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Eliminate Self-Loathing: From Self-Abuse to Self-Hypnosis


Feelings of inadequacy and lack of self confidence overwhelm therapists offices. Many people read books, articles and attend seminars to learn how to boost their self-esteem.

However, in my own practice, I have found that teaching clients to use self- hypnosis is extremely effective in boosting self-confidence. If you are very critical of yourself and feel very inadequate when comparing yourself with your peers, you certainly should consider reading articles, taking classes or using self-hypnosis to enhance your sense of self-esteem.

If you decide to use self-hypnosis, the great news is that it is time-tested, effective and can be used at home, anytime you wish, at your convenience, forever. These proven skills are yours to use for life!

Self-hypnosis uses your subconscious as a conduit to enhance your perception of self and improve your mood, thereby, improving confidence and assertiveness. Through suggestions you provide to your subconscious, your sense of self dramatically improves, enabling you to view yourself as just as valuable as any of your peers; this is, regardless of any history of mistakes you may have or guilt you may feel.

Remember, mistakes are inherent to being human and through self-hypnosis you will be able to evaluate yourself more unconditionally. This improves mood, enhances assertiveness and can lead you to the type of well calculated, measured risk-taking that can lead to remarkable goal achievement.

Self-hypnosis programs your subconscious to achieve success in attaining goals in whatever aspect of your life you may specify, whether it be emotional, physical, intellectual or vocational. When diligently and regularly using this proven technique, you will be able to accelerate the attainment of your goals, whether they be in the work domain, school domain or social domain.

Improving self-esteem is crucial to the quality of your life because it will enhance your ability to cope with stressful situations and relate to difficult people. Those with higher levels of self-esteem often demonstrate superior performance in the various areas of life, including their functioning in relationships.

The goal of self-hypnosis is to enhance your functioning to as high a level as possible. This includes your reaction to criticism.

Important: Higher functioning people are able to calmly detach and evaluate any criticism that may come their way, without over-reacting with blasts of anger or self-deprecation. To properly implement self-hypnosis, you can either mentally provide the suggestions to yourself or you can receive them from a recording.

When using the recording technique, there will be a voice providing you with the necessary instructions, making the experience easier for you, particularly when you use it as an inherent part of your lifestyle. Remember, typically, self-hypnosis is not a one-time event, but, rather, a regular part of your lifestyle, much like meditation or jogging might be.

For best results, you repeat the process as part of your daily routine regularly. The process is straightforward.

The voice on the recording will provide you with a scene or situation to imagine in which unpleasant traits are somehow transformed into positive ones. At other times, the suggestions are provided strictly through verbal instructions without using imagery.

Important: Any instructions or imagery, related to behavior change and self-improvement, is first preceded by suggestions designed to relax and "tranquilize" your mind and body.

Why? The more relaxed, open, serene and tranquil you are, the more likely it is that your subconscious will accept the suggestions, rather than criticize or reject them. Is hypnosis safe?

Absolutely! While hypnotized, you are still aware of everything that is going on around you, just as you are when you are "hypnotized" in a movie theater. For example, if a fire broke-out you would have no problem transferring immediately to ordinary consciousness to escape or fight it, as would be appropriate.

Important: There are no physical side effects, loss of consciousness or performance of embarrassing activities you would not want to do! When self hypnosis is used regularly, as part of a healthy lifestyle, you will find yourself increasingly able to cope well with the crises of confidence and esteem we all confront on a daily basis.

Regular use of self-hypnosis is oriented to instilling a "self-valuing" mindset in you. As a result, you will find yourself thinking many more positive, optimistic thoughts, rather than dwelling on negative, pessimistic ones.

Your self confidence will grow and you will feel capable of achieving the goals that, until now, always eluded you. It does not get any better than that!

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Dr. Mike Shery is a licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated with almost all health plans, including:  ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Coventry, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Aetna-Allied, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ComPsych, Magellan Health, Meridian, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district plans, Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network, United Behavioral Health, PPONext, Private Health Care Systems, Humana-Military and Beech Street .


He has practiced clinical psychology for approximately 30 years and is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the director of Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services and is a member of the American Counseling Association.


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