Why Does Hypnosis Work So Well On Ingrained Habits?

Hypnosis has a great record of helping people to break those deeply ingrained habits they’ve been struggling with – stuff like smoking, over-eating, worrying unnecessarily.

Most people think that to break a habit simply needs enough will-power. Build up your will and determination and you’ll be able to do it. That seems logical, doesn’t it? So presumably hypnosis somehow gives people more will-power and determination.

Well… actually no. They might end up feeling like they’ve got more will-power after a good hypnosis session. But will-power can’t be conjured up, or created where there isn’t any. In fact, we all have more than enough will-power to do pretty much anything we set our minds to, if we really want to, if we can just get out of our own way.

So what does hypnosis do that allows us to access that will-power, and to break the habits we want to break?

Ingrained Habits Are Automatic

They happen with very little conscious thought and awareness. We’ll pick up and smoke that cigarette without even noticing we’re doing it.

We’ll find ourselves half way through that packet of biscuits before we’ve even realized we’re eating. And the thing is, our automatic actions and thoughts are controlled by our unconscious mind, not our conscious, thinking, logical brain.

So if we try to tackle these unconscious behaviors with will-power, why should we expect it to work? Think about the concept of will-power for a moment. Does it sound or feel like something that’s automatic?

Or does it sound like something that requires thought and conscious application? Exactly!

So breaking those automatic, ingrained habits needs us to somehow harness the unconscious mind for our purposes. Because no matter how hard we try consciously, to change those habits, it’s our unconscious mind that controls them. And hypnosis, of course, speaks directly to our unconscious (or subconscious if you prefer).

So when we have a client deeply relaxed, and in that wonderful, comfortable state of heightened awareness we call hypnosis, the unconscious mind is open and receptive, allowing us to use language that it understands clearly, to bring it on-board with what the client really needs and wants.

Hypnosis Works Well On Ingrained Habits

because it speaks directly to the unconscious mind which controls those impulses that make us do things without even thinking about it. That’s why the biggest step forward is when the client begins to notice that they are doing (or are about to do) the unwanted habit.

When we can get clients noticing this, then they can employ conscious thought and make a conscious decision… do they really want to do this? And that’s when they begin to realize that they do have will-power and control, as they will often at this point make a positive, healthy choice.

They’ll often think you’ve somehow given them this new-found will-power, or created it through hypnosis. And while it might be nice to take the credit, you’ll be doing them a huge favour if you explain that they had that will power all along, and that it’s always there for them to draw on in the future.

They just have to get their unconscious mind working for them rather than against them so they can make use of that determination they now know they have