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What is the difference between guided imagery and hypnosis?

Asked 12/28/2020 23:08 by Hannah C
Hudson Healing Arts

Hudson Healing Arts

Answered 12/28/2020 23:09

There is some overlap between the two, because both involve entering a naturally immersive altered state. However, there are a few key differences. During a guided imagery session, you’re in a purely receptive, listening state (aka, the practitioner is doing all the talking), whereas hypnosis can involve more two-way interaction. Hypnosis also tends to be goal-oriented - quitting an undesirable habit, for instance. Guided imagery, although frequently focused on stress relief or relaxation, can also be directed towards achieving a goal, such as transforming a body-centered issue or helping to support the body’s healing resources.