Could Hypnosis Help You? Yes, if You Have the Brain for It

Published on: October 1, 2012
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: Melissa Healy

brain activity can affect how hypnosis works

Over the past few decades, hypnosis has made great strides in managing and treating chronic pain, anxiety, fears, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, not everyone can be hypnotized. To observe this phenomenon, researchers from Stanford University conducted a study using brain scans to determine which individuals are more susceptible to hypnosis. According to the study, researchers concluded that individuals who are highly hypnotizable readily immerse themselves in their thoughts without having their attention interrupted, such as getting sidetracked or losing track of time. In contrast, individuals who are less hypnotizable do not procrastinate in their daily activities and are less trusting of others.

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