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Dr. David Spiegel: Using Hypnosis to Enhance Mental & Physical Health & Performance | Episode 60

Dr. David Spiegel: Using Hypnosis to Enhance Mental & Physical Health & Performance | Episode 60

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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis: a state of highly focused attention, like looking through a camera lens.

Hypnosis involved a narrowing of context and loss of self

An experience is not considered hypnotic if the physical reaction is distracting or makes you think about something else.

Stage hypnosis: ...

Neuroscience Of Hypnosis

Induction state = deep hypnosis

Three things characterize entry into a hypnotic state: 

  1. turning down activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) responsible for cognition and motor control
  2. The Dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPC) has higher connectivity wi...

Hypnosis is an effective problem-based treatment

Clinical applications: sleep, trauma, pain, phobia, stress, anxiety – and emerging research with cancer patients

Enhancing the mind-body connection is good for stress relief because it allows for the dissociation between somatic and psy...

Hypnosis is an effective problem-based treatment

Clinical applications: sleep, trauma, pain, phobia, stress, anxiety – and emerging research with cancer patients

Enhancing the mind-body connection is good for stress relief because it allows for the dissociation between somatic and psy...

Starting Self-Hypnosis

It’s best to see a specialist who can be sure to address underlying issues requiring hypnosis, and not just the symptom. Self-hypnosis often requires just 1-2 visits or periodic sessions, not regularly

A physician or practitioner will assess how hypnotizable you are and take you through sel...

Hypnotizability: capacity to have hypnotic experiences

The peak period of hypnotizability is childhood, around 6-10 years old. Dentists and phlebotomists can use hypnosis to shift focus. By the time you’re in your early 20s, hypnotizability becomes fixed.

Rates of hypnotizability: abo...

Are you hypnotizable? Try the Spiegel eye-roll test

There’s a correlation between the capacity to keep eyes up and hypnotizability

Tilt your chin back so you’re looking up toward the ceiling

Direct eyes upward while open

Close your eyes, trying to keep the eyes up while closing the eyelids

If eyes roll back and you see the ...

Eye movements have a lot to do with consciousness: stimulants make eyes big, opioids constrict pupils, rapid eye movement takes place during sleep

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR: psychotherapy designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories b...

The hallmark of treatment and getting over things is confronting it head-on.

Stress inoculation: we have to deal with stressful things in life to be better equipped the next time we face stress. You’ll become a stronger person if you face problems and stress.

We need to think of our b...

It can be necessary and useful to go into a grief state – on the flip side, you want an anchor to hold on to and come back to.

Grieving death, ask yourself: what have they left you?

Face a loss, live with the emotion that comes with it and embrace that the pain is bec...

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