Hypnosis F.A.Q. s
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The modality of hypnosis is often surrounded with misunderstandings and misconceptions. Here are a few frequently asked questions to help provide some basic answers to some very common questions.
Q: What is hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that lies between being fully awake and being asleep. Hypnosis is common in most people’s daily lives. When we get on the freeway and drive without thinking, arriving safely at our destination. When we daydream. When we meditate. All of these things are examples of daily and naturally occurring hypnosis. Hypnosis is usually brought about by the use of a combination of concentration, relaxation, suggestion, and expectation. Stated simply, it is a relaxed stated of focus.
Q: What is hypnotherapy used for?
A: Hypnosis has a wide variety of uses by itself, and also paired with other modalities. A few examples are:
Fears and Phobias
Pain Management during Childbirth
Motivation and Concentration
Raising Immunity Health
Releasing and/or acknowledging old trauma
The possibilities are limitless and still being discovered!
Q: I saw a live hypnosis show where the people on stage were made to do ridiculous things. Will that happen to me? Could I be forced to do something that may embarrass me or worse?
A: When under hypnosis, you will only respond to suggestions that are believable and within you to do. You are under your own control at all times and may decide to bring yourself out of the hypnotic experience any time you choose to. You allow yourself to be hypnotized.
Q: What can’t be treated with hypnotherapy?
A: Serious psychiatric, mental, or physical health problems are referred out to a qualified and licensed healthcare practitioner.
Q: My friend tried to use hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn’t work. Why is that?
A: There’s much that goes into a long term plan to change a well established habit. It takes a special level of commitment from the person involved and they really have to want the change. It takes around 21 days to establish something as a habit in our lives. It takes usually around that same amount of time to replace that habit with a new habit. Habits don’t just disappear. They need replacing. Hypnotherapy, if ongoing has the wonderful ability to work with patients to replace habits and readjust their plans based on their experiences and needs, as needed.
Q: Is hypnosis dangerous?
A: There are many myths about hypnosis. Movies and urban legends have fed these misconceptions. Some believe that they will be stuck in a trance-like state or that the hypnotist will make them do things they won’t want to or that might be dangerous. While it is always important to choose a hypnotherapist that you trust and have good rapport with, hypnotherapy is far from dangerous. You are always in control and able to come back to a waking state at any time. Your subconscious is always on the job protecting you.
Q: What is self hypnosis?
A: Self-hypnosis is the act of leading yourself into a hypnotic state. There are many methods for this and most people of normal intelligence are capable of using self-hypnosis.
Q: How does hypnosis work?
A: Hypnosis works by quieting the conscious mind to allow suggestions to be given to and information retrieved from the subconscious.