Hypnosis for Building trust
Trust Yourself and Others Again
Trust might seem like a simple concept when you first contemplate it, but it is as complex and nuanced as other concepts, like connection. So complex, in fact, that some terms referring to specific types of trust have made their way into certain cultures and languages. One of these terms is found in the German language and is called “Urvertrauen”. Urvertrauen (“ur” = ancient, rooted, “vertrauen” = trust) has been translated into “basic trust” by some psychologists, since the term has become relevant for psychotherapeutic work. In essence, it refers to the most primal, essential and elemental trust we need in order to live fruitfully - a basic trust in existence, in life itself, and a trusting belief that most things are bound to get better eventually, even when the road is rocky along the way. The prerequisite to developing this type of trust is trusting ourselves. When you lack basic trust, it can negatively influence your experiences and behavior on many levels. At Hypnosis Berlin, we provide intensive treatments to develop more trust in yourselves, in others and in life itself.
Lack of trust - symptoms
How to recognize if you lack basic trust
People who lack basic trust often have low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions and struggle to look into the future with optimism. They tend to question themselves and their life as soon as conflicts arise, instead of trusting that things will improve if they keep trying their best. A lack of basic trust leads to constant self-doubt and feelings of insecurity.
Lacking basic trust can cause different symptoms on a physical and psychological level:
Various psychosomatic complaints can arise from lacking basic trust. Since anxiety tends to follow when basic trust is low, the body might react with physical symptoms for anxiety - such as heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, sweating and physical tension. Additional symptoms can be sexual problems (loss of libido), gastrointestinal complaints (IBS) and pain in the back, neck and shoulders.
Psychologically, a lack of basic trust presents itself through feelings of insecurity, feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, self-doubt and anxiety. Affected persons often describe having low self-esteem while placing high demands on themselves, which they can hardly live up to. Many of those affected by a lack of trust tend to withdraw and keep a certain distance from their environment. This causes them to suffer and feel lonely without realizing where their problems are rooted. Affected persons tend to distrust themselves and others, while the environment and world is generally perceived as threatening.
Strengthening basic trust through hypnosis
At Hypnosis Berlin, we would like to invite you to discover the enormous relief and positive changes in your life when you start strengthening trust. Hypnosis can take you on a journey into your inner world and deep-rooted, existential conflicts. We do not support the belief that what you lost in childhood cannot be brought back. From our perspective, you have lost nothing. The original basic trust and source of your power is still within you.
Trust and Confidence self-test
Do I lack basic trust and confidence?
The following questions might help you find out whether you are suffering from a lack of basic trust:
Do you feel that you are insecure or distrustful of other people in your personal relationships (friendships, romantic relationships)?
Do you experience any of the following symptoms: insecurity, difficulty making decisions, low self-esteem, anxiety, or psychosomatic complaints?
Are you afraid of not being good enough or do you often doubt yourself?
Do you experience intense feelings of anxiety when you are criticized by others, or do you experience other opinions as personal attacks against you?
Do you have the impression that you are withdrawing or avoiding certain situations with other people?
Are you constantly afraid of making the wrong decision?
If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions and feel restricted in your daily life, It could be that you lack basic trust. Please note that questions are always asked broadly, so it is possible that people who are not affected by a lack of trust may also receive a positive result. Not everyone who is insecure suffers from a lack of basic trust.
Trust and Confidence facts
How basic trust is formed
The concept of basic trust was founded in 1950 by the child psychologist Erik H. Erikson. The concept was an addition to Freud's developmental model within the field of psychoanalysis. Erikson observed that the first year of a person's life, called the oral stage by Freud, is crucial for developing trust in the self and others. During this period, the infant is dependent, for better or worse, on the reliability of his or her caregiver. Attachment to the mother and regular food intake play the most important role. If these primal demands for food, physical closeness and security are denied, the baby develops feelings of threat and abandonment, which leaves deep emotional wounds. This can lead to internalizing feelings of helplessness and feeling unable to influence anything within the environment. Hence, such individuals perceive life as very threatening and a deep-seated mistrust in existence establishes itself. The consequences are manifold. Possible consequences are greed and addictive behavior, feelings of emptiness and depression, strong dependency and attachment to others with simultaneous isolation and seeking distance. Since the affected person has no experience with trustworthy people, an excessive trust can also be observed in certain cases. People whose basic trust is disturbed have great difficulty in bonding and building healthy relationships. A happy, fulfilling life becomes almost impossible.
Discovering primal, basic trust through hypnosis
Is it possible to build basic trust through hypnosis? No, it is not. Because basic trust, as defined by Erik H. Erikson can only develop in the first months of life. But does it develop at all? And can it be destroyed? In order to answer these questions better, we must approach the concept of "basic trust" through our intuition and try not to define or analyze the concept rationally. What exactly happens to an infant when it is well cared for by its mother, well-fed and content, and spends the first months of its life in the cocoon of loving hands, warmth and attentiveness? In this case, the infant develops in a healthy manner. The infant matures, begins to understand things, forms schemas, starts walking, gradually detaches from its mother and, if everything continues to go well, becomes a self-reliant, healthy adult with a capacity for happiness, love, friendship, the choice of choosing trust or distrust and, above all, a deep self-confidence. Nothing new was created in this human being. But if the infant is neglected or even mistreated, something strange happens - a primordial mistrust emerges. This mistrust is like a wall that separates the person from their deeply rooted basic trust and inner strengths. And this mistrust can cover up the basic trust so successfully that an affected individual cannot even imagine that he or she has inner sources of trust and strength at all.
Lack of Confidence and basic trust - causes
This is how a lack of basic trust arises
Why do some children learn to trust and some children learn to distrust? And to what degree are adults who lack basic trust simply carrying on these patterns from childhood? There is no denying that how humans are raised shapes their lives, and that certain beliefs about life and existence manifest themselves in the subconscious as a result of our upbringing. Nevertheless, today we can assume that it is an interplay of various factors that leads to the development of our personalities. There are genetic, psychosocial and environmental components. As adults, we have more freedom to decide for ourselves which experiences and feelings we want to let into our lives - something that is not possible for children.
Lack of trust - consequences
Consequences arising from a lack of basic trust
People with a lack of basic trust tend to suffer from recurring patterns in adulthood - and since the true reason for their suffering often remains unbeknownst to them, it can lead to many complex issues.
The consequences of a lack of basic trust include:
Low self-esteem and frequent self-doubt.
Depressive moods, depression, fears and anxiety.
Increased feelings of helplessness and insecurity can negatively impact psychosocial, physical and financial aspects of life.
Making progress career-wise can become very challenging, sometimes unemployment follows.
Increased health risks through "self-medicating" by means of various drugs and substances.
Feelings of loneliness due to decreased sociability
When trust is lacking: secondary conditions
When the perception of the world is negative and future prospects seem dark for those affected, secondary conditions can develop. Affected individuals describe depressive moods, fear and anxiety which sometimes leads to panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety. Furthermore, the use of alcohol, drugs or prescription medicine to cope with anxiety also leads to additional complications. Many secondary health issues can arise physically and mentally. Self-medication may help for a short time to suppress thoughts, to give oneself courage and to get rid of fears or inhibitions - but it does not tackle the root of the problem or provide lasting change.
Discovering Trust - hypnosis treatment
Gain trust, security and confidence through hypnosis
Hypnosis Berlin is here to guide you through the process of rediscovering and strengthening basic trust. Oftentimes, during the first session, my clients already discover the feeling of hope - which is closely linked to basic trust. Over the course of the next few sessions, almost everyone succeeds in reaching a place of inner peace and strength, by means of awakening basic trust. Hypnosis will not give you a new type of trust. Instead, hypnosis helps you to re-establish the long-lost connection to your very own basic trust - the trust all human beings are born with initially. Whenever we utilize hypnosis in a therapeutic setting, we activate your inner strengths and reconnect you to your own healing mechanisms from the place where this primal, basic trust is seated - through the subconscious. Hypnotherapy triggers many processes that help us release and let go of conscious and unconscious fears. When our basic trust is increased, fears are lessened, and we become much better at coping with the difficult themes of human existence - allowing us to reconnect to feelings like joy, calmness and hope again.