Trump, Brexit, and now the French Elections. Yes, whilst many will be breathing a collection sigh of relief that the centrist Emanuel Macron defeated the right-wing Marine Le Pen but, when the dust settles, we might find time to ask ourselves how a political movement less than a year old (Macron's "En Marche") managed to unseat the two standing parties of government in France.
It has been estimated that more than 50% of adults have suffered with insomnia or other sleep problems at some point in their lives. Let's face it, we've all lost a night's sleep at some point through worry, anxiety, or stress. Shakespeare called sleep "sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast." and yet, when we need it most, sleep can elude us.
I've used "The Banana Experiment" as an example of the dangerous of "group-think" and the "that's how we've always done it here" mentality many, many times. I'm not 100% sure where I heard it originally, or if the experiment itself actually really happened. I don't think either matter, as they've never been a problem in terms of the power of the story or its usefulness as a parable about the way that we think and how "going with the group" is not always the best thing.
The hypnotic trance is an entirely natural state for the human mind, and human brain, to enter. Every time we fall asleep we pass through the hypnotic state (the Theta brainwave state) on our way to unconsciousness. We are surrounded by examples of the normal and natural use of hypnosis every day – driving to work on “auto pilot” or simply getting “lost” in a good book.
Hypnosis feels like what it is – a state of deep relaxation. You will be completely conscious throughout your hypnosis, aware of your surroundings and able to respond to anything that happens, but unless you sense something that presents an immediate danger to you then you will simply be able to “tune out” most things – focussing only on the voice of your hypnotherapist and giving them your full attention.