Re: This Landmark stuff is scaring me
Date: December 21, 2011 12:18AM
I'm not saying I'm afraid of people telling stories - that's ridiculous. There is a difference between stories and Ericksonian hypnosis / hypnosis; it is recognizable, and it is very unlikely that I would be subject to that kind of coercion again, because I recognize the difference and yes, ask the person to stop or leave.
I'm glad what I've said about self-hypnosis helped to clarify things for you, as it did for me when I came to understand it. How did I find out about it? Through therapy with a leading specialist in high-demand groups, who I sought out subsequent to realizing I'd been romantically involved with someone in a high-demand group. The other half of it - how does one know which self talk is OK, and which isn't - as I went through the process of asking myself this very same question, I came to the conclusion I don't need much of it, and now I'm pretty judicious about its use. You see, it wasn't the therapist suggesting I change my self talk - in fact, he never once did.
I think one very positive aspect of becoming aware of what self-hypnosis is, is that when you next encounter someone who suggests you change your self-talk, whether it be a therapist, romantic partner, church, a pop psych or new age person on TV, or in a book, in person, or whatever, you have the ability to step back and say, "Hey, wait a minute, this request that seems rather benign, really isn't all that benign. I really need to assess this thoroughly."
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/21/2011 12:20AM by Questions_2.