Does Hypnosis really work to change Aspergers?

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03 Apr 2015, 10:41 pm

http://www.resolvedhypnotherapy.co.uk/specialism-1-aspergers-syndrome-and-hypnotherapy-in-berksire-and-oxfordshire/

Some people say hypnosis can work to change Aspergers characteristics...

Has anyone actually tried this? Does it actually work? Would you let yourself be hypnotized?

I personally have never tried it, but if it really works, then I would.



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03 Apr 2015, 10:52 pm

It seems like its more saying, it can be helpful for anxiety people with aspergers experience...though not everyone on the spectrum has co-morbid anxiety. Either way I do not think I'd find such a thing helpful, I'd be uncomfortable giving someone that much power over my mind......that is why I was reluctant to try EMDR therapy for PTSD, but its not quite as invasive as I thought.


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04 Apr 2015, 2:18 am

I would assume no, as hypnosis is quackery and not anything that should be used to help treat any condition.



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04 Apr 2015, 4:09 am

If it would help with anxiety and insomnia and stomach aches, I'd take it. I dont think hypnosis is dangerous. It's more like a super focused state, a trance, like when you lose yourself focusing on something. nothing wrong with that.


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04 Apr 2015, 6:05 am

It can't change the hardware, but for some it could possibly modify the software - depending on the skill and experience of the clinical hypnotherapist (there are clinical psychologists who use this modality, for issues like extreme exam anxiety). It does appear to help some, though there is no way of knowing in advance which subjects will find it useful and which will find it useless. Hypnosis is not just bunkum - there are a lot of reputable studies on its clinical potentials. In psychology there is a term called "bilocation" in which consciousness operates in two different places/forms at once. For example, you may find that you have driven your car safely without any conscious awareness for a distance, yet there has been something that is conscious of your external actions in one level of your mind, and another level which is unaware of driving and focused on completely different things - different parts of the mind are bilocated in unrelated tasks, each with no conscious awareness of the other. Many drivers have had this curious experience (I have had it).

There are different levels of consciousness and for some people, hypnosis can access the level just below waking awareness and that level seems to be a storage place of self-harming beliefs, such as "I am useless" "I am worthless" "I will always fail" - which do influence conscious behaviour in adverse ways. Some people (though not many percentage wise) are skilled at self-hypnosis and can modify these harmful beliefs themselves - often the induction phase of the self-hypnotics is deep tissue relaxation which seems to provide some kind of gateway; then CDs can be used as a source of positive suggestions to replace the negative programming. It does seem to work for some people. It may (?) have greater potential for a larger number of people if they were taught these skills and how to use them, however that is just a speculation.