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June 16, 2010

I became interested in hypnosis in high school. I can’t remember exactly how, but I learned some rudimentary hypnotic techniques that I practiced on my little brother, Mike — a most willing “guinea pig.” I managed to make his arm rise up and become ‘light as a feather,’ then make it so heavy he couldn’t lift it; I ‘glued’ his knees and hands together so he couldn’t separate them. Needless to say we had a lot of fun until we got caught in the middle of a session in which Mike’s arm was  so ‘stiff as a board’  he couldn’t bend it, and my mother walked in the room. My mother’s command, “stop that nonsense” overruled my hypnotic suggestion and put an end to my early hypnosis practice.

Years later, as a counselor/therapist, I decided to learn and practice hypnosis and incorporate it with other therapies. My clients (many of them students) were interested in overcoming test anxiety, weight loss, quitting smoking, relieving stress, panic attacks, fear of public speaking, phobias, including social phobia, etc. I have found that hypnosis produces quite remarkable results in no time at all.

As for those who think hypnosis is mind control, or that it’s only possible with ‘weak-minded’ people, it is not. The strongest-minded people make the best hypnotic subjects. The fact is, you have to want to be hypnotized, in order to be hypnotized.

Thanks, Mike, for giving my hypnosis work a start.

If you’re eager to learn more, an excellent website is http://www.howstuffworks.com/hypnosis.htm.

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