Using Hypnosis Recordings Tips

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Why should I make my own self-hypnosis recording?

Do It Yourself

Recording your self-hypnosis session works very well for most people. You can record the whole session as given in this book, with induction, relaxation, deepening, and adding the suggestion you write yourself. Then leave yourself a time for visualization and do a trance termination.

Write your suggestion out longhand. Just tell yourself to visualize the outcome. Don't do literal instructions. Give yourself a few minutes and add the trance termination.

Make your own recording, and it will truly be self-hypnosis, tailored just for you.

If you don't want to record your session, use the key word approach. It works just as well, but you don't have the exact wording. It's your preference.

See the section on suggestions for more on using the key word approach and delivering the suggestion.

What is the main drawback to buying ready made hypnosis tapes?

Pros, Cons, and When to Use

The major arguments in favor of using hypnosis recordings are that it's easy and that a professional can do a better job than you can.

The arguments against would be that they are not personalized, so you can do a better job after all. It can get expensive if you buy a lot of tapes, and if they don't work you can get turned off a perfectly good technique.

Make your own tapes if you prefer that to the key word method, or if you want to use both approaches, depending on your goal and circumstances at the time.

If you take a hypnosis workshop or class in self-hypnosis and tapes are available, buy them to use as follow up. When I taught self-hypnosis classes, students would sometimes ask if I had tapes to sell. I didn't, but probably should have.

If you're thinking of seeing a professional hypnotist and she has tapes available, get one and listen to it to see if you like her approach before booking private sessions. Some professionals may make tapes for you and give them to you after the session, in which case the tapes can be personalized for you.

If you're happier working with a psychologist, get a tape made by a professional and use that. This may be good for things like smoking cessation, which may not require as much personalization as other goals.

One more perfectly good reason to listen to ready made tapes is curiousity. It's interesting to see how a hypnotist approaches a certain topic.

What hypnosis recordings are available for sale?

Buying Recordings

There are many hypnosis recordings for sale on any number of topics. Here's a random sample: stage fright, perfectionism, drink more water, allergies, nail biting, starting a new job, how to sell yourself, creativity, overcoming jealousy, shopping addiction, saving money. There's probably one somewhere about setting a high jump record!

One drawback is that no matter how targeted or precise it is, a commercial recording cannot be as personalized to you as a session, recorded or otherwise, where you devise your own suggestion.

Another problem is that there are so many hypnosis tapes available now--you can just download some onto your computer--that it's hard to make a choice.

Providers range from local amateur hypnotists who want to make a little money to organizations who use only licensed professionals for their CDs.

There's nothing wrong with instructors selling their own tapes. Just check for credentials if the recording is made by someone you never heard of.

On the other end would be a company like Hypnosis Network who sells only CDs made by state-licensed psychologists who are experts in the topic. Of course, you pay more for that sort of recording, but still less than private sessions.

Can I buy recordings to use for self-hypnosis?

Hypnosis Recordings

There are hypnosis recordings you can buy. Lots of them. You can use these instead of your own scripts. These recordings come in various media. When we refer to tapes, that covers CDs as well, and vice versa.

Some people consider the use of recordings for hypnosis as self-hypnosis, because you play them for yourself when you want to, instead of having an appointment with a hypnotherapist and going to his office.

I think that only the recordings you make yourself are true self-hypnosis. The ones you buy are somewhere in between self-hypnosis and seeing a professional.

The types of hypnosis tapes we consider here are the ones you make yourself, professionally made audible recordings, and subliminal recordings.

There are also recordings that consist of certain sounds chosen to enhance your meditation or relaxation. You can work those in if you like.

What are subliminal tapes?

Subliminal Tapes

We have discussed using hypnosis tapes or CDs, but subliminals deserve their own discussion.

Standard hypnosis tapes are audible, but contain elements that cause them to bypass the conscious mind to talk to the subconscious. Subliminal tapes are recorded so that the message is played underneath music or other sounds and is not audible to your conscious, but is supposed to go directly to the subconscious.

You may have read about experiments at movies where they flashed the words "eat popcorn" on the screen so fast that it could not register with the conscious mind. This is supposed to have resulted in increased popcorn sales, but the experiments were not really accepted by the scientific community. This is the same basic idea as subliminal tapes, except that the tapes work with the auditory senses and the popcorn experiment with the visual.

Although the subliminals seem like a great idea, there is no real evidence that they work. In addition, you can't really be sure what is on them. If you decide to buy and try such tapes, make sure you get them from a reputable company who includes a written version of the subliminal message.

Subliminals do seem to work for some people. Another possibility, which I think is reasonable, is that by playing the tapes you pay attention to the subject and strengthen your resolve to reach that goal.

To be really sure what is on the tape, make your own. First, compose and write out your suggestion. (You don't need to use an induction or other elements of standard self-hypnosis.) Record the suggestion, as many times as you need to make the tape as long as you want. Now play the suggestion on a tape recorder. At the same time, play ocean sounds or whatever you want to hear on a second recorder. Turn down the first recorder until the suggestion is just too faint to be heard over the sounds. Play them together and record the result on a third recorder. This is your subliminal tape.

One good thing about subliminals is you can play them while you're working around the house as background. You don't have to find a quiet place and relax as you do with standard tapes. You can even use them in the car (which you never do with audible tapes), but with some music as an overlay instead of just sounds. Use music without words. Mozart is good for this; rap is not.

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