Changing your perspective
As far as we know hypnosis works by reframing the way the brain experiences events whether they are internal events like memories or thoughts or external ones, like conversations with other people. Reframing is another way of saying a change of perspective usually about how you see yourself and ideas or attitudes you may possess about yourself and the world. A man, for example, prepares intensely for a job interview. On the day of the interview, he performs well; he is inquisitive, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable but still does not get the job. He then feels that the fact that he wasn’t hired points to a failing in him. However, let’s say that his expert knowledge put his prospective employers ill at ease, that the job was low paying or that the work environment was unpleasant. Viewing things from this perspective, he might consider himself fortunate to not have been chosen. When you tell yourself a story from a positive point of view instead of a negative one, you change your attitude towards the story itself by using words. In hypnosis one reframes (usually with the help of a practitioner) attitudes or beliefs about oneself so that the next job interview is a pleasant experience guaranteed to find the best fit of your unique skills with the best work environment instead of an onerous social ritual designed to point out your short comings. You can use this powerful tool, the reframing of events, on yourself and on others. There are always two sides to every story. Using reframing in hypnosis allows you to turn a negative understanding to a positive understanding, to tell the second story and implant it in your mind, or the mind of others.