The mind.. .often misunderstood & much underestimated.
Q. What is hypnosis?
A. The American Medical Association, which approved the use of hypnosis in 1958, describes hypnosis as “a temporary condition of altered attention, within which a variety of phenomena may appear spontaneously or manifest themselves in response to verbal or other stimuli.” More simply stated, hypnosis is the acceptance of suggestions. In hypnosis we are dealing with the subconscious mind which doesn’t think, reason, analyze, or criticize. It accepts everything; true or false, positive or negative, good or bad.
Q. What is self hypnosis?
A. Through training you can achieve physical and mental relaxation enabling the subconscious to accept and act upon suggestions you give yourself. A rapport is established between your conscious and subconscious minds. Prior to entering hypnosis you determine what it is you wish to accomplish and when you want to emerge. You then give yourself constructive suggestions and allow your subconscious to work toward achieving those goals for you.
Q. What might I expect to experience while in hypnosis?
A. Most frequently described indications of hypnosis are relaxation accompanied by increased mental alertness. You are in fact more alert and aware in hypnosis than out of hypnosis. The experience is as unique and individual as the one reporting it.
Q. Will I remember what happens while in hypnosis?
A. While in hypnosis you are extremely aware of everything that transpires. Most of us remember the entire experience as well as the suggestions given.
Q. How long do suggestions last?
A. A suggestion will last from not at all to a lifetime. Some areas usually require as few as one or two sessions while others may require several reinforcements.
Q. How can I be sure I will come out of hypnosis?
A. No one has ever remained permanently in hypnosis. While it may be a very pleasant state or you may be tempted to use it to avoid or delay an unpleasant task, you hear everything said and are aware that you are being asked to emerge.
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Q. How do I know if I can be hypnotized?
A. Everyone of normal intelligence can be hypnotized. The exceptions are those with an IQ below 70, infants, and those who are mentally disordered. The reason is the same for all three. The ability to concentrate is lacking. Willingness, cooperation and trust are essential ingredients. If you don’t want to go into hypnosis you won’t. You may do better with one hypnotherapist than another, but that has nothing to do with your ability.
Q. How can I learn to hypnotize myself?
A. The best way is through the aid of a qualified hypnotherapist who can teach you the technique while you are in hypnosis. You then know what to expect and are able to duplicate the experience in your own self hypnosis. It is extremely beneficial to learn the technique of self hypnosis for reinforcement of suggestions given by the hypnotherapist As well as to be able to give yourself additional appropriate suggestions for self improvement.
Q. Are there different levels of hypnosis?
A. Yes. They can be loosely divided into light, medium and deep. Interestingly, though, most of what you need to accomplish can be done in a light stage.
Surgery, childbirth, and hypnoanalysis require a deeper level. Once in hypnosis you do not necessarily go to one depth and remain there. One tends to drift between stages throughout the session.
Q. What makes a good subject?
A. Motivation and imagination – along with willingness and cooperation. Without your full cooperation and motivation for change, no matter how good a subject you are, nothing can be accomplished.
Q. Is a medical referral required?
A. If the reason is to deal with a medical problem, yes. Self hypnosis for general improvement (stop smoking, weight loss, stress management, sports, etc.) does not require a medical referral.
Q. How do I find a qualified hypnotherapist?
A. Inquire of a hypnotherapist what training and degrees he or she has and how long he or she has been in practice.