Below are some of the common questions around Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
What is Hypnosis?
Suggestibility is not hypnosis.
Compliance is not hypnosis.
Trance, meditation, guided visualisation and affirmations are not (necessarily) hypnosis.
Only when we have a heightened state of suggestibility, a state that is greater than normal, do we have true hypnosis.
How do you control what I do?
There is a common misconception that a hypnotist controls their subject and can then make them do what they want them to do. For example, cluck like a chicken or dance around when a secret word is uttered.
This is not true.
No Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist (there is a difference) can make you do anything that is against your own code of ethics, or anything that you do not want to do. And, yes, that does mean that the people you see in hypnosis shows actually want to do those things – or at least are open to the suggestion of doing them!!
How can you cure me if I’m asleep?
Well, there are two things afoot here. Let’s address them one at a time:
- Am I asleep during hypnosis?
- No, absolutely not. You are in control, not me, and you can come out of trance as easily as you went into it – you just need to choose to come back out.
- You will be awake and alert at all times during hypnosis and you will remain conscious. In fact, if anything, you are more alert when in hypnosis, although you will be very relaxed.
- How do you cure me?
- Simple this one, I don’t. I am purely a guide (a well trained one 😊 ), it is you that does the hard work. My role is to guide you to make the right changes in your subconscious mind. I will use various different techniques to do this, some in hypnosis, some not, but it is these techniques and strategies that will encourage your subconscious mind to make the right changes for you.
What is the difference between my Conscious mind and my Subconscious mind?
The mind works on two levels, the conscious level and subconscious level. The conscious mind can only remember seven things at a time (plus or minus two), so it is of no use to us in hypnotherapy, best to send it off to do something else.
The subconscious mind never sleeps, it is the part of you that works your lungs, your heart and pumps blood through your body, so you would be in trouble if it did go to sleep.
Everything that has ever happened to you in your entire life is stored in your subconscious mind, all the things you have ever seen, done, learned or experienced is stored here. So, if we need to go back and find something, your subconscious mind can take you back to that event, if we needed to do so.