About Dr. Victor Garlock

Victor P. Garlock, Ph.D. has taught psychology and education courses at a community college, a liberal arts college, a private vocational institute, and a maximum security prison. Among many other college-level courses, he has taught classes on sleep, dreams, hypnosis and meditation. He earned his doctorate from Cornell University where he was also a researcher in the department of psychology and the graduate school of education. Dr. Garlock has conducted enrichment programs for elementary, middle and high school students on the topics of sleep and dreams. He has also led in-service workshops on hypnosis and stress management for hospitals, community mental health centers and private corporations. As a psychotherapist Dr. Garlock has utilized hypnotherapy and dream interpretation in this work for over 30 years. As a consulting hypnotist Dr. Garlock has worked with professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, sports and law enforcement among others.

Hypnosis in the News

It has of course long been known that hypnosis can be very effective in pain control. A flurry of research findings in recent years however, has engendered articles and stories in the popular media.

Hypnosis has shown itself to be effective for preoperative anxiety as well as lowering the amount of anesthesia required during surgery and the amount of painkillers necessary for pain control postoperatively.

ABC news recently ran a story about a woman who used a hypnosis recording to ease her anxiety before going into breast surgery. She reported that hypnosis helped her to move from a state of panic to a place of quiet acceptance of her upcoming necessary surgery.

Review of Sleepwalk With Me

An award-winning independent American film released in 2012 tells the story of a standup comedian’s struggles in dealing with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD)

You may recall that REM sleep behavior disorder results when the usual paralysis does not occur during REM sleep to prevent the dreamer from acting out their dreams. Since we dream every night the disorder can be very disruptive and dangerous if untreated and if the dreamer remains unrestrained and unprotected. There have been cases where sufferers have severely injured themselves or others.

Comedian and writer Mike Bibiglia wrote, directed and starred in the somewhat autobiographical tale of a troubled young aspiring comedian. The movie realistically depicts the dramatic behaviors associated with RBD. At one point the protagonist is doing battle with a hamper that he thinks is a jackal, later he runs half naked down a motel corridor knocking cleaning equipment over and otherwise raising Cain. The behavior that finally drives him to seek help is when he dives through a glass window of his second-floor hotel room and nearly bleeds to death from cuts to his legs.

At the end of the film the protagonist is getting used to sleeping in a sleeping bag with cumbersome mittens to prevent him from acting out his dreams and doing damage to himself, others or property.

The movie presents an accurate depiction of the disorder and weaves the story around it in such a way as to keep the action moving and the entertainment value high.

Check out the following links to see the movie trailer and some more extensive descriptions of the movie, its critical acclaim and the awards it garnered.




Tips for Quitting Smoking

  1. Make up your mind and make a commitment to quit smoking on a certain date.
  2. Make a list of the reasons for quitting and review that list often throughout your day.
  3. Realize that nicotine is an addicting drug so that after you have had your last cigarette give your body a chance to “sober up” gradually by using some form of nicotine replacement such as nicotine chewing gum or nicotine patches. Continue reading

Bedtime Self-hypnosis

In my book, Your Genius Within, there are self-hypnosis scripts to effectively get you started in your self-improvement projects. My professional recordings of these scripts are available on this website. Also available are recordings for specific goals such as quitting smoking, getting a better night sleep, improving dream recall and others.

I will now teach you a straightforward self hypnosis technique that you can practice on your own, that takes advantage of the twilight zone between being awake and being asleep that we pass through every night. Continue reading

Self-hypnosis and Our Sensory World

For some of us, the world is a visual playground full of all kinds of sights to feast our eyes on. For others, the world is full of sounds. Still others seem to feel their way through their days.

Of course, if our sensory equipment is working properly, we use all three kinds of ways of being in the world. But the interesting thing is that most of us have a favorite channel of experience. To get the most out of your self-hypnosis work, it would be a good idea to figure out which kind of person you are. That is why there are four different introductory self-hypnosis inductions available on this website. (One that emphasizes each of the three sensory modalities, and one that is mixed) Continue reading

Tips For Getting A Better Night’s Sleep

If, in a survey, people are asked if they are currently having problems with sleep, almost a third of them will say yes. That’s a lot of people. Since you have bought this recording you are one of them and you’re familiar with some of the effects of not sleeping well. These include feeling wiped out during the day and decreased efficiency and problems with concentration. Sleep-deprived people also report feeling irritable, anxious and sometimes depressed. These effects should be taken seriously because they can damage relationships, job performance and create issues of physical safety. Continue reading

The Dream That Diagnosed Cancer

In one of my sleep and dreams classes, a continuing education student in her 40s dreamed that a rat had bitten her just to the right of the nipple on her left breast. She and her husband owned a small farm, and there had recently been an infestation of rats in one of the barns where they kept grain for their horses. They had acquired a couple of cats to deal with the problem, and the day before the dream there had been a number of dead rats strewn around near the barn. Ruth thought that the dream was just a nightmare related to those unpleasant images. Continue reading

Standing on a Whale Fishing for Minnows

If you are like me you usually look to the outside world to explain why things are going well or not so well in your life.

I’m in a bad mood because my friend is being a jerk. I got angry this afternoon because somebody cut me off on the interstate highway. I’m in a really good mood now because I’ve just earned some extra money.

All of these things might be true but the Polynesian reference to standing on a whale and fishing for minnows tells us that we’re looking in the wrong direction. The whale represents our inner ground of being. What I would call our deep unconscious mind. That is where we truly live, and that is where we need to look if we want answers to our deepest questions. Continue reading

Keeping a Dream Journal

In order to do meaningful dream work, you’ll need to keep a dream journal. The following tips will help you get started.

  1. Buy or create a dream journal that is pleasing to you and easy to use. The journal should be of a size to fit on the shelf or table by your bed so you can conveniently write in it.
  2. Have a light source available, bright enough so you can see what you are writing but not so bright as to wake you up fully or disturb anyone sleeping in the room with you.
  3. Before lying down, put the date at the top of the page and write a sentence or two Continue reading