I just read a short-and-sweet article in The National describing how the author became punctual after a few sessions of hypnosis. It shows how hypnotists use hypnotic age regression to uncover the origin of tenacious habits, and use that information to bring about a positive change.
The author formed a habit of being late at age six, and it may have served her reasonably well at the time, but later, when it outgrew its usefulness, the habit lingered on, running on autopilot, its origin forgotten on the conscious level. With the conscious mind unaware of the what the habit was about, and the unconscious mind neglecting to re-evaluate it, she was stuck until her hypnotherapist removed both barriers at once: bringing the event into consciousness and encouraging the unconscious mind to re-evaluate the usefulness of the habit compared to other methods at its disposal.
Age regression is a powerful technique, and it’s just one way of working with stubborn behaviors. The unconscious mind never really forgets anything, and it’s capable of fast and lasting change, and the main issue is that it doesn’t occur to it to re-evaluate its habits! A hypnotist can draw the unconscious mind’s attention to the issue in a way that will engage its interest and cooperation, even if the hypnotist himself is never told exactly what the origin is or what solution is chosen. It’s not a matter of analyzing the client’s problem, but setting up conditions so the client will solve it for himself.