Hypnosis FAQ

 

What is Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnosis?

What is a hypnotic trance?

What does hypnosis feel like?

Can I be hypnotised?

Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?

Can I be made to do things against my will?

Will I lose control?

What is hypnotherapy used for?

My friend tried hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn't work.

Why should I learn self-hypnosis?

How is hypnotherapy different than affirmations?

Isn't Hypnosis dangerous?

 

 

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. There are many techniques and many styles and many applications of hypnotherapy. They all have several things in common: (1) a strong desire to change, (2) a state of deeply relaxed focus, and (3) language and visualization in relationship to emotions.

 

 

What is Hypnosis?

 

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state - sometimes called a trance state - at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that's a trance state.

 

There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the "flow" state. These are all "altered states of consciousness," and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.

 

Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, "I wasn't hypnotized - I knew what was going on the whole time!" Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.

 

Hollywood has perpetrated many myths about hypnosis, and not remembering anything from the hypnosis session is one of those myths. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session.

 

Much more can be accomplished when the person undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.

 

 

What is a hypnotic trance?

 

There is no precise definition, probably because it is experienced differently in every one of us, and is difficult to explain. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis's web site says "Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention." It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey? It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programme that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you. Hypnosis is the focussing of the conscious attention in such a narrow corridor of influence. The conscious mind is so intensely focussed that other influences are not being critically analysed by the conscious mind. We still hear them, although we are not always aware. Will I be asleep when hypnotised?

 

You will not be asleep when in a hypnotic state. The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleep. James Braid came up with the term, but sought to change the name to "monoideaism" ("single-idea-ism"), when he realised that it was not a form of sleep. However the term "hypnosis" had stuck. Many people after a session of hypnosis don't believe that they were hypnotised at all.

 

 

What does hypnosis feel like?

 

Usually when in a trance you feel more mentally and physically relaxed. It is a very pleasant experience, and you can tell that you are still in control. You can still hear exactly what is going on around you, unless you choose to drift your attention away. You become aware that you can easily stand up, talk, or move whenever you want. A lot of people (me included) when they first experience a hypnotic trance move their fingers or hands in order to test whether they can move at will. It is comforting to know that you can!

 

Sometimes a patient can be a little difficult to wake up. This is not a sinister thing as it has been portrayed. No one has ever been stuck in trance. It is more a case that a patient just ďcanít be botheredĒ to wake up as it feels so pleasant. However they soon become bored and will wake up pretty quickly. One trick the old hypnosis proís use is to tell the patient that they are charging for the time. Itís amazing how quickly they then wake up!

 

 

Can I be hypnotised?

 

Anyone can be hypnotized, at least to some point. Some can be hypnotized to a deeper level than others, but everyone can to some degree. That is unless you do not wish to be. It is very easy to resist a trance. Sometimes people will think that it is a sign of weakness if you go into a trance. This is the wrong way of thinking about it. A hypnotherapist is like a guide. His job is to help you go into the natural hypnotic state. It is usually the more open minded and braver people that will allow themselves to deeply relax. Anyone can resist it Ė itís nothing special. In fact new research, developed by board-certified hypnotist Gerald Kein, claims that everybody is equally hypnotisable and that "people accept hypnosis in direct relationship to the amount of fear they have". I am not sure whether this is entirely the case, but fear is definitely a far greater barrier than scepticism. So my words of advice are to relax and go with it, and you will have a very pleasant hypnotic experience.

 

 

Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?

 

Let me guess: you've seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from Hollywood's movies and TV. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don't believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog.

 

Hypnosis can not make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don't want to do. That's why some people can be hypnotized to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.

 

 

Can I be made to do things against my will?

 

You could never be made to do anything against your will or contrary to your value system. If this was actually possible, would there not be criminals learning the art of hypnotherapy in order to hypnotise their bank managers to opening the vaults and handing over a large sum of cash?! In a trance, you would not unknowingly reveal your deepest secrets. You can even lie when in a trance, which is one reason why testimony in hypnosis is not permissible evidence in a court of law. It is only used by police to help with the investigation. A person will only act upon suggestions that serve them in some way or reinforce an expected behaviour, anything else their unconscious will just ignore. Most people develop these misperceptions from seeing or hearing about a Stage Hypnosis show. However they largely achieve their results from showmanship, selection of the more extrovert people, and peer pressure.

 

A hypnotherapist is more like a guide. He can influence your mind, but cannot control it. When you watch a film, you usually go into a natural hypnotic state. The film is not controlling you, as you can get up and walk away whenever you choose. Itís just that we often choose not to!

 

 

Will I lose control?

 

This is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what's going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself "1 - 2- 3" and open your eyes.

 

 

What is hypnotherapy used for?

 

Hypnotherapy helps with:

††††††††††††† Smoking Cessation Pain

††††††††††††† Bed Wetting††††††††††† Over Eating

††††††††††††† Nail Biting††††††††††††† Headaches

††††††††††††† Exam Nerves††††††††† Insomnia

††††††††††††† Anxieties††††††††††††††† Panic Attacks

††††††††††††† Phobias†††††††††††††††††† Bulimia

††††††††††††† Depression†††††††††††† Mood Swings

††††††††††††† Alcoholism†††††††††††† Relationships

††††††††††††† Hostility††††††††††††††††† Anger

††††††††††††† Resentments†††††††††† Worry

††††††††††††† Guilt†††††††††††††††††††††† Grief

††††††††††††† Asthma†††††††††††††††††† Blood Pressure

††††††††††††† Sex Dysfunction ††††† Warts

††††††††††††† Compulsions

 

Hypnotherapy can improve:

††††††††††††† Exam performance Memory

††††††††††††† Study Recall†††††††††† Sports Focus

††††††††††††† Public Speaking †††††† Personal Growth

††††††††††††† Pain Control†††††††††† Confidence

††††††††††††† Performance†††††††††† Assertiveness

††††††††††††† Childbirth†††††††††††††† Relaxation

††††††††††††† Communication††††† Counselling

††††††††††††† Goal Setting †††††††††††† Personal Power

††††††††††††† Releasing the Past

 

 

My friend tried hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn't work.

 

There is more to changing a serious habit like smoking than just a few hypnotic suggestions, I'm afraid. In the simplest terms, the person must want the change, and they must have a replacement for smoking. Hypnosis can be used to find a healthy, effective replacement, and then it can be used to help flip the subconscious over to the new, healthy habits.

 

While sitting in a room with 50 other people in a seminar, or listening to a stop-smoking CD can work, it is usually much more effective to have a personalized session with a hypnotherapist, who can customize the approach, language and replacement suggestions to match your lifestyle and circumstances.

 

 

Why should I learn self-hypnosis?

 

Hypnosis is a powerful life skill for the modern person. There is a great deal of stress to be handled in today's work environment, schools, and society in general. Self-hypnosis, at the most basic level, is wonderful for de-stressing, calming, and restoring a healthful energy to your body. It gives a sense of control and connectedness to your mind and body that supports confidence and success.

 

After becoming more skilled in self-hypnosis, you'll find that it can help you maintain motivation and peak performance, as well as health and vigor. It can help you make clear decisions. It is incredibly powerful to be able to discover what your subconscious beliefs and patterns are and be able to change them at will. You can literally design your life! Cope with almost any problem. Remain more calm and centered in day to day life. You can design your patterns and beliefs to propel you to your highest goals and to your vision of success.

 

 

How is hypnotherapy different than affirmations?

 

Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious in a two-way fashion. Affirmations don't facilitate direct responses from the subconscious; they only seek to speak to the subconscious.

A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and more immediate when using post-hypnotic suggestions.

 

Other than that, the language of hypnosis and of affirmations is similar. Both are always expressed in the present tense, and always in the positive. If you ever meet a hypnotherapist that uses the words, "don't smoke" as a direct suggestion, choose a different hypnotherapist!

 

 

Isn't Hypnosis dangerous?

 

Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies, urban legends and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into trance and not wake up. Or that the hypnotist can make you do things you don't want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, always able to "came back" to full waking state at anytime if you wanted or needed to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.

 

A hypnotic trance is actually a very natural state that almost everyone goes into several times per day. In 1955 the British Medical Association set up an inquiry which favourably reported hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. It even recommended that it should be taught at medical schools. Hypnosis was also approved by the Council of Mental Health of the American Medical Association in September of 1958 as a safe practice with no harmful side effects. Since then there has been acceleration in the establishment of hypnosis societies for doctors, dentists, and psychologists. No one has been seriously hurt with hypnosis. If it were dangerous, then we would all be in potential trouble each time we watch a film, or read a book, since it is common to go into trance in these situations. However a poor hypnotherapist might word suggestions in a way that your unconscious mind would not accept, rendering the therapy useless.

 

Do always keep in mind that hypnosis is not a treatment or cure for mental illness, and people suffering from psychosis, suicidal depression, or that are on medications for psychological stability should only be hypnotized by their doctors or psychiatrists or by an experienced hypnotherapist with the client's doctor or psychiatrist present.

 

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