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The mission of ANHI is to engender in society an appreciation of and to provide for a solid, scientific knowledge base, and foundation for the understanding of the human mind, through study, research, and teaching, especially in hypnotherapy techniques as an alternative complimentary healthcare method utilized to effect positive changes for the good of the individual, the family and the community.

Dr. Laura LaRain> Founder and Director of ANHI

Laura LaRain Ph.D.
Founder and Director of
Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute

Dr. LaRain is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been teaching and applying the science of Hypnotherapy for over 35 years.

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What is Hypnotherapy and How Does it Work?

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the skill of using words in a particular manner to achieve a specific outcome in a heightened state of suggestibility. Suggestibility is the extent to which a person is able to accept suggestions as being true and effect the beliefs, habits, perceptions and behaviors of an individual. Hypnosis is often called guided imagery, an altered state of consciousness, visualization, or meditation.

We believe the best way to understand what hypnosis is and how it works is to gain a clearer understanding of how the human mind develops. We'll start with a baby in order to understand what Hypnosis is and how it works.

The Baby

The baby's mind is completely subconscious and absorbs everything experienced just the way a sponge absorbs water. Since a baby cannot analyze, use logic or reason, the baby accepts, associates and identifies what has been experienced as truth.

Positive or negative associations are a known because the baby has experienced it before. Positive or negative associations that the baby has not experienced before are unknowns. Knowns and unknowns are different for different people based on their individual life experiences. This forms our "life scripting."

The child is influenced by adults, peers, what they hear on television, the examples they see in those around them, their values, integrity, and all the information sent to their brain by the environment, their physical body, and their subconscious mind.

The Adolescent

Somewhere between the ages of 8 and 12 a child begins to develop critical mind, which acts like a filter and accepts knowns and rejects unknowns. The Critical Mind is initially not very strong but strengthens as we age.

By the time this child is a teenager, the Critical Mind is still not very strong. If you combine that lack of strength with the need for peer approval and acceptance, it is easy to see how that might contribute to many teenage problems. If the teenager drinks alcohol or takes drugs, it weakens the critical mind even further.

The Critical Mind may not become strong until sometime in the 20's.

The Adult

The critical mind is fully developed now. There are many things in life that may overwhelm or overload the critical mind such as health problems, broken relationships, physical or emotional trauma or "just" the everyday things.

All information sent to the brain by the environment, the physical body, and the conscious and subconscious mind is called message units.

When the critical mind is overloaded with message units and has reached its saturation point, one may feel overwhelmed. It is during those times that all our insecurities begin to surface because we are so overwhelmed.

What happens when our critical mind becomes overwhelmed with message units?

Everyone has a different tolerance level. As a result, some people can handle more message units than others. When you reach your tolerance level, the critical mind is saturated and you become hyper-suggestible. This state of hyper-suggestibility is known as Environmental Hypnosis. In this hyper-suggestible state, your mind is extremely open to negativity. If you are unable to get enough sleep you will become even more hyper-suggestible and anxious with the following results.

 You no longer function well.
 All your insecurities begin to overload your logic and reason so it becomes difficult to even think clearly.
 Your body may begin to feel the effect of all those message units.
 Your sympathetic nervous system is stimulated.
 You may have difficulty coping with pressures.
 Your body begins to tighten and malfunction.
 The adrenal glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream.
 Your subconscious mind prepares for fight or flight.
 Your heart beats faster.
 Your blood pressure rises.
 The more pressure you feel, the more message units are created, and the more your conscious mind tries to use logic and reason to work through the situation.
 Your conscious mind can no longer handle input entering the brain and it becomes difficult to think clearly.

Environmental Hypnosis or a very Hyper-Suggestible State!

Environmental Hypnosis and Therapeutic Hypnosis are very much the same in that they are both created by and overload of message units.

Environmental Hypnosis is created by message units coming into the brain in uncontrolled conditions contributing to a hyper-suggestible state allowing you to become overly suggestible to all the negativity around you.

Therapeutic Hypnosis is created by message units coming into the brain in a controlled and positive environment, allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to bring you back into a state of balance leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.

By now your are probably recalling all the times you have experience environmental hypnosis in your everyday life without realizing that you were in that hyper-suggestible state because it is such a natural state. Some examples include:

 You were so caught up in what you were thinking that you didn't hear someone call your name?

 You imagined or visualized something to the point that you became so focused on it that you were able to ignore other conversations around you?

 You saw a commercial on television advertising food you love and suddenly you craved that food.

 You were driving your car and were deep in thought about something when you suddenly realize you reached your destination, but you don't remember turning that corner or how you got there so quickly.

 While your conscious mind was deep in thought, your subconscious mind took over. You were in an altered state or environmental hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that you slip into and out of frequently during your day. There are two ways that you enter that state of hypnosis:

 When you become very anxious or there is an overload of message units you automatically slip into environmental hypnosis.

 When you are guided by a professional hypnotherapist into a positive state of hypnosis in a controlled environment or when you intentionally practice self-hypnosis, meditation or guided imagery.

There Are Two Ways To Vent Out

While you sleep, your mind processes the message units you have been collecting during the day and filters them into different areas of the brain. Other message units are vented out in dreams. It takes 8 hours to vent out 16 hours of message units.

In hypnosis what takes hours for your mind to accomplish during sleep, takes only minutes in hypnosis.

Conscious Mind and Subconscious Mind

Our Conscious mind is estimated to be 1 to 12 percent of our mind. It handles your logic, reason and will power. Our Subconscious mind is estimated to be 88 to 99 percent of total mind power and it handles all automatic body functions such as breathing. It associates and identifies with the past. That is where your imagination and expectations reside.

You have experienced your conscious mind and unconscious mind working against each other many times. Last year did you make New Year resolutions and did you keep them all? If not, what happened? There are thousands of things in your life that illustrate the power of your subconscious mind. For example:

Perhaps you identify with smoking or eating junk foods as being positive. That doesn't mean that it is positive, but it does mean that your unconscious mind (that 88 to 99 percent) identifies and associates with that behavior because it has already been learned and experienced.

Consciously you made a decision to become an ex-smoker or to exercise or eat healthy foods but you become stressed out and a friend offers you a cigarette. Maybe you just finished eating and that cigarette with a cup of coffee sounds good. The next thing you know you are reaching for that cigarette again.

Remember a time when you decided to lose ten pounds and you said to yourself, I am not going to eat anymore junk food. You're conscious mind said, "Junk food is bad for you.", but your subconscious mind said, "Go ahead, have some chocolate cake. You deserve it." What did you do? If you listened to your conscious mind and talked yourself out of temptation, good for you! But chances are you had the chocolate cake.

You meant it when you decided to make those positive changes but then the expectation of the experience or the association of a familiar situation, triggered the unconscious back into action and you ended up back where you started.

The conscious mind is like the power of one to twelve horses pulling against the unconscious mind with the power and strength of 88 to 99 horses. It is obvious which one usually wins. This is where we come in.

A Hypnotherapists changes the way your sub-conscious mind identifies and associates with the past making it easy to make those positive life changes that will make your life happier and more productive. Perhaps since the beginning of time, people have wondered if there was an inner power that could help them to take more control in their lives. There is - Hypnotherapy! When your sub-conscious mind works with and for you then making positive life changes becomes easy and comfortable.

Begin the Process of a New Career by completing the Hypnotherapy School Registration Form today. To learn more about joining the Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute call or email our Admissions Coordinator at 770-928-0394 and

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