A Guide To Hypnosis. There are many stories of dangerous, unsightly chickens, and unscrupulous hypnotists exploiting their “vulnerable” patients. However, many people firmly believe that it has changed their lives, helping them achieve their goals. Millions of people swear it has helped them with many issues like weight loss, quitting smoking, other addictions, confidence, phobias, stress, success, IBS and many more.
Many people miss this powerful yet safe therapeutic tool because they are too scared to use it. I hope to be able to allay those fears by answering these common questions about hypnotherapy.
Can I be hypnotized? Most people can go into a trance. The only types of people who cannot be hypnotized are…
1. People with mental disorders or thought disorders
2. A person with a low IQ
3. A person who does not want to be hypnotized. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to.
What is a hypnotic state? It’s a normal, natural state that most of us experience several times a day. This usually happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere without really remembering the route? It also often happens while reading a book or watching TV.
Sometimes you can be so absorbed in reading a book or TV show that you don’t even know that someone is talking to you. Hypnosis is the concentration of conscious attention in such a narrow corridor of influence.
The conscious mind is so concentrated that other influences are not seriously analyzed by the conscious mind. We still hear them, even if we’re not always aware of them. A good example of this is when you are in a place where there are many conversations going on at the same time.
All of them can sound like a block of ambient noise. However, if someone in one of those conversations mentions your name, you are consciously focusing on that conversation. How do you know someone says your name? Your subconscious mind (much more powerful than your conscious mind) was listening to EVERY conversation at once!
This can be one reason why you can sometimes “know” something. Your subconscious has absorbed it without you being conscious of it.
What does hypnosis look like? When you are in a trance, you feel more relaxed mentally and physically.
It was a very enjoyable experience and you could tell that you were always in control. You can still hear exactly what’s going on around you, unless you choose to redirect your attention. You are aware that you can easily stand up, speak or move whenever you want.
Many people (myself included) during their first hypnosis experience moved their fingers or hands to test if they could move at will. Sometimes the patient can be a little difficult to wake up. It was not a sinister thing as it was described.
No one has ever been in a trance. Where the patient “cannot be disturbed” wakes up feeling very comfortable. However, they get bored quickly and will wake up early. One trick that former hypnotherapists used was to tell the patient that he was charging for the time. Amazing how quickly they woke up after that! Chapter
Is hypnosis dangerous? The trance is actually a very natural state that almost everyone enters several times a day. In 1955, the British Medical Association set up a survey that reported favorably on hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. He even recommends that it be taught in medical departments.
Hypnosis was also approved by the Mental Health Board of the American Medical Association in September 1958 as a safe practice with no harmful side effects. Since then, the establishment of hypnotic societies for doctors, dentists and psychologists has accelerated. No one was seriously harmed by hypnosis.
Can I be made to do things against my will? You can never be caught doing anything against your will or against your value system. If this were really possible, wouldn’t criminologists learn the art of hypnosis to hypnotize their bankers into opening safes and handing over large sums of money? !
In a trance, you won’t accidentally reveal your deepest secrets. You can even lie while you are in a coma, which is one of the reasons why hypnotic testimony is not admissible evidence in court. It is only used by the police to assist in investigations.
A person will only act on suggestions that serve them in some way or reinforce an expected behavior, anything their subconscious will simply ignore. Most people develop these misconceptions by seeing or hearing about a hypnotic performance on stage.
However, they achieved their results mainly through their performance skills, selecting the most extroverted people, and peer pressure.
How long will it take before I notice a change? During a session, you can expect to become more relaxed than you are currently. Most people don’t relax enough, and some never seem to relax! Being more relaxed can help with most mental and physical problems you may have.
I often have patients report to me that people notice that they seem more comfortable after just one treatment session. In the past, I have helped a lot with problems like IBS, skin problems and addictions just by doing relaxing work.
Hypnosis can bridge the gap between your head and your heart, making your goals much more emotionally appealing and increasing your chances of permanent change.
Depending on the intensity of your session and the number of times you listen to the recording, you will notice hints of desired behavioral changes appearing spontaneously in your conscious mind almost right away.