Ask an expert
Question

08 Aug 2008

Self Hypnosis
Hi CS

A colleague of mine has gone through a very bad patch with depression lately, tried to commit suicide at least twice. Then he found a psychiatrist who is helping him, using among other things self hypnosis. Now I know you' re very anti hypnosis, but is self hypnosis the same thing? And how is it different from meditation? He showed me a sheet of instructions how to do it and I don' t know if I would ever get it right, I' m just too aware of my surroundings all the time.

ps. Regards and a rub to Smoky. Our one cat has us so well trained now that hubby and I will get out of the same side of the bed, so that we don' t disturb him. :)
Answer 284 views
Expert
CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

No it isn't and I dont have the same objections, and for good reasons. "Self-hypnosis" is a form of self-relaxation and self-control, with far less risks that hypnosis done by others. It is similar in some ways to meditation or even more closely to what used to be called "autogenous relaxation" , and to breathing and other methods used.
You've noticed a potential limitation in that if someone thinks its silly or is too self-aware or easily distrated, it can be more difficult to get started, but still possible. When stray thoughts start to distract, swat them away like flies, and continue to focus on relaxing your muscles, body and min. You surely can get it right. Sometimes it's easier to start with some sessions of doing it under the guidance of the psychiatrist, till you get the hang of it and can do it yourself.
I love your example of cat training --- it is such a real phenomenon, though I think it's also the mark of extremely nice people !
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
33% - 9363 votes
No
67% - 19334 votes
Vote