Many of us experience trauma at some point in our lives. It may be minuscule, or it may be severe. Some of these negative experiences may occur when we're children or teenagers. Some of them may even occur when we're babies. Regardless, it is often hard for many to pinpoint exactly what causes them to attach such negative connotations to certain things. Our conscious minds may try to conceal the traumatic event, or perhaps the event simply happened far too long ago.
Take the example of a man who was raised by extremely strict parents. At one point in his early childhood, his mother may have hit him for not completing his homework correctly. Thus, he develops an aversion to doing any of his work, and this carries on into his adulthood. He struggles in every aspect of his professional life. At this point, he is miserable and does not know what prevents him from completing his work. He can not recall his mother's actions. However-- in his subconscious-- the image of his mother punishing him is as clear as the light of day.
So, how can we make the man see what his unconscious sees? This feat is far from impossible; we can actually make him aware of the traumatic event by using clinical hypnosis.
When clinical hypnosis is executed correctly, one can actually gain the ability to regress back to how they were many years ago. This allows us to gain important insight into what is causing a client's suffering. By regressing back to their first memory, one is given the opportunity to remove it at the source. This provides incredible amounts of relief to those who suffer from anxiety and phobias.
All a hypnotic state achieves is the calming of the mind. No circus magic required! When our minds are calm, we can start to remember our traumatic experiences, and additionally focus on what is bothering us. Most of the hypnosis is actually dependent on the client's own decisions. In some cases, the client can go a step further and even hypnotize themselves; this is called self-hypnosis.
I will go further into detail on self-hypnosis in a later post, as it is a very useful skill to learn in the context of mental health.