Because of many common misconceptions of hypnosis, we have put up a Hypnosis FAQ to
dispel many exaggerated and incorrect assumptions about what hypnosis is and isn't.
Following is a Hypnosis FAQ and the answers concerning hypnotism and hypnotic techniques:
1. WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is actually a natural state of mind. People, whether they know it
go in and out of hypnosis all day long. For example, if youíve ever been driving,
and catch yourself daydreaming and wonder who has been driving the car, you have
been in a state of hypnosis. You are not asleep while in hypnosis. Sleep is
a state of rest. Hypnosis is a state that is useful for self-improvement.
2. WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Anyone with an open mind, reasonable intelligence, the ability to
concentrate, and the willingness to go into hypnosis.
3. IS HYPNOSIS DANGEROUS?
There has never been a documented case of harm coming to anyone
from the therapeutic use of hypnotism. The harm is that hypnosis is not
used enough by people to bring about their own self-improvement.
4. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE HYPNOTIZED? CAN I BE HYPNOTIZED?
The answer to this is extremely important because it may determine
whether or not you can benefit from hypnosis. Some people give up on hypnosis
after a few sessions because they were disappointed in their reactions,
believing they are not suitable subjects. Many people believe they will go
through something different, new and spectacular in the hypnotic state. They
equate hypnosis with being anesthetized or being asleep or unconscious. DO
NOT EXPECT TO GO TO SLEEP OR LOSE TOUCH WITH REALITY. You will be able to hear,
remember, and experience everything that is going on around you. Hypnosis is a
very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation. It is
similar to that moment between knowing you are awake and going into the
sleep-state. Often, when people are in hypnosis, you find your mind active,
you hear every sound in the room, that you can resist the suggestions if
you choose to, you realize that you are not asleep, and you are able to
remember everything perfectly, all of these factors lead people to believe
that they were not hypnotized, when indeed they were.
5. HOW EXACTLY DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?
The human mind is extremely suggestible and is being bombarded daily
with suggestive stimuli from external sources, and suggestive thoughts and
ideas from the inside. A good deal of suffering is the consequence of
negative thoughts and impulses invading oneís mind from subconscious recesses.
Unfortunately, past experience, guilt feelings, and repudiated impulses and
desires are constantly pushing themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms.
These thoughts become feelings which sabotage oneís happiness, health, and efficiency.
By the time one has reached adulthood, there has been a build up of "negative"
modes of thinking, feeling and acting which persist as bad habits. Like any
habit they are hard to break or change. However, using hypnosis, we are able
to transform negative attitudes into more positive ones. For some, change does
happen quickly if they believe change can happen quickly. Other times, it often
takes time to extinguish old behavior patterns, so do not be discouraged if
there is no immediate effect. Even when no apparent changes happen on the surface,
much is happening on the inside.
An analogy may be useful: imaging if you were to hold a batch of white ink
blotters above the level of your eyes so that you only see the bottom blotter.
Then, if you were to begin to dribble drops of ink blotters on the top blotter.
As you do this, you observe nothing happening to the bottom blotter until
sufficient ink has been poured to soak through into the entire thickness.
Eventually the ink will come down. During this period while nothing seemingly
has happened, changes were always occurring. Hypnotic suggestions are like
ink poured on layers of resistance, namely, oneís limiting beliefs about
oneself. One must keep repeating the suggestions before the soak in to begin
to influence old destructive patterns.
6. CAN A PERSON BE HYPNOTIZED AGAINST THEIR WILL OR MADE TO DO ANYTHING AGAINST
No one is able to be hypnotized against their will. If people were,
hypnosis would be the most closely guarded secret on the planet. Entering
hypnosis is a consent state. The hypnotist assists the subject, who then hypnotizes him/herself.
7. DO PEOPLE HAVE TROUBLE COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS?
A person may choose to stay in hypnosis after an experienced
hypnotist asks them to come out of it. The reason being, it is such a
relaxed feeling of enjoyment, they prefer to stay hypnotized a while
longer. If the hypnotist were to leave, the person would merely
drift into a natural sleep to awaken at a more personally convenient
time. In self-hypnosis, you have complete and utter control of when
you come out of hypnosis and set your own limits. There has never
been a documented case of someone being unable to come out of hypnosis.
8. WHAT IS SELF-HYPNOSIS?
Techniques exist by which one can attain a state of self-hypnosis
and gain complete relaxation under the most stressful conditions. In this
state, the sub-conscious mind is open to therapeutic suggestions.
9. WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SUB-CONSCIOUS MIND?
The conscious mind, the mind that you are conscious of, is your "me."
It is the critical part of your mind. The sub-conscious mind is the one that
directs your conduct through the habits and emotional desires acquired from
the influences of your environment, before you were old enough to reject harmful ideas and concepts.
10. HOW DOES SELF-HYPNOSIS DIFFER FROM HYPNOSIS BY A HYPNOTIST?
In self-hypnosis, YOU choose your own time limits, instead of a
scheduled appointment with a hypnotist. Using a hypnotist at the beginning
of your awareness training is of great benefit. It speeds up your process of
11. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is such a misunderstood phenomenon. For centuries, it
has been affiliated with spiritualism, witchcraft, and various other
"unexplainable" events. Based on "B" movies, cheap novels and exaggerated
claims made by undisciplined persons.
12. DOES HYPNOSIS WEAKEN THE WILL? ARE ONLY WEAK MINDED PEOPLE ABLE
TO GO INTO HYPNOTIC STATES?
No. Self-hypnosis strengthens the will. Hypnosis works with the will,
not against it. In fact, the more intelligent and strong-willed you are, the
more effective hypnosis will be for you.
13. WHAT IF I CANíT BE HYPNOTIZED?
Most people feel or think this very same way. The fear is giving
up control. The opposite is actually true. You are exercising a more
powerful form of thought-control than at other times by accepting the
suggestions given. The only thought to prevent you from going into hypnosis is the thought,
"I canít be hypnotized."
14. WHAT CAN SELF-HYPNOSIS DO FOR ME?
ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO! Instant learning and photographic
memory systems are based on self-hypnosis. Champions in many sports
such as Evander Holyfield, Larry Bird, and Tiger Woods, all use self-hypnosis
to achieve amazing and consistent results in their fields. You can now
learn to overcome unwanted and undesireable habits, such as smoking,
overeating, or drinking. You can boost your self-confidence, and
realize that success is within easy reach of an active mind, and erasing
harmful emotions leads to a happier and healthier life.
15. DO I NEED HYPNOTHERAPY? WILL IT WORK FOR ME?
Hypnosis is an alternative to other methods of treatment for change.
If you have nervous symptoms such as tension, depression, fears, chronic
fatigue, or feel irritable, unhappy, and believe you are not getting the
most out of life, then hypnosis is for you.
16. HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?
Nervous systems and unwarranted unhappiness are the product of
inner emotional conflicts. By using hypnosis, you are assisted in
understanding your conflicts. In this way, it is possible for you to do something constructive about solving them.
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