A. Hypnosis is considered an altered state of consciousness featuring "selective perception", when a subject (who is in control) chooses to see only what is relevant to his task blocking out everything else. Farther more, limiting mindsets are suspended permitting the valuable change to develop. Hypnosis involves guided concentration and it is a non-addictive process.
A. There is no such a thing as a hypnotized feeling and most clients on completion would say they “felt deeply relaxed and aware”. Others may feel lightness or a tingling feeling, others feel heaviness whilst others report they did not feel anything. However, during hypnosis, you create a safe distance from judgments and mindset limitations, so your unconscious awareness expands, hence clearing space for the issue in focus. Therefore, one positive effect that peoplenotice is the positive change in their behavior. Needless to say, hypnosis is a highly individual experience.
A. Hypnotherapy is completely safe. The subject does not fall asleep, therefore is aware and can speak and respond to the positive suggestions administered during the session. A person who does not want to be hypnotized cannot be hypnotized, or be induced to do or say anything, which violates personal standards of behavior or integrity. Yes, hypnosis is safe and hypnosis is a proven ethical, curative and clinical procedure that amplifies positive change.
A. Habits are acquired over a long time and are enforced by the subconscious mind, therefore they can only be de-activated by the subconscious mind, and hypnosis works by giving access and the ability to communicate directly with the source of your habit, addiction, and psycho-somatic health foundation. It is the only logical method of dealing with a habit or addiction and hypnosis is a powerful instrument to achieve that.
A. Even though hypnosis introduces curative change more effectively every individual, has own adaptation time while learning to sustain healthy changes. Hypnosis dramatically improves adjustment process during any procedure, either medical or psychological. Just as every medical prescription has a reasonable length, every hypnotic intervention has a reasonable amount and rate of interaction. An experienced hypnotist is flexible in choosing the most effective approach. However, this must be based on client’s experiential response. Clients who have reasonable expectations progress to success easily.
A. First, one must understand that hypnosis is a tool. Moreover, every tool must be used according to its qualification. For example, a car is a tool of transportation and so is the metro link. You can choose to take a metro link, because it is reliable, timely, and safe, neither you have to be responsible for it. The metro link has limited access and canonly take you so far. On the other hand, you can choose to take a car. While the car is your responsibility, you get a greater flexibility, a deeper reach so you are over that ridge sooner. Respectfully, people have a choice of a car or a metro link as tools of transportation, similarly hypnosis is a tool of transformation that you can choose to have in addition to other therapies or solo. One must know that luck of flexibility is what creates rigid mindsets in the first place.
A. Yes, you can bring anyone with you if you need reassurance and if that makes you comfortable. However, you need to understand that, should your therapist suggest that it is best for you to be alone; you must respect his/her recommendation and have him/her clarify that decision. Keep in mind that you are in control and feel free to have your request heard.
A. When you are hypnotized, you are experiencing an altered state of awareness not a block-out. Plainly, hypnotic trance provides multiple levels of participation and communication, like being awake or immobile, etc. A subject can have a conversation with eyes open or have a daydream-like presence. Credibly, you will remember what is important to conscious awareness or forget what is only important to keep in subconscious mind. Nonetheless, you will keep everything.
A. The good news is if a repressed memory was the reason for your undesirable behavior and it surfaces during the session, then you’ve succeeded in putting the “face to your enemy”. We repress many memories when we are children, which is a natural self-defense mechanism to cope with troubles we did not know how to deal with yet. Communicating with this memory will help to reevaluate the options with new resources that were not available in childhood. A word of CAUTION - an experienced and well-trained professional hypnotist knows how to install a failsafe in case the memory is too disturbing, so a client can reevaluate the event without feeling intense and emotional about it. However, ‘a swimmer’s safety is a personal responsibility’, meaning a person can forewarn the hypnotist of issues that may loiter under the
A. Success rate is a statistic that shows general success. However, it is important to know that hypnosis has worked before it is also, important to know that your personal success is individual. Therefore, hypnotic approach that focuses on individual progression is the most valuable. Experience shows, that a client decided to use hypnosis based on one other person’s positive experience.
A. First important difference is the purpose of stage hypnosis, which is entertainment. A stage hypnotist invites a group of people to volunteer for a show where they become the hypnotist’s partners in entertaining the audience. Now all people will stay on stage as the hypnotist will choose the most compliant subjects. On the other hand, hypnotherapy has a purpose of bringing about valuable changes in behavior related to different issues of psychological or somatic nature. Most of the time hypnotherapy will be an individual experience where you work one on one with your hypnotist.
A. Everyone has a unique perception, respecting that is the key to success in hypnotizing different people. In reality, everyone has senses that help us live our lives. For example, a sense of smell, taste, etc, but we are not limited to basic five senses. One can think of hypnosis as a tool that helps to expand another sense that everyone has, but not everyone knows how to turn on. Kind of like a sense of alternative perception/interaction.
A. It’s important to keep in mind that one must believe in the mind’s ability to create change or adapt change. Having established that, a person can choose to use an instrument for proper inner work the change requires. Consequently, one must keep in mind that hypnosis is an instrument of transformation just like a car is an instrument of transportation. One does not go around saying they believe in their car. However, a person can know that a car works and trust the self or another driver to drive it. Conclusively, as long as subconscious mind works there will always be an instrument such as hypnosis to interact with it.