Regression Hypnosis & Psychology

Hypnosis regression. Age Regression

Hypnosis Regression - age


Age regression hypnosis  is based on the concrpts that everything that has ever happened to us in our current lives is stored in our subconscious archive  like a  hard disk recorder. The scope of age regression is to create a time machine, to go back in the person history and discover possible early life sensiting and traumatic experiences. The is that by resolving the original conflicts created by these experiences, the oerson released the neuroses that have been manifesting as a coping mechanism. This type of model is customarily held among traditionally trained psychologists and psychoanalysts who have been trained in the Freudian approach.

Hypnosis Regression also knows as age regression is commonly associated with hypnosis, and numerous health care professionals erroneously use the terms “hypnosis” and “age regression” synonymously. The most common use of age regression is to isolate a “cause” for a particular condition. Often, practitioners will attempt to rapidly hypnotize the subject, regress them back until the “cause” is found, exorcise that “cause” and achieve a “cure” all in one session.

However, there may be objections to this traditional approach to age regression.  

Deterrents and defense mechanism

DEFENSE MECHANISMS

Why is regression indicated? Due to the belief that these experiences are assumed to have been blocked from conscious memory by a subconscious defense mechanism known as repression.

Real repression is a powerful  defense mechanism, and, as the name defense mechanism implies, repression exists to protect the subject from something that they have a hard time to remember because it is too traumatic or painful.

Regression Hypnosis do and don’t

regresssion hypnosis do and don’t


Repression is one of the stronger and less commonly found of all defense mechanism and should be treated with great respect when discovered. If, in fact, a memory has been repressed from consciousness, consider these potential implications:

1. A memory may be too intense to handle;

2. The issues it hides could be of a psychological origin;

3. Regression could trigger other, related traumas that a person does not need to deal with at the present time.


Psychologically, it may only be the wisest option or last choice to expose the memory and experience to the client without knowing if they are ready to handle it or if the therapist is able to handle it. Such repression may involve a problem that is beyond the scope of vocational and avocational self-improvement and may require the skills and knowledge of a professional licensed to practice psychology.

Regressive Hypnosis Emotional impact

Hypnosis regression to change emotional impact

One of the biggest drawbacks to using regression as a fact-finding tool is that a lot, if not most, of what surfaces is not reality. The subject, however, (and many times the hypnotist as well) confuses this material as fact and can develop many questions or doubts about their past or things they now think has happened to them. A common example of this is when the hypnotist or client suspects child abuse or sexual abuse in the client’s history. In regression such suspicion will most likely lead the client into discovering such abuse whether it really happened or not. Once discovered it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to separate fact from fiction. Thus the client’s belief that they were abused when in fact they were not, creates a whole new set of problems for the client.

Regression then should not be used to discover “cause” or “fish around” for traumatic experiences, but should rather be used to “change the subject’s history” by going back to events that the subject perceives as the cause of their problem and change the emotional impact of that memory.

Substitution in hypnosis and regression

SUBSTITUTION is not mind control it’s the result of regression hypnosis. 

Finding one isolated traumatic experience as the cause to a problem is the exception rather than the rule. More often than not the hypnotist leads the subject into finding some early life trauma as the cause which may or may not be the actual cause.


Even if the hypnotist is successful at removing a symptom with this modality one problem still remains: By not finding out what the “real” variables or ”common denominators” were that created and/or supported the problem, those variables still remain and therefore the problem will either a) re-occur or b) be transferred into another symptom.



Hypnosis regression to change emotional impact

One of the biggest drawbacks to using regression as a fact-finding tool is that a lot, if not most, of what surfaces is not reality. The subject, however, (and many times the hypnotist as well) confuses this material as fact and can develop many questions or doubts about their past or things they now think has happened to them. A common example of this is when the hypnotist or client suspects child abuse or sexual abuse in the client’s history. In regression such suspicion will most likely lead the client into discovering such abuse whether it really happened or not. Once discovered it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to separate fact from fiction. Thus the client’s belief that they were abused when in fact they were not, creates a whole new set of problems for the client.

Regression then should not be used to discover “cause” or “fish around” for traumatic experiences, but should rather be used to “change the subject’s history” by going back to events that the subject perceives as the cause of their problem and change the emotional impact of that memory.