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Anti-Social Psychology

Anti-Social Psychology

American exceptionalism was formed in the shared struggle of World War II and cemented in the mass-marketing of consumer goods in the 1950s. The seeds of destruction of that social consensus came with mass-marketing of oral contraceptives in 1960. A whole new world of...

Trance at Work

Trance at Work

When I invite a client to put love at the center of their world view, often I am asking them to take a leap of faith. To give love is to be vulnerable; to receive love is to be changed. While we desire both, as we go about learning those skills, we make mistakes, and...

Moral Foundations

Moral Foundations

Every addictive substance and activity activates our dopamine system. This network of neurons alerts us that "what comes next is important." What would happen, then if every cocktail napkin offered moral guidance? Would that help reduce the tide of alcoholism? This is...

A Bridge Too Far?

A Bridge Too Far?

Kappasinian desensitization allows a client to manage emotional reactions that inhibit normal behaviors. The most common emotional reaction is panic in confined spaces (elevators or airplanes) but can also present as shame that causes us to rebuff intimacy or...

Elephant of the Mind

Elephant of the Mind

If one was to specify an affliction ideally suited to investigation of personality structures, depression qualifies. The condition is progressive, starting as a mood that, left unchecked, slides into debilitation. While it can be comorbid with suicidal ideation, the...

Separate, Then Equal

Separate, Then Equal

It is hard enough for doctors. A patient ignores the warning signs, arriving for treatment with a life-threatening condition. The doctor’s tone is determinative. Reassurance galvanizes the body, rallying healing powers that are essential to recovery. But when...

Honoring Emotion

Honoring Emotion

The movie "Inside Out" reinforces the idea that emotions are all in your head. They are not. Emotions are your organic response to experience. They involve hormones and blood flow and muscle tension and more - all contributing to create subtle sensations inside the...

Rediscovering Trance

Rediscovering Trance

Milton Erickson, the mid-century guru who revived academic interest in hypnosis as a therapeutic tool, was inspired to his studies by his recovery from polio. As he retold it, Erickson recovered the ability to walk by studying his baby sister as she learning to take...

The Value of Trance

The Value of Trance

Spirituality is the negotiation of the boundaries between "me" and "we." Unilaterally imposing "me" is megalomania; dissolving into "we" is schizophrenia. The principle that sustains balance is love. Therapy is a re-introduction to love, and a conscious submission to...

Finding Your Balance

Finding Your Balance

If you walked on your hands, would you say that you were sick if you fell over? Of course not! It’s just hard to balance that way. This analogy illustrates how hypnotherapy helps those with anxiety, insomnia, or lost motivation. Among all the mental wellness arts, it...

Healing Inside the Box

Healing Inside the Box

The US military has a fragile relationship with the mental health industry. The conditions of employment are mentally debilitating, and loss of fortitude carries large costs – both operationally and institutionally. Thus the military invests both in instilling courage...

Healing without the Trauma

Healing without the Trauma

Healing from trauma is learning that you have a choice. At Hypnosis Rising, that choice starts in hypnosis with a deep and grateful connection to your body. It builds with giving yourself permission to be "the god(ess) of you." And it is cemented by focusing that...

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