HYPNOSIS FAQ

What is Hypnosis?
Unlike the television or Hollywood version, hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation. In this state, the critical factor is set aside and the desired change begins to manifest.

Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes.  In fact, most people experience hypnosis several times a day. Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis.  Also, the state experienced directly on entering and leaving sleep is hypnosis.

What does hypnosis feel like?
Because hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or awareness, at no time will you be asleep or unaware of what is going on.  You will, however, be likely to feel more relaxed than ever before. A feeling of peace, serenity and wellbeing generally accompany this relaxation.

Will I remember what is said or done, after I come out of hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not an unconscious state, so you will remember what is being said and done.  If you have no apparent memory of what is said or done, this is likely to be because you were drifting and daydreaming in your own pleasant thoughts during that time.  Generally, with gentle prodding, you will fully remember everything.

Am I giving up control during Hypnosis?
No!  You will be in such complete control during the entire session that if anything is said or done that you disagree with, or that you feel is in bad taste, you can simply open your eyes and leave the room.  No one can control your mind, except you.

Can only ‘weak-minded’ people be hypnotized?
Actually, while almost everyone can be hypnotized, those that respond better are people with strong and active minds, capable of imagination and mental dexterity.  Those that refuse to be hypnotized, generally are exhibiting a lack of understanding of the subject entirely.

Does Hypnosis wear off?
Yes and No.  The state of hypnosis, being a relaxed ‘day dream’ state, leaves you when either you or the hypnotist ends the session, but theresults of your session, the desire to change, the ability to change easily, thesuggestions to bring about this change, will
become stronger.

Are there harmful after effects?
No.  There is not one case on record of anyone being harmed because of, or through, hypnosis.  After the session, most people feel relaxed and mellow, yet have a very pleasant energy increase.

Can I be made to do something against my will?
Absolutely not!  There is a safeguard in hypnosis.  Anything suggested to you that is against your morals, beliefs, religion, ethics, wants or desires will simply be rejected by
you.  It is impossible for you to be made to do anything against your will.

What about those stage shows?
Successful stage hypnosis relies on willing volunteers.  Those people have a desire to join in the show and perform.  Hypnosis merely helps them to lift inhibitions that they may, ordinarily, have against performing in public.

 

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By Dr. Deirdre Clark-Collett

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