Hypnosis FAQ and Answers
Some of the most common questions and concerns from people who have never experienced Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis before and a simple and practical answer to them.
What is hypnosis?
What is Hypnotherapy?
How does it feel to be hypnotized?
How do you put people into hypnosis?
Is hypnosis “mind control?”
What about those stage hypnotists that make people do strange and silly things?
How much will I remember?
How deep will I go?
How do I know if I can be hypnotized?
What does hypnosis feel like … or … How can I tell if I’m hypnotized?
Can I “get stuck”?
Can hypnosis hurt me?
Is hypnosis a 100% consent state?
What if I’m under a doctor’s care or taking medication?
Can hypnosis help me?
What Areas Can Hypnotherapy Be Helpful In?
What’s the difference between self-hypnosis, “guided imagery,” “creative visualization”or medithation?
How quickly will I experience results from hypnosis?
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a combination of well known and normal psychological states – which when all put together creates the effects of Hypnosis and is used in hypnotherapy. It is a completely normal state of mind that we all go into several times a day, day dreaming, driving home from work on auto pilot, reading a book, and forgetting what you just read after turning the page are all examples of the State of Mind called Hypnosis. Hypnosis is the name given to the formal application of various methods to place a person into this state on purpose.
Some people ask if they’ve really been hypnotized, just because it feels like such a normal state and they were expecting something very strange. The zombie-type states you see depicted in movies and on TV are pure fantasy.
Hypnotherapy is an application of therapeutic methods while a person is in the State of Hypnosis. It adopts two altogether different forms in its clinical approach.
This clinical form of treatment is ideal for helping to cope with such things as self-development, particular fears, doubts, nerves, smoking, certain habits, some weight-control problems, stress, hypno-healing (working with the body`s immune and healing systems) and so forth.
This is used for the more fundamental or deep-seated problems or issues. This approach aims to find and eliminate the underlying rudimentary cause of such things as irrational fears, emotional problems, relationship difficulties, psychosexual problems, lack of confidence, personality problems, sleeping difficulties, stuttering/stammering, anxiety, inferiority complex, unhappiness, phobias, etc. and most other problems and issues where there is a psychological factor at work.
It feels great! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night.
When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalized. You just feel as if you are relaxing in a very comfortable space with your eyes closed. You can hear everything my voice, the sounds outside the building, a car going down the street outside, whatever.
Because relaxation is a subjective experience (some people relax at the beach, for others it is chopping wood), so too is what each person feels when in a hypnotic trance. The feeling is the opposite to stress, so you will feel relaxed and calm. One of the simplest expression of the state of hypnosis is .. ‘while your aware of what is happening and going on, you just care to be bothered paying attention’
Mindfit uses two methods.
1) The traditional approach of using words and imagery to guide your mind into a relaxed state and
2) Binaural Beats, which create a situation where your brain follows the beats into the mental state known as hypnosis.
Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. You can actually lie when in hypnosis.
Your unconscious mind job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not reveal more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just “wake up.” You are in complete control at all times.
Hypnotherapy is a gentle, loving process and hypnotherapist’s are trained to not judge. You will heal and change in your own timing.
A Stage hypnotist will carefully select people from the audience to find the ones who best respond to Hypnosis. The “control factor” is still zero, the person on the stage allows the experience to be their main focus and find they are easily able to go along with the suggestions.
They stay with it and follow the hypnotist’s instructions, even when they’re not sure if it’s working. You cannot simultaneously BE the show and SEE the show! You have to pick one and stick with it! Does anyone really think that if they volunteer to go on stage that the hypnotist will suggest they do something BRILLIANT? Anyone who volunteers is agreeing to play the part, whether they consciously admit it or not. For some, hypnosis (like alcohol) is a convenient “excuse” to act out and not take responsibility for their behavior.
It totally depends, if you want to, you will remember everything that is said, however if you are used to the experience or find yourself drifting off into other thoughts you can allow your focus and attention to wander off and remember very little. Remembering the experience is entirely an individual thing, but the bottom line is if you stay focused and want to remember you will.
Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realized that depth (or not) has little bearing. My view on this is that my clients go as deep (or stay as light) as they need to and what is appropriate for them, and we still get good results.
It is a fact that the more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state. It is a skill and like all skills – improves with practice.
Everyone can be hypnotized but one has to be willing to do it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means if you want to do it, you will. The very small minority of people who have difficulty in a session are usually those who
a) don’t really want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); or
b) can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience.
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What does hypnosis feel like … or … How can I tell if I’m hypnotized?
Many of us experience a “trance-like” state while being given a good sermon at church, listening to some good music on the radio, reading a gripping novel, or even while watching TV! Here are some personal feelings one may experience when in a hypnotic state:
1. Physical relaxation (Body muscles feel relaxed).
2. Fluttering of eyelids when entering and coming out of hypnosis.
3. Mental relaxation.
4. General feeling of drowsiness as if ready to doze.
5. Eyelids heavy (extreme effort to raise them).
6. Eyes smarting and/or tearing. Remove contacts; they create dryness.
7. Eyelids locked together, unable to open.
8. Jaw muscles relaxed.
9. Teeth unclenched.
10. Tongue loose and natural. When tense, the tongue goes higher.
11. Dryness in mouth.
12. Desire to swallow.
13. Moisture at corners of mouth.
14. Desire to scratch an itch, but not sure of doing it.
15. Twitching or jerking in any part of the body.
16. Euphoria (state of well-being).
17. Tingling or numbness in any portion of body.
18. Heavy feeling in any portion or entire body.
19. Desire to laugh, smile, giggle, or cry.
20. Lack of desire to open eyes (relaxation feels too good).
21. Body warmth or chill.
22. Feel personal freedom, carefree or uninhibited.
23. Sexual/sensual stimulation or awareness.
24. Time distortion (minutes seems like hours and vice versa).
25. Voice sounds fading in and out.
26. Letting go as if falling asleep.
27. Occasional involuntary sigh.
28. Feeling of lightness.
29. Feeling of floating.
30. Partial body detachment as if part of the body is not there.
No. Again, hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and cannot hold anyone against his or her will. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly unconscious state (a very rare occurrence), they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested. It is impossible for anyone to be `left or lost` in hypnosis.
After hypnosis, a person awakens naturally, just as they do after sleep! If the hypnotherapist were to leave before counting them awake, the subject would eventually realize that the session had ended and would awaken on their own. During the session, if there were an emergency, or the subject no longer wished to participate, they could easily awaken themselves at any time and simply stop.
In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.
If at any time you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask you GP.
The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time, it tends to “potenthate” medication, which means if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favor it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.
“Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?” “Improving my golf game?” “Helping me relax during exams?”
“Curing my insomnia?” Etc. Let’s put it this way: think for a moment about any issue in your life that you’d like to improve and ask yourself, “Does my mind interact with this issue/activity in any way? Do my thoughts/beliefs affect my performance?
Do my feelings contribute to my experiences in this area? Have I had past experiences that are reinforcing my beliefs/thoughts/emotions in a negative way? Is it my expectationsthat I will NOT get the results I desire?”
Are you getting the picture? The mind, body and emotions are all connected. Therefore, I’m not aware of ANY issue that can not be at least significantly improved/relieved through the regular use of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is used to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. It will not make you grow taller or change the color of your eyes or cure cancer. But it will help with emotional states of mind that contribute towards the healing of conditions and works with ‘Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors’
Asthma Treatment Hypnosis
Be Less Critical
Be More Patient
Being Yourself Socially
Breast feeding Relaxation
Building Self Confidence
Building Self Esteem
Chewing Tobacco Addiction
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Confidence in Class
Cool Down Blushing
Dealing with Disappointment
Don’t Take It Personally
Drink More Water
Ease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Ease Raynauds Disease
Eat More Vegetables
Feel Attractive Now
Fitness Class Motivation
Get Back on Track
Hay fever Relief
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Jet lag Reliever
Let Go Of The Past
Let It Go
Love Your Pregnant Body
MRI Scan Anxiety
Musicians & Singers Nerves
No More Mr Nice Guy
Pregnancy After Miscarriage
Prepare for Surgery
Put Yourself First
Quit Smoking – Stay Stopped
Reduce Salt Intake
Remember Your Medication
Stand Up for Yourself
Stay Calm with THAT Person
Stop Being Defensive
Stop Being Fussy
Stop Being Irritable
Stop Comparing Yourself
Stop Cracking Knuckles
Stop Cursing / Swearing
Stop Drinking Soda
Stop Facial Tics
Stop Judging by Appearances
Stop Negative Thoughts
Stop Nervous Laughter
Stop Nose Picking
Stop Popping Zits
Stop Self Blame
Stop Thinking the Worst
Stop Thumb Sucking
Watch Less TV
Weight Loss – Eat Healthy
What Others Think
Worry Less About Your Kids
You’re Not Stupid
And Many More……
Truthfully, there’s not a tremendous difference at all. I believe that the widespread misconceptions about hypnosis have made people afraid to call the process by its rightful name especially in the business environment. “Guided Imagery” or “Previewing” perhaps sound a little less mystical than “Hypnosis” and “Self-Hypnosis.” All of these processes are simply procedures to relax the body and focus the mind. The state you attain can feel similar for each no matter what you choose to call it.
There’s a lot of factors at work here. First, and foremost, there’s your motivation level and commitment. If you’re “trying” to quit smoking because your partner has put you up to it, you’re not really all that motivated yourself, now are you?
My advice there: just quit wasting your time and money and be honest. There’s no such thing as “trying to quit.” You’re either ready to be a non-smoker or you’re not. Same is true with just about anything. If your motivation and commitment level is HIGH, you’ll likely experience results straight away or very quickly. If it’s low, you may stop going to the hypnotherapist or stop listening to that new tape long before you see any results. Other factors that determine your success can include your comfort-level and respect for the hypnotherapist you’re working with, as well as the regularity of your hypnosis sessions. Hypnosis is NOT a magic pill. Sorry!
You will actually have to do some WORK along the way, such as attending your hypnotherapy sessions or listening to your self-hypnosis tape on a daily basis. If you are expecting to be “put to sleep” and awaken “never wanting to eat chocolate again,” you’re probably destined for disappointment. It just doesn’t happen that way. On the other hand, I have many clients who quit smoking after my `one smoking session`, they were what I’d call HIGHLY MOTIVATED and have COMMITMENT.