What sets us apart from animals is that our minds are very analytical, we can problem-solve, and we can store information in the mind until it’s needed for later. When humans are exposed to new information, our highly developed minds automatically compare the new information with the old information stored in the subconscious mind. This comparing mechanism is called “the critical factor”, and the improved awareness and concentration during hypnosis allow us to bypass this analytical part of the mind.
Although this comparing mechanism is actually a protective part of the mind, this is why our willpower and “knowing what my issues are” are not always enough to make lasting changes. During the heightened relaxation that occurs during hypnosis, that overly critical part of our mind is at rest and we are able to accept new and healthy suggestions, while releasing what is no longer benefiting us. This powerful change in the subconscious mind immediately allows us to update old patterns and problematic habits with newer, more positive beliefs and behaviors.