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Can Hypnosis Enhance Creativity?

Our quality of consciousness – including attitudes such as perfectionism and self-criticism – can have a deep impact on creative energy and expression. A number of therapists and others think hypnosis can help creative people improve thinking and awareness.

In his article Writers Thrive On Anxiety, hypno-psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Knight declares that hypnosis can help writers in a number of ways – and be helpful for other creative people as well, of course.

He says it helps “first, in lowering anxiety, second, in dealing with our own negative self-talk, third, in providing motivation to stop procrastinating, fourth, in building self-confidence (hypnotherapy is excellent in that regard), fifth, in releasing the creative power of the subconscious.”

He quotes Ralph Keyes, author of The Courage to Write: “Many authors enter a trance-like state as they write. Distractions disappear. Anxiety is put on hold.

“After what seems like minutes, writers glance at the clock and see they’ve been working for hours.”

That sounds like the quality of awareness that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has written about so much in his books. See my article Creativity and Flow Psychology.

In his article Creative self hypnosis, painter Robert Genn talks about using techniques from experiments with students at the Architectural Foundation in London, England, including “trance inducing music.”

The image is from the article Hypnosis Can Spawn Unlimited Creativity, by Clinical Hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones, who explains that hypnosis “works to relax an individual to the point that ideas and images can be suggested and put to use.. to think in more creative terms.

“This works because the signals and messages that spark creative thinking are already within the person. It is just a matter of relaxing the mind to the point that they are unleashed.”

He offers a number of MP3 programs such as Unlimited Creativity Self Hypnosis.

Another resource for hypnosis products is Clinical Hypnotherapist Wendi Friesen notes “We are constantly hypnotizing ourselves. I think that sometimes we are our own worst enemy, when we call ourselves names, or put ourselves down and reinforce fears and limitations.”

Working with a therapist or using a self-hypnosis program can help change that, so we are more free to be creative.

The American Psychological Association, Division of Psychological Hypnosis, says “Hypnosis is a skill you can learn.  It is a tool you can use to help yourself feel better” and “has been shown to be effective in helping people with a wide variety of conditions including…Anxiety and Phobias and more.”

From Hypnotherapy audio programs by The Hypnosis Network – a page on my site Anxiety Relief Solutions – which has a number of products and programs to alleviate anxiety and stress – which can interfere with our creative lives.

Can Hypnosis Enhance Creativity?

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2010). Can Hypnosis Enhance Creativity?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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