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Hypnosis FAQ

Is Hypnosis medically approved?

Yes. The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved Hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals. The British Medical Association also adopted Hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool in 1958.

What is the Difference between Meditation and Hypnosis?

Both techniques will take you into the meditative state, however in Meditation the goal is to remain there, while in Hypnosis you use this state to change thought, ideas, and behaviors.

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.

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.

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.

What does being hypnotized feel like?

Most clients report pleasant feelings of mental and physical Relaxation, similar to those moments before we Fall Asleep at night. You will be relaxed, yet still aware and able to respond if we need to.

A good example of how Hypnosis feels is from a Hypnosis client,

“At the end of my first Hypnosis session, my Hypnotherapist said, “When we’re through here you’ll be . . . you’ll be yourself!” This was prophetic. I would describe all of my subsequent experiences with Hypnosis as remembering or discovering parts of me that were characteristic, and following their lead.

Therapeutic Hypnosis has not involved suppressing or discarding any part of me. It has not meant using will power to force behavior changes. Rather, it is a way to allow change to arise inevitably, even joyfully, out of the unique person who has always been present. It is a tool for utilizing what is already there.” (Ruth Dart, Oakland California)

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.

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 if I don’t wake up?

No one has ever got stuck in a terminal state of Hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either Fall Asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.

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.

What do you mean by “Hypnosis is a tool?”

Hypnosis and selection of a therapist can be analogous to a surgeon and scalpel…

A scalpel is a blade used in Surgery by qualified surgeons. However, without the proper training, the tool is useless, and possibly dangerous. If you were going into heart Surgery, you would make sure that the surgeon using this tool had spent years at a legitimate institution learning everything that he/she needed to know about heart Surgery. This requires a complete Education and training until demonstrating his/her competence. The same goes for someone using Hypnosis. A Hypnotherapist should have years of training in mental health before even attempting to use Hypnosis as a tool for helping people make life changes.

How effective is Hypnosis counseling?

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

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions. Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions. Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.

Source: American Health Magazine

Some areas where Hypnosis is helpful include:

Anxiety, panic, 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.

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.

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