In my professional practice I constantly come across the confusion between hypnosis, self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and Advanced Structured Hypnotherapy that I practice.
Hypnosis is a mental state in which hypnotic subjects (patients) are fully awake but with a marked decrease in their peripheral awareness. At the same time the levels of mental concentration are heightened to unprecedented levels.
In simple terms, under hypnosis, the patient is very relaxed – to the point that they are able to ‘switch off’ the always present clatter that surrounds us – but at the same time far more focused than in normal conditions. This focus is directed inwards and opens the path to their subconscious mind. In this state, a person is very susceptible to suggestions but, contrary to the popular belief, they are in full mental capacity to reject a suggestion that they deem harmful.