Practical vs. Impractical Hypnosis

I had a client recently who thanked me for focusing on the problem he came in to resolve. Apparently he’d been to see a New Age hypnotist in another town, who had taken him on a hypnotic guided tour of all sorts of beliefs and symbolism that didn’t resonate with him — and that he didn’t respond to. This wasted his time and money.

Hypnosis doesn’t always use guided imagery and metaphor — classic “direct suggestion” specifies the outcome without using metaphor and without specifying the means, just the end: “you are now a nonsmoker” —  but when hypnosis does use metaphor or a guided hypnotic experience, the hypnotist has to use what resonates with the individual.

For example, some New Age hypnotists use past-life regression with just about everyone. Past-life regression can be extremely powerful, but some people find the concept silly or repugnant, and won’t play along enough to get any benefit. The same goes for encountering spirit guides, or kindly aliens, or Jesus.These things are effective for some people, but a total flop for others. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

New Office!

After two fruitful years at my old office near Starbucks, I’ve moved to a more spacious location at 260 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 104-4, Corvallis OR 97333. This is just a couple of blocks up the street.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Veterans, PTSD, and Hypnosis

Hypnosis was used successfully to treat PTSD in both world warsHypnosis has a long and successful history of helping veterans with PTSD, a history that began long before them term “PTSD” (post-traumatic stress disorder) was coined.

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army in World War I. I don’t know if he returned with a touch of PTSD or not (it was called “shell shock” back then), but since he never talked about the war — and he was a great talker about everything else! — I knew that something about it still troubled him.

In World War II — when PTSD was called “battle fatigue” — hypnosis made some big strides. I have a copy of Dr. John Watkins’ Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which lays out his ground-breaking and highly successful work in 1944-1945 helping soldiers and veterans recover, preparing them for civilian lives.

The state of the art has advanced considerably since then, and modern hypnotherapy is better than ever. Sadly, though respectable in medical and mental health circles, hypnotherapy (“hypnosis with all the trimmings”) is unknown territory for most people in the field, in spite of its long history of supporting veterans who returned with PTSD, and other issues. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Medical Hypnosis and Pain Control

Modern hypnosis was developed by doctors, with a focus on resolving difficult medical issues like chronic pain control, totally eliminating pain during surgery, and the promoting rapid healing. The use of hypnosis for non-medical issues, such as habits and phobias, came later.

James Braid, the nineteenth-century doctor who coined the term “hypnosis,” stated that all the peculiar characteristics of the hypnotic state are things that any experienced doctor has seen many times in patients, and that means that hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. It’s just a matter of evoking it purposefully and setting it to good uses intelligently.

doctors approve of hypnosis

These days, doctors are more pro-hypnosis than ever. They may suggest that you see a hypnotist, or they may wait for you to bring it up, but either way, they’re likely to be all for it.

Many of my clients come to me for assistance with some aspect or other of their medical issues, with the full support of their doctors. These issues include pain control (feeling far more comfortable, often with greatly reduced medication), developing good habits about eating, exercising, and medication, breaking bad habits like smoking or drinking, and finding calmness and serenity instead of the anxiety and hopelessness that could otherwise get in the way of your recovery. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

How Your Pain is Lying to You [Video]

This surprisingly funny video about how pain works tells you everything you need to know about pain except what to do about it, which I’ll get into when you’re done looking at it.

If pain is largely a matter of interpretation by our brains, then one of the most helpful ways of dealing with it is reinterpretation.

Hypnosis can turn pain from 11 down to 1 or 2Hypnosis has been used for pain control for more than 150 years. One of the classic techniques is very similar to an experiment described in the video. In the experiment, you have the subject wear a “pain helmet” that doesn’t actually do anything, and allow him to watch as you turn up a “pain knob” that doesn’t do anything either. And as you turn up the knob, the subject’s pain increases. It really does. Even though the knob isn’t connected to anything at all. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.