it.

Droidian Slips

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 13, 2014 in In Excess
Robot fetishism is often referred to as ASFR (i.e., alt.sex.fetish.robots, based on the name of a now defunct newsgroup) or technosexuality. It refers more specifically to those individuals who derive sexual pleasure and arousal arising from humanoid or non-humanoid robots. But are there people out there more aroused by robots than humans?

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