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Hypnosis vs Meditation
There is a bit of misconception out there on hypnosis vs meditation. The truth is they do have some overlap but they are different. One main difference is the fact that ‘hypnosis’ in general as a lot of negative myths behind it. When you hear the word hypnosis you think of a hypnotist making a grown man think he’s 8 years old. As a result, a lot of people who sell self-hypnosis CDs label it as ‘guided meditation’ in order to earn more sales. It’s because of this where people begin to use meditation and self-hypnosis interchangeably. But let’s bust some myths today shall we?
What Self-Hypnosis Really Is
What people call ‘guided meditation’ is actually just self-hypnosis. Some psychologists do this to get you to think about a traumatic event that happened to you so that you can deal with it. You can also buy a self-development CD that guides you into a state where you imagine yourself to be successful. Both of these methods are meant to reprogram your mind. Although both meditation and self-hypnosis can put you in a relaxed state this is where they differ. Self-hypnosis often has a goal in mind. Through certain techniques such as visualization, self-hypnosis seeks to bring out that state in you in order to reprogram your subconscious.
You don’t necessarily need a professional psychologist or self-development guru to put you in a self-hypnotic state either. You can put yourself in this state yourself – in fact, you probably do this on a daily basis without even realizing it. The term daydreaming or getting lost in your thoughts is a form of self-hypnosis. Maybe your favorite childhood song comes up on the radio and you miss your exit because you were too busy visualizing your childhood. Even commericals constantly bombard us with ads in order to put us in a state where we are more suggestable to buy their products. These are all examples in our everyday life where we are put into this self-hypnotic state.
What is Meditation
Meditation differs from self-hypnosis in that we don’t try to evoke a past emotion or deal with a past event. In fact, in meditation, you try to not only forget your past but your future as well. Meditation is all about removing all thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditation is less focused on reprogramming the mind and more focused on connecting with our true selves and being happy with who we really are.
Meditation offers an escape from the busy world while self-hypnosis is more concerned with getting you to cope with the busy world. Meditation is more concerned with quieting the mind while self-Hypnosis is more concerned with bringing out your subconscious. Self-Hypnosis often has a specific goal in mind dependent on the person. It could be to remove a past fear or bring out a dormant side of your personality. Meditation only seeks to be present in the moment and quiet all thoughts.
Meditation or Self-Hypnosis?
So which one should you do? When should you do it? Although they can both be beneficial in the fact that they help you keep relaxed and improve your overall personality. Often times Self-Hypnosis is used to bring out a specific part of yourself that you feel is holding you back. Self-Hypnosis is often used to get people to quit smoking, stop depression, stop drinking habits or other self-defeating habits. This is accomplished by getting the person to create certain thoughts, feelings, and actions which will help kick a bad habit. So if you have a specific bad habit that you want to kick or a certain part of your past that is holding you back self-hypnosis might be for you.
In contrast, if your problem is more general – say maybe your mind is just constantly filled with negative thoughts. Or perhaps it is hard for you to control your emotions, meditation might be for you.
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This is a quick video on hypnosis vs meditation, it is truly eye opening! If you want more information on this subject I urge you to check out the video below. It is a bit robotic but I think it is useful.