Can I Be Hypnotized?

Anyone who wants to be hypnotized and is of average intelligence or above can be hypnotized.  As long as you can understand the instructions from the therapist and want to follow them, you can.  Strong-willed, intelligent individuals are very good candidates.  In fact, all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis.  The degree of hypnosis varies by individual and from one session to the next.  A light trance is all that is required to achieve most goals.    

Can I Be Controlled in Hypnosis?

No, you are in control the entire time while in hypnosis.  A knowledgeable hypnotherapist simply guides or facilitates the process for you.  You won't do anything in a hypnotic state that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state.   You can hear everything being said and you are not asleep.  Most clients report pleasant feelings of mental and physical relaxation, similar to those moments before you fall asleep at night. You will be relaxed, yet still aware and able to respond if you need to. 

Are There Any Side Effects?

No, hypnosis is natural and safe.  You will be very relaxed afterwards.  Every 15 minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to approximately 2 hours of sleep.

Can I Get Stuck in Hypnosis?

No one has ever gotten 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.

Will I Tell You Anything I Don’t Want To?

No, hypnosis is not a truth serum so you will not divulge secrets.  In fact, you can lie if you want.  It wouldn’t be productive, but you can do it.

Does It Work?

The success rate for hypnosis is very high.  A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. showed a recovery rate using hypnotherapy of 93% with 6 sessions.  The three keys to success are that you are motivated to make the change, you hold a clear picture/sense of yourself with the change complete and you use repetition to reinforce the change. 



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