Self Hypnosis Techniques to Help You Change Your Life

By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT

What are Self Hypnosis Techniques?

Self hypnosis techniques quite simply are hypnosis techniques that you can use on yourself.

This means, when you practice self hypnosis, you are acting both as hypnotist and client.

self hypnosis techniquesThe more you practice self hypnosis techniques, the more you will benefit.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Self Hypnosis

The main advantages of using self hypnosis techniques over attending a hypnotist are:

  • The independence you achieve
  • A cost saving when you are not attending a hypnotist
  • Self hypnosis allows you to be in full control of the process

But acting as both client and hypnotist also comes with a major challenge:

Hypnosis works best when you as the client can completely let go. But how you can let go completely when you have to be in control of delivering the program?

My free self hypnosis guide contains a solution to this paradox. It talks you through designing a complete self hypnosis program that you can start using at home today.

Another challenge of using self hypnosis techniques is the requirement for regular practice. You will have to be determined and motivated to practice regularly and frequently so that you can master these techniques. Learning self hypnosis is like learning any other skill: The more you practice, the better you will become at self hypnosis.

A good place to start you practice is with self hypnosis relaxation techniques.

self hypnosis techniquesSelf hypnosis techniques teach you to harness your mind using your imagination.

Self Hypnosis and the Subconscious Mind

Self hypnosis is designed to address the needs of the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind has its own, very particular way of working which is quite different from your logical or conscious mind.

For example:

  • Your subconscious mind does not think in logically constructed sentences, rather thinks in images and metaphors.
  • Unlike your conscious, logical mind, your subconscious likes, in fact loves, repetition.
  • Your subconscious mind does not have a chronological sense of time like your conscious mind has. Rather, past, present and future blend into one here- or, in other words, time is irrelevant.
  • The subconscious mind is home to your emotions. Positive emotions are strongly associated with positive events, past and future. The same holds true for negative emotions.

Hypnosis and self hypnosis techniques are designed to work with these ‘quirks’ of the subconscious so that you can make good use of this part of your mind.

What Self Hypnosis Techniques are there?

There are three categories of basic self hypnosis techniques:

The depth of trance increases progressively through the three types of techniques with the first level operating more or less in ordinary consciousness, the second level introducing minor trance, and the third level working with deeper trance.

A good self hypnosis program will include techniques from all three categories in order to maximize the benefits you can achieve.

Essentially, the more you occupy your subconscious mind with the goal you want to reach or with the changes you want to make, the more your mind will take on board these ideas.

1. Autosuggestion

This method is based on the work of French psychologist and pharmacist Emile Coue (1857-1926) who is quoted in the graphic at the top of this page. Emile Coue was the pioneer of auto suggestion. He believed that the most powerful thing any therapist could do for a client was to give positive suggestions which the client would then turn into auto suggestions, speeding up their healing process.

Working on your own, you can make up your own auto suggestions. You are the expert on your own life, and you know best what you want to change, and where you need support. You can then design optimistic, positive messages that can help you change habits, emotions, behaviors, mind set or similar.

The caveat here is that you need to understand how to design these messages right so that you achieve the desired effect and do no accidental damage. 

  • You would then feed these messages to yourself regularly.
  • This can be done in ordinary consciousness, as well as in trance states.
  • To maximize on your precious time in a busy world, I am suggesting to use time slots suitable for multi tasking, such as those where you are engaged in monotonous tasks such as washing the dishes or driving to work.
  • As well as doing that, you can also include the very same messages when you work with trance states.

2. Visualization and Rehearsal

The second category of techniques works in a very mild trance state where, preferably, you close your eyes. Hence, it requires a time slot where you are undisturbed. Ten to fifteen minutes at a time will go a long way.

This group of self hypnosis techniques are based on visualization and rehearsal of particular scenarios, such as upcoming exams or goals you might want to achieve. Such techniques are frequently used by athletes to enhance their performance. 

The success of these techniques is based on the timeless quality of the subconscious mind where past, present and future are seen by the subconscious as one.

This means that by visualizing a goal as if you have already achieved it, it is possible to convince the subconscious mind that achieving this goal is the most natural thing for you. 

Using these techniques can take the difficulty and trepidation out of working towards very big goals, and can minimize the negative impact of self doubt.

3. Deep Relaxation and Trance Based Self Hypnosis Techniques

The third category of techniques depend on a state of deep relaxation. This will require being completely free and undisturbed for the length of the entire practice session. The length of the session will vary depending on how you design the session.

self hypnosis techniquesSelf hypnosis techniques based on auto suggestion can help you keep positive and focused.

Techniques working with trance are based on the following principle: 

When you are in a logical, conscious state of mind (the brain state that you use to negotiate everyday life), strong internal censors operate in your brain, which are designed to keep you, literally, from changing your mind. These censors manifest in qualities like judgement, prejudices, or as psychological biases, and will only allow in the kinds of messages that are already familiar to you, and that you already like.

Therefore, if your goal is to change your mind, you must learn to bypass these censors. In a state of deep relaxation, you can switch off these censors and allow your subconscious mind to be wide open for reprogramming it in any way you like.

How Self Hypnosis can Change your Life

You can reprogram your mind in relation to many different issues, depending on your needs and wants.  The idea is to utilize self hypnotherapy for change in your life- for the changes you desire, for example:

self hypnosis techniquesSelf hypnosis techniques can help you change your life.

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I hope you have found this page on self hypnosis techniques helpful.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. How are you planning to use self hypnosis?


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