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Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis

31 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers!(page 2 of 4)

by Dianne Ruth, PhD

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How does hypnosis, meditation, prayer, creative visualization and guided imagery differ?

Meditation is a form of hypnosis. The mind is focused and an altered state of awareness occurs. A wise spiritual teacher once told me that meditation is for listening to God; prayer is for talking to God. During meditation, you are engaging in inner contemplation or reflection.

Creative visualization is making pictures or mental images. For instance, imagine what your living room might look like if the furniture were rearranged. It is the seeing of an image without emotional content.

Guided imagery is using the imagination to create perceptions using all of your senses. Imagine yourself lounging in your newly arranged living room. Your emotions are calm and peaceful, and your body is relaxed.

Now, imagine seeing yourself, and possibly another sharing a snack. Taste the “goodies,” smell the spicy sweet scent of a freshly cut bouquet of flowers, and hear the sound of soft melodies floating in the background.

Feel the texture of the rug as you tuck your bare toes into the softness of it. Feel the warmth from the crackling fireplace as yellow flames make dancing shadows on the wall.

Hypnotherapy is goal-oriented. Hypnotherapy is used for dealing with resolving issues, trauma, inner conflicts, and for improving one’s sense of well being.

Hypnosis provides a way to “reprogram” your brain to generate better and more desirable responses that you choose to have.

Some people have some misconceptions about “hypnosis,” and feel more comfortable calling it guided imagery or creative visualization.

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How well does hypnotherapy work?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, psychotherapy has a 20% recovery rate after two to seven years of weekly sessions.

A comparison study as reported by “American Health Magazine” showed that psychoanalysis has a 38% recovery after 600 sessions; behavior therapy has a 72% recovery after 22 sessions; hypnotherapy has a 93% recovery after 6 sessions.

By going to the National Institute of Health MedLinePlus, www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ website, (in the search box, type in the word hypnosis), you will find 127 articles describing the research and effectiveness of using hypnotherapy for a wide variety of medical problems.

Some of the ones listed are...

●  cancer
●  pain control
●  headaches
●  breast diseases
●  posttraumatic stress disorder
●  arthritis
●  irritable bowel syndrome
●  orgasmic dysfunction
●  delayed ejaculation
●  and many other conditions.

The power of hypnosis is documented by doctors, dentists and many other leading health professionals. It was approved as a legitimate medical and dental treatment method by the American Medical Association in 1958.

If there is some deep information that you do not want to divulge, or if the information is not consciously known, you generally will not reveal it. Hypnosis can bring back information that has been repressed or forgotten–only if you agree.

Even more important is that hypnotherapy can help you make a huge quantum leap forward with just one session!

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Is hypnosis anti-religious?

No. There is a lot of misinformation about hypnosis especially among some clerical people. This stems mostly from fearing what they know nothing about.

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that all people experience. They just aren’t aware of when it happens because it is so normal.

For extensive information on “Hypnosis and Religious Faith,” go to the following website, starting with this link, www.durbinhypnosis.com/hypnosis
then click or tap on Hypnosis and Religion Volume 1. There is a large library with different religions represented giving testimonials to the acceptance of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

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What is the difference between entertainment hypnosis, a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist?

A hypnotist may practice in a private setting. The hypnotist is active in directing the process and the client is generally passive, non-verbal and non-interactive in the trance experience.

The success of hypnosis depends on the subject’s willingness and abilities to respond to the suggestions.

A stage or entertainment hypnotist induces the hypnotic trance state with the willing participation of the client and gives direct suggestions. 

During stage or entertainment hypnosis, volunteers are called for. To begin with, the only people that volunteer are going to be the types who love to be the center of attention and love to ham it up!

The subjects are screened and carefully selected by the hypnotist for their willingness and ability to respond to hypnotic suggestions.

In spite of the audience witnessing the oddity of the subject’s behavior during hypnosis, the subject is thinking, “I wonder when I will feel hypnotized....”

A hypnotherapist guides the client into a hypnotic trance state; the client and hypnotherapist are interactive and verbally communicate.

An example might be when a client recovers memories of a childhood trauma through hypnotic regression. During the process, the hypnotherapist facilitates the client in giving details of the event and then helps the client in re-parenting, reframing, or defusing the negative emotional charge and healing the traumatized inner child.

The client is co-creating the therapeutic process. The hypnotic state enhances the process and helps the client to access an expanded sense of self and more of his or her inner wisdom and creativity for problem solving, memory enhancement and self-healing.

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Is hypnosis guaranteed?

No. The hypnotist or hypnotherapist can only offer their very best skills and experience to facilitate hypnosis for you.

They cannot guarantee how you will respond nor can they take responsibility for your behavior. Only you can do that.

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What is the difference between the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind?

The words subconscious and unconscious are often used interchangeably. One distinction between the two is, the subconscious refers to the realm beneath or beyond conscious awareness.

Alternately, the unconscious is where psychic or psychological material is stored. This material has a pronounced influence on behavior.

The conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg. It is critical, analytical, reasoning and intellectual. It makes decisions; it directs our movements and activities; however, it cannot carry out our intentions unless the subconscious or unconscious mind is in agreement.

The unconscious mind is a magnificent reservoir of stored experiences. It is composed of a colorful energetic field that is centered in the brain and extends throughout and around the body.

It captures and absorbs absolutely everything that it is exposed to. It sorts and organizes it into retrievable data. It also contains all the knowledge necessary for your healing, recovery, and optimal body-mind-spirit health.

I prefer the term inner mind to represent all levels of the subconscious and unconscious mind. This includes the spiritual or transpersonal level as well.

It is within this all inclusive realm where hypnosis/hypnotherapy can operate most successfully with facilitating better physical and emotional health and quality of life.

Because the unconscious or inner mind takes in everything around it, nothing is ever lost.

Even when it may appear that nothing is happening, the unconscious is often busy reorganizing massive amounts of material so it can accommodate and utilize new ideas. Sooner or later, it all comes together over time, and the desired change(s) take place.

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How deeply do I need to go into hypnosis?

The hypnotic trance is divided into four theoretical levels. First a light state, (this is sometimes referred to as “waking” hypnosis), then a medium level, which can then progress into a deep trance.

The fourth level or deepest state is when a person completely loses all conscious awareness. This level is rarely reached, and is limited in its usefulness.

One instance of value would be if a person had to undergo major surgery such as an amputation without anesthesia.

The light to medium trance level is the most productive, and the most easily achieved. Usually, a simple closing of the eyes and a minimum amount of body relaxation will produce the most desirable state.

It is not important how deep you go, just that you are willing to give hypnosis a chance to work.

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I don’t think I can be hypnotized. I tried it before and it didn’t work for me. Can I really be hypnotized?

Yes, if you want to be. No one can be hypnotized without his or her consent. You are always in control and nothing can be done against your will. All it takes is reasonable intelligence, focus and concentration.

Hypnosis is a natural, comfortable altered state of awareness with increased mental, emotional and physical comfort and relaxation. Children as young as three all the way up through old people can be hypnotized.

There is a very small minority who has difficulty going into hypnosis during a session. There can be the person who really does not want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); another possibility is someone who can’t relax and let go enough to go with the experience. Perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown, is behind this one.

Most importantly is the willingness to suspend logic, analysis and rational thinking temporarily, and to be open to this incredibly positive experience.

It is best to set aside any preconceived ideas; just experience the sessions in your own unique way. Practice improves results.

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Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 1 of 4)
What is hypnosis?
What can hypnosis be used for?
How effective is self-hypnosis?
How does the hypnotist put someone into hypnosis?
Will I fall asleep during hypnosis?
How much control do I have while in hypnosis? Can the hypnotist control my   mind?
What if I am on medication? Can I still use hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 2 of 4)
How do hypnosis, meditation, prayer, creative visualization and guided imagery differ?
How well does hypnotherapy work?
Is hypnosis anti-religious?
What is the difference between entertainment hypnosis, a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist?
Is hypnosis guaranteed?
What is the difference between the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind?
How deeply do I need to go into hypnosis?
I don't think I can be hypnotized. I tried it before and it didn't work for me. Can I really be hypnotized?

Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 3 of 4)
What is hypnotherapy? Can it help me?
Does the hypnotist or hypnotherapist have any special power?
What is a posthypnotic suggestion?
How do I know when I am in hypnosis?
What if I can't relax enough to go into the hypnotic trance state?
How long does it take before I begin to see results and my problem is fixed?
What is the difference between using will power and hypnosis?
Will I forget everything that went on?

Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis (page 4 of 4)
What is hypnotic amnesia?
Isn't traditional "talk therapy" just as effective?
Does hypnotherapy replace more traditional practices like seeing a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist?
Why don't more people get hypnotherapy?
Can the hypnotist make me do things against my will--like in the movies?
Will I wake up afterwards? What will happen if I don't?
What about past life regression? Is it real or a hoax?
Can a person make up experiences while under hypnosis?