There are several kinds of absentmindedness and each involves memory loss. When a person has had a distressing past experience part of the post implications frequently include absentmindedness. Absentmindedness may also be prompted by drugs or due to physical trauma to the brain. So how does absentmindedness – an allegedly unattractive state of being – fit into the method of hypnosis?
There are dissimilar viewpoints as to whether or not inducing absentmindedness should be part of hypnotherapy. Hypnosis strategies, which rely heavily on the power of proposal and suggestion as a method to remove negative behaviours and break old habits, rarely use absentmindedness as an element of the therapy. The use of absentmindedness in hypnosis does essentially depend on suggestive powers. In this situation the proposal is that the person undergoing the hypnosis session should forget, at least temporarily, the thing that causes the problem.
The human mind is naturally quite forgetful. We get millions of different messages every day but only remember what we consciously opt to remember for obvious reasons – we could not possibly remember everything.
A good example of the truthfulness of this has been the subject of many experiments in how observant people generally are. In these experiments somebody enters a room and causes a disruption drawing attention to himself. When all of the people in the room are asked to describe the person the results are widely varied, even though the people observed him for a few minutes. Hypnosis relies on the mind’s ability to quickly forget.
In a typical hypnosis session one of the final steps is referred to as the amnesia phase. It is meant to scramble the memory. Lasting only a trifling minute, it helps the person undergoing hypnosis to avoid over investigating the ideas or scripts introduced to them during the session to avoid interference from the conscious mind. The absentmindedness prompted during hypnosis session is short-lived.
The cause of forgetting briefly is to avoid conscious awareness of that thing. Post hypnotic absentmindedness is also often known as “function absentmindedness” due to this fact.
While the brain is naturally forgetful to some level, it is also naturally analytical. When too much analysis happens, following hypnosis, it can be mentally intense to the individual. Some people can tend to over analyse the hypnosis session and thus start to focus on the problem they came to fix rather than the solutions offered during the hypnotic session. For this reason it is a good idea to implant the suggestion that the client forgets the entire hypnotic session – at least for awhile.
Allowing yourself to be hypnotised also involves an eagerness to forget. To make preparations for a hypnosis that will guarantee you a positive result you should:
1. Have an open mind.
2. Be willing to listen to the suggestive powers & post hypnotic suggestions.
3. Understand you may not immediately remember all that was happened in a session, but the messages you wanted delivered and changes you desired have been implanted deeply in your mind.
4. Stop making any attempt to remember or analyse and investigate what happened during the hypnotic session or the post hypnotic suggestions you received.
Understanding that absentmindedness is a crucial and effective part of the entire process of hypnosis will help you to get more from each session. Come prepared with an unprejudiced mind and luxuriate in the experience. You do not have to recollect it all for it to make real changes in your life.