There is a lot of misconception ongoing about hypnosis and this article doesn’t assist that much in highlighting the “truth” (whatever the truth is, anyway!).
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Many Chinese under the spell of hypnotism
Source: Global Times
[02:00 February 26 2010]
By Yin Hang
Soothing music creates a dreamy atmosphere in the room, while the hypnotist murmurs to his patient, “Calm down, relax and then wake up” in a slow but authoritative tone. The patient has been suffering insomnia. Now, he opens his eyes, seemly relieved of a heavy load in the wake of a hypnotic trance.
Actually, in a real session, you don’t need soothing music. Or, if you want, you can even play Rockn’ Roll. It is just a matter of how the hypnotist utilises noises around him to deepen a trance.
Another piece is that the hypnotist doesn’t need to murmur. If a hypnotist speaks to lowly, the client might even emerge from the trance, as he or she doesn’t hear what the hypnotist says.
This use of hypnosis as a medical cure is being advertised by a growing number of clinics in China, claiming that a deep trance can help people get better sleep, ease stress, relieve pain, induce people to stop smoking or even lose weight. That’s true. Hypnosis can do that and much more. As long as the client wants it. Forcing is not possible in hypnosis. Forcing is easier in real life.
On the online forum tieba. baidu.com, over 50 Web users posted their contacts saying they can provide hypnosis therapy.
The purported benefits of hypnotism have given birth to a large number of believers who want to become professional hypnotists or simply try their hand at putting people into a deep sleep.
Recently, experts have warned that possible psychological damage could be inflicted by unlicensed clinics, illegal training classes and amateur hypnotists in China’s booming market for hypnotic therapy.
“As far as I know, there are only two qualified hypnotists in China,” said Wu Rengang, a psychology professor at Peking University and a psychiatrist at the No. 2 Hospital of Beijing.
Wu told the Global Times that it is impossible to master the skills of hypnotism needed to treat patients simply by attending a weeklong training course.
Of course it is hard to be a certified hypnotherapist after just a weekend. But it is possible to hypnotise people after a weekend. Now, the challenge is that some think that they can work with real heavy stuff after just a two-days training. They won’t be able to manage when the client goes into a real bad trauma as they won’t have the experience. I believe a hypnotist should first look at working with easier issues such as weight loss, smoking or stress. These are easier issues to work with, even so a client can still have an abreaction. At a later stage and after appropriate training, a hypnotist can start taking on heavier cases, and may be even cooperate with a doctor or psychologist. It just boils down to the fact that everything takes time to learn as a skill, even hypnosis, and it is the responsibility of the hypnotist to have the appropriate skill. An easy estimation of this is – has the hypnotist been exposed to working with phobias, traumas, or past regressions in his or her training or not? If not – keep your hands off. Otherwise it is like a dentist, who wants to start working on a brain.
In our Advanced Coaching Class, we offer 2 days trainings in hypnosis but we make sure that our participants know that the hypnosis sessions are only to be used as a seal on top of coaching with NLP . Only when they have gone through our 12 days hypnosis training would they be able to work with clients without actually using NLP (even so we believe that NLP is a very valuable skill to have!).
“Maybe you can learn how to hypnotize someone within a week, but to become a professional hypnotist requires the skills needed to provide proper psychological guidance after hypnosis,” Wu said.
We have many psychologists in our NLP and hypnosis training who actually believe that these tools assist them in their psychological approach.
She warned that those who want to try the effects of hypnosis at a training class should never attempt to hypnotize someone else because it might worsen their mental problems. That is why for deeper issues of the client, the client needs to bring a referral form from the doctor or psychologist.
In Jilin Province, a 28-year-old cook, Wang Zhilong, saw hypnotic treatment for the first time on a TV talk show program. Since then, he has been deeply attracted to hypnotism, but also worries about professionalism in the market.
“I feel so absorbed by hypnosis. It’s amazing,” Wang told the Global Times. “I want to master it, but I’m afraid there are too many fraudulent training institutions right now.”
It is easy to identify fraudulent institutions, isn’t it? Chck out if they have been trained by a great institution and check the background of the trainers thorougly.
A Shanghai-based hypnosis training center that boasts of being a pioneer in the field told a Global Times reporter that even a junior high-school graduate could master the skills of a professional hypnotist by attending the center’s eight-day training program.
“The nation’s famous hypnotists will lecture at the courses, using hands-on teaching methods. We guarantee that you will master all skills needed to conduct hypnosis, exactly like what our teacher mastered,” said an anonymous female assistant at the training center.
She repeatedly suggested that a reporter watch teaching videos on the center’s website. One video shows a man under hypnosis, fast asleep but performing acrobatic moves on verbal commands of the hypnotist, who is surrounded by a group of students.
A hypnotised person isn’t asleep. It is one of the many myth about hypnosis, which is wrongly named as “nervous sleep”. If a person is sleeping, he would hear the suggestion of the the hypnotist. Hypnosis is simply a deep relaxation of the nervous system. It has been reported that sometimes, a hypnotised person can actually hear or see better when hypnotised.
The tuition fee for the weeklong program is 12,800 yuan ($1,875) according to the assistant, a fee equal to the average tuition cost of four semesters at an accredited university offering psychology courses.
Similar training centers and seminars can be found in cities like Beijing, Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Guangzhou, all claiming that their teachers are hypnotists with reputations.
Thus far, there are no existing laws or regulations to guide the establishment of hypnosis training programs.
I cannot say anything about this, since I am not living in China. I kow that in Malaysia, there are attempts to regulate hypnosis and other alternative or holistic approaches to health.
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