Self-Hypnosis For Dummies
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Self-Hypnosis For Dummies is a hands-on guide to achieving your goals using hypnosis. Whether you want to lose weight, overcome anxiety or phobias, cure insomnia, stop smoking, or simply stop biting your nails, this guide has it covered! The reassuring and straight-talking information will help you harness the power of your mind and re-train your subconscious to think in more healthy and constructive ways, and to overcome specific issues, such as anxiety and paranoia, and break bad habits, such as smoking. The easy-to-follow style will guide you through every step of the process, empowering you to take control and start making changes right away.


Mike Bryant is an experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist, with over 30 years' experience as a mental health professional in both the US and UK. He provides development consultancy to NHS Mental Health Trusts across the UK.

Peter Mabbutt is a Fellow of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a Founder Fellow of the British Association of Medical Hypnosis. He is CEO and Director of Studies for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.


Introduction 1

Part I: Identifying Your Needs and Preparing the Way 7

Chapter 1: What Is Self-Hypnosis? 9

Chapter 2: Getting Your Mind and Body Working Together 19

Chapter 3: Using Self-Hypnosis to Achieve Your Goals 35

Chapter 4: Resisting Resistance and Avoiding Relapse 51

Part II: Training Your Mind with Self-Hypnosis 69

Chapter 5: Entering a Hypnotic Trance with Traditional Self-Hypnosis 71

Chapter 6: Working with Words: Becoming Your Own Recording Star 87

Chapter 7: Consciously Directing Your Unconscious 103

Chapter 8: Using Unconscious Self-Hypnosis 119

Part III: Improving Your Outlook with Self-Hypnosis 131

Chapter 9: Putting Paid to Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Fear 133

Chapter 10: Signing Up to Self-Esteem 149

Chapter 11: Minimising Pain 165

Chapter 12: Ironing Out Anger 181

Chapter 13: Overcoming Insomnia 195

Part IV: Overcoming Problems with Self-Hypnosis 209

Chapter 14: Quitting Smoking 211

Chapter 15: Keeping a Handle on Your Drinking 227

Chapter 16: Controlling Your Eating Habits 245

Chapter 17: Fostering Good Relationships 263

Part V: The Part of Tens 279

Chapter 18: Ten Creative Ways to Enter Trance 281

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Know You're in Trance 287

Chapter 20: Ten (or so) Reasons to Seek Professional Help before Trying Self-Hypnosis 291

Appendix A: Self-Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Resources 297

Appendix B: About the CD 301

Index 303