Ok, so it has been a while since I posted a blog with some sort of celebrity endorsement of hypnosis and hypnotherapy… I simply could not ignore this one…

It is ridiculous really, I spend so much time encouraging people to remain congruent, be unique, celebrate who they truly are and yet I also celebrate the endorsement of hypnotherapy from celebrities… What a hypocrite I can be at times.

The turth is that in a field whereby we spend a lot of our energy and enthusiasm attempting to prove the efficacy of hypnotherapy, often up against some stiff pre-framed misconceptions, to get a steady stream of endorsements from people who influence the masses with their actions offers some weight to the testimony of those of us working in this field.

Let me explain further…

In this hypnosis article over at Oprah.com, they are referring to money anxiety disorder.

I am seeing lots of clients for that very thing… And some related things right now… Stress related to worrying about money, job security and so on…

The rather childishly amusing acronym for this seeming epidemic spreading across the western world is MAD. Funny only because so much of it would seem to be madness. Here is a snippet from the article:

According to a survey in October by the American Psychological Association, 80 percent of us find the recent financial crisis a significant cause of stress—up from 66 percent last April—and women are bearing the brunt of the worry, reporting greater concern over job stability and health problems affecting their families, for example, than men are. “Money is a safety net, as in, ‘I may not be able to count on people, but I can count on my cash,'” says the APA’s public education coordinator for Pennsylvania, David Palmiter, PhD. “Now the thinking’s gone to: ‘There’s nothing between me and the abyss.'”

You can find plenty of advice from financial experts on how to cope. But what about the pervasive sense of panic, which can take a serious toll on health, putting you at higher risk for a host of ailments from high blood pressure to heart disease. Science has shown that exercise and meditation are two of the most effective ways to reduce stress—but you probably already know that, and likely feel too pressured to try either. So we asked a few experts for other strategies you might not have considered.

And guess what the first thing on their list of solutions is?

You guessed right… Well done… Hypnosis. Hypnotherapy. Hypnotica… Here is what they (Oprah.com) go on to say:

Get hypnotized. For years people have turned to hypnosis for help quitting smoking and losing weight, but the technique is also becoming popular among business types desperate to overcome financial stress, according to a November report in The Wall Street Journal. Generally, in hypnosis, a therapist uses verbal cues to put clients into a deeply relaxed state, where they become absorbed in their inner thoughts, then offers suggestions to shift an attitude so they can better tackle a problem. In this case, the suggestions might be “Money is energy that comes and goes” or “Your net worth doesn’t equal your personal worth,” to deflect the paralysis and insecurity that financial panic can cause. Ideally, clients learn the process on their own.

“Hypnosis is very similar to meditation,” explains Dwight Damon, president of the National Guild of Hypnotists, who recommends trying a professional session before using the method on yourself. “While it won’t make you richer, it will help you handle, and feel better about, the money you do have.

Ok, so I am not entirely on board with their descriptions and explained methodology, but I am delighted to see the subject getting such a fabulous round of applause from people whose advice is taken much notice of.

I have to go and have a hot drink… I have not spoken a word yet today and my throat is sore…