To understand how hypnosis can improve memory and help you recall forgotten information, I will briefly dissect how the brain operates. The first stage of human memory begins at the inception of when you acquired specific information. Your brain will code and decipher anything that happens in your presence at any given time. The second stage involves your brain retaining and storing the information into your memory bank. A lot of factors go into what your brain will store. Your attention levels at the time the memory was created is one of the many factors that helps your brain decide what to store. The final stage is retrieving the information that was stored in your memory bank.
Think of your brain like a filing cabinet. Stage one of the human memory process includes acknowledging that you have a folder in your hand. Stage two requires that you place that folder inside the filing cabinet; following a systematic pattern. Stage three involves retrieving that information and recalling that memory. There are many reasons why someone cannot recall memories or information. If you’re interested in learning more about those reasons, let me know and I will devote another Q/A section on that topic.
So how does hypnosis improve memory? The truth is that your memories are not improved under hypnosis, but rather, recalled easier. A clinical hypnotist is able to place you in a deep relaxing state of mind that will allow a conversation with your subconscious to take place. While under hypnosis, the hypnotist will guide you through a series of visual, auditory and kinesthetic questions that will help you remember a memory your conscious mind has misplaced.
In the YouTube video link above, you can see how I helped a woman during a memory recall session who couldn’t remember anything before her 10th birthday.