Hypnosis is a process of guiding someone into a place of focussed attention, that allows specific communication for the purpose of changing the way they think, feel and act.
Hypnotherapy works by using the process of hypnosis to interact with and give suggestions to the unconscious mind. It is repetition of these suggestions that allows your brain to change your neural-network which in turn changes the way you feel and act to specific circumstances.
Anyone can be hypnotised who is willing to be, can pay attention and will follow the hypnotherapists instructions.
The best qualities for the best results from hypnosis are the desire to be hypnotised, the ability to focus and concentrate, the willingness to follow the hypnotherapists instructions and a general trust in the process.
Absolutely not. This is a myth constructed for good story telling in books and movies. You will always have complete control. If at any time in the hypnotic process you want or need to be fully awake, you can simply open your eyes and return to normal consciousness.
Absolutely not. A person needs to consciously and willingly follow instructions from a hypnotherapist to be able to be hypnotised.
No it is not possible. You do not lose control while undergoing hypnosis. If at any time you wish to be fully awake, simply open your eyes and return to full consciousness.
First and foremost, make sure that the hypnotherapist is qualified in Hypnosis. Beyond that, Hypnosis is about the relationship and quality communication between the hypnotherapist and the client. Call them up and discuss your needs. You want to find a hypnotherapist that you find warm and friendly and you would be comfortable opening up to.
Make sure that you can understand them well as much of the process is about the language we use.
Lastly, you are going to be listening to the hypnotherapists voice a lot, both in sessions and probably on recorded CD's or MP3's, make sure they have a voice that doesn't irritate you or make you uncomfortable in any way.
Most good hypnotherapists will give you a free call or assessment first. Use this to assess if they are right for you and be aware that a good hypnotherapist will also be assessing you as a potential client to make sure that you are also a good fit for them.
Self hypnosis is a great skill to learn and a powerful way to create change within ones self while on a personal development journey. Self hypnosis, like meditation, when practiced regularly can have enormous benefits in your every day life. Like everything, the more you practice the better you become.
Not at all. The "dangers" of hypnosis all stem from movies and books. You are always in control. No one can make you do anything you don't want to and you can always return to full consciousness at any time.
The short answer is no... Stage hypnosis is different to therapeutic hypnosis in its context. Stage hypnotists run their audience through a number of tests and carefully selects those who will give the best performance. The people they choose will perform all manner of crazy stuff because deep down they love the idea of performing and entertaining.
Hypnosis can not control you or make you do anything against your will.
Hypnosis can be used for a great deal of benefits. Some of the more common uses are:
- Quit smoking
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Lose weight
- Reduce stress
- Improve sleep
- Eliminate fears & phobias
- Eliminate anxiety
- Empower your thoughts and mind
- Improve self confidence
- Treat depression
- Change habits
- Improve concentration
- Improve memory
- In surgery
- In dentistry
- In Optometry
- To stop bedwetting
- Develop skills and abilities
- Anger and mood management
- Many many more...
It is always good practice to make sure that the hypnotherapist you are talking with has a good track record with the specific requirements that you need.