Hypnotherapy - The Real Facts Revealed

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THE DEFINITION OF SELF HYPNOSIS:
Hypnotism is a state of hyper-suggestibility where the consciousness and the unconscious disconnect. It is an altered state of mind where the hypnotized patient is more likely to agree to the operator's suggestions.

You have been hypnotized many times without even recognizing the state. If you have ever seen a sad television show and reacted with a tear in your eye, you have been hypnotized. You entered a state of amplified suggestibility where you uncritically accepted the idea of sadness on the TV screen and reacted with a sad emotion, your tear. In other words, your ability to reason, which is contained in your conscious mind, was bypassed. You did not reason that the show was just a play; you accepted the drama as being real. So you reacted with real emotion and shed a tear.

WHO CAN BE PLACED INTO HYPNOSIS?
Hypnotists have discovered that all normal people are hypnotizable to a greater or lesser extent. People with the I.Q. of the moron level of intelligence or less generally aren't able to be hypnotized. People who are actively psychotic usually are not hypnotizable. Senile people are usually difficult to hypnotize. I have found in my own professional practice dealing with many retired people as old as 85, that hypnosis is a potent and beneficial method for many people. A person's motivation is the key to his or her success.

DO I HAVE TO BE A "DEEP" HYPNOTIC SUBJECT FOR SUCCESS?
For the restorative applications of hypnosis we most often deal with, depth of any kind isn't required. A subject can be the lightest possible subject and still receive all of the benefits from hypnosis that the deepest subjects will receive. I believe that over the years, far too much importance has been placed on how deep a subject is. If the client is deep, it could be beneficial. This however, may not necessarily be the case. In fact, with the latest hypnotic techniques like Ericksonian hypnosis and state of the art "NLP" (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), the depth of the hypnotic state is one of the least essential aspects, which create a successful outcome.

ARE THERE ANY DANGERS IN SELF HYPNOSIS?
There are fundamentally no dangers to the practice of hypnosis. It is not possible to "get stuck" in hypnosis. The worst thing that could happen while a subject is in self-hypnosis is that she might fall into a natural state of sleep for twenty or thirty minutes. She would wake up rested and no longer in the hypnotic state.

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SELF-HYPNOSIS:
There are many misnomers about hypnosis. Most of the misnomers are due to stage and television acts. Ironically, it's because of the fact that the television can hypnotize you that these misnomers are so strongly ingrained in people's minds.

IS SELF HYPNOSIS SLEEP?
The largest misconception about hypnosis is that it's the state of sleep. Not anything could be further from the truth. If you are asleep, you are unconscious. If you are unconscious, you can't hear anything. If you can't hear anything, then the hypnotherapist can't help you. Hypnosis is a state of keen awareness. The subject is wide-awake and aware of everything around her. This misconception comes from the stage Hypnotist's use of the word "sleep" as corresponding to a state of hypnosis. When the old time hypnotist swung the watch in front of his subject's face, he told his subject that she was getting "sleepy." Then he told his 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 about hypnotism 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 self-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 self hypnosis, and believe they have not been hypnotized when they most definitely have.

CAN THE HYPNOTIST CONTROL ME?
NO! The hypnotherapist can't make you do anything against your will. There is always an observing ego state. Should the therapist make an offensive suggestion; this ego state would reject that suggestion. Additionally, you will probably come out of self-hypnosis if the hypnotherapist makes an offensive suggestion to you.

CAN THE HYPNOTHERAPIST FORCE ME TO DIVULGE MY SECRETS?
You will not divulge any secrets while in the state of hypnosis unless you want to. The therapist doesn't have any control over the subject. Quite the contrary, the subject has more control over herself since at this time she can directly communicate with her own unconscious. The subject can easily refuse any suggestion the therapist makes, no matter how simple or complicated the suggestion might be. The subject can open her eyes, emerge from the state of self-hypnosis, and exit the room at any time she chooses.

MUST PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH WHEN IN HYPNOSIS?
NO! People can lie when in the state of self hypnosis.

DO HYPNOTISTS HAVE SUPER NATURAL VIBRATIONS?
This is a common misconception. The therapist doesn't have any special powers, nor does he have any special vibrations with which to hypnotize you into the hypnotic state. In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The therapist leads the subject into a state of hypnotism. In other words, the ability of self-hypnosis is within the subject.

WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL TO REACH THEIR GOALS WHEN USING SELF HYPNOSIS?
Perhaps the chief reason for the failure to reach one's goals through hypnotherapy is an insufficient amount of practice where self-hypnosis is concerned.

The most common reason for the return of a symptom or "relapse" is the early discontinuance of hypnosis with the Hypno-therapist or recorded program. While self-hypnosis is important, it is generally the hetero-hypnosis with the therapist or hypnosis recording which has the greatest impact upon the unconscious.

This is because of the training that the therapist has vs. the lack of training 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 abate their sessions because; "I didn't lose 50 Lbs. in two days, so it isn't working."

If a therapeutic method is really helping one to make positive changes, then it is invaluable and it should be continued. For this reason it is wise to have follow up self-hypnosis sessions, even after a symptom seems to have disappeared completely. Self-hypnosis should be an ongoing affair on a daily basis. Ultimately, YOUR SUCCESS IS UP TO YOU!

WILL I BE BETTER OFF HIRING A HYPNOTIST, OR WILL PURCHASING A RECORDED PROGRAM WORK BETTER?
That is a great question. Normally I would recommend that you employ the services of a reputable therapist. The reason is that by meeting with you, a good therapist / 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 your senses to make sense out of it and react to it.

In my opinion, 99% of the recorded self-hypnosis CDs 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 post-hypnotic commands: "If you eat a brownie you'll throw up." "You won't have urges," etc.. This technology has a very poor track record of success because everyone of our generation has been educated to question everything they are told. That's why you, your friends, and your kids usually do the opposite of what they are told to do. This is called a polarity response.

That being said, having private sessions with any therapist / NLP'er who has enough experience to be able to actually help you can cost a great deal of money. There are some 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. These methods rely on using the thought processes that have created a problem, to eliminate it!

Look for vendors who offer these methodologies in multi-session products. These are programs that generally have six to eight different hypnosis sessions, so the subject is exposed to a broad variety of methodologies. It takes a lot of work to script and record this type of program, but the high success rates achieved are well worth the work.

I recommend that you stay away from the "one size fits all" -- "do-or-die" hypnosis CDs and downloads. Many are lured in by these tapes 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 buy a program and it doesn't work, then you get mistrustful and start to expect the next approach to fail. And you get what you expect. Do you really think that the same exact post-hypnotic 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 generally feel the strong desire to do the opposite of what you are told?
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ARE THERE ANY DANGERS IN SELF HYPNOSIS?
There are fundamentally no dangers to the practice of hypnosis. It is not possible to "get stuck" in hypnosis. The worst thing that could happen while a subject is in self-hypnosis is that she might fall into a natural state of sleep for twenty or thirty minutes. She would wake up rested and no longer in the hypnotic state.

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SELF-HYPNOSIS:
There are many misnomers about hypnosis. Most of the misnomers are due to stage and television acts. Ironically, it's because of the fact that the television can hypnotize you that these misnomers are so strongly ingrained in people's minds.

IS SELF HYPNOSIS SLEEP?
The largest misconception about hypnosis is that it's the state of sleep. Not anything could be further from the truth. If you are asleep, you are unconscious. If you are unconscious, you can't hear anything. If you can't hear anything, then the hypnotherapist can't help you. Hypnosis is a state of keen awareness. The subject is wide-awake and aware of everything around her. This misconception comes from the stage Hypnotist's use of the word "sleep" as corresponding to a state of hypnosis. When the old time hypnotist swung the watch in front of his subject's face, he told his subject that she was getting "sleepy." Then he told his 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 about hypnotism 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 self-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 self hypnosis, and believe they have not been hypnotized when they most definitely have.

CAN THE HYPNOTIST CONTROL ME?
NO! The hypnotherapist can't make you do anything against your will. There is always an observing ego state. Should the therapist make an offensive suggestion; this ego state would reject that suggestion. Additionally, you will probably come out of self-hypnosis if the hypnotherapist makes an offensive suggestion to you.

CAN THE HYPNOTHERAPIST FORCE ME TO DIVULGE MY SECRETS?
You will not divulge any secrets while in the state of hypnosis unless you want to. The therapist doesn't have any control over the subject. Quite the contrary, the subject has more control over herself since at this time she can directly communicate with her own unconscious. The subject can easily refuse any suggestion the therapist makes, no matter how simple or complicated the suggestion might be. The subject can open her eyes, emerge from the state of self-hypnosis, and exit the room at any time she chooses.

MUST PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH WHEN IN HYPNOSIS?
NO! People can lie when in the state of self hypnosis.

DO HYPNOTISTS HAVE SUPER NATURAL VIBRATIONS?
This is a common misconception. The therapist doesn't have any special powers, nor does he have any special vibrations with which to hypnotize you into the hypnotic state. In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The therapist leads the subject into a state of hypnotism. In other words, the ability of self-hypnosis is within the subject.

WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL TO REACH THEIR GOALS WHEN USING SELF HYPNOSIS?
Perhaps the chief reason for the failure to reach one's goals through hypnotherapy is an insufficient amount of practice where self-hypnosis is concerned.

The most common reason for the return of a symptom or "relapse" is the early discontinuance of hypnosis with the Hypno-therapist or recorded program. While self-hypnosis is important, it is generally the hetero-hypnosis with the therapist or hypnosis recording which has the greatest impact upon the unconscious.

This is because of the training that the therapist has vs. the lack of training 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 abate their sessions because; "I didn't lose 50 Lbs. in two days, so it isn't working."

If a therapeutic method is really helping one to make positive changes, then it is invaluable and it should be continued. For this reason it is wise to have follow up self-hypnosis sessions, even after a symptom seems to have disappeared completely. Self-hypnosis should be an ongoing affair on a daily basis. Ultimately, YOUR SUCCESS IS UP TO YOU!

WILL I BE BETTER OFF HIRING A HYPNOTIST, OR WILL PURCHASING A RECORDED PROGRAM WORK BETTER?
That is a great question. Normally I would recommend that you employ the services of a reputable therapist. The reason is that by meeting with you, a good therapist / 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 your senses to make sense out of it and react to it.

In my opinion, 99% of the recorded self-hypnosis CDs 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 post-hypnotic commands: "If you eat a brownie you'll throw up." "You won't have urges," etc.. This technology has a very poor track record of success because everyone of our generation has been educated to question everything they are told. That's why you, your friends, and your kids usually do the opposite of what they are told to do. This is called a polarity response.

That being said, having private sessions with any therapist / NLP'er who has enough experience to be able to actually help you can cost a great deal of money. There are some 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. These methods rely on using the thought processes that have created a problem, to eliminate it!

Look for vendors who offer these methodologies in multi-session products. These are programs that generally have six to eight different hypnosis sessions, so the subject is exposed to a broad variety of methodologies. It takes a lot of work to script and record this type of program, but the high success rates achieved are well worth the work.

I recommend that you stay away from the "one size fits all" -- "do-or-die" hypnosis CDs and downloads. Many are lured in by these tapes 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 buy a program and it doesn't work, then you get mistrustful and start to expect the next approach to fail. And you get what you expect. Do you really think that the same exact post-hypnotic 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 generally feel the strong desire to do the opposite of what you are told?
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