Memory is a complicated process of the mind. Simply put, it is through memory that we retain information from our past experiences and use that information in the present.
Let us understand the process of memory and then take a look at how hypnosis can be effective in recall:
The Memory Process
Here are three basic stages of memory that most psychologists agree upon:
When our senses receive any input from the environment, it needs to be converted into a form that our brains can easily store. There are three ways in which any information can be encoded: visual, acoustic and semantic. The better a piece of information has been encoded, the better are its chances of retrieval.
This refers to how the input gets stored in any of the memory houses in our brains. It can either be stored in the Short Term Memory (with a capacity of 7 plus or minus 2 items) or it can be stored in Long Term Memory (with unlimited storage capacity).
This is the most important function of the memory. The information stored has to be remembered at some other point for it to have any value. Organizing information in a better way is one way of improving chances of retrieval.
How Hypnosis Can Help With Memory Retrieval
When talking about hypnosis, it should be remembered that contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a spell that makes a person do what he/she does not want to do. Instead, it is a state of mind that makes him/her more focused and receptive to suggestions.
Therapists have been using hypnosis to help people improve their memory. From remembering your password to where you kept your keys, hypnosis procedures can enhance memory retrieval.
Here’s how to employ self-hypnosis to improve memory:
- Find a quiet place in your room. Sit at a comfortable spot and relax.
- In the room, choose any object that you would like to focus on. It could be the wall or the frames of the window. Focus your attention and feel your eyelids go heavy. When they are ready, close your eyes.
- After this, take deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As you start going into a deeper trance, imagine going into a palace. In this palace, store all the information that you are trying to memorize. Use visual cues.
- Finally, count backwards from 5 and come out of the trance state.
As an expert at memory’s processes, Rekha Shrivastava at Blossom Hypnotherapy can help clients improve memory. She also offers stress management, weight loss and anxiety relief through hypnosis to her clients in Rochester, New York. Visit her website for free consultation.