A lecture on hypnosis attracted 760 Tsinghua University students who packed into a hall of 450 seats.
Canadian Glenn Alexander, a certified master practitioner of hypnosis, uses the technique as therapy and also entertainment. He has conducted motivational speaking programs for U.S. companies and worked with high-profile clients to help increase their output and achievement.
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation where an individual is more susceptible to a doctor's suggestion. However, according to Alexander, hypnosis is not that mysterious and is a commonly shared experience.
For example, when people have someone talking to them but do not hear a single word, they are actually experiencing a mind state very similar to hypnosis. "The smarter you are, the easier you are to be hypnotized," said Alexander.
The clinical practice of hypnosis is wide, and used for pain management, stress management, quitting smoking, improving study skills, body performance improvement, memory improvement and quitting addictions. "I want to teach some simple but powerful tools the students can use to improve their quality of life," said Alexander.
The lecture went on for more than 90 minutes and no student left the lecture theater. In fact, the vast majority remained behind for an additional hour of Q&A that was dynamic and exciting. One student expressed his concerns for his poor memory and being unable to concentrate on his studies.
Alexander gave the example of whom may try to think of a name but cannot remember it. Hours later, the name springs to mind. "If you say to yourself that you cannot remember, you will stop the process of trying to remember. However, if you think you will give the name later, the electrochemical messenger in the brain will go to find it and you are totally unaware of the process," explained Alexander.
In fact, most people tend to give some sort of dismissive command "I cannot remember, it is too hard to remember," when they try to remember something they cannot remember instantly. So the process of trying to remember stops accordingly.
"Most people put information in their brain in a very disorganized manner and it is difficult for the messenger to find it," said Alexander. "Before you study, you should think that you will put all the things in the part of your brain related to school. So next time, the messenger knows where to find it."
(China Daily December 22, 2006)