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Q: Hypnosis/Re-programming ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Hypnosis/Re-programming
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: jas8844-ga
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Posted: 21 Nov 2005 07:51 PST
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Question ID: 595754
I have tried several times to be hypnotized (by various specialist and
top hypnotist in the field), but I have been unsuccessful.  Under
proper physician supervision, is there a "sure" way of inducing the
hypnotic state -- to ensure positive re-programming?  (Perhaps a Rx
given by a doctor)  I need the exact drug name and specifics.
Please help!  Thanks!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 21 Nov 2005 08:12 PST

I'd be very surprised if there was a 'sure fire way' to hypnotize
absolutely everybody and anybody ... some people are just not going to
be susceptible.

And if there was such a way, I imagine the top experts in the field
would know of it already.

It might be more fruitful for us to suggest alternatives to hypnosis
for whatever re-programming you're trying to accomplish.  Are you open
to such alternatives?  If so, let us know a bit more about the
situation, and we'll see what we can do.



Clarification of Question by jas8844-ga on 21 Nov 2005 08:42 PST
I am willing to try alternative methods of re-programming.  Basically,
I am wanting to "replace" old/bad programmed responses with positive
ones.   Confidence; self-esteem; forget old flame... even assist with
stuttering on my 10 year old.  I am wanting to put out high frequency
energy.  Any assistance with this?

Request for Question Clarification by nancylynn-ga on 26 Nov 2005 11:24 PST
Hello jas8844-ga:

I'm working on your question.

Could you please tell me in which city you reside, or which city is closest to you?

If you don't live in or near a city, could you please name the largest
towns closest to where you live?

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Subject: Re: Hypnosis/Re-programming
Answered By: nancylynn-ga on 27 Nov 2005 15:30 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello jas8844-ga:

Years ago, a psychiatrist attempted to put me under hypnosis, and gave
up after about an hour, saying some people are totally resistant to
hypnosis and, clearly, I'm one of them.


According to science journalist Edward Willett:

" . . . an individual's hypnotizability remains at least as constant
as his or her IQ. (And it may have a hereditary component; identical
twins are more likely have similar levels of susceptibility than
fraternal twins.)

"Third, motivation doesn't matter. Those who aren't responsive to
hypnotism are difficult to hypnotize no matter how much they want to

"Finally, hypnotizability isn't related to an individual's
gullibility, trust, aggressiveness, submissiveness, social
compliance--or imagination. (Many imaginative people make particularly
poor subjects.) . . . ."

Also see "How hypnosis is gaining respect," by Sandra Blakeslee, The
New York Times,
November 24, 2005, reprinted in the International Herald Tribune:

"According to decades of research, 10 percent to 15 percent of adults
are highly hypnotizable, said Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at
Stanford who studies the clinical uses of hypnosis. Up to age 12,
however, before top-down circuits mature, 80 percent to 85 percent of
children are highly hypnotizable. *One adult in five is flat-out
resistant to hypnosis*, Spiegel said."

Also see this informative overview of the topic, "Clinical Hypnosis,"
by Peter M. Barach, Ph.D: 

So, as you can see, people like you and I, who are unresponsive to
hypnosis, aren't exactly rare.

Since you've tried hypnosis with several different practitioners and
it hasn't worked, I'm going to suggest some alternate
treatments/approaches for you.

But first, even if you cannot possibly be hypnotized, that doesn't
mean you shouldn't purse this method for your child's stuttering


There is evidence that hypnosis can be effective in treating
stuttering and stammering, while simultaneously easing anxiety
problems that often occur with these speech problems.


"Stuttering Modification Using Hypnosis: A Case Study," by Dr David
Oakley and BSA member Guy Moss, reprinted from the Spring 1996 edition
of Speaking Out, at the British Stammering Association:

"Can Hypnotherapy Assist People Who Stammer?," by Bobby G Bodenhamer,
Neuro-Linguistic Programmer (NLP):  
Bodenhamer, along with L. Michael Hall, Ph.D. (doctorate in
psychology), developed "Neuro-Semantics (NS)," which you can read
about at the above link.
"The Institute of Neuro-Semantics is approved by The National Board
For Certified Counselors to offer continuing education activity for
National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC education guidelines
- provider #5724
Contact: bobbybodenhamer @ or 704-864-3585."
If you would like to pursue hypnosis for your child, I would suggest
you call child psychologists and psychiatrists in your area, and ask
their offices if they specialize in hypnosis and/or speech problems.

You can also try a hypnosis center or clinic in your area, but
remember that not all states require hypnotists to be licensed. I
strongly urge you to locate a practitioner who is a certified
therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist who uses hypnosis.

If you can't find a mental health or speech therapist professional in
your area who uses hypnosis, try these resources at the American
Society of Clinical Hypnotists: 

Since it seems hypnosis or hypnotherapy won't work for you, here are
some alternatives you may want to consider.


Meditation, in which one induces a deep trance state, tapping into the
subconscious, is the therapy closest to the hypnotic state.

"Meditation and Psychotherapy: A Review of the Literature by Greg Bogart, Ph.D.
Originally published in The American Journal of Psychotherapy, 1991":

" . . .the following components common to both therapy and meditation:
Telling the truth; releasing negative emotions; the need for effort
and consistency; authenticity and trust-avoiding self-deception;
integrity and wholeness-accepting all one's experiences and allowing
things to be as they are, rather than living in a world of illusion
and denial; insight and forgiveness directed toward oneself and
others; opening the heart and developing the capacity to give and
receive love; awareness and nonjudgmental attention; liberation from
limiting self-concepts, from fear and delusion, and from the past and
early conditioning."

"Physiology of meditation," by Dr. Jooyoung Julia Shin, M.D, published
in Physical Training, January 2000:

" . . . meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, enhance motor
reflexes, increase motor control, increase exercise tolerance, sharpen
perceptions, increase awareness, improve concentration, maintain
health, provide a general positive outlook on life, and foster the
development of a sense of personal meaning in the world. . .

"Scientific studies reveal that meditation produces a specific
physiological response pattern that involves various biological
systems. The mechanisms most frequently suggested to mediate or
produce meditative effects include metabolic, autonomic, endocrine,
neurological, and psychological observations. Precisely how these
mechanisms are involved in producing the final pattern of responses is
yet unclear. The vast complexity of biological organization indicates
that the physiological response to meditation probably occurs on a
multidimensional, interactive basis."

See "Meditation Internet Resources" from the "Holistic Medicine
Resource Center" at:

Find an Instructor at Vivation:


See this excellent overview of biofeedback, written by "Bette Runck,
staff writer, Division of Communication and Education, National
Institute of Mental Health," reprinted at

Although often associated with pain relief, biofeedback can be used as
part of a psychotherapy/thought/behavior modification program. See
"Biofeedback and Anxiety,"
by Alan Brauer, M.D. Published in Psychiatric Times, February 1999
Vol. XVI Issue 2:

See's Mental Health site's page on biofeedback:

For more information, check out Holistic Online:

Find a Practitioner: has a helpful directory of links to practitioners, at:

See DMOZ Open Directory for more resources:

I cannot vouch for the efficacy of any of the following methods or
products. I understand what you're looking for, and believe the
following therapies should be of interest to you. Whether any of these
methods are worth your time, money, and effort -- well, only you can
be the judge of that!

******* FAQ:

Reiki is a Japanese word that means universal energy. A Reiki
practitioner transfers healing energy (both physical and spiritual) to
you by the laying on of hands.

Besides its purported physical healing powers, Reiki: 

"*Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver 
*Enhances personal awareness 
*Relaxes and reduces stress 
*Promotes creativity 
*Releases blocked and suppressed feelings 
*Aids meditation and positive thinking"

Also see Life

And "Reiki Internet Resources" at

And at Holistic Online:


Though, like biofeedback, Somatic usually implies physical healing,
the process also has a psychologically healing effect.

Read about it at HelpGuide's site "Holistic Mind-Body Mental Health Therapies":

"Somatic Psychotherapies. The term somatic, coined by Tomas Hanna,
means mind/body or more precisely brain/body. The idea is that to
change the body, we have to engage the brain and change the brain ?
not only how we think and feel, but also the neurological connections
themselves. The body, its sensations, and direct sensory experience
are referenced throughout the therapeutic process."

"The history and relevance of somatic psychotherapy," by Donald
Marmara, Somatic Psychotherapist, at CoreDevelopment:

See a good summary of Somatic Experiencing at the Center for Integrative Medicine: 

You may also be interested in reading Somatic Experiencing founder
Peter A. Levine's book, "Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma : The Innate
Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences." (Publisher: North
Atlantic Books. September, 1997.):

The Foundation for Human Enrichment, which was founded by Levine, has
a page for locating a Somatic Experiencing practitioner near you:

See these articles at the Foundation's site:
Including "Panic, Biology, and Reason: Giving the Body Its Due," by
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.:


David Feinstein, Ph.D.

"Energy psychology applies principles and techniques for working with
the body?s physical energies to facilitate desired changes in
emotions, thought, and behavior. "Energy psychology" has been used
interchangeably with "energy-based psychotherapy," or simply "energy
therapy," and it is also an umbrella term for numerous specific
formulations, such as Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom
Techniques, Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods, and more than two
dozen others (see for an introduction to
this area)."

See this case study about the effectiveness of Energy Psychology in
treating a Vietnam vet with post-traumatic stress:

"What Is Energy Psychology?" at Passion For Health:


Also see the "Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology":

To find an Energy Psychology therapist near you, check the
Association's Member Directory by country or state:

Check out user "fernlily's"  "Energy Psychology Resource List" of books:

Holographic Repatterning, AKA MegaHR

MegaHR Groups:

About Holographic Repatterning, from the Holographic Repatterning Organization:

Also see HelpSelf's guide to HR:

Ellen Shapiro's "Create Positive Change":

This article on HR, "Holographic Repatterning Can It Change Your Life?
by Rosanne Buchanan. Reprinted from STYLE Magazine, Johannesburg,
South Africa, April 200,1"
describes the basics of an HR session:

"Once the client gives the practitioner permission to work on them,
the energy transaction begins. The client normally lies prone on a mat
or bed and is asked to relax. The practitioner then tunes into and
accesses information through a muscle check. Almost like an `unarmed
response', the practitioner uses the client's arm as an indicator in
the muscle checking process.

"The body answers statements made by the practitioner based on her
understanding of the client's problem. From there, he or she
establishes what needs to be done to transform energy to create
coherence. Another inexplicable aspect of the treatment is that the
practitioner may, himself or herself, become a conduit for the client
and conduct their own muscle checking to establish what is good for
the client. Natascha [practitioner Natascha Heine] explains: "We are
pulsating energy fields and in this way, I pick up on the client's
energy. Imagine a big magnet ... we are repulsed by some people and
drawn to others."

"The way to alter energy is best described using a classic science
textbook illustration of an energy frequency - in the form of a
horizontal wave pattern - that can be made bigger or smaller by adding
or detracting energy. . . .Of course, this is a very simplistic
version of an HR session. It can be an emotionally charged experience
for the client."

Here's a directory of practitioners:


2001 issue: 

See various computer programs for computer-assisted therapy here at MindForum:

At Self-Help Warehouse, see biofeedback games:

"THE SCIENCE OF BIOFEEDBACK By Dr. Bob Whitehouse and Sunny Turner" a
review of the biofeedback computer game "Journey to Wild Divine":

Positive Energy Techniques/Products

See an overview of, and links to, "Positive Energy Techniques" at
Positive Health & Wellness:

Also check out InnerTalk's selection of cassettes and CDs, which
feature spoken affirmations over sounds of nature or soft music:

You may also want to check out Positivity Central:

Search Strings:

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I encourage you to repeat my search strings to find more resources. 

I hope my research is of help to you. If you have any trouble
navigating any of the above links -- or if you need me to clarify
anything -- please post a "Request For Clarification," and I will
assist you.

Best regards,
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jas8844-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
A very complete answer.  Thanks so much!

Subject: Re: Hypnosis/Re-programming
From: nancylynn-ga on 28 Nov 2005 08:01 PST
Thanks for the rating and tip!

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