Regression: A Key tool of the Medical Hypnoanalyst
Age Regression is one of the most powerful tools available to the Medical Hypnoanalysst. But lately it has come under fire for creating false memories. The truth of the matter is that it does work, but the Medical Hypnoanalyst must be very careful when directing the regression.
Many therapies involving hypnosis take advantage of the mind's ability to visualize. And this ability can be very useful when treating someone for overeating, or helping them achieve athletic and career goals. But combining age regression and visualization must be done very carefully.
The subconscious mind retains every bit of information that it receives. If someone is having trouble retrieving a memory, the Medical Hypnoanalyst may suggest that they visualize something that will help them retrieve it. If the suggestion is not carefully worded the mind may confuse the image with the memory. For this reason it is very important to use Non-Directive Medical Hypnoanalysis.
A good example is the case of "Cathy". She recently came to a colleague to discuss a personal development, which she did not understand. As far back as she could remember, she had always felt a certain sadness when visitors left her home; but the situation was becoming increasingly troublesome. The emotional upsets were no longer limited to loved ones, but happened whenever anyone went out the door. The feelings were growing stronger, and now also resulted in tears and severe crying spells bordering on hysteria. The situation seemed to be out of control and she felt it demanded attention. A friend suggested Medical Hypnoanalysis.
After interviewing her, and testing her for suggestibility, the Medical Hypnoanalyst decided that some event in her childhood had resulted in a psychological imprint which had either been forgotten, or had not been consciously recognized as the cause.
The subsequent meeting was designed to make use of techniques of hypnotic regression, the reason being to search for the Initial Sensitizing Event (ISE) involved in the development of the predicament. The Medical Hypnoanalyst felt that something had occurred which produced a psychological imprint, which afterward had been forgotten or had been unrecognized for the effect it could produce. It might have implicated parents, teachers, relatives, siblings or some unique event independent of other human connections. Regression could pull back the covers of the past to disclose the underlying factors.
The Medical Hypnoanalyst instructed her to go back to the time and place where she first remembered the problem happening. The regression proceeded normally. Since the Medical Hypnoanalyst had no information of either the age or conditions implicated, the client was merely instructed to go back in time to the year and place where the dilemma originated. Programmed to view the occurrence as if it were a television show and to be able to talk about it, the client was asked what was going on.
He suggested that she view the event as if it were a television show and to describe what she saw. "Cathy" explained that she was three years old, sitting on the stairs in her home, looking down into the living room. Her father had just died and was lying in the living room. She was called down and instructed to kiss her father good-bye, which she did.
Bingo! The clarification and the impression of doors were locked subconsciously into the three-year-olds mind. There was no understanding, simply an authoritative declaration that going out a door led to something dreadful. Parents, teachers and others often have no idea that an explanation comprehensible and well intended to adults can prove overwhelming to a child's psyche.
The well-meaning family wanted to avoid a situation where a child, not understanding what death was, would not constantly be expecting her father to return. They explained that when her father would be taken out through "the door", he would be gone forever and would never return.
Without realizing what they had done, they had created an association between death and doors that remained locked in her subconscious. To her three-year-old mind, there was no understanding, only an authoritative statement that going out the door would lead to something terrible.
As with most cases of this sort, understanding the cause was enough to solve the problem. While traditional psychoanalysis might have required years to discover the cause of the problem, a Medical Hypnoanalyst solved in it just a few sessions.
Having discovered the casual factor and adjoining state of affairs, the Medical Hypnoanalyst in the course of Medical Hypnoanalysis guided the client into releasing the past to the past where it would have no additional effect on the present or the future.
This was in itself adequate to resolve the predicament. From that moment of understanding the difficulty vanished immediately. In three years it has not returned.
Age regression has proved priceless in Medical Hypnoanalysis. Its use in psychotherapy, following the work of the late internationally recognized psychiatrist, William J Bryan has been expanding steadily. Regression, as in the case cited, has proved an excellent medium for rooting out causes. In numerous cases of stress or anxiety, the causing factors are unidentified to the conscious mind. But the unconscious, immeasurably larger and more influential, is the seat of all remembrance and can bring forth from memory information and proceedings related or relevant to the tribulations at hand.
Fears and phobias often have veiled, repressed or concealed causes which can be ferreted out in the course of Medical Hypnoanalytic age regression. Hypnotic journeys into the times of yore can come across very sensitive and delicate revelations, and solid trust and comfort involving the participants is indispensable to the realization of goals.
Substantial consideration has been given in current years to the experience of "past life regression." Regrettably a number of individuals, unqualified in Medical Hypnoanalysis, psychology, psychiatry or related fields, present group programs in what they term "past life therapy." But the trained professional can resolve many problems using this type of therapeutic procedure.
Such professionals typically do not assert that the experience recalled in such regression is automatically legitimate, noting that regression could call up past fantasies, imaginings or dreams. The consensus seems to be, however, that whether the recalled experience is real or imagined is really not important if it solves the problem, which is often the case. However, it can run a risk if the client were to believe some to be true that is not true.
Regression, of any kind, presents no particular risks in the hands of a competent and trained Medical Hypnoanalyst. It can offer major advantages in illuminating the sources of troubles.
Perhaps you have a habit, a fear or phobia, a reaction or an attitude, which creates a problem in your life. It may be that you have no idea why this problem exists or where it came from. But problems tend to have had beginnings or causes. Quite often, simply knowing and understanding the cause is in itself sufficient to effect a cure.
Medical Hypnanalytic regression can ferret out causes of problems even when the causing event, experience or trauma has been suppressed, repressed or forgotten, by the light of understanding, appropriate Medical Hypnoanalysis can be undertaken to resolve, explain or otherwise deal with the problem. And Medical Hypnoanalysis, by its own nature, is short-term therapy. The treatments do not go on endlessly. Results are often rapid.