Hypnosis Explained - What is it? Can it help me?
You already know how to do it
Hypnosis is a natural state - you already know what it's like - you do it every day! You just don't call it that. Sometimes it's just that comfortable space between being awake and asleep. Sometimes it's just daydreaming.
Hypnotists help you get to that place on purpose.
Remember a time where you were driving down the road and you just stopped focusing. The miles flew by and you simply enjoyed the journey. You drove just fine - you made it there safely - but your conscious attention was elsewhere. That separation of focus is hypnosis. This happens when we watch a good movie or read a book.
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Can it help me?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like state, it is better expressed as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and vivid fantasies. People in a hypnotic state often seem sleepy and zoned out, but in reality, they are in a state of hyper-awareness.
What isn't hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not a dangerous process. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or that the person doesn't want to do.
People think it is a means of taking away control, but it is actually a means of enhancing control—over perceptions such as pain, anxiety, habits, stress.
Will I remember everything?
Absolutely! The idea that you automatically don't remember anything that happens during hypnosis isn't true, but it varies from person to person. When being hypnotized by a professional hypnotist, the expectation is that you will not be hypnotized to forget what happens during the session.
Can I be hypnotized?
Hypnosis can work for almost anyone, though some people have an easier time than others. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of the few people (about 5 to 10 percent of the population) who is highly susceptible to hypnotic suggestion. But even if you’re not in this group, chances are high that hypnosis can help you. Folks who are moderately susceptible to trance can also be helped.
Can hypnosis be done online?
When you need to stay at home or you don't have time to travel, the good news is hypnotherapy can be provided online. It's convenient, easy to access and just as effective as working face to face. We're all becoming more accustomed to meeting people online via Zoom, Skype or Facetime.
Is it safe?
Hypnosis is a safe and effective method, arguably the most effective method of helping people get unstuck. There are no drugs. There are no risks of overdoses or side effects as marked on the label.
What will happen in my session?
A hypnotist usually induces hypnosis — a process called hypnotic induction — by talking slowly in a soothing tone. In addition to using relaxing images to create a sense of safety and well-being, the hypnotherapist usually speaks at length about what is happening and why hypnosis is being used. Once the subject is in a relaxed trance-like state, the hypnotist speaks more directly to the purpose of the hypnosis, such as suggesting ways to manage pain or reduce cravings to smoke or overeat. The hypnotherapist may also suggest visualizing what it will be like to reach a goal.
Is it possible to hypnotize yourself?
Since it is a skill on the part of the subject to allow themselves to go into a hypnotic state, it is perfectly possible for a person to hypnotize themselves without the need of a guide, or a hypnotherapist. This is known as self hypnosis. Listening to hypnotic files can be helpful for reduce stress and anxiety and foster feelings of well-being and positivity.
What about those stage shows?
Despite what you see with stage hypnosis, you'll remain aware of what you're doing and what's being asked of you. If you don't want to do something you're asked to do under hypnosis, you won't do it.
All these words seem complicated!
Like all professions, hypnosis has a big bunch of fancy terms. Really what you need to know is that when you work with a hypnotist, they will spend time talking with you - maybe telling stories or simply focusing your attention - and then will guide you to suggestions to help change what you want to change. It's really that easy!