Dispelling the Myths Surrounding HypnosisWritten by Emily Clark
You’ve seen stage acts where a hypnotist selects someone out of audience and when he claps his hands, unwilling participant struts around stage clucking like a chicken. You’ve also seen movies where hypnotist waves pocket watch in front of subject as he utters, “you’re getting sleepy … very sleepy.” Hypnosis is a little more than what Hollywood or Vegas make it out to be. Below is a brief overview.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness in which critical faculty is bypassed (mind in conscious mode) and acceptable selective thinking established. Wow! That’s a lot of technical jargon! Simply put, this means that reasoning, evaluating, judging part of your mind (conscious) is bypassed.
Hypnosis deals with subconscious. Have you ever driven to work or home or anywhere, arrived at your destination but then had little to no recollection of drive? Your reasoning, evaluating and judging parts of your mind were still intact and functioning (read: you safely arrived at your location) but your cognizant mind was bypassed. Hypnosis feels very much like that. It’s same or similar feeling as when you day dream. People under hypnosis know exactly what they are doing.
What about control? Many people fear being hypnotized because they falsely believe they will have to give up control of their mind. Not true. Think about when you are so engrossed in a movie and you find yourself in tears. If you’ve ever watched Saving Private Ryan, Titanic or Passion of Christ you know this scenario all too well. During these movies you were so involved that you actually felt emotion. You were literally in a hypnotic trance. Most importantly, though, you still had power to emerge from that state if desired.
5 Steps to Standing Out Above the Crowd at WorkWritten by Joan Schramm
Do you feel like one in a million at work – and not in a good way? When you run into your boss in hallway, do you get impression she isn’t sure who you are? Are juicy projects always going to someone else?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to raise your work profile. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Listen more than you talk. If you offer an opinion, suggestion, comment or question at every opportunity, soon people will run away when they see you coming. Remember when you were in college and there was always one smart-aleck who, when class was asked, “Are there any more questions?” would shoot his hand in air and hold class up? Don’t be that student in boardroom. If you listen carefully and confine yourself to intelligent and to the-point remarks, you’ll end up looking smarter than most of people in room. And when you do have something to say, everyone will listen.
2. Meetings aren’t for airing dirty laundry. If you have a problem or gripe with someone, bring it to his or her attention privately. When you point fingers or air departmental problems in a group setting, you (a) blindside person you’re complaining about, and (b) have just about ruined your chances for a peaceful resolution. Besides, next time you make a mistake, that person will fall all over himself to make sure to bring it up in a large meeting just to watch you squirm.
3. Try to catch people doing something right. Whether boss, co-worker or subordinate, people love to be told they’re doing a good job. You don’t have to turn into Eddie Haskell to be aware of opportunities to compliment someone. Keep it short, low-key and honest. It’s even better if you can pass compliment to someone else. “Hey, boss, Jim was a huge help to us on Acme project – he made some suggestions that should save us $20,000.” What are chances that boss is going to mention it to Jim next time he sees him? Pretty good.