“Hypnosis” is a particular state of consciousness in which the individual is involved. The hypnotic trance is a “condition” of the mind that manages to temporarily modify some of its abilities amplifying them; furthermore, it makes some mnemic contents that are usually unavailable available.
The term “hypnosis” that comes from the Greek HYPNOS (the mythological god of sleep, one of the thousands of sons of Morpheus) is in effect inappropriate as hypnosis has nothing to do with normal physiological sleep.
This term was coined by J. Braid, who probably modernised the definition of “ lucid” sleep adopted by the abbot Farìa, who was the first to assign hypnotic phenomena to “internal processes” (psychological concept). As all the various previous and later definitions it only describes what is being observed or what is thought to happen to the  subject and it doesn’t describe the process through which this condition arises.
The way in which a hypnosis (hypnotism) is carried out deserves a paper all by itself as, in the history of hypnosis different methods have been used and each with particular characteristics.
In all the literature relative to hypnotism the most important key of access to trance is “relaxation”, the main condition so that the altered state arises in the subject who is led into hypnosis.
Stefano Benemeglio overturns this approach through his studies and his long research, finally stating – and demonstrating – that the hypnotic trance is obtained by an accumulation of “emotional tensions” on behalf of the subject; the way to generate these tensions is called Dynamic Hypnosis of Benemeglio.
Unlike traditional hypnosis in order to lead the subject to the hypnotic state, dynamic hypnosis uses innovative instruments called “sign and gesture”; we can therefore speak of non-verbal and symbolic communication that acting at a deep level touch the levers that control the emotional sphere of the individual allowing him thus to get to know himself in a very deep way, to listen to his own body and his own real needs.
The techniques of Dynamic hypnosis of Benemeglio allow a series of micro-tensions to pass in a subliminal way – therefore under the logical control of the conscious I – that due to their particular characteristics escape the control of rational censorship. In this way we can arrive at the cause (background) of a problem or a discomfort thus anticipating the times of its solution.
Comparison between Schools: traditional hypnosis, Ericksonian hypnosis, Dynamic hypnosis of Benemeglio.

Traditional hypnosis

With traditional or directive hypnosis we mainly refer to a way of acting in which the hypnotist uses predefined and rigid texts whose content comes from repeated tests carried out in time that have shown its efficacy in general over the population. If the objective of the terms used has been clearly understood the hypnotist will anyhow choose carefully the words, maintaining the suggestive effect of verbal induction. The emphasis in such a method must be placed on the intelligent use of the voice, which must accompany with the suitable emphasis the different steps.
The method consists thus in the request during the induction phase to produce images or phenomenology. The fact that these events can or cannot be manifested by that person in that particular moment of his life is not always possible nor do we try to make them so.

Ericksonian hypnosis

Milton Hyland Erickson (1901-1980) created a method that inspired Richard Bandler and John Grinder (the former a mathematician and the latter a linguist) to create the technique known as Neuro-linguistic Programming. Much has been written about Erickson; therefore we will only give the most important characteristics of the way he worked. Erickson used a formal trance induction in less than 10% of his cases; instead he went around the defenses of the subject dispersing the therapeutic suggestions within conversations that were more like “small talk” between friends. As he believed that no suggestion could be accepted by the patient if it was incompatible with his unconscious needs, from a certain point of view we can say that his technique was extremely manipulative. That is, to look for the way of thinking of the patient, at first adapting to it and then managing it. He was effectively great at managing, having borrowed a part of his techniques from his infirmity that gave him a privileged perspective on the human being as well as from the study of how magicians sidetrack the spectators during their tricks.

Dynamic hypnosis of Benemeglio

Let us get to the third and last category (amongst the countless possible)of hypnotic techniques. The two previous ones are based in any case on the use of the voice. The comprehension of the functioning of traditional hypnosis is the test for the hypnotist, who is relieved of the burden of looking inside himself for the suitable words while his attention is concentrated on adopting the right intonation, volume, tone, etc. Ericksonian hypnosis, which is more sophisticated, requires a constant adjustment, a constant search of the territory, metaphorically speaking. The voice and the creativity of the hypnotist make an effort to express themselves in the best possible way according to the subjective variables identified in the subject. The energetic hypnosis of Stefano Benemeglio (from where Dynamic Hypnosis of Benemeglio comes from) on the other hand mainly takes advantage of non-verbal communication, interpreting with awareness and determination the effects that it can produce.
Stefano Benemeglio goes one step forward with the theory and the practice of symbolism in hypnotic inductions, singling out three large groups that connect to three archetypical symbols (Bar, Circle, Triangle). They include all the instances of our thoughts and outline the structure of the personality of the subject.
According to his studies, the symbols of bar, circle and triangle, by virtue of their genesis, have acquired a fundamental significance for all interactive dynamics and mental processes of man.
A further recent development of dynamic hypnosis of Benemeglio is the use of the System of opposing polarities.
Our non-rational part, apart from personal predispositions that are used with symbolism, continually organises itself creating energetic stores represented by single words or in any case by evocative messages.
Dynamic hypnosis of Benemeglio opens the dam of these energetic stores taking advantage of the codes that represent it, that is the evocative words. The technique consists in singling out the opposite polarities to which a behavior of pleasure or of denial corresponds to
Dynamic hypnosis of Benemeglio is synonym of “hypnotic communication”.
It is a direct method of communication with the unconscious and teaches the individual to comunicate and negotiate with his emotional part in order to reach Wellbeing and Quality of Life!


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