hypnosis questions

Frequently asked questions about hypnosis

hypnosis questions

HYPNOSIS is a natural state of mind in which a subject is open to and more accepting of given suggestions. Yet, the subject always retains an intact capacity to reject any suggestions that are not compatible with his/her moral values and personal beliefs.

– Is HYPNOSIS dangerous?

HYPNOSIS is safe if used properly and judiciously. A well-trained therapist will teach you how and when to use HYPNOSIS safely. Specifically, if you are using HYPNOSIS for pain control, you are simply using the power of your mind.

* First, your are reducing or completely eliminating the use of pain medication and becoming drug free.

* Second, your are reducing the levels of the stress hormones in your system that would be caused by your subjective perception of pain.

* Third, by reducing the tension of the skeletal muscles, you are reducing accompanying aches and pains, which further creates a sense of well being.

* Fourth, you are reducing your overall stress levels, including mental stress, which, in turn, deepen your sense of well being and encourage healing. The only side effects of HYPNOSIS, that is if you would like to call them side effects, are a sense of relaxation, feeling of peace, and experience of harmony.

– Is HYPNOSIS sleep?

HYPNOSIS is not sleep, despite the use of term “HYPNOSIS” from the Greek root “hypnos”, meaning sleep. On the contrary, when hypnotized or in trance, the subject is more alert and awake than usual since he/she is entering into a state of intense concentration.


It is estimated that 95% of the population can BE HYPNOTIZED. Generally, every consenting person with a normal brain function can BE HYPNOTIZED. Persons who cannot BE HYPNOTIZED either do not want to be, or exhibit abnormal brain wave patterns.
Almost anyone can be hypnotized. The only people who cannot be hypnotized are those with an exceptionally low IQ, those with a psychotic process (thought disorder) and those who do not wish to be hypnotized. The ability to be hypnotized is often considered a si gn of intelligence. Many brilliant inventors, authors and scientists such as Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein used various self-hypnosis techniques for problem solving and creativity. This powerful “in-between” state is key in the creative process

– Can I BE HYPNOTIZED against my will?

No, you cannot BE HYPNOTIZED against your will. Nobody can. Only consenting individuals can BE HYPNOTIZED. In essence, using hypnosis requires a partnership between the therapist and the subject. The therapist performs as a guide and the subject “does the work”.

– Can the therapist make me do something I do not want to do?

Although hypnosis is defined as a state of increased receptiveness and responsiveness to verbal suggestions, the therapist cannot make you do anything you do not want to do. When hypnotized, you still maintain your critical faculties to such a degree that you can easily reject any inappropriate suggestions offered by the therapist. It is you who are in control, not your therapist. Your subconscious mind will only accept suggestions that are in accordance with your personal and moral values.

– How powerful are the hypnotherapist’s suggestions?

If suitable suggestions are formulated properly and reinforced sufficiently throughout the session, the hypnotic subject is likely to transform the given suggestions into actions. Some suggestions may last a lifetime, others may healthier behavioral patterns and fully incorporates these suggestions into his or her lifestyle.
– What is the difference between clinical hypnosis and stage hypnosis?

Clearly, clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy are used to create desired changes in the person’s condition. On the other hand, stage hypnosis is used for entertainment purposes. On stage, the performer will select a group of willing participants, who, when given tacit permission to let go of their inhibitions, will do foolish and crazy stunts. They have a perfect excuse for whatever they do, because they claim they have been hypnotized. Whether the entire group on stage was hypnotized or not dowsn’t really matter. If they choose to, people do incredibly absurd things without being hypnotized.

– Can hypnosis make me want to eat right or stop smoking?

When a person asks this, we have to question their desire to change. Hypnosis cannot make you want do something that you really don’t want to do. A person could not be hypnotized out of the blue to run a marathon, unless they already were a runner. Hypnosis is a tool, like a hammer. You don’t expect the hammer to drive the nail in for you by itself. But it is a whole lot easier using a hammer than just using your hand. There is no easy substitute for making efforts. In other words, hypnosis could give an athlete the mental edge that could make the difference between a bronze and a gold medal. It’s all about focus and aim.
– What is ‘NLP’?

“NLP” or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a generic form of hypnosis and one of many techniques that a qualified Hypnotherapist may use. Don’t be fooled by fancy words. Often those who only practice NLP do not have the in-depth training as a Hypnotherapist does. (“Interactive Guided Imagery” practitioners fall in the same category.) NLP is a useful tool in building rapport with friends or potential sales clients, but without traditional hypnotic inductions, in many cases it does not attain the hypnotic depth that profound inner healing necessitates for longlasting results.

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