Frequently Asked Questions

What does it feel like to go into hypnosis?
The experience of hypnosis can vary from person to person. Generally, you will feel drowsy as you begin to enter hypnosis. Your eyelids will become heavy as you may experience a delightful sense of relaxation. This differs from the state just prior to sleep in that a part of you is able to concentrate on everything the hypnotist says.

Can a hypnotist have power over the subject?
No. Hypnosis is a collaborative relationship. The subject retains full control and responsibility for his or her actions at all times. Hypnosis is not a power relationship. It is not about "You are under my power!" like in some movies or novels.

Can a person in Clinical Hypnosis be made to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
No. This is not what happens in Therapeutic or Clinical Hypnosis. However, during a Stage Hypnotist Show used for entertainment purposes, volunteers will typically go along with the Stage Hypnotist suggestions as long as it is in good fun and for entertainment purposes. Clinical Hypnosis is not the same as Stage Hypnosis.

Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone who can daydream, pay attention and follow instructions can be hypnotized if they want to be. The idea that some people are not hypnotizable is wrong. Once a subject is reassured that only positive things will happen during their hypnosis session, they can relax and cooperate with the hypnotist. It is the job of the hypnotist to dispell the myths about hypnosis and to alleviate any fear that might interfere with the session.

Is a hypnosis subject asleep or unconscious while in a trance state?
During hypnosis, a person can look to be asleep but they are not. The subject is relaxed, but mentally alert. The person retains a level of awareness to the direct environment at all times.

What are some of the practices that make a good hypnotist?
A good hypnotist does not always look for a quick fix to a particular symptom. For example, it is not always in a subject's best interest to have a symptom simply "suggested" away. The hypnotist should spend adequate time interviewing each subject. A particular symptom may be serving a specific function to protect the conscious self. Time should be spent to investigate the "why it is there".This same consideration is important with pain management. Pain symptoms should only be controlled through hypnosis after your doctor has provided a medical diagnosis ruling out a condition that requires medical treatment.

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