About Hypnosis Downloads & Uncommon Knowledge
Uncommon Knowledge founded Hypnosis Downloads in 2003. Learn more about this specialist psychology company.
If you are considering using a hypnosis download, then you would probably like to know about the values and background of the people that created it. So read on...
Hypnosis Downloads is run by Uncommon Knowledge, a specialist psychology training company since 1995.
At Uncommon Knowledge, we believe strongly in common sense psychology, and base our approach on the belief that human beings have a set of 'primal needs' which when unmet can lead to psychological and physical problems (more on that below).
All of the sessions at Hypnosis Downloads have been created by Roger Elliott and Mark Tyrrell, the directors of Uncommon Knowledge, with help from our team, particularly Joe Kao and Kathleen Fedouloff.
Why we are different
Not all hypnosis is the same, and some is downright peculiar. But we work hard to ensure our psychology is sensible and research-supported, plus we have 5 main points of difference...
- 4 experienced therapy brains work on every download. And we work very hard to ensure every download is a work of art.
- We're experienced therapist trainers - formed in 1995 we've trained over 24,000 people since then at face-to-face events.
- We've served over 500,000 hypnosis downloads and are the biggest hypnosis provider in the world.
- Between our team of 4 hypnotherapists, we have treated over 5,000 patients in personal 1:1 therapy.
- Over 600,000 people have taken our email courses since 2000 when we launched our online business.
The Internet is awash with web sites which offer hypnosis products and services that have not been created by experienced professionals, nor are they based on current research-based practices. Some of these programs are of limited or no use, while others may do more harm than good.
At Hypnosis Downloads we work within our strict ethical guidelines to ensure that every program meets the highest professional standards, based on current research and knowledge. We also use our knowledge of what hypnosis is good for to guide the topics we address.
We will only develop downloads for things that:
- We have successfully treated ourselves
- Or for which there is research supporting the effective use of hypnosis
- And which common sense says hypnosis could practically help (for example, there is no link that we can see between the use of hypnosis and growing taller, although you will find products that claim to do this!)
Why we use hypnosis
At Uncommon Knowledge we use hypnosis among other psychological tools, because it is part of our birth-right as human beings, and the keystone of any learning process. Without it, or through its unintentional mis-use, therapeutic attempts can be difficult, protracted and can even make the situation worse instead of better.
Emotional problems work much more on the "feeling level" than the "thinking level" which is why just trying to think differently is so hard when trying to lift, for example, panic attacks or feelings of low self worth or phobias. We use hypnosis to help you feel different quickly which then makes you think differently about a situation. This is much easier and more natural way of lifting problems. But we also understand that people are not just 'hypnotic' which is why our sessions also address thinking styles and how to change them and encourage healthy behaviour in the future.
Phobias have long been considered difficult or impossible to treat. Watch Mark Tyrrell cure snake phobia...
Mark and Roger, in addition to delivering training, used to run a busy hypnotherapy and psychotherapy practice in Brighton, England, where they delivered brief, solution-focused treatment for a wide range of psychological problems ranging from clinical depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks and OCD to self confidence, public speaking confidence, exam and driving test nerves and more.
Their strict adherence to research-based approaches has made Uncommon Knowledge a leader in the field of hypnotherapy, with places on their year-long practitioners' course much in demand (now supplanted by home study therapy courses).
Mark Tyrrell HGDip, DipHypNLP(BHR) has been working as a hypnotherapist and trainer since 1995. He has worked with the London Metropolitan Police, business people and individuals looking for help to improve their lives. He has also given lectures to thousands of health professionals on self esteem, detraumatisation and workplace bullying. He is co-author of Giant Within and has authored and co-authored over 300 hours of self help products. In addition, he has helped develop a groundbreaking depression information website and treats clients with a range of problems - from clinical depression, panic attacks and PTSD to public speaking and sports performance.
Mark also has a passion for anything physical and in his spare time, you'll find him down the gym or perfecting some esoteric martial art. And if it's summer, on the tennis court.
Roger Elliott DHypPsych(UK), BEng(Hons) has been working as a hypnotherapist and trainer since 1998. In this time he has developed many ground-breaking methods of educating people about their own psychology, including the Uncommon Knowledge Diploma Course, the Depression Learning Path, the 6-Part Self Confidence Course, the Panic Attacks Course, plus a range of DVDs, CDs and tapes. Simplifying psychology is his great passion and he has gained a reputation as a creator of innovative and highly effective training materials.
Roger also enjoys contributing to his local community by acting as business advisor to the Young Enterprise Scotland teams at Oban High School, and is a volunteer director of Atlantis Leisure, one of Scotland's longest established community-run social enterprises. When he's not doing that, he's playing with his two young daughters, chopping wood to get the family through the long Scottish winters or getting out on the water, of which there is a lot around his home in Oban.
Joseph Kao DHypPsych(UK) began training in hypnotherapy and NLP in 2001, and he has run a private hypnotherapy practice in London since 2005. Joe has co-authored several hundred professional hypnotherapy scripts for Hypnosis Downloads, and he is the co-developer of Precision Hypnosis, the Uncommon Knowledge advanced hypnosis training course. Joe also teaches workshops around the UK on hypnotic language and therapeutic metaphors. In his spare time, Joe grows his beard a bit longer, puts on renaissance costumes and acts in Shakespeare plays.
Kathleen Fedouloff Dip E Hyp MBIH has been in private practice as a hypnotherapist in London and Ireland since 1996, helping people from all walks of life overcome the problems of stress, anxiety and depression. She has given hypnotherapy training sessions for British Hypnosis Research and run workshops on anxiety and smoking cessation. She has been an associate of Uncommon Knowledge since 2005 and regularly writes material for Hypnosis Downloads.com. She would like to spend more time reading books. And walking in the country. And gardening.
The 'primal needs' which need to be met to avoid psychological and physical distress are:
1. The need to give and receive attention
Attention is a form of nutrition and without the right quality and quantity we will suffer mental and even physical distress and illness. It's vital to understand the importance of how much and of what quality attention we give and receive in life, if we want to feel happier and have the space in our minds to focus on long term dreams and goals.
2. Physical needs such as nutrition, sleep and exercise.
We evolved to move a lot, eat simple nutritious foods (not grains and sugar) and sleep a fair amount too. If you physical needs are not met properly, you won't feel right emotionally.
3. The need for purpose, goals and meaning
We all need to feel life has meaning and that we have purpose. Some activities (such as ones that help others and/or develop new skills) will feel inherently more meaningful than others (such as hours of TV watching or doing work that doesn't inspire you).
4. A sense of community and making a contribution
Research(1) (2) has found that social connection is a boon to both physical and emotional health. We evolved to connect to others and be part of a group. Low self esteem and anxiety may prevent us from connecting to groups until we stop feeling like that.
5. The need for challenge and creativity
We all need to feel stretched (rather than stressed) because when life becomes too easy or repetitous then it loses meaning for us (see need number 3). Creativity can be mis-directed as when people misuse their imaginations to worry. We encourage the productive enhancement of creative resources through our downloads.
6. The need for intimacy
We need to feel there is at least one person who accepts us and cares about us unconditionally "warts and all". To truly feel close to someone is a huge life enhancer. Physical intimacy (not just sex) is important for health and happiness too. Some people need to learn to relax with intimacy so they can start to fulfil this need.
7. The need to feel a sense of control.
When we feel powerless to make a difference and to influence at least some events we become vulnerable to all kinds of fears, anxiety and also depression. Knowing how to feel more in control and how to relax during the times when all you can do is wait and see is a vital emotional strength - a strength that can be developed.
8. The need for a sense of status.
Status is important (it even affects our hormonal levels). It's not that we all need to feel better than others, rather it's important for physical and mental health, to feel we have a recognizable, valuable and valued role within a community. Shyness, lack of confidence, self destructive habits can all block us from attaining a healthy status in life.
9. The need for safety and security
We all need to feel safe in our environment so we can enjoy life and grow. Our environment may be safe but if we don't feel safe on the inside (because of panic attacks, phobias or trauma from the past) then this vital need will still remain uncompleted until we learn to feel safer on the inside.
(1) The toxic effects of loneliness are confirmed by insurance statistics and numerous scientific studies. For example, one study of 972 Johns Hopkins medical students used results of personality tests to classify the students into one of five types. Thirty years later, when they checked health status, they found that students classified as 'loners' had sixteen times more cancer than people who vented their emotions to friends. Study after study has shown that feeling connected with other people is extremely important for physical and mental health. Suicide, alcoholism and mental illness rates are much higher among people living alone.
(2) Researcher Oscar Ybarra and his colleagues at the University of Michigan explored the possibility that social interaction improves mental functioning. In a series of related studies, they tested the participants' level of cognitive functioning, comparing it to the frequency of participants' social interactions. They found that people who engaged in social interaction displayed higher levels of cognitive performance than the control group. Social interaction aided intellectual performance. "Social interaction," the authors suggest, "helps to exercise people's minds. People reap cognitive benefits from socializing." They speculate that social interaction 'exercises' cognitive processes that are measured on intellectual tasks. "It is possible," the authors conclude, "that as people engage socially and mentally with others, they receive relatively immediate cognitive boosts."