How hypnosis affects the brain

The debate as to whether hypnosis is a special stand-alone state or simply the result of suggestion, is now resolved. Scientists at Stanford University, the home to the notorious prison experiment, have at last provided clarity. But for stage hypnosis, the news may not be so good… Scientists at America’s prestigious Stanford University, led by…MORE

How I Healed Myself by Healing Others

Or, How I learned to stop thinking about myself and started to think about other people for a change… It’s a fairly straightforward story really, and one I must have told a hundred times. The first question I always get asked (apart from ‘can you turn my mate into a chicken?’ which always ranks number…MORE

Hypnosis… and why you don’t need a degree in psychology!

Protectionism and Vested Interest doesn’t rule the roost when it comes to self-improvement! A friend has started to put on weight. Already she’s up three dress sizes. She’s having a hard time with her boyfriend, her whole life seems as if it’s falling apart. What should she do? She wants to talk about her problems…MORE

Hypnotherapy – without the hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is losing its mystique, but only because it is now better understood. This new perception has negated the need for qualifications in many countries and has increased its popularity as a mainstream instrument of rapid change. For the last two hundred years, ever since Dr. Franz Mesmer first passed magnetized iron rods over his…MORE

Defining the Trance

For the last two centuries, scientists have struggled to define hypnosis. Now, it seems that at long last, they may have succeeded. Why is it that some people can be hypnotised while others seem able to resist? Why do hypnotised subjects appear to be asleep when in fact they are wide awake? And why do…MORE

Hypnosis: An Overview

What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is very difficult to define. Some hypnotists even disagree amongst themselves about a true definition, but I think the simplest definition would be ‘Hypnosis is an artificially induced state of relaxation where the susceptibility of the mind to suggestion is increased.’ When we talk about hypnosis, we are really talking about…MORE

In the New Age

Hypnosis has come a long way in the last two hundred years. Today’s therapists are more likely to be casually dressed and relaxed in manner; the swinging pocket watch has been banned and the words ‘you are feeling very sleepy’ are a very definite no-no! Mention hypnosis to the average person and they are likely to picture…MORE

Hypnosis or Hocus Pocus?

Andrew Newton, an internationally renowned hypnotist with 30 years experience has 6,000 live performances and television shows under his belt, and has hypnotised over 60,000 people. Here, he spills the beans and tells us what it is he really does for a living! Sometime in 1989, I had agreed, against my better judgement in truth,…MORE

A Closer Look at Hypnosis

And now, for that most important and capricious of all human emotions – Motivation. Two psychologists, Hyunjin Song and Norbert Schwartz, finding themselves at a loose end one day at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor decided to see if they could motivate a group of 20 students to take more regular exercise. The…MORE


“Anyone can become a competent hypnotist after just a weekend’s training with Andrew Newton… provided of course they understand that there is no such thing as hypnosis..!” The above quote was from South African Magazine ODYSSEY after I had been interviewed for a feature article on me and run by them in early 2008. Although…MORE