Can NLP and Hypnosis Help with Anxiety?

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Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

I’ve struggled with anxiety forever, and I’m realizing how much it’s controlled me. Can hypnosis and NLP help with this? I’ve been reading self-hypnosis books. I’ve had some good days where I felt so free—feelings I’ve never felt before—and my anxiety doesn’t last all day.

But I also have really dark feelings that are more pronounced. The low cycles are hard to deal with. You’ve mentioned when someone gets close to breaking through a pattern, the darker feelings can get more acute. What’s the best way to deal with that, other than just concentrating on what’s working?

Neagle Code Answer

First off, you might want to get a medical check-up to make sure the anxiety isn’t being caused by a physical issue. Especially for men, if your hormones are off, you can have terrible anxiety problems.

Outside of that, anxiety often comes also from not expressing something. Humans are meant to express what they’re feeling and work through those feelings. If you’re suppressing how you feel—especially when it comes to fear or worry—those feelings will be expressed as anxiety through the body.

  • What do you need to express?
  • What unmet needs do you need to address?
  • What do you need now?

When you’re changing anything on the subconscious level, anxiety can come up as you’re making those changes. The subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined. Everything it doesn’t have a pattern for is considered “the unknown.”

Anxiety is a way of stopping a person from moving forward. If we feel really anxious about something, we’re not going to want to move forward on it.

There’s no issue with using self-hypnosis or things like NLP to speed up the process of positive change. If you’re 45 years old and you want to change several negative patterns you’ve established for the last 45 years, you don’t want it to take a whole lifetime to do that.

NLP and hypnosis can help you gain the awareness to really sink it into your subconscious mind. Those tools work to help us get a foothold in the direction we want to go. They can increase confidence, help you relax, process information, rebuild your self-esteem, and change your self-image. These are all fantastic. I recommended these things right from the beginning of anyone’s journey.

Self-suggestion is great—it’s relaxing, and you’re doing it in a hypnotic state where you’re giving yourself the induction to allow it to happen faster. You’re shutting down your conscious mind, which is where your inductive reasoning factor is. If you shut that off, you won’t get any pushback from your subconscious mind. You’re just allowing the positive ideas to go right in. It’s like supercharging where you want to go.

For bigger issues in life, going through the actual work of making the change and developing the awareness around it makes a big difference. It gives us a different foundation of thinking and processing that you don’t get with NLP or hypnosis alone. But for small things, NPL and hypnosis are great to start off that foundation.

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