Hypnosis & The Brain

Hypnosis and Your Brain:

As we move through our day we will use different parts of our brain. Critical thinking, for example, is associated with the prefrontal cortex (just behind the eyes and forehead) while the processing of fear is associated with the amygdala. (From the Greek word amygdale, meaning “almond,” the amygdalas are two almond-shaped structures located in the temporal (left and right) lobes.)

Studies have shown that there is decreased activity in the amygdala during hypnosis but increased connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (involved in the control of cognitive processes) and the insula. A little-known part of the brain, the National Library of Medicine has said that the insula “marks salient information by referring to subjective feelings states,” initiating “cognitive processes for further processing the salient information”).

The quieting of the amygdala is undoubtedly one reason why we normally experience hypnosis as very relaxing, very pleasant, and even rejuvenating. Of course, this is highly conducive to hypnosis for a range of issues from stress management to reducing and managing performance anxiety, overcoming fears, sleep issues, and quitting habits.

It is highly likely that, in many cases, it is the amygdala’s reduced activity that enables us to shift our focus away from the fears or emotional obstacles that have prevented us from working toward our goals and toward what we are going to achieve and the actions we are going to take for our future success.

Lastly, increasing the connectivity between the insula and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, may enable us to begin quickly prioritizing new information or ideas (which, again, is characteristic of hypnosis and, most especially, the use of “hypnotic suggestions”).

Angel Millar, hypnotist

Angel Millar
Certified Hypnotist, NGH (USA).

I’m a hypnotist, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, USA. I have over two decades of experience in various mindfulness practices and am the author of two books on personal growth. I work with clients on a range of issues to help them improve their personal and professional lives.

“I truly believe I will look back to my session with Angel Millar as the moment my life changed for the better.”—J. Ferguson, USA.

“Working with Angel was great. I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first experience with hypnosis, but was immediately at ease and comfortable. Angel is a great listener and a calming presence.”—Stephanie Chuang.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect but he walks you through it and makes you feel super comfortable, asking what’s going on in your life, and gets some background information before he really plunges into the hypnosis itself. Overall, it’s just a really positive experience. It just feels really good. It feels really enlightening. It feels like you have a kick-start into the new chapter of your life. And I think that’s kinda what I was looking for.”—Amanda Maiorano.

Disclaimer: Hypnotism is not a form of health care, mental health therapy or counseling, or psychotherapy. Nor is it a substitute for medical treatments or medications. I am not a medical doctor or mental health practitioner and I do not, and cannot, diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness (including sexual issues). 

As such, I will withhold hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance, or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed healthcare professional. Consult a qualified medical or mental health specialist if you suspect that you may have a physical or mental health issue and whenever otherwise appropriate. 

Results of any hypnosis session may vary from person to person.