Hypnosis for Confidence Building
The term self-confidence is used a lot these days. There are hundreds of self-help books describing the best ways to build it. There are scores of advertisements which suggest that buying certain clothes or perfumes is the key. We describe the quiet and the shy as needing more of it. Yet, what exactly is self-confidence? And how can hypnosis for confidence be used to increase self-esteem?
This in depth article on using hypnosis for confidence will teach you all you need to know. It will explain why self-confidence is so important. It will outline the differences between self-confident people and those with low self-esteem. It will also describe some of the methods used to build self-confidence. Finally, it will explain why self-hypnosis is such a powerful tool.
To get to grips with the relationship between self-hypnosis and confidence, we first need to understand the term. In this context, ‘self-esteem’ and ‘self-confidence’ are used interchangeably. The term refers to our opinion of ourselves. So, high self-confidence involves feelings of happiness and contentment. Alternatively, low self-confidence describes feelings of shyness and awkwardness.
If you have low self-confidence, your opinion of yourself is likely to be quite low. You might find it tricky to talk to new people. You may fixate on your weaknesses and push yourself too hard. You are likely to get stressed regularly and feel frustrated with your life. You may excel in some areas, but struggle with others. Ultimately, low self-confidence prevents people from fulfilling their true potential.
It can also lead to an accumulation of physical and emotional ailments. When our minds are healthy, our bodies tend to follow suit. However, increased worry and stress lowers the immune system. This makes us more susceptible to illness. As low self-esteem can impact health, work, and relationships, treating it can transform a life. The good news is that confidence hypnosis is a fast, effective, and long lasting solution.
Advantages of Self-Confidence
There are a multitude of reasons why hypnosis for confidence is such a powerful tool. The way in which we perceive ourselves has an impact on every aspect of life. So, building self-confidence represents a way to improve life experiences. It is especially useful in social situations. With increased self-confidence, social skills flourish. This was demonstrated in a study on the impact of self-hypnosis on sexual relationships (Carrese and Araoz, 1998).
You will find it easier to make new friends. It will feel more natural to start conversations. In high pressure environments, stress will no longer be an issue. You are likely to perform better at work. You might even get more promotions. Your romantic life will improve, because you will not feel inadequate. The benefits really are endless.
By using self-hypnosis for confidence, you can overcome your limitations. As studies have shown, overcoming obstacles is easier with high self-esteem. For instance, you might want to stop smoking. If you have low self-confidence, this will be hard. You will struggle to believe in yourself and expect to fail. If you approach the challenge with positivity, you will beat it. This was demonstrated by a study on habit disorders, in the Contemporary Hypnosis journal (O’Neill and McConkey, 1999).
Treating Low Self-Confidence
As aforementioned, using hypnosis for confidence can be an effective solution. However, it is not the only one. In the past, people have tended to rely on behavioral techniques. For example, they might keep a ‘confidence diary.’ This can involve a number of different things. A person might write notes about their personal strengths. Or, they might start by writing down some of their negative perceptions of themselves. They can then start to change them, by noting facts which challenge them.
According to behavioral experts, avoiding negativity is the key. This means staying away from people who bring your mood down. It also means breaking negative thought patterns. So, if you find yourself worrying about your abilities or personality, just stop. Admittedly, breaking these associations for good will take time. But, after a while, words like ‘No’ and ‘Stop’ will become linked with these thought patterns. Eventually, they will be permanently broken.
The downside to behavioral techniques is that they do take time. Also, they rely on strength of commitment. If a person has low self-esteem, they are likely to give up easily. They might give in to defeat before they have made positive changes. With hypnosis for confidence, it is possible to bypass these cognitive barriers. Ultimately, it acts as a ‘shortcut’ to the most important areas of your brain.
The work of Vickers and Zollman (1999) showed that hypnosis can be used to treat social anxieties and phobias. After 28 days of treatment, symptoms in study participants were reduced. The test subjects felt more relaxed. They were able to approach potentially challenging situations with positivity. They instigated more social interactions. They reported feelings of fulfillment and contentment more often (Vickers and Zollman, 1999).
Building Confidence with Hypnosis
Ericksonian Hypnosis is a great technique for building self-confidence . It is an ideal treatment for building confidence in those who are shy or meek. This is because indirect suggestion works best for analytical people. With Ericksonian Hypnosis, metaphors are used to slip suggestions into the subconscious mind.
These metaphors create hypnosis confidence, by linking actions with consequences. As an example, imagine that the client is an extremely shy young man who is afraid of his own shadow. This fear cripples him emotionally, and socially.
To cure him, the hypnotherapist might make up a fantasy story about a frightened young boy who is being bullied at school. The boy summons up the courage to confront his fears by learning martial arts. The next time the bully confronts him, he stares into the bully’s eyes and stands up to him. Bullies are cowards, so the bully crumbles without having to throw a single punch.
The moral of the story is, there is really nothing to fear, but fear itself. The metaphor does not require the shy young man to take lessons in martial arts to resolve his delima. It allows the his unconscious mind to find an appropriate method for him, as an individual human being.
The best approach is to turn the fear into energy. It is okay to be scared of life challenges. But if you do not try to peacefully confront the fear, you will never know if there could be a positive outcome.
Examples of Different Types of Hypnosis
Most hypnotists will use a traditional form of hypnosis. Traditional hypnosis invariably relies on a formal hypnotic induction. This is a method that takes the client from the waking state, into a relaxed state of hypnosis.
As soon as the patient is in a state of hypnosis, the hypnotechnician makes a group of commands like these direct suggestions: “You will want to quit puffing on cigarettes on account of they will destroy your health. If you smoke a cigarette it will taste bitter.”
This variety of hypnosis is great for anyone who likes to be commanded what to do. However, it is a bad technique for people who are highly analytical in nature. An overly analytical client will almost always have a polarity response and do the opposite of what they are commanded to do.
With “Ericksonian Hypnosis,” also known as “Conversational Hypnosis,” we use short stories or metaphors, to add post-hypnotic suggestions to the subconscious mind. This is an effective procedure, based on the fact that it generally abolishes the blockage of and resistance to post-hypnotic suggestions that are very often triggered by the conscious mind. There are two types of metaphors, “Isomorphic,” and those of the embedded command or “interspersal” nature.
Video Hypnosis – Neuro-VISION®
Video NLP / Hypnosis (trademarked Neuro-VISION®) is a unique method of commercially available hypnosis program. The techniques used in Neuro-VISION are based on the Neuro-Linguistic Programming technology. This works based on the re-tasking of a client’s current thought processes in place of post-hypnotic suggestion.
Over seventy percent of the population learns more rapidly and easily by seeing, rather than by hearing. Give it some thought. If you become aware of a compulsion to eat or smoke when watching television, it’s because your subconscious recorded the video movie of either food in your hand, or a cigarette in your hand, and then connected that mental picture, with the mental picture of the TV. This all happens automatically at the subconscious level of mind.
That is the reason why Neuro-VISION®, which was awarded a United States Patent, is so effective. Neuro-VISION is not hypnotherapy in the traditional sense, relying on spoken words; rather, it is a system of video hypnosis. And, if you’ve ever cried when watching a sad television show, then you know how effective video hypnosis can be at having an effect on the subconscious/ unconscious mind.
NLP is the science of re-tasking the same natural thought processes that create a negative emotional or behavioral problem, to eliminate it and replace it with a positive. It is generally carried out using words and visual imagery.
One small example is the NLP Flash: This is a super powerful Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique that can be used to “flip” things around in the unconscious, so that experiences that used to trigger feelings of depression or anxiety, actually trigger peace and relaxation instead. This method is the best technique for eliminating conditioned responses.
Benefits of Hypnosis for Confidence
One of the biggest benefits of using hypnosis for confidence is that it can be performed independently. It does not necessarily have to be carried out in an office, by a practitioner. This is, of course, a viable option. It is not the only one though. There are lots of professional hypnosis recordings available online. They use either Traditional Hypnosis, NLP, or Erickson Hypnosis techniques to replicate the presence of a hypnotist.
The important thing is that they can be every bit as effective. Ericksonian hypnotherapy relies on storytelling and narrative association, which translates well into audio form. For busy people, hypnotherapy recordings are extremely useful. They can be played many times. The treatment can be performed whenever is most convenient. It does not have to be limited to one specific environment. It is flexible, cost efficient and fast acting.
For most people, cost is an important issue. Hypnotherapy services can be pricey, and generally, multiple sessions are needed. However, with a CD or MP3 recording, the fee is paid only once. The sessions can be repeated as many times as is necessary. This type of hypnosis for confidence is just as powerful if performed in the right circumstances. In fact, the work of Barnier et al. (1999) found that self-hypnosis can be more effective than sessions with a practitioner.
Making Hypnosis For Confidence Building Work for You
You will need a quiet room, without interruptions. It should be calm and comfortable. You must not stop or pause the recording. To be effective, it has to be unbroken. This is vital, so keep children and pets away. Turn the television off. Give the hypnotherapy recording your full attention. If you can do this, hypnosis for confidence will work for you. A study conducted by Eaton and Cotanch (1989) found marked improvements in social confidence after regular hypnosis sessions.
You must remember that the results are not instant. You should give the associations time to build within your brain. After a while (two or more sessions), your thought patterns will change. Yet, in order for this to happen, they first need to be broken. Be patient and think positive. Eventually, using hypnosis for confidence will become the best decision you ever made.
You might be trying to stop smoking. Or, you might want to lose weight. You could be hoping for a raise or a new opportunity at work. It is possible to work these goals into your hypnotherapy. Just incorporate linked images and motifs into your metaphors and stories. The possibilities really are endless. Ultimately, the power of hypnosis for confidence depends on how closely you follow the program.
Build Self Confidence
By Jay Robinson
After listening to Build Self-Confidence MP3 download program several times, I am much more confident in my ability to talk with other people and enjoy being in group situations.