Can Self Hypnosis Change Your Brain?

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Self hypnosis might just end up replacing your anxiety medication!

Results from scientific research has shown that self hypnosis can significantly reduce many other chronic conditions such as:-

  • Asthma
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Sexual problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, A.K.A. IBS

If you are tired of your dependence on pills to ease these conditions, it will do you good to read this article from top to bottom.


What exactly is self-hypnosis?

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You’ve probably watched a comedy, or a variety show where a man asks for volunteers to come to his stage, he hypnotizes them and gets them to act like dogs or birds, or even worse, has them believing that they are completely naked in front of a crowd.

Well that’s not what this is about at all!


According to Wikipedia:

“Self-hypnosis or autohypnosis is a form, process or result of hypnosis which is self-induced, and normally makes use of self-suggestion.[1] Self-hypnosis can make a person more yielding than normal.”

In other words, if you have ever gone on YouTube and had a “guided meditation” where soft voice prompts you with phrases like:

“let your body relax from head to toe”,

“picture yourself fully relaxed”

“imagine walking through a white sandy beach…”

You are basically hypnotizing yourself, and you probably didn’t even know it.


What Exactly Is Happening To The Brain During Self Hypnosis?

A scientific study was conducted at Stanford University conducted by Dr. David Spiegel, who is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

He studied the brains of 57 participants to measure their brain activity while in a hypnotized state.

“Each person was scanned under four different conditions — while resting, while recalling a memory and during two different hypnosis sessions.”

He discovered that there are 3 parts of the brain that are directly affected which are:-

  • decreased activity in the dorsal anterior singulate (which is associated with OCD and ADHD)
  • increased activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (associated with working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, inhibition, and abstract reasoning)
  • and increased activity in the insula (facilitates our concept of self awareness)

Click on the link below to read more about this study:

Study identifies brain areas altered during hypnotic trances

“Hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with the brush of dangling watches and purple capes,” said Spiegel, who holds the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professorship in Medicine. “In fact, it’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.”


Other studies have shown that self hypnosis significantly reduce the symptoms of certain ailments such as asthma.

The BMC Pediatrics Journal presents a case study of a patient who had been suffering from  asthma all her life. In her adult years, she would often have bouts of shortness of breath and as you can imagine, had been on lifelong medication.

If you read this study, you will see how much agony, endless hospital visits and medications she went through, until she agreed to be taught this alternative form of therapy to “control her respiratory symptoms”.

As stated in the article:

“The patient accepted the opportunity to be taught self-hypnosis to control her respiratory symptoms. Instruction was provided over two weeks in two 45-minute sessions by her pediatric pulmonologist who had received training in hypnosis through three 20-hour workshops.”


The results were astonishing!

Not only did her wheezing diminish greatly, but after 3 months was able to wean herself off medication which she had been using 4 times a day.

Click on the link below to read this case study:

Self-hypnosis for anxiety associated with severe asthma: a case report

Management of asthma can be complicated by both medical and psychiatric conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux, chronic sinusitis, and anxiety. When symptoms of asthma are interpreted without regard to such conditions treatment may yield a suboptimal outcome. For example, anxiety-associated dyspnea, tachypnea, and chest tightness can be mistakenly interpreted as resulting from an exacerbation of asthma.


Ok, so before you get overly excited and run to Google search to find guided meditations to hypnotise yourself, I would like to point out that there is a percentage of the population that is cannot be hypnotized.

This percentage however, is relatively small.


So How Do You Perform Self-Hypnosis?

Wikihow has a step-by-step lesson on how to prepare yourself for hypnotizing yourself which is the following:

Step 1: Get into comfortable clothing.

Step 2: Go to a quiet room and sit in any comfortable chair, couch, or bed

Step 3: Make sure you are not going to be disturbed for at least half an hour

Step 4: Figure out your hypnosis goals.

Step 5: Close your eyes and work to rid your mind of any feelings of fear, stress, or anxiety.

Step 6: Recognize the tension in your body.

Step 7: Take slow, deep breaths.

Step 8: Appreciate the fact that you are now extremely relaxed.

Step 9: Feel a floating sensation.

Step 10: Repeat your statement(s) to yourself as many times as you wish.

Step 11: Get ready to exit your hypnotic state.

Step 12: Once you have ascended, give yourself a few moments before opening your eyes

Go ahead and click on the link below to get detailed information from Wikihow of the process, as well as tips on how to enhance your self hypnosis experience.


If you are like me and would prefer an audiovisual experience, YouTube is a free and wonderful resource containing tons of videos for guided meditation.

Click below for a guided meditation for self hypnosis on sickness and pain relief.

Heal Your Body: Spoken Guided Meditation For Pain & Sickness, Relieve Pain Naturally

High Quality MP3 Version Available by clicking here: For MEGA Download ANXIETY Pack, CLICK HERE: For MEGA Download SLEEP Pack, CLICK HERE: For MEGA Download PAIN RELIEF Pack, CLICK HERE: A beautifully crafted guided meditation for sickness and pain.

You may find this meditation to be too long. If this is the case, not to worry, YouTube has plenty of videos with guided meditations that don’t last longer than 10 minutes!

What are your thoughts on self hypnosis? Do you see it as something that can help you, or do you see it as a joke? 

Comment below!