What is hypnotism
Hypnotism is a form of progressive relaxation, either directed or self induced that eases your conscious mind so you will more easily accept positive suggestions. Hypnotism is not some trance in which someone has power over you. It is more on par with an alpha state you my have when you are driving down some long stretch of open highway and your mind is just more relaxed and open.
What are they applications of hypnotism for language learning
Hypnosis and language learning has been around for years here are some of the techniques that have been tried.
Past life regression and hypnosis for language learning
Past life hypnosis does not work and never will. It is based on the idea that you can recall a past life and remember the language you spoken in during that past life. It will never happen and if anyone can give me proof of this I would be curious, as I am 100% convinced this is all nonsense. In fact the amazing Randi has a million dollar reward for anyone who can prove such thing. I believe in God but being spiritual is not the same as being a supernaturalist.
Age regression hypnosis and language learning
This hypnosis will not work, but more probable than past life regression hypnosis when connected with language learning. It is based on the idea that you can go back with hypnotism to a time when you either herd a language when you were young, or open up the pathways of learning that were closed during adolescent.
Going back with hypnosis to a time when you were young and heard a language spoken perhaps by your parents or grandparents will not work fully. I think even if you could access some latent memories they would not be at a critical level for you to put it all together. However, I do recall words that my Ukrainian grandfather spoke to be when I was 2 years old and use them today when speaking Polish or Ukrainian which I am learning. So maybe you can access vocabulary you herd and forgot, using hypnosis. But I think using hypnotism it’s not enough, you need to access words and sentences and in many ways. If anyone has any experience with this I would be curious. I for sure use words I learned at age 2.
Age regression hypnosis for opening pathways
A few years ago I would say this would not work. I am pretty skeptical. But I think there is a reasonable body of mind body research to suggest that your conscious mind can influence automatic bodily process, especially connected with hormones. But connected with language learning, I think you brain has pruned away, therefore eliminated the brain cells that could give you language learning abilities of a child. So even if you could access and open these pathways with hypnosis, I think there would be nothing to open. But again I am curious what other people think about using hypnotism or progressive relation to open up pathways in the brain. I think there are ore efficient ways to learn a language.
What does not work with hypnotism and language learning
What really might help with hypnotism and language learning
So can hypnosis or self directed progressive relation help with language learning?
I think yes. Most of the resistance I encounter during my learning and teaching of languages is psychological self doubt and fear. If you can be fearless and have a take no prisoners’ attitude toward learning your target language, you will not need to any magic hypnotic bullet to implant a language in your brain. So if you use hypnosis or relaxation more as a motivational boaster, maybe it would help. Something that would remind you not to give up when learning a language, the hypnotic suggestion might be, when you hit the point of frustration this is when you start to learn your target language.
Motivational learning and my language learning program
I have included positive motivational phrases in my mp3 language program. But this is not hypnotic or hypnotism or anything like that, just some motivational phrases that are integrated into the program.