FAQ - Hypnosis

1. What is hypnosis?

  • Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind that each of us go into and out of daily.  It happens when we are watching a good movie or reading a good book.  We become unaware of the passage of time and others around us while we respond to what we are watching or reading as if it is real.  Our heart rate may change or we may cry. 

2. What happens to us when we are hypnotized?

  • Our attention becomes narrowly focused and we ignore other stimuli. 
  • Our internal judge or criticizer takes a break. This is why we cry or jump at a movie, even though we know it is not real.
  • Hypnosis is NOT sleep. Our mind is still alert and aware. However, our body and mind can become very relaxed and comfortable.
  • It is so common a state of mind, most people are not aware when they are hypnotized.  It is very subtle.
  • Everything that can happen in a formal hypnotized state, already happens spontaneously in our normal lives from time to time. 

3. Do we lose control? Is it dangerous?

  • Since all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis, we can never lose control.  We can choose at any time how we want to respond and act.  We cannot be made to do anything against our will. 
  • It takes 100% consent and cooperation.
  • We cannot get stuck in hypnosis and we won’t reveal any secrets.

4. Is hypnosis medically approved?

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychiatric Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible and trained individuals.

5. Why use hypnosis?

  • All of our habits, behaviors and thought patterns are due to subconscious programming.  Real change requires more than our conscious will power, it requires cooperation of our subconscious mind, which we can get to via hypnosis. 

Can anybody be hypnotized?

  • Everybody can be hypnotized, if they want to be.  It is not related to intelligence. It requires only imagination and a willingness and desire to cooperate.