12. Can challenged clients become better at hypnosis?
Most definitely, yes! Repetition is the key but more importantly strong motivation is a must. More sessions can improve the depth of relaxation, concentration and absorption that a client can attain. Willingness and being open also helps.
13. How can one learn Self Hypnosis?
You can learn Self Hypnosis from a good CD or even a book authored by a competent Hypnosis professional. However, your best bet is to have the experience first of being hypnotized by a qualified Hypnosis professional, and then learn from that hypnotist how to enter the hypnotic state on your own. At that point, tapes (CDs) and books can be very useful aids, guides, and sources of information and inspiration.
14. What are the benefits of Self Hypnosis?
The foremost benefit of learning and practicing Self Hypnosis is to initiate and continue the process of positive self-change. The regular use of Self Hypnosis facilitates the continuation of healthy changes in behaviors, feelings, beliefs and attitudes. When you practice Self Hypnosis you enter a state of self relaxation. When you are relaxed, you cannot be uncomfortable or anxious or stressed or in pain. Relaxation is the physical and emotional opposite of these negative feelings. Practicing Self Hypnosis conditions your ability to relax at will. It builds your ability to control your mind and your body. More control is the goal, and with more control, you gain greater ability to control your symptoms. Then the process of healing can begin.
15. How does Hypnosis work?
Once the Hypnotic State is induced and the doorway to the Subconscious Mind is opened, with your permission, the competent Hypnotist can provide information, in a language and form that the Subconscious can accept, to help you change the behaviors, feelings and thoughts that you want to change and institute healing. We utilize the fact that the Subconscious Mind has the ability (actually the tendency) to accept what it imagines as real.
16. What role does the Subconscious Mind play?
The Subconscious part of the mind, or the Soul Mind, controls all of our living functions that keep us alive, as well as all of our automatic behavior patterns. Information is imprinted in the Subconscious essentially in three ways: through trauma, through repetition, and through the language of Hypnosis. Thus, Hypnosis is the quickest and most efficient way to impress the Subconscious and imprint changes in behaviors, attitudes, beliefs and feelings and initiate healing. The upshot is that making changes in long-standing, core habits (e.g., eating patterns, smoking, emotional reactivity, coping responses) often creates internal discomfort and stress. Old habits cling and typically resist efforts to change them. This can be because of Conscious conflict about changing, but it can also be the result of conflict between the Conscious and the Subconscious parts of the mind. That is, you consciously may want to change and may have decided to change, but the Subconscious does not know this. If it did, it would help you, but it often has no way of knowing that you consciously want to change. So, it continues to control the old behavioral habits and this creates and perpetuates inner conflict. Once the Subconscious is informed that you want to change, and once it knows that it is in your best interest to be helped to change, it has no choice but to help you change. Then, the two parts to the mind, Conscious and Subconscious, can work together in cooperation with little tension, upset, or stress. Remember, what you can conceive you can achieve. Believe it!
17. What are some of the benefits of Hypnosis?
There are many benefits and uses for Hypnosis. To mention but a few of the more common uses:
relieve diagnosed chronic pain
diminish and control anxiety
aid in alleviating depression
control mood swings
modify or change hurtful baits
lose weight through changing eating and other habits
improve concentration and memory
improve study habits
develop natural abilities
stop bruxism (grinding teeth)
preparation for surgery or other medical procedures
18. Can Hypnosis "cure"?
Hypnosis by itself is not a "cure". It is a healing tool to be used along with any therapy or treatment deemed necessary by a professional who is qualified to render that treatment. Medical treatments must be supervised by a medical physician. Similarly, psychological treatments for emotional or psychological problems must be supervised by a qualified psychology or mental health practitioner.
1. What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, relaxed attentive state of consciousness. In hypnosis, we by-pass the critical factor of the mind and we have heightened awareness. There the inner mind is more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions, thus, we are more receptive to change and healing. Remember our soul mind knows exactly what is right for us, mental absorption is increased and we are open to ways on how to get there. And guess what? There are no side effects with hypnosis!
2. Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
Absolutely Not!! You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You must be a willing client. Your hypnotist must have your full cooperation and more importantly your trust.
3. Will a hypnotized person perform any anti-social, criminal/ immoral acts or tell deep dark secrets while in Hypnosis?
Again No. People who are hypnotized will not do or say anything in Hypnosis that they would not normally do or say in the waking, conscious state. You retain your morals and values. When hypnotized , you are aware of everything that is going on around you. Your senses are heightened AND You are always in control of your session in hypnosis.
4. Who can be hypnotized? Do you have to be weak-minded or strong minded?
Anyone with average intelligence can be hypnotized but having a strong mind is definitely a asset when dealing with hypnosis. Strength of mind really has little to do with it. Either a weak-minded or strong minded person who resists will make it a challenge for the hypnotist. However, because Hypnosis helps a person gain greater control over both mind and body, it can help a person develop a stronger mind.
5. Will I be asleep?
No. When a person is in Hypnosis, they are not asleep. You are very much aware of all that is going on. Of course, if a person is tired, it is possible to fall asleep during hypnosis. However, then, the client is asleep and no longer in hypnosis. In actuality, when this occurs, the state of sleep is a light but relaxing state of sleep. A simple suggestion to wake up given by the hypnotist is all that is required to wake up the client.
6. Is there a possibility that someone could not be brought out of Hypnosis?
No! Not a chance. It is not possible. You cannot get stuck in Hypnosis because you do not lose control when you are hypnotized. Hypnosis is a cooperative
relationship. When you are hypnotized, you retain full control over your mind and your body. Sometimes, people feel so relaxed and comfortable in Hypnosis that they may wish to remain in that state for a little longer. However, a simple suggestion for awakening (or alerting) is all that is needed to bring a subject back into the Waking State even if the subject has fallen asleep. Additionally, when the hypnotist stops talking, the subject will soon awaken on his own. Most importantly, you can come out of hypnosis any time you want.
7. Can a person in Hypnosis be made to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
No. This is not what happens in Therapeutic or Clinical Hypnosis. On the other hand, volunteers during Stage Hypnosis Show, which is for entertainment purposes only, will typically go along with the Stage Hypnotist’s suggestions as long as it is all in good fun and for entertainment purposes.
8. Can a person be dominated through hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis is not about taking power from someone. On the contrary, hypnosis is about being powerful. It is not about "zap, you are under my power!" like Svengali type stuff. Hypnosis is a cooperative and collaborative relationship. The client retains full control and responsibility for their actions at all times. This myth comes from old movies and novels such as the old novel "Trilby".
9. What is the best age for being hypnotized?
People can be hypnotized at any age! Children are amazing clients as they are so open and willing to explore their options. They listen and they discover
ways to help themselves in the most extraordinary ways and they love metaphors. However, anyone at any age can be helped to solve their problems with the tool of hypnosis.
10. What are the requirements of a good Client?
They are mainly the desire to be hypnotized and to experience Hypnosis. A client should be able to concentrate, the willingness to cooperate and follow instructions, and the relative absence of mistrust and fear.
11. Is deep Hypnosis necessary?
For most purposes, deep Hypnosis is not necessary. For a therapeutic setting, a light degree of Hypnosis is all that is necessary for experiencing the therapeutic benefits of Hypnosis. In other words, we typically do not need or aim for Deep Trance. The therapeutic client is awake and aware of everything that is going on, but very relaxed.