That was Ruth E Schneider ad David S Prudhomme of www.mederiwellness.com. Their program is called From Stressed to Best.
Ditto with Roy on the grief counselor.
You might also teach him abdominal breathing, or trick him into abdominal breathing by coaching him through making laughing noises.
Roy, one of the things I really appreciate about the training in Regression and Parts Therapy I took with you was how scrupulous you are about not leading clients in that type of work. I count myself very lucky to have trained with you.
Fable, acting as an admin, has shut down comments on the "I don't believe in hypnosis" thread, because it had gotten derailed by an argument that probably belongs in this thread or even in its own thread.
The last significant comment on that thread is basically 800+ words of Ad Hominem attacks against me and one of my teachers. I have to say that only someone who has run out of actual evidence and logic would go through the trouble of Googling me (and my first teacher) so that he could attempt to shame me about things I'm proud of.
Of course, as the wise man said, "He who slings mud is definitely losing ground."
That's a great article. We swim in our metaphors like fish swim in water, often mistaking our maps for the territory.
Ah, yes, Daniel, the old "if you get paid for your work, you must be dishonest" argument.
By that reasoning, I must say that I believe hypnosis is effective only because I get paid to do it. My choice to be a hypnotist couldn't have anything at all to do with my sincerely held views of the world or my belief that it helps people. I get paid and paid well, so I must be a hypocrite. Seriously? Of course, you're guilty of that, too, if you charge for your services.
Richard Nongard promotes mindfulness and hypnosis only because he sells courses. Scott Sandland and Richard Clark think a hypnosis convention is a good idea only because they charge money for it. It's a sad and cynical view of the world, and I feel sorry for anyone who lives in that world.
And of course, the old "if mainstream media supports it, it must be part of the Evil Conspiracy."
For your information, I've watched and read attacks and criticisms of Dr. Loftus (and of Pendergrast), and I've also watched and read their works and interviews. I know which side I find more credible, and I know which side comes off sounding like paranoid loonies.
Then you've coupled that with "if someone was exonerated in a court of law, it's a miscarriage of justice!" Guess what? The accused is considered innocent until proven guilty. I'm thrilled that Dr. Loftus has helped innocent people avoid incarceration, though the accusations against them by people suffering from FMS have still destroyed their lives.
Not far from where I live, a family that ran a daycare was accused of horrific crimes and convicted based on the testimony of children who made impossible claims against them. They have only recently been exonerated and released, decades later. The child therapist who started the crusade against them is STILL IN PRACTICE ...
Have you ever noticed that when hypnotists are doing regression to uncover "repressed memories," the unifying factor in different "repressed memories" is always the hypnotist? All the alien abductees go to the same hypnotist. All the victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse end up with the same hypnotist. You'd think that just once, one of the Satanist's victims would end up with the Alien hypnotist, and vice-versa, but that literally never happens.
Look, Daniel, I know I'm not going to convince you. Any evidence I present that is contrary to your views will be seen as an indication of how deep and terrible your pet conspiracy is. But I do hope that my posts will be read by newer hypnotists so that they won't get sucked into your nonsense.
[quote="Daniel Oromaner, MBA, CCHt"]
as with false memory syndrome) as well as used to transform lives. [/quote] Mark:Have you looked into "false memory syndrome?" Do you really believe that a hypnotherapist COULD or WOULD implant false memories of childhood abuse? In my practice I have dealt with way too many cases of physical and/or sexual abuse. I don't for a moment believe that any of these experiences weren't real, or could have been "planted" by a hypnotherapist. Those who have looked into this "false memory syndrome" (as I have) tend to find those promoting it to be either compromised or part of the pedophilia practices themselves! In hypnosis we can (lovingly) help a person remember traumas and heal them. This can be dangerous to the "powers that be." Thus, there are, and have been, all kinds of methods to discount the stories of these experiences. In truth, there are almost always cracks in the facade of respectability and people who come forward with tales of abuse. Usually, law enforcement and psychological/legal experts come to the defense of those accused and the investigations go nowhere. Sometimes, after the perpetrator is dead and buried do the stories surface again--such as was the case for Jimmy Savile, who abused children for decades and counted the Royal Family of England as close friends. Were accusations made about him for many years? Of course! Were they discounted or hushed, sure!PLEASE do the research! Maybe with brainwashing one could create false memories, but never in standard hypnosis! That "syndrome" is part of the cover up. There is a movement called "Believe the Children." I think everyone in our profession should become knowledgeable on this subject. DanielInner Power Hypnosis & Coaching [/quote]
I have done my research. I have looked into False Memory Syndrome. Have you read Elizabeth Loftus's The Myth of Repressed Memory or Pendergrast's Victims of Memory? Loftus has literally done the research; she's the leader in actual memory experiments.
If you'd read their work, you'd know that no one accuses hypnotherapists of intentionally implanting false memories, but you'd also know that it doesn't take hypnosis to produce a false memory; in fact most of those who suffer from false memories were not working with trained hypnotists but with therapists with far too little understanding of hypnosis. Loftus has demonstrated in experiment after experiment that false memories are stunningly easy to create; Pendergrast shows how it happens in therapy and how FMS has destroyed lives and families.
It's also never been demonstrated that memories experienced in hypnosis are any more reliable than any other memory. Certainly, some memories experienced in hypnosis are accurate, but they are not reliable simply because they were experienced in hypnosis; in fact, hypnosis makes memories less reliable (because they are subject to outside influence) but more compelling.
Of course, if you assume that anyone who disagrees with you is part of a pedophilia cover-up, you're never going to recognize the truth about how memory works. In fact, you've probably decided by now that I'm a pawn of the pedophiliac conspiracy.
I realize that this is a sensitive topic. Far too many victims of rape and abuse are afraid to speak up, and far too often they are discounted. But that does not justify hypnotists clinging to outdated psychological theories, nor does it justify us traumatizing our clients with irresponsible methods.
There are a couple of ways I might reply to someone saying, "I don't believe in hypnosis," depending on my mood and my impression of the person I'm talking to. Here are a few:
"That's okay; hypnosis believes in you."
"That's the great thing about science. It works whether you believe in it or not."
"Most people who don't know what hypnosis really is don't believe it's real."
"Yeah, I don't believe in spinach." When they express incredulity, I say, "I've seen spinach in a cartoon. When a guy ate it, he heard music and became super-strong. I don't think that's possible. I also don't believe in roadrunners or coyotes." If they don't get it, I go on, "Of course you don't believe in hypnosis, because all you've encountered is the cartoon version where people's eyes spin around and they become zombies. You're right not to believe in it. But of course real hypnosis is not what you've seen on TV."
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