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 is instantaneous.
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 steep is hypnosis.
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.
Absolutely not! There is a safeguard in hypnosis. Anything suggested to
you in hypnosis 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 to do anything against your will.
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.
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 part. Generally, with gentle
prodding, you will fully remember everything.
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.
On the contrary, while everybody can be hypnotised, those that respond
better are people with strong and active minds capable of imagination
and mental dexterity. Those that refuse to be hypnotised, generally are
exhibiting either a lack of understanding of the subject entirely, or
'weakness' in the form of inflexibility.
Does Hypnosis wear off ? Yes & No. The state of
hypnosis being a relaxed 'Day Dream' state leaves you when either you
or the therapist ends the session, but the results of your hypnotic
session, because changes brought about under hypnosis, i.e. stopping
smoking, weight loss, etc., are self-rewarding the effects will become
stronger, especially if reinforcement tapes are used.
Again, 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 but in complete control of all of their faculties
and able to perform any task or duty such as driving or working. Most
people experience a very pleasant energy increase after the session.
Television and Hollywood are mostly responsible for this. There is
nothing magical, mystical or mysterious about hypnosis, and we actively
disassociate ourselves from those that would have you believe otherwise.