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In hypnotherapy, what is objectification and identification?

In hypnotherapy, objectification and identification may be used to treat pain. Objectification is having the patient imagine a distinct object; identification is associating the pain with the imagined object. One method that demonstrates these tools works as follows: The hypnotherapist will ask you to see or imagine a large circle. You will give the circle a color and know that this circle now represents your pain. If you properly objectify and identify the circle, you can use your subconscious to control it. By making it smaller, the pain diminishes; make it bigger and the pain increases. If you imagine a deeper, darker color, the pain is greater; however if you imagine a paler, lighter color, the pain is diminished. By learning self-hypnosis, you can control your pain at any time.

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