Hypnosis - The Simple Truth Revealed
THE DEFINITION OF HYPNOSIS Hypnosis is a state of hyper-suggestibility where the conscious
and subconscious (unconscious) minds dissociate. It is a state of mind where the subject is more
likely to accept the operator's suggestions.
You have been in hypnosis many times without even realizing it. If you have ever watched a sad
T.V. show and reacted with a tear in your eye, you have been hypnotized by the television. You
entered a state of increased suggestibility where you uncritically accepted the suggestion of
sadness on the TV screen and reacted with a sad emotion, your tear. In other words your
reasoning ability, which is contained in your conscious mind, was bypassed. You did not reason
that the show was just a play; you accepted the action as being real. So you reacted with real
WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED? It has been found that all normal people are hypnotizable to a
greater or lesser extent. People with less than a 70 I.Q., those of the moron level or lower,
generally are not hypnotizable. People who are in an active state of psychosis generally are not
hypnotizable. Most senile people are difficult or impossible to hypnotize. I have found in my own
private practice dealing with a large number of retired people as old as 85 years of age, that
hypnosis is a potent and beneficial method for most people. The person's motivation is the key to
DO I HAVE TO BE A "DEEP" SUBJECT FOR SUCCESS? For the therapeutic applications of
hypnosis we most often deal with, depth of any kind is not required. You can be the lightest
possible subject and still receive all of the benefits from hypnosis that the deepest subjects will
obtain. I strongly feel that over the years, far too much importance has been placed on how deep a
subject is. If the subject is deep, it could be beneficial. This however, is not necessarily the case.
Actually, with the latest hypnotic techniques like Ericksonian Hypnosis and state of the art "NLP"
(Neuro-Linguistic Programming), depth is one of the least important aspects, which contribute to
ARE THERE ANY DANGERS IN HYPNOSIS AND SELF-HYPNOSIS? There are basically no
dangers to the practice of self hypnosis. It is impossible to "get stuck" in hypnosis. The worst thing
that could possibly happen while a subject is in hypnosis is that she might fall into a natural state
of sleep for 20 or 30 minutes. She would awaken rested and out of the state of hypnosis.
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HYPNOSIS There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Most
of them are due to the stage and television acts. Ironically, it is because of the fact that the
television can hypnotize you that these misconceptions are so strongly entrenched in people's
IS HYPNOSIS SLEEP? The largest misconception about hypnosis is that it is sleep. Nothing could
be further from the truth. If you are asleep, you are unconscious. If you are unconscious, you
cannot hear anything. If you cannot hear anything, then the hypnotist cannot help you. Hypnosis is
a state of keen awareness. The subject is wide-awake and aware of everything around her. This
misconception stems from the stage hypnotist's use of the word "sleep" as analogous to the
hypnotic state. When the old time hypnotist swung the watch in front of the subject's face, he told
the subject that she was getting "sleepy." He then told the subject to go to sleep. What he meant
was to go into a hypnotic sleep; not a natural sleep.
IS THERE A HYPNOTIZED FEELING? The second largest misconception is that there is a
hypnotized feeling. There is no hypnotized feeling. I repeat, there is no hypnotized feeling. Most
people feel very relaxed when in hypnosis, as relaxation seems to be the essence of hypnosis.
Some people feel heavy. Some people feel light. Some people have other sensations and
feelings. Other people have absolutely no feeling that they are in hypnosis, and believe they have
not been hypnotized when they most definitely have.
CAN THE HYPNOTIST CONTROL ME? NO! The hypnotist cannot make you do anything against
your will. There is always an observing ego state. Should the hypnotist make an offensive
suggestion; this ego state would reject the suggestion. You will probably come out of hypnosis if
the hypnotist makes an offensive suggestion.
CAN THE HYPNOTIST MAKE ME DIVULGE MY SECRETS? You will not divulge any secrets
while in hypnosis unless you want to do so. The hypnotist does not have any control over the
subject. Quite the contrary, the subject has more control over herself since at this time she has
control over her own subconscious mind. The subject can easily reject any suggestion the
hypnotist makes, no matter how simple or complicated the suggestion might be. The subject can
open her eyes, emerge from the state of hypnosis, and walk out of the room at any time she
MUST PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH WHEN IN HYPNOSIS? NO! People can lie when in hypnosis.
DO HYPNOTISTS HAVE SPECIAL POWERS AND VIBRATIONS? This is a common
misconception. The hypnotist does not have any special powers, nor does he have any special
vibrations with which to hypnotize you. Actually, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist leads
the subject into a state of hypnosis. In other words, the ability of hypnosis is in the subject.
WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL TO REACH THEIR GOALS USING HYPNOSIS? Perhaps the biggest
reason for the inability to reach one's goals through hypnosis is an inadequate amount of practice
where self-hypnosis is concerned. The greatest reason for the return of a symptom or "relapse" is
the premature discontinuance of hypnosis with the Hypno-therapist or recorded program. While
self-hypnosis is important, it is generally the hetero-hypnosis with the hypnotist or recording which
has the greatest impact upon the subconscious mind. This is because of the training and
experience of the hypnotist vs. the lack of training and experience of the client. Some people are
penny wise and pound-foolish. They mentally set an amount of time or money that they are willing
to spend for help. And then they prematurely discontinue their sessions because, "I can't afford it."
Or, "I didn't lose 50 Lbs. in two days." If a person or method is really helping one to make their
desired changes, then it is priceless and it should be continued. It is for this reason that follow up
hypnosis is generally recommended even after a symptom seems to have disappeared
Self-hypnosis should be an ongoing affair on a daily basis. Ultimately, YOUR SUCCESS IS UP TO
WILL I BE BETTER OFF HIRING A HYPNOTIST, OR WILL PURCHASING A RECORDED
PROGRAM WORK BETTER? That is an excellent question. Normally I would recommend that
you utilize the services of a reputable hypnotist. The reason is that by meeting with you, a good
hypnotist / NLP'er will be able to customize his approach to your personality and your favored
representational system -- the way you favor taking in information through the senses to make
sense out of it and react to it. In my opinion, 99% of the recorded hypnosis programs available
today are strictly Traditional Hypnosis, and consist of only one or maybe two sessions of it at that.
Traditional Hypnosis is nothing more than a set of direct commands: "If you eat a brownie you'll
barf." "You won't have cravings," etc. This technology has an exceptionally poor track record of
success because everyone of our generation has been taught to question everything. That's why
you, your friends, and your kids usually do the opposite of what they are told to do.
That being said, having private sessions with any Hypnotist / NLP'er who has enough experience
to be able to actually help you can be very expensive. There are some pre-recorded hypnotic
programs based on Ericksonian Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that have
overcome those shortcomings. They've done this by utilizing a mix of Traditional Hypnosis,
Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP, and the highly regarded Video Hypnosis technology. These are all
technologies that are designed to eliminate the resistance factor. In fact, Video Hypnosis and the
NLP technology that it's based on, do not utilize suggestion at all. They rely on using the thought
processes that have created a problem, to eliminate it! Look for vendors who offer these
technologies in multi-session products. These are programs that generally have six to eight
different sessions, so you are exposed to a broad range of methodology. It takes a lot of work to
make this type of program, but the high success rates are well worth it.
Stay away from the "one size fits all" -- "do-or-die" hypnosis CDs and downloads. Many people are
attracted to these programs because they are cheap, usually under $10.00. But is it cheap if it just
wastes your valuable time and doesn't work? If you try something and it doesn't work, then you get
wary and start to expect the next approach to fail. And you get what you expect. Do you really
think that the same exact commands will work for everyone? Do you think that they will work for
you? Do you usually do exactly as you are told? Or do you feel the desire to do the opposite of
what you are told to do?