Hypnosis - The Simple Truth Revealed THE DEFINITION OF HYPNOSIS Hypnosis is a state of hyper-suggestibility where the consciousand subconscious (unconscious) minds dissociate. It is a state of mind where the subject is morelikely to accept the operators suggestions.You have been in hypnosis many times without even realizing it. If you have ever watched a sadT.V. show and reacted with a tear in your eye, you have been hypnotized by the television. Youentered a state of increased suggestibility where you uncritically accepted the suggestion ofsadness on the TV screen and reacted with a sad emotion, your tear. In other words yourreasoning ability, which is contained in your conscious mind, was bypassed. You did not reasonthat the show was just a play; you accepted the action as being real. So you reacted with realemotion.WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED? It has been found that all normal people are hypnotizable to agreater or lesser extent. People with less than a 70 I.Q., those of the moron level or lower,generally are not hypnotizable. People who are in an active state of psychosis generally are nothypnotizable. Most senile people are difficult or impossible to hypnotize. I have found in my ownprivate practice dealing with a large number of retired people as old as 85 years of age, thathypnosis is a potent and beneficial method for most people. The persons motivation is the key tosuccess.DO I HAVE TO BE A "DEEP" SUBJECT FOR SUCCESS? For the therapeutic applications ofhypnosis we most often deal with, depth of any kind is not required. You can be the lightestpossible subject and still receive all of the benefits from hypnosis that the deepest subjects willobtain. I strongly feel that over the years, far too much importance has been placed on how deep asubject is. If the subject is deep, it could be beneficial. This however, is not necessarily the case.Actually, with the latest hypnotic techniques like Ericksonian Hypnosis and state of the art "NLP"(Neuro-Linguistic Programming), depth is one of the least important aspects, which contribute tosuccess.ARE THERE ANY DANGERS IN HYPNOSIS AND SELF-HYPNOSIS? There are basically nodangers to the practice of self hypnosis. It is impossible to "get stuck" in hypnosis. The worst thingthat could possibly happen while a subject is in hypnosis is that she might fall into a natural stateof sleep for 20 or 30 minutes. She would awaken rested and out of the state of hypnosis.MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HYPNOSIS There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Mostof them are due to the stage and television acts. Ironically, it is because of the fact that thetelevision can hypnotize you that these misconceptions are so strongly entrenched in peoplesmind.
IS HYPNOSIS SLEEP? The largest misconception about hypnosis is that it is sleep. Nothing couldbe further from the truth. If you are asleep, you are unconscious. If you are unconscious, youcannot hear anything. If you cannot hear anything, then the hypnotist cannot help you. Hypnosis isa state of keen awareness. The subject is wide-awake and aware of everything around her. Thismisconception stems from the stage hypnotists use of the word "sleep" as analogous to thehypnotic state. When the old time hypnotist swung the watch in front of the subjects face, he toldthe subject that she was getting "sleepy." He then told the subject to go to sleep. What he meantwas to go into a hypnotic sleep; not a natural sleep.IS THERE A HYPNOTIZED FEELING? The second largest misconception is that there is ahypnotized feeling. There is no hypnotized feeling. I repeat, there is no hypnotized feeling. Mostpeople 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 andfeelings. Other people have absolutely no feeling that they are in hypnosis, and believe they havenot been hypnotized when they most definitely have.CAN THE HYPNOTIST CONTROL ME? NO! The hypnotist cannot make you do anything againstyour will. There is always an observing ego state. Should the hypnotist make an offensivesuggestion; this ego state would reject the suggestion. You will probably come out of hypnosis ifthe hypnotist makes an offensive suggestion.CAN THE HYPNOTIST MAKE ME DIVULGE MY SECRETS? You will not divulge any secretswhile in hypnosis unless you want to do so. The hypnotist does not have any control over thesubject. Quite the contrary, the subject has more control over herself since at this time she hascontrol over her own subconscious mind. The subject can easily reject any suggestion thehypnotist makes, no matter how simple or complicated the suggestion might be. The subject canopen her eyes, emerge from the state of hypnosis, and walk out of the room at any time shechooses.MUST PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH WHEN IN HYPNOSIS? NO! People can lie when in hypnosis.DO HYPNOTISTS HAVE SPECIAL POWERS AND VIBRATIONS? This is a commonmisconception. The hypnotist does not have any special powers, nor does he have any specialvibrations with which to hypnotize you. Actually, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist leadsthe 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 biggestreason for the inability to reach ones goals through hypnosis is an inadequate amount of practicewhere self-hypnosis is concerned. The greatest reason for the return of a symptom or "relapse" isthe premature discontinuance of hypnosis with the Hypno-therapist or recorded program. Whileself-hypnosis is important, it is generally the hetero-hypnosis with the hypnotist or recording whichhas 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 arepenny wise and pound-foolish. They mentally set an amount of time or money that they are willingto spend for help. And then they prematurely discontinue their sessions because, "I cant afford it."Or, "I didnt lose 50 Lbs. in two days." If a person or method is really helping one to make theirdesired changes, then it is priceless and it should be continued. It is for this reason that follow uphypnosis is generally recommended even after a symptom seems to have disappearedcompletely.Self-hypnosis should be an ongoing affair on a daily basis. Ultimately, YOUR SUCCESS IS UP TOYOU!WILL I BE BETTER OFF HIRING A HYPNOTIST, OR WILL PURCHASING A RECORDEDPROGRAM WORK BETTER? That is an excellent question. Normally I would recommend thatyou utilize the services of a reputable hypnotist. The reason is that by meeting with you, a goodhypnotist / NLPer will be able to customize his approach to your personality and your favoredrepresentational system -- the way you favor taking in information through the senses to makesense out of it and react to it. In my opinion, 99% of the recorded hypnosis programs availabletoday are strictly Traditional Hypnosis, and consist of only one or maybe two sessions of it at that.Traditional Hypnosis is nothing more than a set of direct commands: "If you eat a brownie youllbarf." "You wont have cravings," etc. This technology has an exceptionally poor track record ofsuccess because everyone of our generation has been taught to question everything. Thats whyyou, your friends, and your kids usually do the opposite of what they are told to do.That being said, having private sessions with any Hypnotist / NLPer who has enough experienceto be able to actually help you can be very expensive. There are some pre-recorded hypnoticprograms based on Ericksonian Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that haveovercome those shortcomings. Theyve done this by utilizing a mix of Traditional Hypnosis,Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP, and the highly regarded Video Hypnosis technology. These are alltechnologies that are designed to eliminate the resistance factor. In fact, Video Hypnosis and theNLP technology that its based on, do not utilize suggestion at all. They rely on using the thoughtprocesses that have created a problem, to eliminate it! Look for vendors who offer thesetechnologies in multi-session products. These are programs that generally have six to eightdifferent sessions, so you are exposed to a broad range of methodology. It takes a lot of work tomake this type of program, but the high success rates are well worth it.Stay away from the "one size fits all" -- "do-or-die" hypnosis CDs and downloads. Many people areattracted to these programs because they are cheap, usually under $10.00. But is it cheap if it justwastes your valuable time and doesnt work? If you try something and it doesnt work, then you getwary and start to expect the next approach to fail. And you get what you expect. Do you reallythink that the same exact commands will work for everyone? Do you think that they will work foryou? Do you usually do exactly as you are told? Or do you feel the desire to do the opposite ofwhat you are told to do?