Pain is an interesting concept. I say concept because it has many components that allow us to perceive it. It is part biological, part neurological and part psychological. Pain is modulated by how we feel and what we think.
I recently had the privilege of spending 2 days with medical research professionals from UCLA’s East West Integrative Medical Program. Their approach of combining western medicine with alternative therapies has conclusively proved that patients fare better using this approach. Their research on mind-body connections to pain perception is in complete alignment with what we in the hypnotherapy practice have known for years and that is… “The wound may be in your body but the pain is in your mind.” Pain has emotion attached to it and is affected by how we think.
Does Somnambulism Contribute to the Arise of Fears and Phobias? Are Fears and Phobias Sub Conditions of Hypersuggestibility and Spontaneous Hypnosis (Somnambulism)?
By Sheryl L. Hill, CHt.
“The Natural Somnambulist” Hypozine Magazine March 25, 2018
In the 1960’s John G. Kappas, Ph.D. theorized that hypersuggestibility exposed individuals to external and internal elements that created an environment where fears and phobias could thrive. Depending on one’s level of hypersuggestibility or somnambulism, they were subject to being the victim of many phobic conditions based on that exposure.
Does an overload of input create a state of spontaneous hypnosis where hypersuggestibility can give rise to fears and phobias? Can altering an individual’s hypnotizability reduce their fear response? And can we redefine how fears and phobias are recognized and offer alternative methods of management?
The American Psychiatric Association recognizes (1.) “Hyper” Somnambulance as a DSM 5 condition as one of excessive sleeping within the Sleep-Wake Disorders. It is classified as such along with Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome. It is the only condition that resembles Somnambulism as a non-sleepwalking event and yet differs greatly in its context.
Somnambulism is a state of deep hypnosis. Sometimes called "sleepwalkers", a Somnambulist is a person who functions in some level of lite hypnosis most of the day. In this state, they are extremely suggestible to internal and external influences, and certain medical and social conditions. I am one of those people. My posts offer insight and timely information based on my experience as a hypnotherapist and as a client with unique challenges.
"ACHIEVING HEALTH THROUGH HYPNOSIS!"
MODIFYING PAIN WITH HYPNOSIS Part 2
By Sheryl L. Hill, CHt.
“The Natural Somnambulist” Hypozine Magazine Aug 14, 2016
Acute pain is your body’s way of bringing your awareness to an immediate issue. It is an essential biological signal that says, “Pay attention. Something just happened. Something is wrong.” Chronic pain is different. It may increase or decrease in severity but it is the longevity of the complaint that makes a pain “chronic”. With acute pain, a hypnotherapist would send you to a doctor. With chronic pain, your doctor would send you to a hypnotherapist.
During the 60’s man headed towards the moon. There wasn’t a lot of room in a Mercury Space Capsule. Lightweight food and drug development were part of the space race. That's when Madison Avenue and pharmaceutical/chemical companies in the U.S. launched ad campaigns touting chemical dependency in opposition to natural food and drugs. Dow Chemical and Kellog’s were advertised side-by-side in women’s magazines. “Life is better with chemicals!”, was the Dow slogan. TANG was better than orange juice and fortified cereal was better than whole grains. If you were a good American, you ditched your grandmother's old family pain remedies and you popped a pill. Aspirin commercials had a little boy bottle wearing a cap. We became a country of pill poppers. So it should be no surprise that though we make up 5% of the world population, the US consumes 80% of the world’s narcotic medication to treat pain.
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