Hypnosis and meditation
Created by Carole Yue.
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- How can I train to become a hypnotist?(2 votes)
- Hypnotic college. I think there's one in Arkansas.(9 votes)
- how do we do meditation? when we are sleeping.(2 votes)
- I'm not entirely sure of your question, but if you mean, "how do we meditate when we are sleeping?" then I would point you in the direction of Lucid dreaming, where you can choose to meditate while in a form of sleep. Usually we actively dream multiple times while we sleep, which can be measured using an EEG machine to be different from meditation. If your question is, "How do we do meditation?" then I would suggest setting an alarm for 2 minutes and sitting comfortably while gently notice yourself breathing in and out. Let your thoughts float away or stop and let your eyes close. If your mind starts thinking or imaging then gently smile and let those thoughts or images melt away as you let all the tiny muscles in your face relax. Next time increase the timer a little towards 30 minutes.(3 votes)
- Curiosity question: how closely do the benefits of meditation mirror those of getting (enough) sleep?(2 votes)
- How is the effects of hypnosis different from placebo?(3 votes)
- If the effects are different from a placebo then hypnosis obviously has an effect (unless its a false positive statistical error)(0 votes)
- can hypnotizing make people do things that the hypnotist want that person do?(2 votes)
- So by meditating, can we increase our ability to study then? Cause if it increases our attention, does that translate to better grades and performance?(1 vote)
- Daily meditation can help with focus, as there is less of a chance that you will be stressed in a situation or be distracted with something. However, keep in mind that every individual is different, and that the same tactics that work for one individual may fail or not be preferred by another (I.E: An individual might not be focusing enough because of a lack of sleep. The solution here would be to get more sleep.).(2 votes)
- Can you retrieve similar increase in attention with light meditation as you would in deep meditation?(1 vote)
- Can meditation also be used to help those with stress or anxiety related disorders?(1 vote)
- From where do the ideas of hypnosis originate?(1 vote)
- Hypnosis also gained popularity in Europe during the Victorian era (think Freud)(1 vote)
- How did that hypnotist on America's Got Talent get Howie Mandel to shake hands with him? He has OCD and doesn't shake hands with anyone, so doesn't that mean he would not consent to shaking hands?(1 vote)
Voiceover: So far in this tutorial, we've talked about states of consciousness that occur naturally, meaning you don't really have to try to be awake, or to fall asleep. But there are some states of consciousness that do require some effort. So now I'm gonna talk about a couple induced states of consciousness: hypnosis and meditation. When you think of hypnosis, you might think of the typical Hollywood depiction of some creepy guy, who swings a pocket watch in front of people's faces, and then gets them to start clucking like a chicken, or something else they would never do normally. But, don't worry, no one can actually do that do you without your consent. A hypnotist's power rests completely in how open you, or the person being hypnotized, are to suggestion. And most people are open to some degree of suggestion at least. For example, try this with someone who hasn't seen this video: Get them to stand up, and close their eyes, and then tell them that they're swaying back and forth. So don't tell them to sway back and forth, just tell them that, that's what they're doing. And most people, when they hear you tell them that they're swaying, will actually start swaying, if they weren't before. But if they know what's coming, and don't want to be swayed (ha ha), then this won't work. It's the same with hypnotism: It usually involves getting people to relax, and focus on a particular spot, or internal function like breathing, and people become more susceptible to suggestion in this state, but only if they want to. So, as you enter into that state of hypnosis, an EEG would pick up more Alpha waves in your brain, indicating an awake, but relaxed state. And some people use hypnosis to try to retrieve memories, which is kind of dangerous, and not scientific. 'Cause memory is very malleable, and since we don't record events in our head like a video camera does, sometimes people who supposedly retrieve memories during hypnosis, can actually create false memories, that incorporate hypnotizers, leading questions, or expectations, even if they don't intend to. And some people also think that hypnosis helps them refocus their attention, which is why it can be used to treat pain. For example, there is some evidence that people under hypnosis have reduced brain activity, in areas that process sensory input, even though the areas that receive the sensory input, the sensory cortex, are functioning normally. So this could mean, that although hypnosis doesn't completely block out sensory input, it might help inhibit our attention to that input, which enables some people to deal with more painful stimuli than they normally would. But, again, the bottom line is, that if you think it will work, it has a good chance of working, but if you think it won't work, then you're stuck with the more traditional pain-killing techniques. And another induced state of consciousness is meditation. There are a lot of definitions of "mediation," but we're gonna focus on the type that involves training people to self-regulate their attention and awareness. So, meditation can be guided, and focused on something in particular, like breathing oftentimes, or relaxing muscles, or something like that. But meditation can also be unfocused, when you let the mind wander freely. During light meditation, people experience more Alpha waves than during normal relaxation. And then during deep meditation, this is the type that usually only experts achieve, like Tibetan monks, but they have increased Theta waves in the brain, which also happen during some sleep stages, but you're still awake. There aren't very many scientific studies on long-term effects of meditation, but some studies do indicate that in people who regularly get into deep meditation, there's increased activity when they're not meditating, increased activity in their prefrontal cortex, right hippocampus, and right anterior insula, suggesting that those people have an increased ability to control their attention, which is the goal of meditation, so that's good. This ability to control your attention could have important implications for people with attention-related disorders, such as ADHD, or even people who want to avoid some of the attentional deficits associated with natural aging.