Quotes and Research


“All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Any problem the mind creates, the mind can cure.” – Milton Erickson
“As you think so you are” – Milton Erickson
“In order to change you have to want to change” – Pippa Weir
“Don’t delay, do today” – Pippa Weir
“Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness”
“Hypnosis, is a state of mind enhanced by mental and physical relaxation in which our subconscious mind can communicate with our conscious mind and vise versa” – General Hypnotherapy Register
“Hypnosis helps to get to the core of the problem and resolve it as it may be hidden in the subconscious mind and helps find the resources within us to overcome the problem/issue” – Clinical Hypnotherapy Forum
“A state of increased awareness and responsiveness to new ideas” – Milton Erickson
“A way of talking to the subconscious mind to heal the memory”
“Can’t change the events of the past but can change the emotional response and develop healing”
“Hypnotism is a natural phenomenon and there is no known deleterious effects from it’s use” – Dr. louie P Thorpe
"As to self-induction, many thousands have learned it; and I have yet to hear a report of any bad results of its use." - Leslie N. LeCron
"As far as it is known today, hypnosis per se is no more dangerous than natural sleep. There is no evidence that hypnosis in itself weakens the will, damages the nervous system, or in any way adversely affects the mental and physical well-being of individuals." - Andre M. Weitzenhoffer, Ph.D
"Hypnosis is essentially communication of ideas and understandings to a patient in such a fashion that he will be most receptive to the presented ideas and thereby motivated to explore his own body potentials for the control of his psychological and physiological responses and behaviour." – Milton Erickson
“Experience with hypnosis highlights the extraordinary amount of self-control one can attain even of physical processes that are generally regarded as involuntary.” – Barabasz & Watkins, 2005, Rossi 2000
“Most researchers concur that the actual level or depth of trance experienced does not relate to the beneficial results that might be obtained.” – General Hypnotherapy Register
“Hypnotherapy is not magic however if the right ingredients are present, if the time is right and if a suitable practitioner can be found, with whom the client is willing to work, then all their realistic goals are achievable” – General Hypnotherapy Register
“85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy” – British society of clinical hypnosis
“Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is an interaction between clinician and client to produce a successful outcome. The clinician must be responsive to the needs of the client and tailor his or her approach to those needs if the client is going to be at all responsive to the possibilities for change that the clinician makes available. The relationship is one of mutual interdependence, each following the others lead, while paradoxically at the same time leading” – Crawford
“Believe it will be and it will be” – Braid
“All learnt behaviour habits are learnt so can be relearnt and can be dealt with using hypnosis and resolved” – Pavlov
“It is empowering, uplifting, positive and life changing” – Pippa Weir
“we do more harm with ignorance of hypnotism than we could ever do by using hypnosis and suggestions constructively” – Dr David Cheek M.D.


Does hypnosis work? - A comparison study
An American Health Magazine (magazine of men’s health, wom’s health and fitness) posted the following findings on february 12th 2007:

  • Psychoanalysis therapy, 38% recovery after 60 sessions.
  • Behaviour therapy, 72% recover after 22 sessions.
  • Hypnotherapy 99% recovery after 6 sessions.

Schachter 1977
Hypnosis via EEG frequency analysis, is distinctly different from the EEG patterns of sleep. Identified theta waves positively associated with focused attention (I.E. hypnosis)

Can the personality be altered during hypnosis and carry out antisocial behaviour? – Erickson (1932)
Numerous studies were conducted involving 300 subjects using thousands of trances over a four to six year period found no evidence to support the belief that a person’s personality can be altered as a result of hypnosis. The people that were studied, had the ability of self-protection and had the capacity to reject commands and suggestions that conflicted with their own beliefs values and morals and maintained their critical judgement towards suggestions, putting up resistance and wouldn’t cooperate. The same response while not hypnotised. Their personality did not change while being inn hypnosis. They couldn’t be made to steal or lie.

Article: neuroscience gets serious about hypnosis:
from the Wikipedia page for hypnotherapy:
“In 1995, the US National Institute for Health (NIH), established a Technology Assessment Conference that compiled an official statement entitled "Integration of Behavioral & Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain & Insomnia". This is an extensive report that includes a statement on the existing research in relation to hypnotherapy for chronic pain. It concludes that:
The evidence supporting the effectiveness of hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain associated with cancer seems strong. In addition, the panel was presented with other data suggesting the effectiveness of hypnosis in other chronic pain conditions, which include irritable bowel syndrome, oral mucositis [pain and swelling of the mucus membrane], temporomandibular disorders [jaw pain], and tension headaches. (NIH, 1995)
In 1999, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a Clinical Review of current medical research on hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies,[32] it concludes,

  • "There is strong evidence from randomised trials of the effectiveness of hypnosis and relaxation for cancer related anxiety, pain, nausea, and vomiting, [side effects ofchemotherapy] particularly in children."
  • "They are also effective for panic disorders and insomnia, particularly when integrated into a package of cognitive therapy (including, for example, sleep hygiene)."
  • "A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety."
  • "Randomized controlled trials support the use of various relaxation techniques for treating both acute and chronic pain, [...]"
  • "Randomized trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in asthma and in irritable bowel syndrome [...]"
  • "Some practitioners also claim that relaxation techniques, particularly the use of imagery, can prolong life. There is currently insufficient evidence to support this claim."”

“In 2001, the Professional Affairs Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS) commissioned a working party of expert psychologists to publish a report entitled The Nature of Hypnosis.[33] Its remit was 'to provide a considered statement about hypnosis and important issues concerning its application and practice in a range of contexts, notably for clinical purposes, forensic investigation, academic research, entertainment and training.' The report provides a concise (c. 20 pages) summary of the current scientific research on hypnosis. It opens with the following introductory remark:
"Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium."
With regard to the therapeutic uses of hypnosis, the report said:
"Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy."
The working party then provided an overview of some of the most important contemporary research on the efficacy of clinical hypnotherapy, which is summarized as follows:

  • "There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and in assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures and childbirth."
  • "Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures."
  • "Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia in the same way as other relaxation methods."
  • "There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapeutic procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of complaints that fall under the heading 'psychosomatic illness." These include tension headaches and migraine; asthma; gastro-intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome; warts; and possibly other skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria [hives].
  • "There is evidence from several studies that its [hypnosis'] inclusion in a weight reduction program may significantly enhance outcome."[33]”


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