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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions about hypnosis


  • What is hypnosis? How does it work? Why does it work? If you were to ask 10 hypnotists these questions, there would be a variety of answers. Some would be similar with little differences, while others would be almost direct opposites of each other. But one of the best and simplest ways to think about hypnosis is that it is just the mind's ability to believe and accept suggestions.
  • It is said by many that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Your hypnotherapist/consulting hypnotist is there to guide you into and through the experience to create change in your life.

The first time:

  • For most people who are hypnotized, they will feel that they are not. You do not normally feel like you are in a trance or "zoned out". What you will probably feel is a deep relaxed feeling. You may feel parts of your body being very heavy. You may find it difficult, if not impossible, to lift an arm or leg. Most find it to be a wonderful and relaxing experience.

Myths and misconceptions:

  • Most of us have heard the word sleep used when talking about hypnosis. The basis for the word, hypnos is Greek for sleep. In reality, it is not sleep like when you go to sleep at night. In natural sleep you are unconscious and do not normally hear, see or are aware of your surroundings. In hypnosis, you can hear what is going on around you. If you would open your eyes, you would see normally. In hypnosis, rather than being "out of it" you are more likely to have a heightened sense of awareness.
  • "I might tell you all my secrets!" The fact is, people will not tell the hypnotist anything the subject does not want to tell. People can lie under hypnosis. Your secrets are safe.
  • How many times on TV or in the movies have you seen the subject made to do something against their will. In reality, while in hypnosis, you will not do anything that you would not normally do. You will not become the "Manchurian Candidate". You will be under no one's power.
  • "I can't be hypnotized because I am too smart". Not true. Intelligence has nothing to do with it. A person's ability to accept suggestion is key. Used with his or her concentration and imagination, almost everyone can be hypnotized.  In reality, we are all going in and out of a form of hypnosis everyday. When you daydream, you are letting yourself be hypnotized. If you have ever heard a great speaker and have been "mesmerized" by each and every word, you have been hypnotized. When you cannot put a good book down, again, you have been hypnotized.
  • "I might not come out of hypnosis". If by chance you were hypnotized and the hypnotist would leave you and never come back, one of two things would happen. First, you would either come out of it naturally after a few minutes, or, you would go into a natural sleep and have a nice nap and wake up naturally. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis. You always come out of it eventually. It feels so good for many, though, that you may not want to come out of it for awhile.
  • Most people remember everything that happens while under hypnosis. Only a small number will have amnesia and this is a natural effect. Also, if a person was given a post-hypnotic suggestion not to remember for therapeutic reasons, they would not remember the session. 
Some more information

In the March 2007 issue of our newsletter, ENLIGHTENMENT, I wrote:

      She said, "I canít be hypnotized". I hear that from so many people. But in reality, just by saying that, that person has been hypnotized into believing that. This usually happens when someone (the amateur hypnotist) tries to hypnotize some (you maybe) and nothing seems to happen. While this is going on, you are saying to yourself that you donít feel different. You can still hear things going on around you. You even may have scratched your nose when it itched so you are thinking to yourself that you must not be hypnotized. Then you open your eyes (if they were closed) and say to yourself and anyone else there, you must not have been hypnotized. Then you or someone else, maybe even the amateur hypnotist, erroneously says, you must not be hypnotizable.

     Everyone has been hypnotized. If you have ever been entranced in a book to the wee hours, you have been hypnotized. If you ever missed an exit on the highway because you were daydreaming or thinking of something else, you have been hypnotized. These are just some of the ways we let ourselves be hypnotized. Anyone with normal intelligence can be hypnotized. So when someone says to me, "I canít be hypnotized", I think to myself that they will be a great subject for hypnosis, but they just donít know it yet. This person just has to be deprogrammed of a false belief and start over again. And like many problems people have today, such as smoking, weight issues and fears, that is all they need to help them. And thatís what hypnosis does, it helps individuals deprogram themselves to become better people that they want to be. What can we do for you today?

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