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Hypnosis May Still Be Veiled in Mystery – But We Are Starting To Uncover It’s Scientific Basis

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Hypnosis may still be veiled in mystery – but we are starting to uncover its scientific basis Devin Terhune, Goldsmiths, University of London and Steven Jay Lynn, Binghamton University, State University of New York Some argue that hypnosis is just a trick. Others, however, see it as bordering on the paranormal – mysteriously transforming people into mindless robots. Now our recent review of a number of research studies on the topic reveals it is actually neither. Hypnosis may just be an aspect of normal human behaviour. Hypnosis refers to a set of procedures involving an induction – which could be fixating on an object, relaxing or actively imagining something – followed by one or more suggestions, such as “You will be completely unable to feel your left arm”. The purpose of the induction is to induce a mental state in which participants are focused on instructions from the experimenter or therapist, and are not distracted by everyday concerns. One reason why hypnosis is of interest to scientists is that participants often report that their responses feel automatic or outside their control. Most inductions produce equivalent effects. But inductions aren’t actually that important. Surprisingly, the success of hypnosis doesn’t rely on…

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Surviving Christmas 2018

By | Anxiety, Depression, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Shame, Weight Management

Surviving Christmas 2018 While many people look forward to the end of year celebrations, there are also many other people who struggle to survive and experience stress, anxiety and depression from the Christmas period. For some, Christmas can be a costly experience that impacts on their financial well being. It can be an overwhelming period for people who live with anxiety and depression. It can be a period where high expectations are built, both by ourselves and from others, which can often be hard to meet. It can be a period where we eat too much, drink too much, or just party too much in general, leaving us feeling out of shape, fatigued and not feeling our best. Don’t get me wrong; it can also be a time of joy, happiness, child like wonder and an opportunity for harmonious families to get together. For every joy of love, peace and happy families though, there are an equal number who simply wish Christmas would pass quickly. While not necessarily related, there has been recent research to indicate that Christmas music may not be good for your mental health. Now, I’m not sure if this is 100% true or not but it…

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Mindfulness Can Help PhD Students Shift From Surviving To Thriving

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Mindfulness can help PhD students shift from surviving to thriving Karen Barry, University of Tasmania; Emma Warnecke, University of Tasmania, and Megan Woods, University of Tasmania Undertaking a PhD can be very stressful, due to a range of challenges. These include having to develop discipline expertise as well as generic skills (such as academic writing and maintaining motivation) during a largely solo pursuit. Concern has been growing about the prevalence of mental health issues (such as depression and anxiety) among PhD candidates. A survey of more than 2,000 graduate research students from 26 countries published this year found they were six times as likely to experience depression or anxiety as the general population. Read more: Doing a PhD can be a lonely business but it doesn’t have to be A study of PhD students in the United States showed that of those who identified as experiencing depression or anxiety, 84% did not seek help from university support services. Perhaps, then, the best way to help PhD candidates is to give them the skills and strategies to manage their stress. Earlier this month, we published a study in the Journal of American College Health. It provides evidence that practising mindfulness can…

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No Butts – It’s Time To Help People With Mental Health Conditions Quit Smoking

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No butts – it’s time to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking Ben Harris, Victoria University; Holly Beswick, Deakin University; Jenny Bowman, University of Newcastle, and Kate Bartlem, University of Newcastle Australians with mental health conditions are more than twice as likely to be smokers as the general population. About 22% of people with a mental health condition smoke daily compared to a national rate under 13%. And the more severe your illness, the more likely you are to smoke. For example, about 60-70% of people with psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia smoke. We don’t have clear evidence for why this is the case, but there are several theories. These include that people with mental health conditions may smoke to self-medicate or to cope with social exclusion. People with mental health conditions are also more likely to have lower levels of education and higher levels of unemployment, which are accepted risk factors for smoking. Despite huge gains in getting Australians to quit since the turn of the century (22% of Australians smoked in 2001), people with a mental illness appear to have been left behind. They are a big group to overlook. More than 4 million Australians are…

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Toxic Workplaces Are Feeding The Impostor Phenomenon – Here’s Why

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Toxic workplaces are feeding the impostor phenomenon – here’s why Amina Aitsi-Selmi, UCL and Theresa Simpkin, Anglia Ruskin University Research suggests that around 70% of people will experience an illogical sense of being a phoney at work at some point in their careers. It’s called the impostor phenomenon (also known, erroneously, as a syndrome). These impostor feelings typically manifest as a fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes obsessive need for perfection, and an inability to accept praise and achievement. The phenomenon is also characterised by a genuine belief that at some point you, as the “impostor”, are going to be found out for being a fake in your role. The phenomenon has been researched for more than 40 years and recent research into women working in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), suggests that there is a much higher incidence of it in women in these non-traditional roles. Despite being something that affects people at an individual level, the relationship between toxic workplaces and well-being is well established. It seems that the impostor phenomenon breeds from a mix of genuine personal doubt over work abilities and the collective experience of a toxic work culture. Simply put, our modern…

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When Your Fear of Spiders Makes It Hard To Even Watch TV

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When Your Fear of Spiders Makes It Hard To Even Watch TV For most of my life, I’ve been a massive fan of the UK sci-fi television show, ‘Doctor Who’. While it may be a topic for another day, even the thought of the central character, The Doctor, being able to change who it is without losing the memories or the experiences of the previous incarnation can often be a wonderful metaphor for life itself. I did tend to wonder though just how many people were going to watch this week’s episode when they say the title ‘Arachnids In The Uk’ come up on the screen. The Doctor and Spiders Now, this isn’t the first time that Doctor Who has had spiders in the show. In fact, Doctor Who has helped science in their research of spider phobias in the past! The Third Doctor lost his life due to a giant spider and the Tenth Doctor also came up against arachnid lifeforms from another planet. The differences between those experiences and this latest episode though are fairly obvious. The effects that were available back in the mid-70s when the Third Doctor’s ‘Planet Of The Spiders’ aired was pretty basic, to…

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What Does That Smoking Habit Want For You?

By | Addiction, Habits, Parts Therapy, Smoking Cessation

What does that smoking habit want for you? Part of you wants to smoke and part of you wants to quit As with any form of habit that can be perceived as ‘bad’ for you, there is often an internal conflict going on within a person as to why they maintain that habit. Smoking is absolutely the classic example here as nearly everyone who comes to see me about becoming a non-smoker has studied up on ‘the facts’ around smoking and they know all the reasons why they should quit but seem to struggle with fully embracing their identity as a non-smoker. Some may even recognise that inner-conflict and be confused by it, saying that as a logical, rational adult, they should be able to take control of the situation and to make that decision to give up that smoking habit and yet they just find it hard. Perhaps what they need to really look at is the intention behind that part of them that has the smoking habit. Each part has a positive intention Often when we sit down and begin to talk to that part that has been maintaining the smoking habit, we discover that it has a…

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To Script Or Not To Script… That Is The Question

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To Script Or Not To Script… That Is The Question Or a review of ‘Advanced Ericksonian Scripts’ by Dan Jones The Script Debate Within the hypnotherapy community, there is a lot of debate about the use of scripts. One of the key arguments against the use of hypnosis scripts is simply that they’re too generic and too ‘one-size-fits-all’, whereas what hypnotherapy clients will often require is a more tailored-made approach. Another concern with using scripts is that they can’t go into more advanced, interactive techniques that perhaps require a hypnoanalytical approach. When a hypnotherapist learns his craft, and provided that he has come from a reputable training organisation, there is the expectation that they should be comfortable with techniques such as Parts / Ego State Therapy, Regression, Ideomotor Responses, Fast Rewind and other techniques that could be attempted via a script but really do need more flexibility to achieve success with a client. Think of it a bit like the old ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books where, depending on what route you wished to take, you would turn to a different page to continue the story. On the flipside of this, there is certainly some use in scripts and with…

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OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective

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OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective This episode of OUTthink, we’re going back in time! Since beginning late 2016, I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to meet and chat with some truly inspiring people within the LGBT community and discuss their stories or gain their insights into some of the bigger issues that exist out there within our community. The challenge for me is that, as a podcast that has no intention to benefit financially, bandwidth can be limited and so we’ve reached a point where I have to clean up and create space. With that in mind, and with a desire to keep some of the key lessons and insights from the earlier episodes, we delve back to explore those initial handful of OUTthinks with our guests Daniel Cordner, Lisa Torney and Joe Busuttil. About Daniel Cordner Daniel was our very first guest way back in 2016. In fact, OUTthink went from being an idea to being a reality due to a catch-up and coffee with Danny where I found our conversation came so thick and fast that it prompted me to tell him about this podcast idea that I had and wondered if he would like…

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Your Own Personal Hypnosis Recording

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Your Own Personal Hypnosis Recording A Hypnotherapy Session Specially Recorded For You! Have you ever wanted a hypnosis session specially written and recorded just for you? These tailor-made recordings are fine-tuned to your needs and available for you to listen to at any time. You don’t even need to visit our practice! How does it work? We’ll give you a call over the phone or over Skype to talk about your specific problem. This is, of course, ideal for people who may not be able to get into our practice rooms on St Kilda Rd in Melbourne or who may not have the time. You are, of course, welcome to come into our St Kilda Rd rooms at Hypnotherapy HQ if you wish to discuss your presenting issue one-on-one and then receive your recorded therapy after that. We’ll go through a series of questions to ensure that we understand what your needs are and what outcome you’re wanting to achieve. We’ll then write and record your session specifically based around your needs and send it to you in either CD or MP3 format. Are audio sessions as good as one-on-one sessions? There are certain approaches that can be done in…

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