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Jeff Tannen

Jeff Tannen is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. For over two decades he has treated all issues of mental disorder. He is known for workshops and groups in the Los Angeles area. Jeff has written on men's topics for several local magazines and has been a guest on local radio.

Self Hypnosis - part 2

Today I'd like to tell you a bit more about self hypnosis. Yesterday I told you how to do it. Let's review: There are two keywords you will be using. One is a physical key word and the other is an emotional key word You discover these keywords by asking yourself which of them feels best. For example when you are laying quietly with your hands palms down on your thighs, what does the feeling or warmth feel like. Is it warm, does it actually feel warm? Does it feel like it makes you feel restful? Think of the one word it feels most like then establish that as your physical keyword. Then when you are progressively relaxing each muscle group, use your Emotional keyword by attaching it to a particular muscle i.e. my calves feel restful, my thighs feel restful. When you get to relax your abdomen. At this point do you feel calm, confident, tranquil or peaceful? Use the best word and attach it to every muscle from your abdomen all the way to your facial muscles and finally count yourself into hypnosis by saying to yourself zero then 'deep sleep.' Always count yourself up from 0 to five when you want to awaken.


Once you've entered this 'hypnotic' state try to remember to roll your eyes back in your skull. This will aid in deepening your state. Then follow this by giving yourself the suggestion: Every breath I take or sound I hear allows me to drift deeper.


You can then use the staircase deepening tool which I have previously discussed: See yourself at the top of a beautiful staircase with twenty steps, look down at your feet, step off and count yourself all the way down to the bottom. See yourself entering into or being at the most peaceful place you can. Enjoy it.


Give yourself any suggestion you wish for example. Today and every day I become more confident. Notice how I phrased this. If you weren't feeling confident and you said 'I am confident' your mind would dismiss it because it is not true,


You can say 'Every day will listen to people with interest. Picture in your mind an event that is upcoming and 'rehearse' it. That means seeing yourself go through the entire event confidently, calmly and whatever else you want to say. Always, in self hypnosis, refrain from saying the word 'not or never' or any word that implies a negative.


Using 'due dates' in your self hypnosis can be quite effective. For example you could suggest the following to yourself: On or before the February 24th I will have finished cleaning the garage. Or by February 24th I will receive

 A promotion. When you used due dates have some sense that what you are suggesting is potentially accurate and achievable


Affirmation is another effective form of self improvement. It is simply the writing of short phrases or sentences that are meant to be received by your mind; your subconscious and go to work for you. Always use long hand when writing your affirmation and it is best to write just before you go to sleep. That way you will be taking it into your mind and it will be accepted.


An example is each and every day, I become more confident in everything I do and with people I am with. Here again you can make a 'due date' doubly powerful if you say it to yourself in self hypnosis and then write it as an affirmation too.


Stay tuned. More to come….