Thursday, 28 January 2016


Blushing is a uniquely human response. No other creature does it. The reason why we do it is something that has intrigued psychologists and sociologists for a long time. Physiologically, the facial flush is a response to an adrenaline surge, most commonly triggered by feelings of embarrassment or guilt. It is yet another variant of the "fight or flight" response;  not a conscious action, once again we are in the realms of the unconscious (subconscious) mind.

Occasionally everyone does something, says something, or even just thinks something that they wish they had not; something that is perceived somehow as unacceptable in a social setting. On realising the error, we feel embarrassment or guilt. It seems to be the case that the blush response is a signal to others that "I am wrong and I acknowledge that". Indeed, studies have shown that people react more positively towards persons who blush than those who do not in such circumstances. So there is, in a way, a positive reason for blushing in certain situations. It's only when the mental trigger for blushing becomes too sensitive, and we blush too easily, that it becomes a problem. The blush itself becomes a source of embarrassment and the process feeds on itself!

Dealing with unconscious matters is, of course, where hypnosis can be extremely helpful. In a trance state, the conscious analytical part of the mind is pleasantly relaxed and distracted, making the unconscious more accessible to positive suggestion. Hypnotic suggestion can be used to interrupt the blush process, as well as helping to build a more positive and confident self image. In this way, the majority of blushing cases are treated in a single session. Unfortunately, results are not easy to predict, however and some blushing cases require a little more work. This happens in cases where  the problem originates from a childhood experience of embarrassment or guilt, but the incident is now consciously unknown to the sufferer. In such cases the symptom does not shift until the initial cause has been found and dealt with, usually requiring a further four or five sessions. 

If you'd like to know more about how hypnotherapy could help you, please give me a call on the number below. You can also find explanations of the different hypnotic approaches on my web site.

021 487 6072