Every now and then someone argues that hypnosis is just a Placebo

Hypnosis Placebo - the argument academy of hypnotic arts

Usually, the people who make these suggestions don’t actually even understand what a placebo is. Perhaps they haven’t read the dictionary.  They believe that placebo has a negative connotation.  I would imagine that they think you shouldn’t wish the experience of a placebo upon another person!

Here is the definition of a placebo

A substance having no pharmacological effect but given merely to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a medicine.
b. a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control in testing experimentally or clinically the efficacy of a biologically active preparation.”
Placebo is also from the Roman Catholic Church. This definition means the “vespers of the office for the dead: so called from the initial word of the first antiphon, taken from Psalm 114:9 of the Vulgate.”

I don’t claim to understand the above description either. However, nonetheless, you now have a working overview of the word placebo.

Hypnosis isn’t a substance

Of course, hypnosis isn’t a substance. So the person who experiences it is likely aware that it isn’t a medicine. There is nothing that can substitute for the process of hypnosis. (Except for many some other kind of psychological technique.) As a result, it may be impossible for hypnosis to be a placebo, just like a phobia couldn’t be cured by a pill either.

The fact is…

So why do people call hypnosis a placebo? This belief must be from the fact that hypnosis and placebos work from the same belief and behaviour system.  Yet, the fact of the matter is that hypnosis has a better success rate then placebos do.

Although in actual fact Hypnosis has a much better success rate than placebos. For that matter education and religion also work on the good old ‘this happens so I do this’ system so I guess they are a placebo as well by this understanding. Although what medicine they could be replacing is hard to fathom.

When it comes to hypnosis

If something works, surely that is the whole point. When it comes to hypnosis, your belief is the most important thing. Your belief, of course, influences your behaviour.

If you need to change your behaviour

Quickly, then you need to find out what’s going on in your subconscious, you will only change things when you remove doubt. Placebos do that, they give you hope and belief, which is maybe all you need.

To find out exactly though how to do this yourself go to Chinosis this technique will give your subconscious a different belief directly from your inner mind, unlock the power of your mind.

Let me know in the comments below how it works for you.

One Comment

  • Luis

    Hypnosis is not a placebo, that’s for sure. But placebo works as a kind of self hypnosis. If I take something in the belief that it will cure me and my mind accept it it is possible that I will notice improvements and even end up recovering my health as my mind convince me that I am taking something meant to do so. I can be wrong but this is my opinion.

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