Hypnosis may be defined as an education-communication process to a persons mind that allows the conscious and subconscious minds to come together and believe the same message. During hypnosis, the body and conscious mind are in a relaxed neutral state, while the subconscious mind remains awake and receptive to suggestion. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. It is achieved through a state of mental and physical relaxation.

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness one enters and leaves naturally all the time during your day-to-day experiences. It feels very much like daydreaming, the state between sleeping and waking. Hypnosis is a guided fantasy. In this state of deep relaxation you are more open to suggestions. While in this relaxed state, your subconscious mind has the ability to accept information given to it. Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness.

How does hypnosis work?

During hypnosis, your conscious mind is relaxed and open to receive positive suggestions and directions directly into your subconscious mind. Hypnotic suggestions bypass the intellectual mind (the conscious mind) and zero in on the subconscious. When given a new suggestion that is within the bounds of a person’s belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind accepts it literally as a new reality. There are certain abilities which are enhanced during the actual hypnotic process itself: the ability to imagine, the ability to remember, the creative abilities, and responsiveness to suggestions.

Can everyone be hypnotized?

Nearly everyone can be hypnotized. If you can focus your attention, use your imagination, and desire to be hypnotized, you can enter at least a light state of hypnosis anytime you wish. Actually, hypnotizability is a sign of intelligence and is (and was in the past) used extensively by many brilliant authors, scientists, religious leaders and politicians. The more imaginative and intelligent the person, the easier it is to be hypnotized.

Can a hypnotherapist make me do something I don’t want to do?

No. You are in control at all times. You can accept or reject any or all of the suggestions. Your sub-conscious is there to protect you. You have to consciously want to do whatever it is that brought you in to be hypnotized.

Is hypnosis approved medically?

Yes. The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professional, responsibly qualified individuals since 1958. The British Medical Association also approved it in the same year.

What does hypnosis feels like?

Usually there is no special feeling, just a deep relaxation. Some people may feel heaviness. Some may feel lightness or a floating sensation. Others may feel tingling sensations. There also may be a feeling of euphoria. Since everyone is different and experiences hypnotic relaxation at different levels, don’t be surprised if you don’t "feel" hypnotized. During hypnosis, which is actually focused awareness, you may hear the hypnotist’s voice and other sounds fade in and out. If you feel relaxed and are focused, you are most likely hypnotized.

What about hypnosis stage shows?

Several conditions must be met for stage hypnosis to work: A person must agree to be hypnotized; must participate in the process with their full attention; and must be able to use his or her imagination. That is why a stage hypnotist screens the audience by asking them to participate in a brief demonstration of suggestibility. Then the hypnotist asks for volunteers and chooses people that showed a positive degree of suggestibility. Those that participate in stage hypnosis expect to be asked to do unusual and often foolish things. They willingly participate because they are having fun. Even under these conditions, a subject cannot be made to act in a manner that would violate his or her integrity.

Can a person remain stuck in hypnosis?

 

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