How does Hypnosis work

Hypnosis is induced through suggestions. Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, while others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative: The more the techniques are applied and post-hypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become.

Can Any Person Be Hypnotized?

People of average intelligence (unless there is some form of organic brain damage) can be hypnotized in most cases if they are willing and do not resist. The depth of hypnosis varies with a person’s ability to respond..

Can I Be Controlled?

No. You are in control the entire time while experiencing hypnosis. The power lies in your mind, because while under hypnosis you have greater awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. You won’t do anything in a hypnotic state that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state.

Does a Person Become Unconscious or Lose Control During Hypnosis?

Actually the opposite is true, as you are gaining control over mental functions most other people are scarcely aware of. Contrary to popular myth, you will never tell secrets you want to keep to yourself or accept suggestions that are not in your best interests. Also, you will be awake the entire session and will be able to recall all that took place. You are always in control.

How Does Hypnosis Help People?

The ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to train life-long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of emotional accidents the conscious mind is unable to change.

How Does the Subconscious Accept Hypnotic Suggestions?

Hypnotic suggestions bypass the intellectual mind, called the “conscious,” 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.

How Effective Is Hypnosis Counselling?

A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.

Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.

Source: American Health Magazine

In What Areas Is Hypnosis Helpful?

Some areas where hypnosis is helpful include:

Anxiety, panic, depression, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions, disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome. A break-through recently has been the Virtual Gastric Band, which the NHS are considering introducing for overweight people. This is due to its effectiveness in helping lose weight without the trauma of having to undergo surgery.

Additionally, it has proved of value within surgery, and in the wider sphere of pain management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement.

Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

No. The induction of hypnosis is never dangerous to the subject, although personal disappointments may arise because of unrealistic expectations or preconceived information.

Is Hypnosis Medically Approved?

Yes. Medical Associations and have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals. The British Medical Association also adopted hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool in 1958. The Academy of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy REBHP (London), of which I am a member, is well recognised amongst the Medical Society.

Isn’t Hypnosis Just Relaxation?

Contrary to popular belief, you do not necessarily even have to be relaxed during hypnosis. It is easier (and more pleasant) to experience hypnosis while relaxed, but hypnosis can be accomplished while you are tense. Hypnosis has to do with concentration far more than relaxation.

What Are Common Hypnosis “Scams”?

Because hypnosis has the power to alter important aspects of your life, it is vital for you to protect yourself from the “quacks” that are unfortunately so abundant in the field of hypnosis.

The best thing you can do is to carry out some research before approaching any therapists working in this field, most importantly making sure they are fully qualified.  

Chantal Helene