Frequently asked questions about Hypnosis
What is hypnosis like?
Q. Will I be asleep?
A. No, when you’re in hypnosis you aren’t asleep. You may look like you’re asleep, and sometimes you may even think you are asleep, but you are merely deeply relaxed, and if you need to get up and leave you can.
Q. Is there such a thing as a hypnotised feeling?
A. No, just a feeling of being more calm, and relaxed.
• You will not black out
• You do hear and see things better (your thoughts are focused on listening)
• Your memory is fine
• You retain free will - you can get up at any time!
• You are in control
Q. Will you be able to hypnotise me?
A. If you want to be hypnotised it will work for you. You merely follow my simple suggestions, and think, ‘I like that suggestion, and it will work for me’.
Q. I have seen people on TV/on stage acting silly. Will that happen to me?
A. These people are chosen for their suggestibility, and because it is a staged event. The person who steps onto the stage is already buying into the idea that they are going to me amusing the audience in some way or another. They do not have any strong conflict in their mind and are happy to join in with the fun. They cannot be made to do anything they do not want to do, anything that is harmful to themselves or to others. They will not go against your own moral code, for example, telling secrets that you don’t want to tell or giving money or goods away. The hypnotist is the guide but you are in control.
Q. Will I stay in hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis ends when you want it to, and this is why you can never be left under hypnosis.
There is nothing weird or supernatural about hypnosis, and the suggestions are no different to those you would accept from a friend recommending a good restaurant.
There is nothing power seeking about the way I practice.
- No looking into eyes, rapid induction ‘sleep’ and clicking fingers etc.
- No inappropriate or silly suggestions.
What is hypnosis?
From a scientific perspective there is no agreement as to what it is, or whether it works. However, the British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
"The term hypnosis´ is used to denote an interaction between two people (or one person and a group) in which one of them, the hypnotist, by means of verbal communication, encourages the other, the subject or subjects, to focus their attention away from their immediate realities and concerns and on inner experiences such as thoughts feelings and imagery. The hypnotist further attempts to create alterations in the subjects´ sensations, perceptions an, feelings, thoughts and behaviour by directing them to imagine various events or situations that, were they to occur in reality, would evoke the intended changes" (Heap & Aravind 2002) http://www.bscah.com/hypnosis-information [Accessed: 26/02/14]
The carefully chosen suggestions that your therapist will give are to help you change unwanted behaviours.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is thought to be a state of altered consciousness whereby the analytical left-hand side of the brain is less alert, and the non-analytical right-hand side is more alert. The conscious mind is subdued, and the subconscious mind more open. Because the subconscious mind is more instinct driven than the conscious mind it is where all the hard-wired beliefs exist.
For instance, a client who wants to overcome their fear of flying may reason that it is safer than driving a car, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains the belief that flying is fearful. That is why appropriate suggestions are made so the subconscious belief can be challenged. When there is no conflict between the conscious and the subconscious the belief changes.
For further information check out the Hypnotherapy Directory.