Frequently Asked Questions

 
"The Protective part of Your Mind is always Active and Keeping You Safe!
In Hypnosis, you will accept suggestions that you want,
and reject suggestions that you don't."
 
"Hypnosis is NOT about the hypnotist controlling the patient.
It is about the patient gaining more control over himself"
"Hypnosis is a normal, natural state that you go into everytime you watch a show, day-dream or just let you imagination wander. It's a heightened state of focus and it's perfectly safe and familiar. 
 
4 Parts of the Mind: All parts of your Mind have Protective features

  • Subconscious Mind: Identity----Personality (resists change), Habits, Easy to make changes with Hypnosis, Generates Emotions, Protects against known dangers, Long-term memory...UNLIMITED – you CAN always learn new habits!
  • Conscious Mind:  Short-term memory, What you're focusing on Right Now, Limited to 7-9 bits of information at any time, which is why change is hard to make using will-power alone
  • Critical Faculty (factor): Your Guardian,  Every new Idea has to get by the critical factor to be accepted by the Subconscious. It protects you against Change you don't want
  • Unconscious Mind: Takes care of Respiration, Heartbeat, and Instincts
 
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    What is Hypnosis?
    It is a pleasant, voluntary, state of relaxed attentive concentration, an altered state of consciousness, during which the conscious critical mind is relaxed and relatively inactive, and the doorway to the subconscious, inner mind is opened with a person’s permission. In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental absorption is increased, the senses are heightened, and the imagination is activated in a controlled manner. The inner mind is more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions.
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    The Protective part of your mind is always active!
    We deal with four parts of the mind: the Unconscious ( respiration, heartbeat) Subconscious (identity, beliefs, personality) conscious (focusing on right now) critical factor (guardian of the subconscious and the little voice in your head) EVERY part of the mind has a Protective Feature so you are always SAFE in Hypnosis.
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    Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
    No. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You must be a willing subject. Your hypnotist must have your full cooperation.
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    Will a hypnotized person perform any anti-social, criminal or immoral acts while under Hypnosis?
    People who are hypnotized will not do anything in Hypnosis that they would not do in the waking state. This applies as well to sexual acts. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship. When you are in hypnosis, you are aware of everything that is going on and you continue to retain your values and morals.
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    Hypnosis is really cool!
    I'm not a stage hypnotist but you got to admit. They are a heck of a lot of fun! Besides, would you ever go to a county fair to watch a Stage Psychotherapist? Sounds utterly boring.
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    Why does Hypnosis work so well on relieving Anxiety, Stress and Pain?
    Because in Hypnosis your mind and body will be completely Relaxed. And in a relaxed state, you CAN use your Vivid Imagination and critical thinking to focus on solutions. For pain, the relaxation takes your focus away from the pain and your body can focus on Healing, Gratitude or anything else empowering. Like when you bruise your leg but don't notice it until later. How many times have you been so focused you've forgotten about the pain? Hypnosis works the same way.
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    What about the idea that Hypnosis can weaken the mind?
    Hypnosis does NOT weaken the mind. On the contrary, it helps people use more of their mind’s potential. It helps people access their inner strength. The subconscious mind is protective. Hypnotized people will accept suggestions that are acceptable, and reject suggestions that are not acceptable. Suggestions must be worded in a form and language that the patient’s subconscious can understand.
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    Will I be asleep?
    No. When a person is in Hypnosis, he is not asleep. He or she is very much aware of all that is going on. In actuality, in Hypnosis, one’s senses become heightened and more acute. Of course, if a person is tired, it is possible to fall asleep during hypnosis. However, then, the subject is asleep and no longer in hypnosis. In actuality, when this occurs, the state of sleep is a light but relaxing state of sleep. A simple suggestion to wake up given by the hypnotist is all that is required to rouse up the subject.

Additional Questions Answered

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    Is it possible that a subject could not be brought out of Hypnosis?
    No it is not possible. You cannot get stuck in Hypnosis because you do not lose control when you are hypnotized. Hypnosis is a cooperative relationship. When you are hypnotized, you retain full control over your mind and your body. Sometimes, people feel so relaxed and comfortable in Hypnosis that they may wish to remain in that state for a little longer. However, a simple suggestion for awakening (or alerting) is all that is needed to bring a subject back into the Waking State even if the subject has fallen asleep. Additionally, when the hypnotist stops talking, the subject will soon awaken on his own. Most importantly, you can come out of hypnosis any time you want.
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    Will I tell any secrets under hypnosis?
    No. Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You retain full control over what you say. Subjects in Hypnosis reveal no secrets in the Hypnotic State that they would not reveal (because they want to) in the Waking State. Hypnosis CANNOT be used to find the truth, or make a person tell the truth. Hypnosis is NOT a truth serum. First of all, the hypnotized subject retains enough awareness and control to NOT say anything that he doesn’t want to make known, or isn’t ready to make known.
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    Can a person in Hypnosis be made to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
    No. This is not what happens in Therapeutic Hypnosis. On the other hand, volunteers during stage hypnosis hows, which is for entertainment purposes only, will typically go along with the stage hypnotist’s suggestions as long as it is all in good fun and for entertainment purposes. (Besides having my girlfriend cook like Martha Stewart seems to make more sense)
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    Will a hypnotized person perform any anti-social, criminal or immoral acts while under Hypnosis?
    People who are hypnotized will not do anything in Hypnosis that they would not do in the waking state. This applies as well to sexual acts. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship. When you are in hypnosis, you are aware of everything that is going on and you continue to retain your values and morals.
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    Can a person be made a "slave" to a hypnotist?
    No. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship or a power relationship. It is not about "zap, you are under my power!" like Svengali type stuff. Hypnosis is a cooperative and collaborative relationship. The subject retains full control and responsibility for his or her actions at all times. This myth comes from old movies and novels such as the old novel "Trilby".
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    What about the idea that Hypnotized People Behave like Zombies?
    Hypnosis is NOT about ZAP you are under my power like Svengali. Hypnosis is a collaborative and cooperative teacher-student relationship. Hypnosis is NOT sleep. When a person is in hypnosis, he is relaxed and aware of his surroundings. He hears the sound of the therapist’s voice and will remember more or less of what the therapist says. (I've found most Zombies I've met are pretentious with disturbingly bad breath. But if you want to be one...) The hypnotized subject or patient is NOT asleep. He is relaxed, comfortable, focused, and in a state of daydream type thinking. His analyzing thinking mind (Conscious mind) is set aside and his feeling and intuitive and creative mind (Subconscious) is aware of everything that is going on. A hypnotized subject cannot be made to do anything he is not willing to do. A person must be a willing and cooperative subject for hypnosis to work.
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    Can a person become addicted to Hypnosis, or is it habit forming?
    No. A person can resist going into Hypnosis or being hypnotized anytime he or she desires, regardless of how many times he has been hypnotized. What most people find is that they feel like they just had a perfect, restful night sleep. And they can't wait to have that, well-deserved feeling of relaxation again.
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    Who can be hypnotized?
    Anyone who can pay attention and follow instructions can be hypnotized if they want to be. People will vary however, as to the extent or depth to which they can be hypnotized.