Spontaneous Anchors

The concept of anchoring in hypnosis, which is the idea that a hypnotist can attach meaning to an unrelated object or idea, is surrounded by a ton of mythology and confusion. A ton of hypnotists make this worse by either misunderstanding the phenomenon or purposely obfuscating it to confuse people. I have studied it extensively and continue to do so and don’t really care if people know how it works because it still works when Read More

180 Theory Hypnotherapy General Client Progression

A lot of people have asked me what my general client progression or workflow, overall treatment plan, and many other similar things are lately. So, I thought I’d just write a quick blog about how I think about it. Generally, the first session is a chance for us to get to know each other, determine how we’re going to work together, and our first hypnotic intervention. And from here forward, it’s going to be different Read More

VIDEO: Can I Get Stuck in Hypnosis? (Video #3)

People often ask me, “Can I get stuck in hypnosis?” This video explores this possibility. Transcript: Hey there, I’m Joshua Howard from 180theory.com. Welcome to my video series, “About Hypnosis”. This is video number three: “Can I get Stuck in Hypnosis?” There’s this idea floating around that people can get stuck in hypnotic trances. And this idea was really well shown in the movie Office Space. And as I’m sure you probably know, the main Read More

VIDEO: Can a Hypnotist Control Me? (About Hypnosis #2)

In this video, I answer a common question about hypnotism: can a hypnotist control me? Many people fear this, but is it true…? Watch to find out! Transcript: Hey there, I’m Joshua Howard from 180theory.com. Welcome to my video series, “About Hypnosis”. This is video number two: “Can a Hypnotist Control me?” Well, the fact is that hypnotists have some control over people, but the idea that a hypnotist can control a person like a Read More

What is Hypnosis? (About Hypnosis Video 1)

Check out this video where I explore the question, “What is Hypnosis?” to learn more about hypnosis. Transcription: Hey there, I’m Joshua Howard from 180Theory.com. Welcome to my video series, “About Hypnosis”. This is video one, “What is hypnosis?” So, what is hypnosis? Well, hypnosis can refer to two different things: the first thing is a specific set of states that a person can be in. Say you go to a hypnosis stage show with Read More

Hypnotic Techniques 5: Ericksonian

Ericksonian hypnosis is named after its founder: Milton Erickson. He is a very interesting man (I’ll probably write a few posts about him in the future). Ericksonian is also called “conversational hypnosis”. It uses specific language patterns in order to cause a client to think about things in a specific way. I know that’s vague, but it’s really rather nebulous until you understand the patterns. This type of hypnosis involves no direct induction and no real beginning Read More

Hypnotic Techniques 4: Alchemical

Alchemical hypnotherapy is based on the idea that with alchemical processes, one can turn straw into gold; however, the original alchemists were not talking about literally turning things into gold, but rather about how to raise the value of the human spirit by making mental/spiritual straw into gold. So, this modality uses occult symbolism and personal journeys in order to get a client to begin the process of turning themselves into the best person that Read More

Hypnotic Techniques 3: Neurolinguistic Programming

NLP, Neurolinguistic Programming, is a fascinating technique and my favorite. I became obsessed with it in while studying philosophy in graduate school and it’s mostly trumped my previous understanding of the mind (though, I think it can be explained via phenomenology and post-structuralism rather well!) Nutshelled, NLP is the idea that people are “programmed” to have the experiences that they have and that this programming can be altered by uncovering and altering the structural mechanisms within Read More

Hypnotic Techniques 2: Hypnotic Gestalt

Hypnotic Gestalt Therapy is a simplified version of traditional Gestalt Therapy. This modality allows a person to deal with pent up emotional issues, often through “the empty chair technique” wherein a client imagines a person they need to find resolution with (maybe alive, dead, themselves…) in an empty chair and then, has the conversation they should have had years ago. The basic idea is that people experience life in gestalts, wholes. When we don’t complete cycles, Read More

Hypnotic Techniques 1: Parts/Habits Therapy

There are quite a few hypnotherapeutic techniques and some not so therapeutic techniques… So, to keep it simple, let’s just talk about the therapeutic uses of hypnosis here… (talk with me in private or google around, you’ll find other uses for hypnosis…) Likewise, I’ll just discuss the types of hypnotherapy I practice. There are definitely others, but these are several popular, effective approaches to hypnotherapy. Parts therapy works under the model that people have different parts Read More