It's General Election time here in the UK and, right now, if there was one phrase that seems to be on everyone's lips it's "Strong and Stable".


Trump, Brexit, and now the French Elections. Yes, whilst many will be breathing a collection sigh of relief that the centrist Emanuel Macron defeated the right-wing Marine Le Pen but, when the dust settles, we might find time to ask ourselves how a political movement less than a year old (Macron's "En Marche") managed to unseat the two standing parties of government in France.

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I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me. - Cary Grant


Being able to tell when someone is lying to you is a hugely powerful skill, especially if your work involves negotiation, interviewing, or questioning individuals.

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Think the placebo effect only works if you don't know that you're taking a placebo? Think again.


It has been estimated that more than 50% of adults have suffered with insomnia or other sleep problems at some point in their lives. Let's face it, we've all lost a night's sleep at some point through worry, anxiety, or stress. Shakespeare called sleep "sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast." and yet, when we need it most, sleep can elude us.


I've used "The Banana Experiment" as an example of the dangerous of "group-think" and the "that's how we've always done it here" mentality many, many times. I'm not 100% sure where I heard it originally, or if the experiment itself actually really happened. I don't think either matter, as they've never been a problem in terms of the power of the story or its usefulness as a parable about the way that we think and how "going with the group" is not always the best thing.


There are many parallels between mindfulness and hypnosis in both their form and function, so it came as no surprise to me to read that research has found a strong link between mindfulness and success when quitting smoking. A recently released study by Maria Theodora Oikonomou, Marios Arvanitis and Robert L. Sokolove (published online by the Journal of Health Psychology), compared the effectiveness of a program that utilized eight weeks of “mindfulness training” to data from existing research.

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Somebody asked me about hypnotizing chickens recently, having heard that you can hypnotise a chicken by dragging your finger down its forehead, down its beak and onto the ground, so that the chicken gets fixated on that spot and is hypnotised.


I woke up feeling fantastic today. I mean, really fantastic. I've heard people say that they "spring out of bed" in the morning - today I literally did it.


It's accepted amongst hypnotists and hypnotherapists that hypnosis cannot be used to make someone do something that they don't want to do.


In 2010, no British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France.In 2012, Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and went on to lead the British cycling team to winning 70% of the cycling gold medals in the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2013, Team Sky repeated their success at the Tour de France, this time with cyclist Chris Froome.

Category: Hypnosis
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The hypnotic trance is an entirely natural state for the human mind, and human brain, to enter. Every time we fall asleep we pass through the hypnotic state (the Theta brainwave state) on our way to unconsciousness. We are surrounded by examples of the normal and natural use of hypnosis every day – driving to work on “auto pilot” or simply getting “lost” in a good book.

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The frequency of electrical activity in the brain can be measured, in cycles per second/hertz, using an electroencephalogram. Changes in mental state and activity produce changes in the frequency of our “brain waves”, with four distinct states being relevant to hypnotherapy.

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This is my "General Purpose Auto Suggestion" script that I have tailored over time based on the original text from Emile Coue in "Self Mastery through Conscious AutoSuggestion".


No. In all of the recorded history of hypnosis, there is no documented case of anyone being directly hurt by hypnosis. Remember, your hypnotist cannot make you do anything that you don’t want to do.

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No. Nobody has ever been stuck in hypnosis.

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The only person controlling your mind at any time is you.

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Hypnosis feels like what it is – a state of deep relaxation. You will be completely conscious throughout your hypnosis, aware of your surroundings and able to respond to anything that happens, but unless you sense something that presents an immediate danger to you then you will simply be able to “tune out” most things – focussing only on the voice of your hypnotherapist and giving them your full attention.

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