Self-hypnosis - mechanism of action, methods, examples from life

The human brain is the most powerful “supercomputer” on the planet. He started wars, built cities and pulled humanity out of the Stone Age. What is the best of all the capabilities of our brain? It can be programmed using autosuggestion.

Each of us has used self-hypnosis at some point in our lives. The problem is that most people use this technique to focus on negative things rather than positive ones. For example, we say, “I'm tired,” “I'm worthless,” and then wonder why we actually feel that way.

You can learn to program your consciousness to achieve your goals in our online program “Mental Self-Regulation”. There you will learn effective techniques to combat stress, anxiety and fear, apathy, difficulty taking the first step and procrastination. But for now, let's try to learn how to program ourselves in the simplest way.

What is self-hypnosis


- This is the psychological impact of an individual on his consciousness. Characterized by an uncritical perception of worldviews and attitudes. A person inspires himself with various attitudes, ideas, feelings and thoughts.

Self-hypnosis can be carried out using autogenic training, which involves independently pronouncing and reading certain phrases - whether this happens out loud or silently. Influences one's own personality.

We encounter self-hypnosis of varying intensity all the time. Example: suppressing anxiety before the unknown, trying to calm yourself before public speaking, and the like.

Self-hypnosis can be divided into active and passive, harmful influence and beneficial. There have been precedents in medical practice when self-hypnosis of harmful effects significantly worsened the patient’s condition, even to the point of paralysis. There are also many stories recorded when conscious self-hypnosis of beneficial effects provided significant assistance in treatment.

Autogenic training according to Schultz

The essence of this psychotechnics is active self-hypnosis and self-hypnosis in a state of relaxation or hypnotic trance. Schultz bases his technique on the ancient techniques of yoga, the sensations of people who have been in a deep trance and other similar methods.

For self-hypnosis, it is necessary to achieve a state similar to the state between reality and sleep. The recommended pose for relaxation is “coachman”. To achieve the necessary relaxation of the body, you need to remember something pleasant from the past. During self-hypnosis, you should be able to combine physical relaxation with psycho-emotional activity and be able to accompany verbal formulas with figurative representations.

To practice autogenic training, you need to completely abandon everyday worries and direct your attention to the subject of concentration. You need to train every day at least once; skipping even a one-day workout will negatively affect the result

What are the methods of self-hypnosis?

Let's take a closer look at several effective methods of self-hypnosis.


Visualization is the mental experience and representation of certain imaginary events. Self-hypnosis is what helps us visualize. Why is the method so effective? It's simple: our brain does not distinguish real events from invented, imaginary ones.

How does it work? You begin to create mental pictures in your imagination - the brain believes that this is reality. Purpose of visualization: representation of desired events. Simply put, with the power of thought you transport yourself to the desired situation and stay in it. It is important to imagine everything as if from the inside, and not from the outside. Example: you imagine the car you want not somewhere in the distance - you imagine yourself sitting behind its wheel, looking at the street through its window, and so on. The car does not drive on its own, it is not driven by someone - it is you who drive it and ride in it. Visualize everything down to the smallest detail.


Affirmations are simple statements that you say out loud or mentally. What is their meaning? You simply construct a sentence in which you managed to achieve your goal. Example: “I make good money, I have enough money for everything”, “I bought a new apartment”, “Everyone loves me” and others. Start from your own goal.

How do affirmations work? The principle of substitution applies. The mind can only process one thought at a time. Create a sequence of moments with the same (desired) thought. What will happen in the end? Let's look at a simple example: in front of you is a glass of cloudy water. You bring it under the tap and, without pouring out the previous water, pour new water into it. Gradually, clean water will completely replace dirty water. The cloudy liquid is displaced and the clean liquid replaces it. Gradually, only clean water remains in the container. That is, no matter how the situation around you develops, surround yourself with positive attitudes that will eliminate the negative over time.

Only clean water will remain in the glass. It's the same with the mind. Whatever situation you are in now, start affirming positive thoughts to yourself. Over time, the positive will crowd out the negative.


The method can be called a type of affirmation, but it works even more noticeably. Why is this happening. It is believed that gratitude is one of the strongest emotions. By using affirmations, you intentionally evoke emotions, and with gratitude, they materialize on their own.

Let's compare two affirmations


  • I bought a lot of new and beautiful things.
  • Thank you for the new beautiful things.

The second one sounds more realistic. You may argue that this is self-deception, but there is no problem here, because we constantly engage in self-deception, which has a more destructive effect on us. Example: “They treat me badly, but I deserve it,” “I don’t deserve such a guy,” and so on. Why is such self-deception, with a negative connotation, allowed, but positive deception is not?

Self-hypnosis techniques

Where to begin?
First of all, you need to learn how to enter a trance state. Further, in this state, you will be able to make deep self-hypnosis for yourself, including post-hypnotic ones, i.e. those that will work outside of trance, when you need it. How to enter a trance? In general, any person is already familiar with the trance state - for example, when you “withdraw into yourself”, into your thoughts, you can lose your sense of reality for some time

While thinking about something important or being carried away by reading, you may not notice how much time has passed and may not hear the words addressed to you. Such states differ from self-hypnosis only in that the latter involves targeted, motivated influence with the formulation of suggestions that correspond to specific goals.

Contrary to popular myth, in a state of hypnosis and self-hypnosis you not only do not lose control over yourself, but also strengthen it. And if you need to respond to an external situation, you can, even while in a trance, react quite adequately.

How to get rid of an illness using self-hypnosis: basic rules

Self-hypnosis is a very effective technique for getting rid of certain diseases. His strength has been proven more than once. The method is effective in situations where medicine can no longer help. For example, V. Bekhterev believed that the healing effect of prayer is based on self-hypnosis.

Many scientists have come to the conclusion that the maximum effect of treatment occurs when the patient himself believes in future healing. Probably, many have heard about amazing cases when the power of faith turned out to be much stronger than medications. How to help yourself heal using self-hypnosis.

Give yourself the following guidelines.

My body can heal on its own

The direction of our thoughts has a decisive effect on the functioning and condition of our body, the cells of which are constantly renewed - some daily, and some once every few months. That is, in just a few months you will have a new physical body - all the cells will be renewed. If you are overcome by a certain illness, try to focus on it, talk to it, imagining how your cells are constantly renewed. Imagine that you are already living in a practically renewed body.

I'm on the road to recovery

It is very important to create positive attitudes. Think about what attitudes have become an obstacle to getting rid of the disease. Perhaps you are convinced that the cause of your troubles is poor heredity? Or maybe you think that living in a city with a bad environment, you can never become a healthy person? Or do you repeat to yourself that the years are taking their toll? It is possible that you live with negative attitudes, convincing yourself that health is not for you. The capabilities of the body have no limits, and the beliefs we create are gradually translated into reality. Example: You imagine yourself getting younger, not older. Try it and see the result. There will be a release from long-standing habits and established patterns. Prove the power of thought, surprise yourself.

I listen to my body

Illnesses indicate that thoughts harm the body. It is trying to convey that attitudes need to be changed. Are you sick? This means that there are problems with the way of thinking, the perception of reality. Listen to the body's call, don't ignore it. Analyze what it says about your needs. Example: you want to have a snack. Think about it: are you really hungry, will your food choice benefit your body or harm it? Approach every action consciously. Love yourself, your body - the response will come immediately.

The autotraining method is effective in the treatment of patients suffering from mental disorders and diseases of the genitourinary system. Helps overcome harmful addictions and excess weight.

Self-hypnosis demonstrates noticeable results in disease prevention. It has a positive effect on the overall strengthening of the body and improving mood. Psychotechnics are recommended for apathetic states, emotional disorders, and serious shocks.

Example: breakup. The emotional pain even from the breakup of a long-term relationship lasts no more than a few hours. Subsequently, we “feed” our suffering with negative self-hypnosis.

Who inspires negativity

Before you take the path to becoming more self-confident with the help of self-hypnosis and the right attitude, you need to eliminate your dependence on negative practices from your life.
And don’t underestimate their presence in life. Negative attitudes that destroy life are hidden not only in open, frank negative events. Things and people from whom you least expect it can secretly set you up for an incorrect attitude towards yourself and life.

What can influence success for years, blocking all opportunities to improve:

Illiterate parents. These may be people who love, but do not understand anything about their child, who excessively impose unflattering comparisons with other children on him. Or constantly demanding certain behavior that goes against the child’s capabilities.

Under the guise of a noble upbringing, such parents from childhood unconsciously instill low self-esteem, which deprives them of freedom.

Toxic abusers. This includes obsessive individuals who do not see boundaries, those who like to play on feelings of pity, kindness, tactless “friends,” gossipers, and passive-aggressive people. And in fact, these are often supposedly best friends, the same parents, spouses, boyfriends and “favorite bunnies.”

The behavior of all these people may seem very harmless. But until their negative influence is recognized and eliminated, life will continue according to the same scenario.

Another type of negative influence is physical or material circumstances. For example, minor health problems for which there is supposedly no time. Or an ugly, cluttered, disharmonious home and place to work, or the wrong clothes.

All irritating factors of life must be identified and eliminated. This must be done independently, through personal study and action. Read information on psychology about confronting toxic people, learn Feng Shui about things, and so on.

As soon as identification and clearing of debris begins, you can safely begin self-hypnosis techniques.

Features of the Emile Coue method

The technique of the French pharmacist Coue has become widespread among other self-hypnosis techniques. How did this happen? Selling medicines and noticing the positive results from their use, he believed that the reason for healing was the “power of imagination” of patients.

The pharmacist learned the technique of hypnosis and opened a clinic in Nancy, where he treated people using his own method. Periodically, he gave lectures about them in France and England and published a book.

According to Coue, even suggestible people can remain indifferent to suggestion if they resist and do not transform it into self-suggestion. Therefore, his thesis says: there is no suggestion - there is self-suggestion.

Not being a doctor, the Frenchman called his clients students, inviting them to make full use of the “innate power of nature” - self-hypnosis. Coue convinced the client of the incredible power of thought. When he succeeded in this, the student received a new task: close his eyes, not think about extraneous phenomena, but concentrate on the diseased organ. Example: The client experiences intermittent abdominal discomfort. Coue recommended that he give himself the following instructions: “Today I will have a restful sleep without disturbing dreams, in the morning I will have good stool, my appetite will come, the pain will subside.” The patient also had to convince himself that every day his condition would improve until it was completely normal.

The Frenchman insisted that this should be instilled mechanically, without much thought. For the best effect, it was suggested to sort through the knots of string or talk to each unhealthy organ separately.

Relaxation plays a key role in the process of self-hypnosis. The pharmacist stated that our beliefs were formed without any serious effort. This means that the formation of new attitudes should proceed in the same way. Excessive efforts often bring undesirable results.

It is noteworthy that the Frenchman’s method is still quite popular - it is successfully used in modern psychotherapy. Many respected representatives of the scientific world summarize that Coue became the forerunner of behavioral psychotherapy. The pharmacist proposed a method of controlling thoughts, focusing on the power of positive thinking. Also interesting is the fact that despite this, many contemporaries were skeptical of Coue's experiments - some even called him a swindler.

The effect of suggestion as a special type of influence on a person and the degree of suggestibility

What is suggestion from a psychological point of view? Suggestion is defined as the transmission and induction from one person to another of thoughts, moods, feelings, autonomic and motor reactions, and behavior. The less the person who is being suggested thinks about what is being suggested to him, the more successful the suggestion is.

Suggestion as a method of psychological influence involves the participation of two parties. The suggestor usually has mental and physical qualities with which he can influence the state of mind of another person. Suggestion occurs through words, as well as facial expressions and gestures. The setting is of particular importance. If we are talking about therapeutic suggestion, then the fame of the psychotherapist plays an important role in this process. Knowing about him as a high-class specialist in a certain way prepares the patient for the session.

The power of a person’s suggestion is largely determined by the degree of suggestibility, that is, susceptibility to suggestion on the part of the one who will serve as its object. Typically, increased suggestibility is observed in people with a weak type of nervous system and increased impressionability. Alcoholics and drug addicts have a particularly weak nervous system. Accordingly, suggestion as a method of influencing such people is especially powerful.

Axel Munthe, a Scandinavian, worked in Paris as a doctor, assistant to the famous neurologist, psychiatrist and hypnotist Charcot. This is how he described an example of suggestion in psychology in his book “San Michele”. A very intrusive and arrogant patient came to see Munta. The doctor asked him to show his tongue, which was constantly coated as a result of alcohol and smoking abuse, and stated that the patient was seriously ill. The arrogant behavior immediately gave way to a state of depression and anxiety. Thus, both patients and doctors were spared from the unpleasant person.

It is known that symptoms such as headache, uncontrollable vomiting, lack of appetite, insomnia, neurotic paralysis, can be treated by a skilled psychotherapist with the help of suggestion better than with drugs. The Bible describes a scene of the treatment of immobilized people by suggestion when they began to walk confidently after hearing the phrase “Rise and walk.” This phrase is a typical example of how suggestion works if people deeply believe in their healer.

Unfortunately, suggestion as a method of influence is often used for criminal purposes. Weak people and losers become slaves to dishonest or psychopathic leaders who turn them into criminals. We can give the following example from life when suggestion was used by criminals. Several years ago, the US media was literally inundated with reports of a mass tragedy. On the initiative of one psychopath, a sect was formed. This man led hundreds of adults and children into the jungle, where they created a colony. At some point, he began to instill in them the idea of ​​mass suicide, and those who did not dare to do so were killed with poisoned injections by fanatical members of the sect.

Another example of suggestion as a way of influencing a person: a blindfolded criminal sentenced to death was told that his vein had been opened and he was bleeding. A few minutes later the man died, despite the fact that instead of blood, warm water was flowing through his body!

The power of self-hypnosis: examples from life

There are many examples from life that demonstrate the power of self-hypnosis. Initially, we will consider a theoretical example, and then we will talk about real facts discussed by many historians.

How the power of thought could hypothetically operate. A simple example that has happened to almost everyone. For example, you are walking down the street and see a dog on the side of the road. She is quite impressive in size and looks at you carefully. It’s a rare person who will pass by without reacting internally to this circumstance. At first we are confused, then we continue on our way, convincing ourselves: “I’m not afraid of her, I’ll calmly pass by, and she won’t touch me. I don’t care about her, and she doesn’t care about me.” We pronounce approximately these phrases mentally. This is self-hypnosis. If we don’t connect it, but are really afraid of the dog, then we’ll hardly be able to take even one step. Self-hypnosis pushes us.

Remembering examples of self-hypnosis, many psychologists periodically talk about the actor I.N. Pevtsov. He had an unenviable feature for an artist: a stutter. However, when going on stage, Pevtsov seemed to forget about his speech impediment - it simply disappeared. Illarion Nikolaevich inspired himself, going on stage, that he was a different person - a character. Since in the story the hero didn’t stutter, Pevtsov didn’t do it either - it’s as simple as that! .

Many years ago, the French doctor Motier decided on an interesting experiment, telling patients that a medicine would soon be delivered from Germany that would quickly cure tuberculosis. At that time, the disease was not treated. The doctor's words had an amazing effect on the patients - they did not allow the idea that the doctor was making things up. The power of suggestion turned out to be incredible: many patients felt relief after taking the “medicine”, and others were even healed. The placebo effect in action! In reality, Motier offered ordinary water to the sick. Subsequently, the doctor’s experience was repeated by other specialists, and systematically these experiments demonstrated impressive results. Many scientists still argue about this feature, but the fact remains that self-hypnosis works in different areas of life.


Meditation is the concentration of thought on one object and the exclusion of all other thoughts and experiences. An important part of any meditation is stopping internal dialogue. Inside himself, a person scrolls through different thoughts, remembers conversations with other people: his mind is constantly busy with mental activity, which is called internal dialogue.

What can you do to clear your thoughts of internal dialogue? There is a very simple technique for this: you need to look at both your hands at the same time, and carefully. The mind will immediately stop conducting internal dialogue, as it will be busy contemplating two objects at the same time. Another method to stop the flow of unnecessary thoughts: focus on your breathing process, carefully record each inhalation/exhalation and listen to the sound of breathing. After a couple of minutes, your thoughts will be completely cleared of the vain dialogue.

The stages of meditation are as follows:

  • determination of the object of meditation (installation);
  • entering a state of emptiness;
  • feeling within oneself of a given attitude and contemplating it;
  • exit from a state of emptiness with an attitude embedded in the subconscious.

For meditation to be effective, the instructions must be short and succinct. It is important to feel them inside yourself, your inner world. How long will this take? Everyone has their own deadlines for implementation. During meditation, you need to be aware of the creation of another reality, as if in an “empty place” or in emptiness. The meditation can be repeated as needed.

Where do they teach?

Self-hypnosis cures all diseases... One can argue with this statement: sometimes the situation is critical and nothing can save the patient. But in most cases, self-hypnosis still brings positive results. The main thing is to master its technique, the main components of which are will and patience. In order to competently conduct therapy sessions, it is better to undergo training from a specialist: basic methods are taught in rehabilitation centers, oncology clinics, and specialized hospitals. These institutions employ qualified psychologists who will help you master the basics of self-hypnosis and purposefully use them at home.

The course for a young fighter lasts about three weeks. Upon completion, you can independently put into practice all the types of self-hypnosis described above. It will be good if your loved ones, relatives and friends support you in this simple game and constantly emphasize that you will definitely be able to get rid of this ill-fated disease.

The Placebo Secret

Considering all of the above, doctors began to actively use suggestion. They came up with a placebo - a so-called dummy (solution, injection or tablet) that does not contain drugs. They were given to patients, assuring them that with the help of a miracle cure they would definitely be able to overcome their illness. Taking a placebo, people actually got better - this was the effect that self-hypnosis had on recovery. The American anesthesiologist Henry Ward Beecher first used a pacifier in 1955. He fed simple sugar pills to patients, telling them they were powerful painkillers. And indeed, in a third of cases, the pain went away and people felt better.

Or, as an example, we can cite the practice of the Italian doctor Fabrizio Benedetti. He treated for Parkinson's disease, but instead of the usual medicine he gave the patients a solution of table salt. The effect was similar: most people experienced positive dynamics. It is clear that before the start of such an experiment, doctors weighed the pros and cons and held consultations so as not to harm the health of the subjects.


How does self-hypnosis work? It has helped against diseases more than once, so scientists decided to conduct a detailed analysis of its effect on the body, what happens on the physical level. By scanning the patients' brains, they discovered the following: in response to taking a placebo and being assured of the effectiveness of the therapy, neurons began to produce endorphins - natural narcotic substances that can relieve pain by blocking nerve endings. As a result, the person immediately felt much better.

It is a well-known fact: people use only a small part of the capabilities of their own brain, so it is not surprising that ordinary self-hypnosis can sometimes truly work wonders, saving patients even from a complex form of cancer. Of course, auto-training does not always help. For example, he is completely powerless in cases where people with mediocre intelligence have convinced themselves that they are geniuses. One way or another, there are hidden reserves in each of us, so we need to try in practice any method that promises to get rid of an obsessive illness.


After reading the above information, you were able to see the power of self-hypnosis. With its help, you can not only eliminate psychological problems, but even some physical conditions. Self-hypnosis destroys diseases, helps to gain self-confidence, achieve love from the opposite sex and success at work. It is present in every moment of our life: on the street, at home, among friends. Without noticing it ourselves, we easily succumb to suggestion from the environment, which can instill not only certain beliefs, inclinations and sympathies, but also radically change the behavioral model.

Psychological exchange with representatives of society is acceptable if it has a positive content and is designed to make your existence easier. In the event that the environment, through suggestion, tries to lead you down the wrong path, you need to fight external influence. All with the same methods of self-hypnosis about which so much has been said.

What can be achieved?

Self-hypnosis treatment is as old as the world. Even ancient thinkers - Aristotle, Plato and Hippocrates - noticed the peculiarities of the impact of his thoughts and words on human health. They found out: the more impressionable and emotional a person is, the faster and more effectively the principle of self-hypnosis acts on him. In addition, children lend themselves well to indoctrination: being too receptive, they react quickly to the situation, adapt without problems and are influenced.

Such individuals are the easiest to work with, doctors say. Self-hypnosis can actually achieve positive changes in their body, which is confirmed by clinical tests. For example, if a patient convinces himself that he is hungry, his level of leukocytes in the blood immediately changes. And an individual who imagines cold and winter develops so-called goose bumps, the temperature drops, and gas exchange accelerates. If you conduct self-hypnosis sessions every day, you can subjugate all the important functions of the body.

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