There are many common misconceptions of hypnosis. I have put up a Hypnosis FAQ to dispel many exaggerated and incorrect assumptions about what hypnosis is and isn't.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a heightened state of suggestibility. Your conscious mind is relaxed and your subconscious mind is free to receive answers to your questions that will help you to make the necessary changes in your behavior to successfully reach your goal.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is very effective, but it is not magic. Hypnosis is a tool to help the individual succeed. The rate of success depends on the individual subject and how intent he or she is on achieving the goal. The more determined and motivated a person is at achieving a goal, the more effective hypnosis will be in assisting them.
CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED?
Everyone can experience some degree of hypnosis. People that respond the best to hypnosis are intelligent, open to learning and have the ability to relax and concentrate.
HOW DEEP INTO HYPNOSIS WILL I GO?
This depends strictly on your ability to relax. Most experience deeper states of relaxation each time they are hypnotized or practice self hypnosis. Each time you enter the state of hypnosis, you increase your own ability to relax.
HOW EXACTLY DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?
The human mind is extremely suggestible and is being bombarded daily with suggestive stimuli from external sources, and suggestive thoughts and ideas from the inside. A good deal of suffering is the consequence of “negative thoughts and impulses invading one’s mind from subconscious recesses.
Unfortunately, past experience, guilt feelings, and repudiated impulses and desires are constantly pushing themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms.
These thoughts become feelings which sabotage one’s happiness, health, and efficiency. By the time one has reached adulthood, there has been a build up of “negative” modes of thinking, feeling and acting which persist as bad habits. Like any habit they are hard to break or change. However, using hypnosis, we are able to transform negative attitudes into more positive ones. For some, change does happen quickly if they believe change can happen quickly.
Other times, it often takes time to extinguish old behavior patterns, so do not be discouraged if there is no immediate effect. Even when no apparent changes happen on the surface, much is happening on the inside.