How Hypnosis Is Used In The Study Of Emotions


Hypnosis is a proven science, not a hoax as some people believe. Psychologists with the proper training can identify sub-conscious emotions, suppressed memories and thoughts, and can help provide practical coping mechanisms for people to improve their emotional well-being. Over the years, it has become clear that emotions do play a role in physiological functions.

Tapping into the Subconscious Mind

Emotions need to be well-understood in order to determine how they affect cognition and other mental abilities. Also of importance is the determination exactly what roles they are affecting in patients with physical disease. Chronic ailments as well as short-terms illness can both be healed faster with hypnosis.

How Hypnosis is Done

There are different methods to performing hypnosis. The basic idea of it is to access, in the patient, a subconscious state of mind which is uninhibited to clearly express hidden thoughts and emotions. In order to achieve this, the mind must fixate of something. Commonly used is a finger or a bright object held in the right hand. At this point, the hypnotist will ask the patient to follow the object.

There is a focus using eye contact, which is considered the fasted and most successful way to induce hypnosis. The eyes are kept on an object, a fixed point, or between the therapist and patient. This tactic has been used by almost all the famous psychologists of the past, including Sigmund Freud.

The Conscious Mind as an Obstruction

We tend to think of our minds as being the only way we conceive and perceive reality. This is only true for a part of what we call “me”. In fact, some of the models presented by Sigmund Freud suggest that the majority of the “self” is, in fact, within the subconscious mind. With that model, we can see that what we demonstrate and perceive in life are subconscious interpretations.

What Our Realities Perceive

In a huge way, we do create our own realities. This is not to mean we can just wave a magic wand and have whatever we want in life. It simply means our subconscious beliefs and memories do affect our integrated perceptions of immediate reality. There are a number of neuroses and psychological patterns which are the result of past experiences. The inability to process strong emotions when conflict arises will often result in the suppression of them.

Long-Term Emotions

As time continues, the conscious mind will continue to attempt processing suppressed emotions and this will affect thinking and orientation, almost producing a state of hypnosis itself, albeit in confusion. This is what we identify as being ourselves. Unfortunately, most of the time, we are so tense that we can barely psychologically integrate at all. A vacation may be needed along with hypnotherapy.


Considering all of the different approaches to psychology and hypnosis, the beginning of therapy should start with inquiries into the conscious past and the repressed memories of the past. Hypnosis allows for this process to be more effective than ordinary therapy alone. There can be dark and dreamed dimensions to the subconscious mind. It is best to heal the problems there.