We know for a fact that hypnosis can help solve certain problems, one of the example is it can help social anxiety. With a little help from a hypnotist who performs individual hypnosis, you will be able to interact with people which you were unable to do in the past.
Social anxiety also called social phobia, it is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment, evaluation, and inferiority. In the other words, social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, which lead to the feelings of inadequacy, > embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.
For example, a woman hates to stand in line in the grocery store because she’s afraid that everyone is watching her, even she knows that it’s not really true, but she can’t shake the feeling. A man finds it difficult to walk down the street because he’s self-conscious and feels that people are watching him from their windows. A man hates to go to work because a meeting is scheduled the next day. A very lonely young man wants to go to parties and other social events, but he could never go anywhere because he is very nervous about meeting new people, the crowds and many people only make things worse for him, his thought of meeting new people scares him.
A specific social anxiety often time we see would be the fear of speaking in front of groups (only), whereas people with generalized social anxiety are anxious, nervous, and uncomfortable in almost all social situations.
With all the problems, people with social anxiety has slightly different secondary symptoms. For some people, for instance, they cannot write in public because they fear people are watching and their hand will shake; others are very introverted and they find it too difficult to hold down a job; still others have severe anxiety about eating or drinking in the presence of other people.
The reason of why hypnosis could be the answer to people that have social anxiety problems is that if nothing is done about it, things could get worse. The person with that disorder could go into a depression or try to take drugs to escape the reality.
But how does individual hypnosis help?
This is where the different stages of hypnosis come into play, which is the same if it is done on an individual or groups basis.
1. The preparation between hypnotist and patient – since the patient have never met hypnotist before, this will be their first encounter, and because the patient is thinking of undergoing hypnosis, the specialist needs to probe deeper, like asking exactly what is their problem and determining if that person is susceptible to hypnosis. If they are, it is time to proceed to the second stage known as induction.
2. Induction – the patient will be told either to sit down comfortably on a chair or lie down on a sofa. Once he or she is relaxed, he or she should block everything out and only focus their attention towards the hypnotist. When the hypnotist feels the patient is comfortable, it is time to move on to the third stage known as the deepening.
3. Deepening – at this stage, through the technique, the hypnotist will find out what are the events that caused patient social anxiety disorder, and then give suggestion work to make the patient reach to their desired goal.
4. Circulation – the hypnotist’s suggestion will be imparted to the patient in this stage.
5. Termination – here, the patient will be brought back to the reality by counting the numbers, he or she will be simply told to open their eyes or just by following an authoritative command like “open your eyes.”
The results of the hypnosis will only be seen when the situation presents itself. Since you won’t see the improvement overnight, patients will have to back-forth to have a few more sessions.
Although it takes both consistency and persistence, but social anxiety disorder can be overcome. Individual hypnosis is just one of the many alternatives to cure this diseases.
However, since not everyone who tries this method will get the same result, or get disorder cued, thus, they need to go for other options, such as social cognitive restructuring, social skills training, symptoms management skills and supportive therapy, which will require the help of family and friends.
Getting over social anxiety disorder is not an easy task, nor is it a difficult one. Many thousands of people have already done it. So if you are in seeking help for cue this problem, search for a specialist that someone who (a) understands this problem well and (b) knows from experience how to treat it.