March 24, 2021

David Spiegel- The powerful tool of self hypnosis

David Spiegel- The powerful tool of self hypnosis

Hey guys we are back!  First off thank you so much for all the support with the podcast!  I really enjoy doing it so I’m so grateful to receive such positive feedback!

This week we have Dr. David Spiegel who is the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. David is a world re-noun psychiatrist with over 40 years of clinical and research experience so we are so lucky to have this time with him.  

The main focus of this episode was to dive into hypnosis because David is a world leader in this domain and I feel like there is a big misconception around what exactly hypnosis is and what its about.  So hopefully its more clear after listening to this episode.  And I’m a big believer in specifically self-hypnosis…which is a tool that you can access at any time.. any place… to create profound changes in your state of being.  You can specifically and consciously target habits you want to change,  you can modulate pain in your body…there are so many ways to utilize this powerful tool that we discuss. 
I hope that you guys enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

Research publications:

App- Reveri Health

Reveri health website

Reveri app IOS

Book- Trance and Treatment


4:20 Philosophy major before med school. “What’s fundamental to the way we think?”

6:20 Lessons from the Dalai Lama

10:00 Emotions- child vs adult

13:00 Hypnosis- western equivalent to mindfulness in many ways

14:40 Difference between mindfulness and hypnosis

15:50 fMRI results with hypnosis and mindfulness

20:00 3 stages of hypnosis

23:35 Reveri hypnosis app

29:00 Self-hypnosis

32:15 Modulate pain with hypnosis

38:00 Athletes control domain of awareness

42:30 Stanford women’s swim team

45:30 Inverse functionality in the brain

47:50 Hypnosis to quit smoking and addiction

52:00 Habit change and hypnosis

59:45 Unconscious/subconscious

1:02:00 Child mind

1:05:40 L frontal theta dominant in hypnosis

1:10:30 ACL tear rehab

1:11:24 PTSD/trauma treatment

1:15:00 Finding a hypnosis expert

1:18:25 Learning more about hypnosis

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David Spiegel

Psychiatrist, author, founder

Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975, and was Chair of the Stanford University Faculty Senate from 2010-2011. Dr. Spiegel has more than 40 years of clinical and research experience studying psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep, hypnosis, and conducting randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients. He has published thirteen books, 404 scientific journal articles, and 170 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation. He was a member of the work groups on stressor and trauma-related disorders for the DSM-IV and DSM-5 editions of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.