Memory enhancement using hypnosis has always been a controversial area. In America, hypnosis still plays a significant role in forensic police work and it has been used in many high profile cases. Research has often been contradictory but then memory is notoriously unreliable itself. Memory, as psychologists know only too well, is not stored like events on a film or video. It is selective and it is contaminated with our own beliefs and values. Many people have heard about the famous "eye witness" experiments in which different witnesses to an event recall completely different and sometimes contradictory facts.
However, when hypnosis is used in combination with mental relaxation and successful mnemonic strategies then powerful recall can be developed quickly and you can certainly improve the way you remember things easily. Because you can’t use hypnosis to make people do things, then you can’t use it to make people remember things. It can however be a wonderful tool to help overcome mental blocks and achieve the kind of clarity of mind associated with world class memory skills.
In summary, hypnosis is unlikely to directly improve memory but can certainly be helpful as part of a reconstructing process most famously seen in the "cognitive interview technique". It is powerful when used in combination with more traditional mnemonic strategies as it can improve concentration, focus and relaxation and can also help the hypnotised person to overcome emotional blocks.
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Hypnosis recordings which can be downloaded right now and listened to via your computer or mp3 player. Available for many issues. Titles include 'Improving memory'. A great first step in developing a powerful memory.
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