During her 50 years as a psychologist, Pam has studied and practiced hypnosis in order to help people with their problems. Her work and research into the fascinating area of self-hypnosis has resulted in an important technique for promoting personal change.

Post 12: Experiments of Other People from My Self Hypnosis

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Post 12: Experiments of Other People from My Self Hypnosis

I have other stories about my self-hypnosis experiments: the wisdom tooth extractions and the recordings aimed at improving my net game in tennis. But I thought I would digress and tell you other people’s stories. One of the funniest is about a student I saw who was very distressed about some aspect of his sexuality/sexual performance. However, he wouldn’t tell me what the problem was. I helped him construct a hypnosis script (mostly reframing) that asked the unconscious mind to invent safe alternatives to his problem and enact them in the near future. He popped his head around the door a couple of weeks later to thank me for solving his problem!

I was at U.T.,S. as student and staff counsellor for 26 years till 1995 and wrote my book in the early 1980’s. Roughly six years ago (c.2011) I received a call from a Graeme Taylor who had worked in U.T.,S. Student Records for many years. He said that in fairness he ought to tell me that in about 1986 the whole department set out to debunk my book by making relevant recordings and playing them back. He said every single person benefited in some way, nothing negative whatsoever. He said his bad back had improved and the person with the worst debilitating condition had overcome his dental phobia, which was making him ill. I remember at the time that David Apps was suffering from decades of untreated teeth.

That was very kind of Graeme because you often don’t get reliable feedback. So many issues seem resolved but you can’t be sure. Just looking at the physical treatments: new cancer drug discovered, big rally. New cancer drug not working, people die rather speedily. Hope, belief and the placebo effect (all due for enormous respect) can delay the inevitable. And we all know about weight loss, alcoholism, smoking and the relapses.

It is possible for the unconscious mind to achieve amazing things, and we need to acknowledge that the conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg, not very powerful or influential.

About the Author:

I will soon be 81 years old and tickled pink to be still upright. I have a good life. I still see clients, mainly in their own homes. I attend a lot of congresses, conferences and training sessions (never too old to learn). My apartment sits across from the north end of Maroubra Beach with 270 deg. views. There is always something intriguing to gaze at – the whales and dolphins twice a year, the stand-up paddle boarders, the surfers, the walkers, the beautiful surf in all its moods. Every morning two lorikeets come for their wholemeal bread. I often sit on the balcony and cook lunch on my portable grill, sitting amongst pots of lettuce, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, chillies, and herbs: French tarragon, bayleaf, basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme, mint and parsley. Throw a handful of herbs on every meal. My wonderful son has an equally lovely wife and three sons, 18, 16 and 14. They are the joy of my life as are my many good friends (some dating back to primary school) and colleagues. I was divorced, and later had two very dear partners, now deceased. One of them was Bill Peach; many of you may remember him. I was with him for 15 years until he died in 2013. He infected me with the travel bug, with many overseas and domestic Journeys taking place each year. The other long-term relationship left me with a taste for champagne, good wine, gourmet food and the Opera. Most of my life I have played tennis and golf, surfed (even in winter) and skied overseas and locally. Slowing down a bit now, love to see a film and do cryptic crosswords and sudoko. Passionate about bridge. I feel I have been very fortunate and would like to continue in that vein. Fingers crossed.