Lack of self-esteem and confidence in your ability to achieve positive results or in your ability to do something which would ordinarily be well within your capability can be life-destroying. Negative self-image impacts hugely on your life and life-style. Confidence, self-esteem or ‘ego’ is what gives us the ability to engage with the world so the list of areas which can be affected by such anxiety is extensive. Public speaking; taking exams or a driving test; presentations; job interviews; meeting people; playing sports; stage-fright; being with members of the opposite sex, even going out to dinner with friends can all seem like climbing a mountain if your confidence is lacking. Lack of confidence and self-esteem can seriously affect your well-being as it is necessary for social effectiveness. Telling yourself to ‘pull yourself together’ or consciously focusing on what you are doing doesn’t help as the subconscious ‘script’ which is running will not allow the conscious will to take charge – and indeed, in this situation, the more you try, the less you achieve. Increasing anxiousness with release of adrenaline and cortisol further affect the person.
All kinds of people can be affected by loss of confidence, from world-famous actors and actresses to high-flying businessmen and women. The causes can be many and varied, but hypnosis has been shown to be very successful in enabling the conscious mind to reassert itself, restoring confidence and self-esteem.
How does hypnotherapy work to repair this underperforming ‘ego’ state?
Hypnotherapists first teach clients how to relax to give them a sense of control. Whilst hypnotised, positive messages are used to enable clients to feel more confident, more secure in their ability and more effective in the desired outcome of their actions. Negative feelings are replaced with positive emotions and positive visual imagery is repeatedly use to enable clients to improve their particular performance issues.
Famous people who have used hypnotherapy include Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus for their golf, Sylvester Stallone when filming Rocky, Frank Bruno before he beat Mohammed Ali, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors for tennis, Leona Lewis for stage-fright and Lily Allen for self-confidence.