Do Affirmations Work?

Can you get better results through the use of self-affirmations?  We discuss how they work in this episode. Want to do some extra reading about the effects of self-affirmations?  Here are a couple of bonus items: 1.  One study suggests self-affirmations reduce people’s threat response. 2.  Another study shows that self-affirmations alter the brain’s response […]

Improved Healing Through Hypnosis

Can hypnosis actually help you heal faster?  That’s the topic of this week’s episode. We discuss a 1999 study from Harvard Medical School that showed improved healing in patients with ankle fractures when they used a combination live hypnosis sessions and hypnosis audio recordings.  The study was very small; there were only 12 patients. Here’s […]

History of Hypnotism: Franz Anton Mesmer

The terms “animal magnetism” and “mesmerized” trace back to one man.  Franz Anton Mesmer was a hypnotist… but he didn’t know that.

Intention and Attention: Shaping Your Thoughts for Maximum Happiness

We’ve talked about attention as a threat assessment method for human beings in two earlier episodes, but in this third episode, we’re going to talk specifically about what you can do to shift your attention, as well as how to set an intention that guides what you pay attention to.  We’ll explain pattern interrupts, chunking, […]

Attention, Emotions, and Memories

The posterior cingulate cortex is involved with several processes in the brain.  It is part of the default mode network, which we talked about in an earlier episode.  Recently, we’ve been focusing on the concept of attention, and examining how attention works from a cognitive standpoint.  We want to ultimately get to a place where […]

How Does Attention Work?

In this episode, we discuss how attention works.  Now, this is a bigger topic than you might first think, so we’re really just getting started, but the concepts we discuss here will give you some things to think about, and we’ll follow up more in the future.  We’ll discuss attention vs awareness, then the three […]

When Hypnosis Doesn’t Work

Hypnosis is not a magic bullet.  It doesn’t always work.  Hypnotists generally don’t like to talk about this, but it’s an important part of professional development to learn and grow from the times in which things don’t go like we planned.

Is Hypnotizability Genetic?

In this episode, we discuss a 2006 study that connects hypnotizability to certain genes that work with dopamine.  You can read the report here.

Who Was Father Hell?

Father Maximilian Hell was a Jesuit priest who contributed to the development of hypnotism in the 1700’s. Find out how in this episode of Hypnotic Thoughts. If you’d like to read more about Father Hell, visit these resources:

Cultivating Loving Energy

This is a short video session that takes you through the process of shifting your personal energy by going to inner resources and recalling a previous emotional state.  When you get stressed, or sad, or disappointed, you can use this simple technique to bring you back to loving energy.  Cultivating loving energy on a regular […]