Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is largely a question of your
willingness to be receptive and responsive to positive ideas and
allow these ideas to act upon your subconscious without
interference. We call these ideas suggestions. Hypnosis
then, is a process which produces relaxation, distraction of the
conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased
awareness, thus allowing access to the subconscious mind through
imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts
and images as real.
What is your success rate of being hypnotized?
Basically, your success rate is your responsibility. There are
two components that must be present for the process to be
effective: belief and expectation. If a person has the belief
that he/she can be hypnotized and the expectation that
he/she will be hypnotized, then he/she will be hypnotized.
There are several myths or misconceptions concerning what
will happen if you allow yourself to be hypnotized:
Myth of the weak mind: There exists a pervasive belief
that only the weak-minded and/or gullible can be hypnotized.
Actually, people of above average intelligence who are capable of
concentrating and have active, vivid imaginations - make the
Fear of revealing secrets: People are concerned that if
they allow themselves to be hypnotized, they will "tell
all", and reveal some secret from the past that they wish to
keep. The illusion that hypnosis is a power relationship
between the hypnotist and client is another fear. In truth, the
only power lies in your mind because in hypnosis, you have
greater awareness then when you are fully awake, and you
completely retain your powers of selectivity. Your secrets are
Fear of humiliation: No one want to be made to look like a
fool. People who are stage subjects volunteered to participate
and knew ahead of time that they would be acting silly, clowning
around and just generally being funny. Whereas, a client may
never be induced into hurting himself or "fooled" into
committing a crime. If for any reason, he finds a suggestion
objectionable - he will either refuse to participate or he will
spontaneously and completely come out of hypnosis.
Fear of losing control: "I don't want anyone to
control my mind!" This is a classic fear that stems from
past negative and false images. A hypnotized person is in full
control of himself, fully aware of the environment and completely
capable of making decisions. If you are presented with any idea
or suggestion that you find objectionable in full consciousness,
you will find it equally objectionable in hypnosis, and you will
reject it outright.
Hypnosis cannot make you do anything against your will or better
judgment. But it will help you to accomplish your goals that you
set for yourself. Remember - you are always in control.