Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions(FAQ)
Around the subject of hypnosis has accumulated a mass of misinformation. Here are some of the most common myths concerning hypnosis and the facts based on the best medical and psychological authorities and many years of study and practical experience
The Subconscious will ALWAYS protect the individual – and can repeat the lie (though there is no truth or lie to the subconscious). However, at deeper levels, we believe, – tapping into ‘higher’ levels of mind that are more connected to – let’s call it – the source of all energy – truth will be revealed
Hypnosis is scientific. It is not supernatural or of the occult, but a purely natural manifestation of the powers of the mind. People enter hypnosis many times a day, awake or asleep, watching TV, driving, reading or daydreaming
In the state of hypnosis the conscious mind is completely relaxed and rested but not asleep. Whereas in sleep the conscious mind is to some extent tense and alert.
Hypnosis occurs in all humans at all times. The word ‘hypnosis’ means, in lay terms, when you change your state of mind, or consciousness. You don’t change your condition; you change your state. When you are happy, sad, aroused, sad, frightened, tired, hyper alert – all of these are different states of awareness or consciousness. All of these are forms of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is where hypnosis is used deliberately – either by a practitioner Hypnotist, or by yourself to deliberately use the state change to get a desired result
The best hypnotic clients are people with strong wills and above average intelligence. Hypnosis actually has nothing to do with the will: it depends upon imagination, a faculty that is vastly stronger than the will. Therefore, bright imaginative people make by far the best clients.
90-95% of adults can be hypnotised to some degree. Some people respond more rapidly than others. In an average group, enjoying their first experience with hypnosis, about 1 in 5 will promptly enter a deep enough trance to get used by a stage hypnotist. There are two classes of people who cannot be hypnotised 1) the insane and 2) infants that are too young to understand the words of the operator – though up until the age of approximate 7 years kids are in almost permanent hypnosis.
There is no “domination” or “submission’ in hypnosis. The hypnotist actually helps the client to release and express his or her own latent or hidden abilities. E.G. A man unaccustomed to speaking in public can when hypnotized, speak fluently to an audience of thousands. He already had the ability to do this but suppressed it with his own doubts and fears; and the hypnotist releases that ability. A teacher of elocution could do the same but would take months to do it. Hypnosis produces a desired result quickly.
For all practical purposes, a person must consent to do this before he can be induced to enter the state. However, the spoken word does not always indicate the real desire. A sceptic, loudly denying the possibility of hypnosis might have an unspoken wish to experience it, or vice versa.
This is the most absurd and injurious of all the myths concerning hypnosis. NO hypnotist can make anyone do or say anything contrary to their deep-rooted principles. A girl who perhaps would not normally be seen on the dance floor, in hypnosis, may cast off her inhibitions and dance a vigorous twist. But a normally modest girl certainly could not be made to disrobe completely in front of any person, including the hypnotist. Any suggestion that arouses sincere moral indignation or repugnance immediately causes the client to break the trance, by coming out of it. Thus, hypnosis is not an anaesthetic that renders the person helpless. It is a means of releasing and intensifying a person’s own powers and abilities.
Hypnosis has many therapeutic uses, but results do not depend on the depth of trance. Some nervous disorders may be completely cured in the lightest state of trance while another client with the same complaint may need a deeper level of trance to receive the same benefits.
There is not the slightest danger of this. If the client were left to himself, he would fall into an ordinary sleep and awaken normally.
An automobile is not in itself dangerous, food is not dangerous, and tranquilizers are not dangerous. But if misused those things can all be dangerous. Hypnosis, when used properly, by a properly trained practitioner is perfectly safe.
In light and medium levels of hypnosis the client is fully aware of what is being said and done. He may actually deny that he was hypnotised at all. Even in deep trance you are able to hear all that is happening.
The American (June 1958) and Canadian and British ((April 23, 1955) Medical associations accepted the therapeutic value of hypnosis. Hypnosis is used in dentistry and by surgeons to produce a drugless state of anaesthesia without anxiety or suffering by the client. Many orthodox psychologists and psychiatrists use hypnosis today. The Mayo clinic has been using hypnosis as an adjunct to anaesthesia and has a result have never had a death attributed to the anaesthetic.
With many clients, change on average can be obtained in 1-2 sessions; as each individual is different, more sessions are needed on some occasions.
Hypnosis has been around since humans have had a conscious (and therefore unconscious mind). It has been used deliberately as a therapy of one sort or another since before written history
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