Just some quick thoughts on fixations:
Do you ever find yourself binge watching your favorite TV show? Or "getting into the zone" at work and forgetting about everything else? Or falling in love with someone and not being able to think of anything else? If so, then you have experienced a hypnotic fixation.
We have all been there. That moment when we are so wrapped up in an activity that everything else seems to disappear. We lose track of time, and suddenly we are "in the zone." That's hypnotic fixation- something that can capture our attention so tightly that alternatives seem to disappear from our mind. There are many different things that can become fixations for us, but what is it about these activities that captures our attention so completely?
For one, hypnotic fixations give us a sense of pleasure. When we are in the middle of a binge-worthy TV show, we feel happy and content. We forget about our troubles and worries, and we just enjoy the moment. It's like a form of meditation, where we are completely focused on the present moment or whatever is right in front of us.
Another reason why we get hypnotically fixated on certain activities is because they make us feel good about ourselves. When we "get into the zone" at work or in an activity, we feel competent and capable. We feel like we can do anything! This boost in self-confidence can be addicting, and it's no wonder we get hooked on activities that make us feel this way.
Lastly, hypnosis can help us deepen our understanding of ourselves. When we are hypnotized, we become more open to suggestion and our barriers come down. This makes it easier for us to connect with others on a deeper level as long as our environment is safe and we set appropriate boundaries. This will can create an environment that promotes an understanding of our fixations and how they are important to us.
Hypnotic fixations are not bad, but it is essential to our happiness that we learn to understand them and why we choose them. Do you have any hypnotic fixations? What are your hypnotic fixations? Why do you think you are drawn to these activities? Understanding our hypnosis can help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Understanding them will give you insight on your deepest motivations and even some insecurities that you might be carrying with you.
Thanks for reading.
By Zachary Dodson, MA, CCHt, LMHC
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