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    What is the difference between hypnotherapy and meditation?

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    The difference between hypnotherapy and meditation is that the former involves direct or indirect suggestions for different types of behavior change and is provided by a hypnosis practitioner. Meditation, on the other hand, involves a deep form of relaxation that does produce an altered state of consciousness as hypnosis does but does not involve direct therapy. The purpose of meditation is to relax, get to know oneself a little better, or to focus more on the present moment. Some people find it difficult to let go of the past, so meditation is one means to work with that attachment to the past. Meditation in the Buddhist sense does involve the goal of enlightenment and of managing ones emotions. However, hypnosis is a therapeutic tool that consists of different phases in order to elicit behavior change. You could say that there are also similarities between hypnotherapy and meditation including the altered state of consciousness, the relaxed state, the focus on one particular idea, and the deep inner stillness that allows people to dissociate from their environment.

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