Can hypnosis help me?
What is Hypnosis?
What does hypnosis feel like or how can i tell if i'm hypnotised?
What cant be treated with Hypnosis?
Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
Will I lose control?
My friend tried hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn't work.
Is Hypnosis dangerous?

How do I know if i can be hypnotised?
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Will I lose control when I'm under hypnosis?
Aren't people who can easily be hypnotized just gullible, stupid or weak-minded?
Won't being hypnotized make me become weak-minded or cause me to develop a "weak will"?
How does the hypnotist put someone into hypnosis?

Can Hypnosis help me?

Yes, definitely! Hypnosis can be used to make positive changes in your life. Some examples are: stop smoking, lose weight, improve self-esteem and confidence, improve sales ability and memory retention. Practically any bad or destructive habits or behaviors can be removed via hypnosis. It can help ease fears and phobias, improve relationships and communication - the list goes on and on.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state - sometimes called a trance state - at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that's a trance state. There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the "flow" state. These are all "altered states of consciousness," and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common. Some people leave their first hypnosis session saying, "I wasn't hypnotized - I knew what was going on the whole time!" Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite is true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus. Hollywood has perpetrated many myths about hypnosis, and not remembering anything from the hypnosis session is one of those myths. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session. Much more can be accomplished when the person undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.

What does Hypnosis feel like or How can I tell if I'm hypnotised?

Usually when in a trance you feel more mentally and physically relaxed. It is a very pleasant experience, and you can tell that you are still in control. You can still hear exactly what is going on around you, unless you choose to drift your attention away. You become aware that you can easily stand up, talk, or move whenever you want. A lot of people (me included) when they first experience a hypnotic trance move their fingers or hands in order to test whether they can move at will. It is comforting to know that you can! 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.Falling asleep.
    28.Occasional involuntary sigh.
    29.Feeling of lightness.
    30.Feeling of floating.
    31.Partial body detachment as if part of the body is not there.
It feels great! Most people will experience different bodily sensations ranging from a dry mouth, limbs feeling very heavy or light, or tingling sensations. Most people feel wonderfully relaxed and enjoy the hypnotic state very much. Sometimes a patient can be a little difficult to wake up. This is not a sinister thing as it has been portrayed. No one has ever been stuck in trance. It is more a case that a patient just "can't be bothered" to wake up as it feels so pleasant. However they soon become bored and will wake up pretty quickly. One trick the old hypnosis pro's use is to tell the patient that they are charging for the time. It's amazing how quickly they then wake up!

What cant be treated with hypnosis?

Serious psychiatric or mental health problems are referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician, who can, at his or her discretion, prescribe hypnosis for pain control, hypnoanesthesia or relaxation. Drug addiction, family dynamics disorders, clinical depression and other such problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists, who can, at their discretion, prescribe hypnosis as a supplementary treatment.

Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?

Let me guess: you've seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from Hollywood's movies and TV. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don't believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog. Hypnosis can not make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don't want to do. That's why some people can be hypnotized to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.

Will I lose control?

Will I lose control? This is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what's going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just open your eyes.

My friend tried hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn't work.

My friend tried hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn't work. There is more to changing a serious habit like smoking than just a few hypnotic suggestions, I'm afraid. In the simplest terms, the person must want the change, and they must have a replacement for smoking. Hypnosis can be used to find a healthy, effective replacement, and then it can be used to help flip the subconscious over to the new, healthy habits. While sitting in a room with 50 other people in a seminar, or listening to a stop-smoking CD can work, it is usually much more effective to have a personalized session with a hypnotist, who can customize the approach, language and replacement suggestions to match your lifestyle and circumstances.

Is hypnosis dangerous?

A hypnotic trance is actually a very natural state that almost everyone goes into several times per day. In 1955 the British Medical Association set up an inquiry which favourably reported hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. It even recommended that it should be taught at medical schools. Hypnosis was also approved by the Council of Mental Health of the American Medical Association in September of 1958 as a safe practice with no harmful side effects. Since then there has been acceleration in the establishment of hypnosis societies for doctors, dentists, and psychologists. No one has been seriously hurt with hypnosis. If it were dangerous, then we would all be in potential trouble each time we watch a film, or read a book, since it is common to go into trance in these situations. However a poor hypnotist might word suggestions in a way that your unconscious mind would not accept, rendering the therapy useless.

How do I know if I can be hypnotised?

Everyone can be hypnotised 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 hypnotised (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. Some things you can do to increase your ability to go under hypnosis easier and faster are practicing meditation, visualisation, yoga or relaxation techniques.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes. Any person of at least average intelligence and ability to focus and concentrate can go into hypnosis. The better one is able to concentrate and focus and the more intelligent a person is, the easier it is for him to go into the hypnotic trance. Above all, the person must be willing. No one can hypnotize you if you don't want to be hypnotized. Your natural defenses in your mind will prevent this from happening. Will I be asleep or will I know what is going on around me? No, you are definitely not asleep, though to an observer, your body appears to be sleeping because you are in a state of deep physical relaxation. You are completely awake and aware of your surroundings. You hear everything. You are actually more alert and aware while you are in hypnosis than you are in your normal waking state.

Will I lose control when I'm under hypnosis?

No, you will not lose control while you are in hypnosis. You are fully conscious and very aware of what is being suggested. You are always in control. The mind will reject any undesired suggestions automatically.

Aren't people who can easily be hypnotized just gullible, stupid or weak-minded?

Quite the opposite! A gullible, unintelligent or weak-minded person is incapable of maintaining the necessary focus and concentration necessary to go into the hypnotic state.

Won't being hypnotized make me become weak-minded or cause me to develop a "weak will"?

No, hypnosis is often used to boost a person's concentration and will power.

How does the hypnotist put someone into hypnosis?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and the power comes from within the mind of the person being hypnotized. The hypnotist is merely the guide who directs and leads the person into the hypnotic state. The hypnotist induces the hypnotic trance by using certain words and phrases the subconscious mind understands, as well as using various techniques like deep breathing, imagery and tone of voice.