Last week, an over-excited Milly Mak told me she finally got rid
of her bad habit: over-dosing on shopping on weekends! She said
she had this amazing hypnosis treatment and urged me to try. I
guess I just have one bad habit to quit (make a guess!) but I
am dying to find out more about this mysterious hypnotism thing.
So on last Friday, I tripped out to the Hong Kong Guild of Hypnotherapists
and Psychotherapists. I got to meet Mr Lien Zun, the chairman
of the Guild.
Mininda: One thing I’ve always wanted to know is why people need
to be hypnotized. Do they want to confess something or what?
Mr Lien: Much
more than that, Mininda. Hypnotherapy deals with the psychological
and emotional sides of our minds. People come to me mostly because
of pressure, sleeplessness, relationship problems, phobias, bad
habits and various kinds of incidents in the past that stop them
from moving on. Hypnotherapy brings people to their subconscious
state of mind and helps them overcome psychological problems.
So do you really swing a pendulum to put someone to sleep?
Mr. Lien: Haha…that
only happened 50 years ago. The pendulum is meant to get a patient’s
attention, getting them to focus on something which makes it easier
to put them into a more relaxing state of mind. But we don’t use
pendulums any more; you know, our hands get tired sometimes! Nowadays,
hypnotherapists prefer talking to patients to get them relax and
to picture a certain situation before placing them into a trance.
Mininda: How does it work? I mean how do you put someone into
Mr Lien: First
of all, do you know is the difference between consciousness and
sub-consciousness, Mininda? Our consciousness and sub-consciousness
work for us every day. Like we’re talking now and we realize what
we’re doing at this moment, which is talking. This is our consciousness…(silence)…
Mr Lien: Just now when we were silent, did you hear the “zzh…zzh…”
but if we didn’t become silent, I wouldn’t have noticed.
Mr. Lien: The
“zzh…zzh…” noise has always been here, even when we’re talking.
It’s just that our consciousness focused on our conversation and
didn’t notice the existence of this noise. But our sub-consciousness
picked up these peripheral noises without us even noticing. All
these messages will be put into our brain to form the whole picture
of a particular situation.
that’s pretty cool…and makes a lot of sense!
Mr. Lien: Hypnotherapy
helps bring out subconscious message that is the “zzh…zzh…” noise
from our brain. When a person is in a hypnotic state, his consciousness
will be put to sleep while his sub-conciousness will be working
Mininda: OK, say if someone wants to kick a nasty smoking habit,
what will you do to him?
Mr. Lien: Generally
speaking, people smoke because of pressure. We have to find out
what motivates him to quit smoking. Maybe his girlfriend doesn’t
like it; maybe his family cannot stand it. I will then ask his
subconscious mind to imagine a future without cigarettes. Will
the relationship with his girlfriend be happier? Will his family
be more supportive in any way? Often, the greater the motivation,
the higher the chance of success.
does that mean the person will be willing to do whatever is asked,
even illegal things?
Mr. Lien: Ha,
I get people asking me this question all the time. One may be
in a trance, but his personal values are still intact and there’s
no way a hypnotherapist can make someone do anything against his
morality, values or beliefs. And he always knows what he’s doing
and saying during hypnosis. So, don’t worry about waking up and
finding yourself locked up in jail.
I was very tempted
to give hypnotherapy a go, but I have no relationship problems
(well, I had, a long time ago), no bad habits (except yes, you
are right, addiction to chocolate), no emotional problem (except
being hysterically happy and satisfied after throwing everything
from the fridge into my stomach). Well…I’d better leave you with
often, human beings are scared of letting go of their consciousness.
But once you step back and look at the bigger picture, that is
to release your sub-conscious feelings, you will get a clear vision
of where the problem lies.”
to Mr. Lien Zun)
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