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Is guided imagery the same thing as hypnosis?

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Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: They are similar

With hypnosis, you get into a relaxed state and that can be achieved by listening to words, guided imagery, and other techniques.
With guided imagery, your mind is creating a picture in this hypnotic state which may help in a variety of different conditions. Remember that all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis so you have control over your situation regardless of what technique you are using.

In brief: They are similar

With hypnosis, you get into a relaxed state and that can be achieved by listening to words, guided imagery, and other techniques.
With guided imagery, your mind is creating a picture in this hypnotic state which may help in a variety of different conditions. Remember that all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis so you have control over your situation regardless of what technique you are using.
Dr. Valencia Porter
Dr. Valencia Porter
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Many practitioners use both theraputic modalities but they are not the same thing.

In brief: No

Many practitioners use both theraputic modalities but they are not the same thing.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Similar

They are not the same but i frequently use imagery in patients under hypnosis.
Think of hypnosis as a very suggestive state. There is a term "waking hypnosis." so one can be skillful in getting a patient to accept a suggestion without a formal induction of a hypnotic trance. How one makes suggestions to a patient is very important with or without hypnosis.

In brief: Similar

They are not the same but i frequently use imagery in patients under hypnosis.
Think of hypnosis as a very suggestive state. There is a term "waking hypnosis." so one can be skillful in getting a patient to accept a suggestion without a formal induction of a hypnotic trance. How one makes suggestions to a patient is very important with or without hypnosis.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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