Do I need hypnotherapy?

Alternative healing method Hypnosis research: "I don't know of any manipulation on the brain that is so strong."

This is how hypnosis works

The basic requirement is that the patient agrees to the treatment. He has to get involved in hypnosis, trust the hypnotist and relinquish self-control. The therapist draws the patient's attention to a certain point and leads him away from his everyday rational thinking.

What remains is a state that resembles that of a child: between fantasy and dream. Rational, sensible thinking takes a back seat and a new, creative solution becomes free.

Dirk Revenstorf

Through hypnosis, the instances in the brain that are responsible for self-awareness and everyday reason are shut down, so to speak. It then no longer matters what you can do, what you are allowed to do and how others think about it.

Anyone can get out of the trance at any time

Those who are very self-controlled can find it difficult or impossible to get involved in hypnosis - in contrast to people who, for example, quickly immerse themselves in a fantasy world while reading or in the cinema and sometimes forget about time. But even those never completely lose control during hypnosis and can step out of the trance at any time. But what about the apparently unwilling test subjects of hypnosis shows? Everything staged? Not necessary, says Dirk Revenstorf. Because each of us likes to give up responsibility from time to time - some more, others less.

It suits us to let go and be destructive, obscene and childish.

Dirk Revenstorf, psychologist

Hypnosis can be seen on the EEG

What exactly happens in our brain during hypnosis is not that easy to answer. At the University of Jena, a research group carried out a series of studies on how stimulus processing changes under hypnosis. To do this, test subjects were placed in front of a screen with yellow triangles, red circles and blue squares running through them. The test subjects should then count the blue squares. The researchers measured the brain reactions using an EEG.

Then the same subjects were put into a hypnotic trance and suggested to them that they had a board in front of their eyes. The results were clearly visible in the EEG, because it always showed: How does the brain work, when and how fast. For investigator Dr. Barbara Schmidt allows clear conclusions to be drawn about the effect of hypnosis: the blue square is recognized with or without hypnosis. But the visual "board in front of the head", i.e. the suggestion that one cannot see anything, ensures a clearly delayed reaction.

I don't know of any manipulation on the brain that is so strong. I've never seen effects like this before.

Barbara Schmidt, psychologist

The hypnosis had suggested blindness to the test subjects. The EEG showed that the brain picked up a visual stimulus, but passed it on much more slowly than without hypnosis. Similar effects were also found with acoustic and pain stimuli.

A state of emergency is natural trance

Barbara Schmidt is currently working in an intensive care unit. There, she says, most people are already in a kind of state of emergency that can be used to make their situation easier. Artificially ventilated patients, for example, are suggested that they accept ventilation better.

In a situation that causes great anxiety and stress, one is in a kind of natural trance - and that is a state that we can use well for successful hypnosis.

Barbara Schmidt, Head of Studies

Despite its versatile applicability and proven effect, hypnosis is still a marginal phenomenon both in medicine and in psychotherapy. Therapy methods such as depth psychology, psychoanalysis and behavior therapy are very well established and networked at the clinics and are paid for by the health insurance companies - hypnosis is not. Research like the one at the University of Jena, however, scientifically proves the effect of hypnosis and shows how it works and that it is no nonsense!