Hypnosis Has Been Empirically Studied

posted on 31 Jan 2017 04:58 by lusharson8884 in Hypnosis

I don't think it's fair to say that things having to do with "the mind" can't be empirically supported by science. They can and have been for many years. It's called behavioural science.

Psychology is considered a "soft science" because it deals with things that are more difficult to measure, such as mental constructs, but they have to date done a damn good job. They can identify which components of a treatment are effective in treating individuals with psychopathology. To call psychology a pseudoscience would just be plain false, as is evidenced by the multiple advances that have been made in the field, which have been applied to public policy. Learn more at http://sundowndivers.org/can-prove-nlp-exists/

Anyone remember Freud? Well, he's lost favor largely because of empiricism. Sure, psychoanalysis over the course of 3-5 years may be effective in treating individuals with mild depression, but why do that when you can give someone an equally effective treatment over the course of 10-15 session?

NLP can be tested just like anything else. Once it is tested, then the validity of the results can be called into question. It hasn't yet been put under the microscope, and so until that day comes it'll remain a theory.

Oh, and just as a side note, Hypnosis has been empirically supported. If something that deals strictly with expectation, suggestion, and belief can find empirical support, surely something like NLP can.
NLP is a learning methodology.

NLP is a method of coding patterns of neurology that can be used and reused and adapted. As such every behavior that is capable of being learned is capable of being codified into an NLP application. So any study that looks at the effectiveness of NLP techniques is missing the point.

Some people point to such NLP applications as the swish pattern and say "I tried that , it didn't work".

The reasons behind such experiences can be categorised into several groups.

1. there was a misunderstanding of the descriptions used in the NLP application.
2. there was a misunderstanding of how to run the application effectively.
3. there were already running patterns of neurology within the person running the NLP application that prevented the desired result , or quickly reestablished previous experiences.
4. the pattern ran perfectly , but did not interface into the patterns of neurology required to get the desired effect.

Also using the swish pattern as an example.

Important within the entire swish application are the subroutines of the submodality shifts. You need to be running the patterns of neurology that create the subjective effects of the submodality shifts.

The first swish picture starts at the front as a large , bright , colour, moving picture , that is frozen , made black and white and dim and shrunk to small and distant. These are all patterns of neurology on their own , each submodality shift is a subroutine of a larger application.

Large picture shrinking to a small picture...
Colour to black and white ...
Bright to dim ...
Front to back ...
Close to distant...
Moving to frozen...

Each of these is a pattern of neurology that usually creates a shift in intensity for the content contained in the picture , from important to irrelevant.

Put them all together and you get a reinforced effect of important to irrelevant.

The same process is involved in the opposite submodality shifts of the second swish picture.

The second swish picture starts as a picture that is at the back of the first , is a small , distant , dim , black and white and frozen picture.

Back to front...
Small to large...
Distant to close...
Dim to bright...
Black and white to colour ...
Frozen to moving ...

Each of these is a pattern of neurology that usually creates a shift in intensity for the content contained in the picture , from irrelevant to important.

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