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Shall We Trance?

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The common--though incorrect--perception is that hypnotherapists only put people INTO trance. But a vastly significant percentage of the work a good hypnotherapist does is help people OUT of the unhealthy trances they're in.

Take a look around and see if it isn't so! Who doesn't have an IPOD attached to their head or a phone on their ear? Who isn't spending hours staring at a TV or hooked into the internet. Our culture is now almost entirely media driven""we're surrounded (all the time!) by advertising, media, and even music that tells us what we need, who to love, and what drugs to take to make us happy.

We don't know who we are or what we're doing here, but we are convinced that Viagra or a breast implant will somehow make it all better.

There are more pervasive cultural delusions that I can go through in one article but this is a brief list.

1. Viral Fear

2. Moritis

3. The Eruption of Ugly

4.The I'm-1-N-1 Virus

All of these are pandemic in proportion and are driving American culture headlong into the critical care unit. Is there a fix for them? I think so.

Viral Fear

Viral Fearis the oil for the American drive shaft.

It moves the market because it moves us to buy. We believe we need something because we get convinced that the absence of it puts us at grave risk""for attack, hemorrhoids, loneliness, heart failure or social scorn. We pour more pharmaceuticals into our bodies than ever, yet we have more heart disease, panic attacks, isolation, and asthma in this country than ever before. And with all the surveillance, bombs, and barricades we've erected around us we are still the most frightened we've ever been""which is exactly where Madison Avenue wants us.

Because when we're afraid, we're needy. And when we're needy like that, we'll buy anything.Including bad ideas, bad politicians and ultimately sign on for bad policies.

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Judith Acosta is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and speaker. She is also a classical homeopath based in New Mexico. She is the author of The Next Osama (2010), co-author of The Worst is Over (2002), the newly released Verbal First Aid (more...)
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