Hypnosis FAQs

FAQs About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is generally regarded with fear and awe. People are aware that major changes can be made through the use of the mind and hypnosis, and they are afraid of hypnosis because of how it has been portrayed in movies and by the media. Here are some common questions and answers about hypnosis.

Q     What is hypnosis?
A     Hypnosis has been defined as the bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind for the establishment of acceptable selective thinking. Hypnosis is a natural state of being and normal people go into and out of different states of hypnosis daily. In a nutshell, hypnosis is simply getting past the conscious mind and communicating directly with your powerful subconscious mind.
Q     What if I can’t be hypnotized?
A     Any normally intelligent person can be hypnotized. This has more to do with the desire of the individual than the ability to be hypnotized. Many people think that because they are very strong-willed that they would make poor hypnosis subjects. This isn’t true, in fact, these people possess concentration skills that normally give them great success with hypnosis.
Q     Do I have to believe in hypnosis for it to work?
A     No. The degree to which you can be hypnotized is not completely related to how much you believe in it. There have been some amazing results from hypnotic suggestion on people who have claimed that they were not hypnotized.
Q     Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A     Some conditions require a referral, however the most common uses of hypnosis such as weight loss, smoking cessation, etc. do not. If you aren’t sure, ask your doctor or hypnotist.
Q     Is Hypnosis dangerous?
A     No. Hypnosis is a normal state of mind which people experience every day. If you get engrossed in a book or movie, go into autopilot when driving, or listen very intensely to music, you are in a state of hypnosis. At any point in time during a hypnosis session, you have the ability to open your eyes, get up and walk out the door, even if you felt that your legs are very heavy or your eyes felt glued shut. A hypnotist is incapable of making you do anything that is embarrassing, shocking, unacceptable or irreversible.
Q     What does it feel like to be in hypnosis?
A     Most people say that it feels very relaxing and comfortable, almost a dreamy state. Some people report sensations of floating, or of heaviness, but always very pleasant.
Q     Will I say things under hypnosis that I don’t want to?
A     Absolutely not. Hypnosis is not a substitute for truth serum. You choose what to share and what not to share, just as when you are not in hypnosis. You are not unconscious or asleep while in hypnosis and are always aware of your surroundings.
Q     Can a hypnotist make me do something against my will?
A     No. Contrary to what you see in stage shows and on TV, you won't be clucking like a chicken. The hypnotist has no "power" over the client.
Q     What if I don’t “wake up?”
A     It’s not possible to “get stuck” in hypnosis. If the hypnotist left the room you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your inner mind would realize that there was no voice guiding you, and you would emerge as if you had been in a deep sleep.
Q     What is the subconscious mind?
A     The subconscious is the inner part of the mind and works mostly behind the scenes to take care of you. It is responsible for your long-term memory, storing everything that you have ever experienced. It also is the seat of your emotions, generating and storing them. The subconscious is where your beliefs are stored as your internal programming, and they run your life much like a computer program runs its functions. Your subconscious is there to protect you, and by working directly with your subconscious mind, your hypnotist can help you make beneficial changes.