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Raise your IQ using Self-Hypnosis

Posted by on August 11th, 2013

einstein IQIt seems that self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy can measurably raise your IQ – by as much as 10 points, researchers say.

In a televised IQ test shown by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2010, 22 participants took the test shortly after being given a single session of hypnosis. Around half of the group saw their IQ rise, up to 10 points higher than their previously-recorded scores.

The concept of IQ testing certainly has its critics, and the results of any such test should be taken with a little pinch of salt – your results may vary slightly from one test to another, and also depend on factors such as how tired or motivated you may be feeling at the time. However, statisticians say that the margin of error is not normally more than a few points (plus or minus), so an increase of 5 or more points would be considered significant.

Physiological benefits

The physical changes that happen during hypnosis could explain a marked improvement in brain-power. During mental and physical relaxation, there is an increase in flow of oxygen to the brain, which instantly boosts cognitive function. (There are other activities that also benefit the brain in this way, including meditation, yoga and tai-chi.)
Just one session of hypnosis (or meditation) would be enough to produce a short-term ‘lift’ of cognitive ability; this may wear off, but more regular self-hypnosis can improve the brain’s functioning in the long-term.

So, the physiological benefits of hypnosis may help you perform well in tests and exams, and more generally improve memory, concentration and alertness, all of which contribute to how ‘intelligent’ a person feels, or is perceived to be.

Mental training

Of course, how well you perform in any task also depends on how much you’ve practiced. A brain can be trained to store, access and reuse information more efficiently. Mental rehearsal is a technique often used by hypnotherapists and NLP practitioners, and is exactly what it sounds like – you imagine or visualise yourself in a situation (such as an exam, test, interview, public performance) and run through what you would like to happen.

Hypnosis can’t implant people with knowledge or skills that they really don’t have – so for example, a teenager who hasn’t attended classes or read any of the course materials can’t be hypnotised to do well in their GCSEs! But, hypnotherapy or self-hypnosis can improve your ability to retain the information you learn, and to make good use of that knowledge, even in high-pressure situations.

The confidence boost

And finally, we can probably all vouch that one way to not do your best in a test or exam is by getting anxious and flustered by it! It could be that individuals perform better in IQ tests simply because they believe they’re going to. Again, having confidence in your abilities may not give you knowledge, understanding or skills that you fundamentally don’t have, but it can at least ensure that you perform to the best of your personal ability.

Doing it yourself

So, if you’d like to raise your IQ score, or do better at tests in general, here are the main points to remember:

• Before sitting down for the test, take a few moments to notice your breathing, and let it start to take on a nice steady rhythm. This simple technique immediately helps oxygen flow to your brain, helping you to feel more alert and focused.

• Hypnosis can improve memory, if only through practice – so it’s useful to have spent some time visualising yourself in the test/performance situation beforehand. Imagine yourself as you’d like to be, with everything going smoothly.

• Help yourself to feel confident. Notice the things you’re saying to yourself in the run up to the test, or whilst you’re revising. Recognise thoughts like, ‘I’ll never be any good at this” or “it’s no use; I can’t do it”? Replace them if you can, with more encouraging words like, “I’m doing just fine, working through things in my own time,” and “each time I do this, it gets easier.”

A very simple meditation

Posted by on January 29th, 2010

Clients often ask me about self-hypnosis. This can be very easy to learn indeed, and a lot of the techniques I use in sessions are ones that clients can easily repeat and continue using alone.

Here is a very straightforward technique, described by Dr Herbert Benson in his book, Timeless Healing. Dr Benson is one of many clinicians who promote the view that regular relaxation – which can take the form of meditation or prayer, or any mundane activity in which the mind is focused and relaxed – dramatically improves physical health. When we meditate, we create neurological responses which naturally cause the body to start healing itself. This is very much the same state that you are in during hypnotherapy sessions or self-hypnosis.

This is all you need to do:

1.Choose a focus word or short phrase.
This could be something like ‘relax,’ or anything practical that has a calming effect. Or you might choose something with a spiritual significance, a prayer or mantra – it doesn’t matter what, if any, religion you follow. Pick whatever word or phrase resonates for you and your personal belief system.

2. Sit quietly in a place you can comfortably relax. Close your eyes and relax your muscles.

3. Breathe slowly but naturally, and as you breathe out, say to yourself the word you have chosen.
You can say it out loud or in your head.

4.The point of this is not to test how ‘well’ you can do. It is totally normal to have other thoughts buzzing round your mind. Whenever thoughts come to mind, just say to yourself ‘oh well,’ and quietly come back to the phrase you’re repeating. It really doesn’t matter whether you have seconds, minutes, or no time at all in which other thoughts don’t pop up. Stay with it.

5.Do this for about ten to twenty minutes.

6.When you’re ready to finish, stay sitting quietly for a few long moments. Open your eyes in your own time and sit for another minute or two before you stand up and start moving around.

If you can do this every day, great. Twice a day – great! But every single time you do this, however often, you’ll be getting benefits. The effect on your body is that your blood pressure, metabolism, breathing and heart rate all slow down. Muscle tension decreases, and blood flow around the body becomes more stable. Your brain begins to produce more of the slow brain waves associated with deep relaxation, hypnosis and sleep – which naturally combats the mental effects of exhaustion and stress.