At the heart of Hypnosis is the ability to manipulate and modify attentional focus. It is not a state of unconsciousness or unawareness. In fact, it is considered to be a state of heightened focal attention, which is characterized as a condition of increased, but narrowed awareness.
This heightened focal attention during Hypnosis results in significant effects on a variety of other cognitive functions including memory, physiological sensitivity and perception. That is, it enables the Hypnotized person to see things in new ways and to accept as possible things that would otherwise be seen as impossible, for example, barriers set by one’s own expectations.
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