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How Does Hypnosis Work?

Understanding Hypnosis

There are many people who have heard of the wonderful results accomplished through hypnosis and feel that it could also be helpful to them. Many people are afraid of hypnosis because of misinformation acquired  – over the years from horror movies, novels, or television. The average person has a misconception of what hypnosis is and what can be accomplished through hypnosis.

If a suggestion that is not appealing is given to a person while in the hypnotic state, one of two things would happen:  the person in the hypnotic state would either ignore the suggestion or would bring himself out of the hypnotic state.

The hypnotic worker/hypnotist does not possess any type of power or gift, but has learned how to give suggestions that the subconscious mind will accept, and then act on those suggestions in a positive, helpful way.

What Is Hypnosis?

To explain what hypnosis is, it might be better to state what hypnosis is not.

When a person is hypnotized, they are not asleep or in some eerie trance state. The hypnotized individual is typically aware of everything that is taking place. Even after being brought out of hypnosis, a person will be able to recall anything that took place during the session. Hypnosis is a very normal, natural state that most of us experience everyday. An example of daily hypnosis would be driving a car and realizing that you can’t remember  certain places or markers that you just passed. You might have even driven right by your turn! Another example would be getting lost in a book or a movie. When someone announces that dinner is ready, the person reading the book or watching the movie didn’t even blink an eye!

These are examples of a light hypnotic state. In both cases the conscious part of the mind had been distracted, allowing the subconscious part of the mind to take over.

During a hypnotic session, an individual  achieves a very deep and successful state of hypnosis. The following are questions that are frequently asked by individuals prior to being hypnotized.

Who Can Be Hypnotized?

I have hypnotized hundreds of people in both group and private sessions and have yet to find a person who cannot be hypnotized.

What If You Can’t Bring Me Out Of It?

There is no danger of a person failing to come out of the hypnotic state. In fact, it would be impossible to remain hypnotized. Even if the hypnotic worker left the session (or office) while an individual was in the hypnotic state, there would be no danger! The person would drift off into a natural state of sleep and would awaken after they were rested.

Is There Any Danger With Hypnosis?

The only way hypnosis could be dangerous would be if it was used to take away pain. For example, if an individual were to be hypnotically released from the pain of a stomach ache, he would not have the pain to let him know that there is a medical problem.