is a state of hyper-suggestibility where the conscious and subconscious
(unconscious) minds dissociate. It is a state of mind where the subject is more
likely to accept the operator's suggestions.
have probably been in hypnosis often without even realizing it.If you have ever watched a sad T.V. show and reacted with a tear in your
eye, you have been hypnotized by the television.
entered a state of increased suggestibility where you uncritically accepted
the suggestion of sadness on the TV screen and reacted with a sad emotion,
your tear. In other words your reasoning ability, which is contained in your
conscious mind, was bypassed. You did not reason that the show was just a play;
you accepted the action as being real. So you reacted with real emotion.
WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
has been found that all normal people are hypnotizable to a greater or lesser
extent. People with less than a 70 I.Q. are generally are not hypnotizable. People who are in an active state of
psychosis generally are not hypnotizable. Most senile people are difficult or
impossible to hypnotize.
have found in my own private practice dealing with a large number of retired
people, as old as 85 years of age, that hypnosis is a potent and beneficial
method for most people. The person's motivation is the key to success.
DO I HAVE TO BE A DEEP SUBJECT FOR SUCCESS?
the therapeutic applications of hypnosis we most often deal with, depth of any
kind is not required. You can be the lightest possible subject and still receive
all of the benefits from hypnosis that the deepest subjects will obtain. I
strongly feel that over the years, far too much importance has been placed on
how deep a subject is. If the subject is deep, it could be beneficial. This
however, is not necessarily the case.
with the latest hypnotic techniques and state of the art "NLP"
(Neuro-Linguistic Programming), depth is one of the least important aspects,
which contribute to success.
ARE THERE ANY DANGERS IN HYPNOSIS AND SELF-HYPNOSIS?
are basically no dangers to the practice of self‑hypnosis. It is
to "get stuck" in hypnosis. The worst thing that could possibly happen
while a subject is in hypnosis is that she might fall into a natural state of
sleep for 20 or 30 minutes. She would awaken rested and out of the state of
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HYPNOSIS
are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Most of them are due to the stage and
television acts. Ironically, it is because of the fact that the television can hypnotize
you that these misconceptions are so strongly entrenched in people's mind.
largest misconception about hypnosis is that it is sleep. Nothing could be
further from the truth. If you are asleep, you are unconscious. If you are
unconscious, you cannot hear anything. If you cannot hear anything, then the
hypnotist cannot help you. Hypnosis is a state of keen awareness. The subject is
wide-awake and aware of everything around her. This misconception stems from the
stage hypnotist's use of the word "sleep" as analogous to the
hypnotic state. When the old time hypnotist swung the watch in front of the
subject's face, he told the subject that she was getting "sleepy." He
then told the subject to go to sleep. What he meant was to go into a hypnotic
sleep; not a natural sleep.
THERE A HYPNOTIZED FEELING?
second largest misconception is that there is a hypnotized feeling. There is no
hypnotized feeling. I repeat, there is no hypnotized feeling. Most people feel
very relaxed when in hypnosis, as relaxation seems to be the essence of
hypnosis. Some people feel heavy. Some people feel light. Some people have other
sensations and feelings. Other people have absolutely no feeling that they are
in hypnosis, and believe they have not been hypnotized when they most
THE HYPNOTIST CONTROL ME?
The hypnotist cannot make you do anything against your will. There is always an
observing ego state. Should the hypnotist make an offensive suggestion; this
ego state would reject the suggestion. You will probably come out of hypnosis
if the hypnotist makes an offensive suggestion.
THE HYPNOTIST MAKE ME DIVULGE ALL OF MY SECRETS?
will not divulge any secrets under hypnosis unless you want to do so. The
hypnotist does not have any control over the subject. Quite the contrary, the
subject has more control over herself since at this time she has control over
her own subconscious mind. The subject can easily reject any suggestion the
hypnotist makes, no matter how simple or complicated the suggestion might be.
The subject can open her eyes, emerge from the state of hypnosis, and walk out
of the room at any time she chooses.
PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH WHEN IN HYPNOSIS?
People can lie when in hypnosis.
HYPNOTISTS HAVE SPECIAL POWERS AND VIBRATIONS?
is a common misconception. The hypnotist does not have any special powers, nor
does he have any special vibrations with which to hypnotize you. Actually,
all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist leads the subject into a
state of hypnosis. In other words, the ability of hypnosis is in the subject.
WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL TO REACH THEIR GOALS USING HYPNOSIS?
Perhaps the greatest reason for the
inability to reach ones goals through
hypnosis is an inadequate amount of practice where self-hypnosis is
concerned. The greatest reason for the return of a symptom or
"relapse" is the premature discontinuance of hypnosis with the Hypno-technician.
While self-hypnosis is important, it is
generally the heterohypnosis with the hypnotist
which has the greatest impact upon the subconscious mind. This is because of the
training and experience of the hypnotist vs. the lack of training and experience
of the client.
Some people are
penny wise and pound-foolish. They mentally set an amount of time, or money
that they are willing to spend for help. And then they prematurely discontinue their
sessions because, "I can't afford it." Or, "I didn't lose 50 Lbs.
in two days." If a person or method is really helping one to make their
desired changes, then it is priceless and it should be continued.
is for this reason that follow up hypnosis is generally recommended even after a
symptom seems to have disappeared completely. Self-hypnosis should be an ongoing affair on a daily basis.
Ultimately, YOUR SUCCESS IS UP TO YOU!